Monthly Archives: March 2015

  • People, Planet, Profit: The Rise of Triple-Bottom-Line Businesses

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    Filed in Fair Trade, Finance & The Social Economy on by Worldwatch Institute

    Colleen Cordes’ State of the World 2014 chapter, “The Rise of Triple-Bottom-Line Businesses,” explores the role of ethical capitalism in the quest for sustainable economies.

    Entrepreneurs are beginning to challenge business as usual, infusing ethics into the notoriously ruthless corporate world.

    “Put simply, the conventional economic model—amoral capitalism—and the willingness of so many investors and consumers to tolerate it are two of the most challenging threats to preserving a livable human future,” writes Colleen Cordes, a Worldwatch Institute State of the World 2014 contributing author, public policy consultant and director of outreach and development for The Nature Institute of Ghent, New York.

    In the last few years, however, public restlessness has been growing as the environmental and social abuses of the conventional economic model are brought to light. And while activists and labor groups, investors and consumers, and national and international nonprofit groups are vying for more corporate transparency, corporations themselves are still the critical players in accelerating the urgently needed transition to sustainable economies.

    Read the entire article, originally published on the Worldwatch Institute blog: http://blogs.worldwatch.org/people-planet-profit-benefit-corporations-push-for-responsible-business

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  • Sad (police) state of affairs…

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    Filed in Environment & Climate on by Sierra Club Canada

    You may have seen the Globe and Mail story on RCMP intelligence reports suggesting Sierra (along with Greenpeace and Tides Canada) are contemplating unlawful activity around petroleum infrastructure. As John Bennett, Sierra Club Canada’s Executive Director, states, “I’m pretty sure Tides and Sierra are not, and Greenpeace might be thinking about erecting a banner somewhere.”

    Instead, John Bennett wrote to RCMP Commissioner Paulson and offered to provide workshops on the urgent issue of climate change to him and his officers so they can understand why so many of us are exercising our rights to free speech and assembly.

    Let RCMP Commissioner Paulson know that Sierra Club Canada’s idea to give climate change workshops to the RCMP are a good idea. Read the full story and take a few seconds to send the commissioner a quick note: http://www.sierraclub.ca/en/police-state

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