How to Reinvent Capitalism via Creating Shared Value?

Nestle is very clear on what it intends to achieve – find ways and methods by which businesses can play a role in the development of the communities and countries it operates in or in other words it wants to Create Shared Value – both for the business and for the society. Nestle’s Creating Shared Value […]

Pushing for Full Corporate Accountability at RIO+ 20 – NATURAL CAPITAL DECLARATION

GUEST POST: By Dr Joël Houdet, Integrated Sustainability Services, South Africa The Natural Capital Declaration was released on June 20th at the Rio+ 20 Earth Summit by the financial sector, with the aim of demonstrating its commitment to work towards integrating Natural Capital considerations into their financial products and services for the 21st century. The […]

“Voluntary” Principles of Sustainable Insurance launched at Rio+20

UNEP’s Finance Initiative today launched the Principles for Sustainable Insurance on the eve of the Rio+20 Conference. The launch marks the start of the UNEP FI Principles for Sustainable Insurance Initiative (the ‘PSI Initiative’) to promote the adoption and implementation of the Principles globally. “The Principles will serve as the global framework for insurance companies […]

“Inclusive Wealth Report 2012” launched at Rio+20

We already knew that GDP has always been a poor indicator of quality of air, water, health, leisure or the ever elusive happiness. It measures the goods and services produced in a country in a specific period of time but assumes that the inputs to make those are “free” or the natural capital is endless and […]

Entering Rio+20 with vague Rio principles will give vague results

Some time ago I wrote about why we continue to see the unsatisfactoriness of the Rio declaration. Now that we have Rio+20 summit upon us this month, I thought it timely to re-publish the earlier post with some changes made to it. The Rio Declaration of 1992 laid down 27 principles pertaining to environment and development. Here […]

23 things they didn’t tell you about Capitalism

Capitalism is the worst economic system except for all the others –  W. Churchill I recently listened to a podcast talk by Ha Joon Chang, a true capitalist who debunks the myths about capitalism. He is S.Korean by descent and works on developmental economics at Cambridge University. His blunt and cutting approach tells you as it is – not […]

Microcredit – III : ACCION – Helping millions help themselves

(Final part of 3-part series on “Microcredit instituitions and their impact” by Ksheera, Dan, Renata, Pankaj, Hiroko at Anaheim’s Green MBA program) ACCION International was established in 1961 and has been a leader in the field of microfinance since 1973. Leveraging over 45 years of experience in the field of international economic development, ACCION is a private, nonprofit organization […]

Microcredit -II: KIVA – Online lending platform

KIVA is not a typical microfinance institution but an online platform that connects people who want to lend microloans of as little as $25 to finance destitute small entrepreneurs around the world. It is a US based non-profit company founded in 2005 on a simple principle: Individuals can make loans across the internet.

Microcredit instituitions and their impact – I

(The following is a 3 part series summarized paper done as part of the Green MBA program at Anaheim University by Ksheera, Hiroko, Dan, Renata and me on the Microcredit instituitions and their impact on the economy and people) MICROCREDIT programs began in the 1970’s. These were used as a vehicle to promote economic growth, support human […]

Decoupling GDP and Happiness

Can GDP and happines be decoupled? Does economic growth equal happiness? These are the questions that economists have been toying around with for quite some time now. GDP as measured today is used as the sole indicator of growth rates as theway to assess a country’s performance on the global scale. It measures economic output but overlooks areas of air […]

Growth policies that trigger Green Economy – IV (India)

INDIA: Economic Growth in the Green sector through policy integration (This article is the last in the 4 part series of Policies for Green economy in USA, Japan, China, India by Rangika, Nathan, Gan and Pankaj at Anaheim Green MBA program. This post looks into the Indian economy and the steps it has taken in that […]

Growth policies that trigger Green Economy – III (China)

   China: Ambitious targets for the Greener world (This article continues in the 4 part series of Policies for Green economy in USA, Japan, China, India by Rangika, Nathan, Gan and Pankaj at Anaheim Green MBA program. This post looks into the Chinese economy and the steps it has taken in that direction) China has […]

Growth policies that trigger Green economy – II (Japan)

(This article continues in the 4 part series of Policies for Green economy in USA, Japan, China, India by Rangika, Nathan, Gan and Pankaj at Anaheim Green MBA program. This post looks into the Japanese economy and the steps it has taken in that direction) Japan: Fundamental economic growth with environmental growth

Growth policies that trigger Green Economy – I (USA)

-:By Rangika Samaraweera, Gan Shu, Nathan Small, Pankaj Arora:- What kind of government policies can trigger economic growth in the area of green economy? Recently, my colleagues and I at Anaheim MBA worked on a paper focusing on just that. We looked at 4 different economies –USA, Japan, China, India and delved into what the leaders […]

Free Markets & Fair Trade

The current system of free markets has been designed to work well in the countries with stable democratic governments having proper regulatory frameworks that respect human rights and shun corruption by and large – and leaves out countries with poor infrastructure, low incomes and GDP – that is the poorer economies are left to contend […]

Selling beyond the poor

Co-creation, Embedded Innovation: Start small, fail small, Learn BIG
Stu Hart moves beyond selling to the poor to co-venturing in business with the poor – the onset of BOP 2.0

Opportunities at the intersection of Social sector and Business

The world is currently experiencing a fundamental shift in the way we live. The only people who can feel this change occur are some billion people around the world who live on less than $2 a day – the poorest of the poor or more commonly referred to as the Base of the Pyramid (BOP).

Is Capitalism Sustainable w/o a major move to Triple Bottom Line for business world?

To answer this question, we need to first define what sustainable really means – in simple terms, to leave the planet and its natural resources in enough abundance so that the future generations are able to take care of themselves as we have been able to. But this again, begets another question as to how […]

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