• Economics
  • Why Startups Are Not Interested in Sustainability

    Last week I attended the New York City Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator’s demo day, where the accelerator’s latest cohort of startups presented themselves to a large audience of investors and venture capitalists. The presentations were great, but one thing caught my attention: None of the startups (well, except maybe one) could be considered a sustainable startup, […]

  • Climate and Environment
  • Oil Sands Giant Tells Shareholders to Vote ‘Yes’ on Climate Change Disclosure

    Suncor is telling shareholders to vote “yes” on a shareholder resolution related to climate change disclosure. While energy companies here in the U.S., including ExxonMobil, balk at any discussion of climate change, one company north of the border is embracing a shareholder resolution that would require the public disclosure of information about its future climate-related performance. […]

  • Economics
  • Doing Away with the Death Economy

    Open John Perkins’ “New Confessions of an Economic Hit Man,” and you’d think you were reading a pulpy thriller from the airport bookstand. Stories include dark alleys, secret missions and CIA operatives dispatched to assassinate democratically-elected officials. But according to Perkins, it’s true. His role in this matter was as a staid-but-impressive-sounding Chief Economist for a privately-owned […]

  • Technology
  • Fossil Fuels: A Green Revolution Starts with Partnerships

    Ed. note: This is an entry in Masdar’s 2016 Blog Contest. A lot of proposals have been put forth in recent years on how the world community can jump start a green economy and, in effect, transition away from fossil fuel dependence. Steering many of those proposals is the recognition that change is most successful when it has the […]

  • Society
  • Paving the Way for a Circular Economy

    By Averill Brewer There is a morbid depiction of human life floating around the Internet that reads something like: “Join a hilarious adventure of a lifetime! Work. Buy. Consume. Die.” Although this is a pretty robotic portrayal of modern human existence, and quite obviously does not account for the aspects of life that inspire pleasure […]

  • Corporate responsibility
  • What’s Your Business IQ?

    By Ron Carson I often meet entrepreneurs who cannot understand why their firms are not growing faster. I like to ask a few questions about the most recent initiatives they have implemented within their company including: What was the last big project they finished? How long was it forecasted to take? How long did it […]

  • Corporate responsibility
  • How BPO Companies Affect Change

    By Susana Vigaray In the last couple of decades, we’ve seen that corporate social responsibility, or CSR, has become an important part of top companies’ strategies. Consumer studies show that there is an expectation that companies will participate in CSR initiatives. According to findings from the 2015 Cone Communications/Ebiquity Global CSR Study, 9 in 10 consumers […]