Rating America: 16 Things That Need Work

The World Economic Forum recently released, “The Global Competitiveness Report 2012-2013,” that ranks 144 countries, on everything from “Organized Crime,” to the “Quality of Overall Infrastructure,” and the “Protection of Minority Shareholders. “ No. 1 represents the best nation and No. 144 represents the worst nation. America did very...

Wall Street: A Culture of Greed

23 percent of finance industry insiders say they have observed wrongdoing in their workplace. A new report on financial industry insiders about ethical conduct, suggests that Wall Street’s culture of greed and willful misconduct is as strong today as it ever has been. That’s not just sad, but dangerous for all of us. While I frequently ruminate on the...

Is Corporate Responsibility Dead? 2.0

I think I first asked this question in 2009. My answer was – not dead, but dying. Dying because it no longer represented any clearly defined goals. There was a desperate lack of metrics and if you totaled up all the so-called corporate responsibility impacts, we were still headed for disaster. CSR in total may have bought us a few more years to avert a most...

One in four students contracted a STI during their first year of university!

Yes, that’s right – one in four! Lucy Miller, writing in The National Student, http://www.thenationalstudent.com/Student_Health/2013-10-22/Why_are_we_still_not_using_condoms.html “Think about your closest group of friends – if there are eight of you, that means two will probably get themselves infected with something nasty sooner rather than...

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 “full cost accounting,” the companion concept developed to capture them. “Externalities” are the costs and negative impacts imposed by businesses onto society and the environment that are not paid for by those...