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By Jan Erickson
Posted on: November 19, 2015
Consumers are waking up.They’re recognizing that the old adage—“you vote with your dollars”—is actually true. They’re looking at labels. They’re supporting products that represent causes they believe in, be it fair trade or various retail-related charities. They’re recognizing that dollars spent on American goods create bigger ripples in the national economy than dollars spent on foreign goods.That’s why the American Made Matters campaign is gaining so much traction. November 19 has been declared American Made Matters Day, and my company, Janska Clothing That Comforts, as a Colorado Springs-... read more
By Troy Van Beek
Posted on: November 11, 2015
Veteran’s Day, 2015 As a Veteran, I understand the importance of national security and see an extraordinary opportunity for Americans from all walks of life to come together to make our nation more energy independent. I also understand the threats of climate change and its potential to make our nation less stable and vulnerable. So, on Veterans Day, it’s time to not only celebrate the service of Vets like myself, but also to acknowledge the role that Vets are playing in building a more resilient economy here at home through their work as clean energy business leaders.Transforming a military... read more
By Jake Kornack
Posted on: November 6, 2015
Many people hope for an economy that engineers a future that lifts people out of poverty, ensures fairness, and systematically respects the environmental limits set by our planet. Yet, with all the talk today of letting the free market work and eschewing government regulation, it’s easy to think that a successful business strategy must be at odds with a sustainable vision for the future - and with the very way the market functions.As average CEO pay has jumped - from 20 times as much as the earnings of the average employee to almost 300 times in the past 50 years - wealth inequality has... read more
By Donna Dolan
Posted on: October 28, 2015
New York State has a fairly interesting position when it comes to paid leave - simultaneously better and worse than average.What do I mean by that? New York is one of five states with an insurance system that can be used to provide paid family leave, called Temporary Disability Insurance (TDI). Funded through small employer and employee premium contributions, TDI provides partial wage replacement when workers experience an off-the-job short term disability, including those related to pregnancy and recovery from childbirth.Other states, like California, New Jersey, and Rhode Island, have... read more
By David Brodwin
Posted on: October 27, 2015
Mention the Chamber of Commerce, and most people think of a benign organization comprised mostly of small business owners who meet for networking and mutual support in local chapters across the U.S. But today's Chamber is anything but that, according to Alyssa Katz's extensive research, recently published as "The Influence Machine."Founded in 1912, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has been shaped by its CEO Tom Donohue into a powerful lobbying and campaigning machine that pursues a fairly narrow special-interest agenda. It's now the largest lobbying organization in the U.S. (ranked by budget). It... read more
Sustainable Economy
By David Brodwin
Posted on: October 21, 2015
Most startup companies welcome a huge surge in demand. What's not to like? Soaring demand lets a startup attract venture capital and get big fast. Then the entrepreneur can cash out via an initial public offering of stock or some other deal.But ironically, surging demand and rapid growth are extremely dangerous to so-called social ventures, businesses that pursue the triple bottom line of people, planet and profit. When demand grows, these companies need to raise a lot of money to finance expansion. Investors who can put up this much money expect to get a large amount of stock, and they often... read more
By Jeff Marcous
Posted on: October 13, 2015
Last month, our San Francisco Bay Area company decided to follow the lead of another payment processing company’s CEO; he had decided to increase the salaries of entry level staff after reading a study that concluded that happiness begins at about $70k/year of income in this country. Presumably, that is the income level at which physical world needs are met, thereby freeing one from the bonds and worries of sustaining a living. Though that particular study has been criticized as somewhat flawed, and the company’s implementation of pay increases has resulted in fallout from some staff and some... read more
By David Brodwin
Posted on: October 11, 2015
Last week, an obscure prescription drug grabbed attention after its new owner hiked its price a stunning 5000 percent, from $13.50 to $750 per pill. The drug, called pyrimethamine (branded as Daraprim), cures a lethal disease that afflicts mostly AIDS and cancer patients with weak immune systems. Now, annual treatment can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars.Soaring drug prices are, unfortunately, old news. But the shocker here is that this drug is a generic that has been off-patent for decades. While competition among suppliers should keep generic drug prices in check, in this case there's... read more
By David Brodwin
Posted on: October 2, 2015
The "leadership industry" is big business, worth a billion dollars or more. (Some say much more.) It includes "how-to" books and profiles of celebrity CEOs like Steve Jobs; executive education, coaching and testing; and much more. The appeal is obvious: Who in corporate life doesn't want to master the leadership skills needed to reach the top?But are the observations offered in leadership books actually true? Does the advice actually work? And if it doesn't, what happens to those who labor under a bad model?One of America's most respected leadership experts—Jeffrey Pfeffer at Stanford... read more
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