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Socially Responsible Investing Can Be Like Searching for Fool’s Gold

“ESG proponents argue that when companies place importance on reducing their carbon footprint, emphasizing workplace management or improving board diversity, they are doing good business that will generate greater long-term financial returns for their investors. […] Many academic and industry studies have looked into this, however, and there is no conclusive evidence that ESG investing leads to superior returns for investors.”

A Greener Economy: How We Make Sustainability Central to Business

“what role can individuals within businesses play in actually achieving a more profound change? How can just one person help turn what has been a traumatic period in human history, into one that future generations will benefit from, and create a more sustainable world? We studied 44 heads of sustainability at companies around the world, exploring what they did to build sustainability into their organisation.”

Why Ford, Chanel and Other Companies Pitch in During a Crisis – Without the Government Ordering Them To

“In all, hundreds of companies across the globe have committed money, supplies and know-how to help with the COVID-19 response, according to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s corporate aid tracker. Why are these companies being so generous? As scholars of corporate social responsibility, we believe altruism certainly plays a role for many of them, but it’s not the only motivator. Research on company behavior points to two others: bolstering reputation and avoiding regulation.”

What a Sustainable Circular Economy Would Look Like

“The idea of a circular economy is simple: to make better use of resources, close loops of resource flows by fully recovering materials instead of wasting them, and prevent waste and pollution by better design of products and materials and keeping them in use for longer. Sounds great, but how might it work? Our research programme supported the implementation of a circular economy in the UK and we discovered that three broad types exist.”

Turning to Easter Eggs to Get through These Dark Times? Here’s the Bitter Truth about Chocolate

“South Australia’s chief public health officer Nicola Spurrier reportedly said people should partake in the Easter treats ‘to cheer ourselves up … I’ve certainly got a good supply of chocolate eggs already’. But before you fill your shopping trolley (online or virtual) with chocolate, we urge you to think twice about whether it’s ethically produced.”

Biggest Companies Pay the Least Tax, Leaving Society More Vulnerable to Pandemic

“Many governments – including the UK and the US – have announced fiscal stimulus packages, including tax relief, to individuals and business. Such measures are welcome, but our new research suggests that they should be understood against broader shifts in the tax regime which leave society less able to withstand the pandemic. As we show by looking at American companies, these shifts reinforce inequality not only between large and small firms but also between high and low-income households. The result is a fraying social fabric through which the coronavirus can spread rapidly.”

Why Are Workers Getting Smaller Pieces of the Pie?

“It’s one of the biggest economic changes in recent decades: Workers get a smaller slice of company revenue, while a larger share is paid to capital owners and distributed as profits. Or, as economists like to say, there has been a fall in labor’s share of gross domestic product, or GDP. A new study co-authored by MIT economists uncovers a major reason for this trend: Big companies that spend more on capital and less on workers are gaining market share, while smaller firms that spend more on workers and less on capital are losing market share.”

Today’s GDP Figures Won’t Tell Us Whether Life Is Getting Better – Here’s What Can

“Australia’s Social Progress Index, launched last month by the Centre for Social Impact at UNSW Sydney and the Social Progress Imperative […] It will enable the well-being and opportunities to be ranked and compared by location and time. The online tool enables anyone to explore how we are tracking on 12 components grouped into three domains: basic human needs, foundations of well-being, and opportunity.”

How Socialism Became Un-American through the Ad Council’s Propaganda Campaigns

“Sanders is a Democratic Socialist. And the label ‘socialist’ is a political liability in American culture. […] In my research, I have found that this antipathy toward socialism may not be an accident: American identity today is strongly tied to an image of capitalism crafted and advertised by the Ad Council and American corporate interests over decades, often with the support of the U.S. government.”

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