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By David Brodwin
Posted on: September 17, 2015
Running a sustainable business requires a unique kind of leadership. It's hard enough to meet quarterly financial targets consistently. To build a sustainable business, an executive must go beyond financial performance to meet goals that center on people (employees, customers, communities) and the environment.Most large corporations have launched sustainability programs of some sort, and many entrepreneurs are pursuing sustainable business startups. Yet the ranks are thin when it comes to CEOs who show a strong commitment to sustainability while leading a significant public or privately-held... read more
By Kerry Sesil
Posted on: September 14, 2015
A job is the single most important factor in reducing poverty in the United States, and yet, for many people faced with economic insecurity, a job remains completely out of reach. The situation is often compounded for people who have spent time in prison. Greyston Bakery, a Yonkers, NY based social enterprise and values led supplier for Ben & Jerry’s that has baked brownies since 1982 hires individuals with barriers to employment- no questions asked. Greyston’s Open Hiring Model is a disruptive force in a market driven system that challenges businesses to use their inherent power to make... read more
By David Brodwin
Posted on: September 4, 2015
The National Labor Relations Board issued a controversial ruling this week that gets to the heart of corporate responsibility. The ruling raises the bar for the treatment of corporate franchise workers or contractors, and it has already provoked complaints from big franchisers and their trade associations. But the rule will likely help a wide range of businesses and provide some benefits to the economy as whole.Contracting or franchising is a widespread practice. McDonald's, for example, relies on franchisees that employ workers to serve food. Silicon Valley tech giants hire contractors to... read more
By Sarah Senseman
Posted on: August 31, 2015
We’ve all probably been there - you’re out on the town, maybe going to a movie or a nice restaurant, but instead of being able to enjoy yourself, you’re forced to listen to someone who’s being way too loud or playing with a cell phone. Much as you try, you can’t ignore that. Your night is ruined.That may not have a lot to do with policy, but to some extent, that is an example of an externality: a cost or benefit that affects a party who did not choose to incur that cost or benefit.When thinking about externalities in the more traditional sense, we’re usually talking about negative... read more
By David Brodwin
Posted on: August 31, 2015
Last week, an op-ed by Victor Fleischer in The New York Times launched a firestorm of criticism at elite universities with huge endowments. Malcolm Gladwell joined the fray, calling these endowments "obscene" and suggesting that these schools should voluntarily renounce their tax exempt status.Yes, there's a reasonable case to be made that these schools should spend more of their endowments in order to cut tuition and boost faculty pay. But for the most part, this broadside simply distracts attention from the real problem. It makes the colleges out to be the "bad guy," but the real culprit is... read more
By David Brodwin
Posted on: August 24, 2015
In the recent GOP presidential debate, the candidates practical fell over each other in their fervor to condemn Obamacare. Critics of Obamacare – including many politicians and healthcare industry executives – argue that America would be better served by a system that relies more on competition and less on regulation.It's ironic that while health care CEOs and their allies praise competition in theory, in practice they run full speed to get away from competition.The main strategy to avoid competition is mergers and acquisitions. More than 100 deals were completed in the industry last year, a... read more
By Regine Martin-Benn
Posted on: August 21, 2015
In order to engage your employees, you have to understand them. Clearing sessions are a unique approach that Best for Workers B Corp Dharma Merchant Services uses to help their employees engage their emotions, share their experiences, and build trust in the workplace. We recently spoke with Nick Bencivenga from Dharma, who gave us a better insight on how their weekly clearing sessions have helped them build a Best for Workers workplace. By sharing their experiences weekly, Dharma’s staff creates an atmosphere of safety, honesty, and effective conflict resolution that resonates throughout the... read more
By David Brodwin
Posted on: August 17, 2015
The Trans-Pacific Partnership is starting to falter as negotiators wrestle over the last, deeply contentious issues. This might not be a bad thing. I have pointed out earlier (here, here and here) the problems with the treaty.But some supporters, who prioritize the economic benefits of trade, have challenged me to offer a better alternative. So let's recap the legitimate points of both sides. Then, I'll sketch out an approach to capture the benefits of freer trade without the problems of the Trans-Pacific Partnership.The deal's opponents make four key arguments: It will lead to job loss and... read more
By Michael Peck
Posted on: August 12, 2015
“For what’s it’s worth,” the 1967 Buffalo Springfield song as lyrical, close-up socio-economic observation, still resonates. Last week, The New York Times reported that none other than Harvard’s business professors flew out to study Gravity CEO Dan Price, of Seattle, Washington after he unilaterally capped his seven figure remuneration and raised the annual “minimum wage” for all of his employees to $70,000 each.In “Love letters to the Gravity Boss (video)” and “A Company Copes with Backlash Against the Raise that Roared,” New York Times reporters, Erica Berenstein & Jessey Dearing, and... read more
By David Brodwin
Posted on: August 7, 2015
In politics you often hear people call for "states' rights" as a way to justify certain positions. This argument sounds like recourse to a high Constitutional principle, but really, it's anything but that. Regardless of the issue, both liberals and conservatives respect states' rights when they don't have enough power to win in Washington. And both sides conveniently forget about states' rights when they can prevail at the federal level. It's just a flag of convenience.For example, Southern conservatives waved the banner of states' rights when they fought the civil rights battles of the 1960s... read more