Business profits are an illusion, based on a slight of hand.

If business stopped externalizing its costs it would stop making money! I’m somewhat obsessed with the concept of “externalities” and its companion concept developed to capture them, “full cost accounting.” “Externalities” are the costs and negative impacts imposed by businesses onto society and the environment that are not paid for by those...

Corporate America: Killing us slowly

Recently the Michael Moss in a New York Times Magazine cover story on “The Extraordinary Science of Addictive Junk Food” examined how food companies have known for decades that salt, sugar and fat are not good for us in the quantities American’s consume them, and yet every year they convince most of us to ingest about twice the recommended amount...

Let’s start to recognize this: we are all interconnected.

We’ve all seen the news: droughts in the south, fires ravaging our forests in the west, hurricanes on the east coast. North America has been affected by significantly more weather-related extreme events in recent decades, especially in the year 2012, than may other parts of the globe. A  publication by Munich Re, the worlds foremost reinsurance agency, titled...

The Relationship Between NGOs and Big Business

We’ve come a long way from the time when NGO leaders and businesses stood at opposite ends of the spectrum, with little collaboration or compromise.  Now, with the realization that issues are interrelated, that big problems such as climate change, fresh water depletion, natural resource destruction can be solved by partnerships and collaboration, we see NGO...

Fair Trade sales increase rapidly despite economic downturn

The Ethical Consumerism Report 2010 was produced by The Co-operative Group, which has tracked shopping trends in the United Kingdom for more than a decade, found that, “despite the economic downturn, sales of ethical goods and services have remained resilient, going up almost 9% last year from £43bn to £46.8bn. Acting as a barometer of green spending since...

Seventh Generation’s “Tribute to a Visionary”

After a two year absence, I was invited to return to Seventh Generation to celebrate my induction into the Social Venture Network Hall of Fame. I was honored when Seventh Generation CEO John Replogle gave an exceptional speech to commemorate the occasion and I thought I would share it with you all. Click here to read the article and...