Author’s Choice: Don’t Ignore the Transparency Imperative

Nell Minow, coauthor of Corporate Governance, introduces a lesson in corporate transparency from The Responsibility Revolution: How the Next Generation of Businesses Will Win, by Jeffrey Hollender and Bill Breen Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis famously wrote almost 100 years ago, “Sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants; electric light the most...

Transparency, Equity, and Justice at Seventh Generation

In my new book, The Responsibility Revolution, I look at companies that conduct internal business with transparency. Seventh Generation is one of those companies, but a recent experience here made me realize that it is always easier to stand at the doorstep of someone else’s challenges, peering in and offering advice, than it is to deal with your own. A...

Big, Small, and the Bridge Between

When it comes to reputation, perception is everything, and my home state of Vermont certainly has the art down to a science. In the popular imagination, it’s a semi-mystical rural realm where idyllic agrarian landscapes nestle in perfect balance amidst untouched natural wonder, a modern day Shangri-La saved from 21st century hurly burly by earnest homesteaders...

America Beyond Capitalism

I was giddy with hope back in November 2008 when Barack Obama won the presidential election. Like many, I believed that we stood at the edge of potentially enormous positive change, an opportunity that surely arises only once in a generation. Today, a year later, I am more deeply concerned than ever. Not hopeless, but extremely worried. Obama’s election...