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Companies’ Self-Regulation Doesn’t Have to Be Bad for the Public

“If Boeing is allowed to certify that a crash-prone aircraft is safe, and Facebook can violate users’ privacy expectations, should companies and industries ever be allowed to police themselves? The debate is heating up particularly in the U.S. tech sector with growing calls to regulate – or even break up – the likes of Google, Apple and Amazon. It turns out to be possible, at least sometimes, for companies and industries to govern themselves, while still protecting the public interest.”

Five Myths about the Informal Economy That Need Debunking

“we often get asked about the ‘risks’ associated to informal economy. Doesn’t it lead to ‘losses’ for a society? Aren’t such workers ‘missing opportunities’? These questions reveal something else, however: that informality is often perceived negatively. As citizens and researchers we identified five myths we often hear on this topic.”

The Search for an Alternative to GDP to Measure a Nation’s Progress – The New Zealand Experience

“There is consensus among New Zealand policymakers and researchers that GDP is not a good measure of a nation’s well-being. But the debate about what metric should replace GDP is ongoing. Last week’s [national] well-being budget was based on the Livings Standards Framework (LSF), a set of well-being measures that include cultural identity, environment, income and consumption, and social connections. But these provide no overall index of the nation’s performance. Our research uses the Genuine Progress Indicator (GPI). It shows that by that measure, New Zealand may be only half as well off, compared to conventional measures such as GDP.”

Sharing Profits and Ownership with Workers not only Make Them Happier, It Benefits the Bottom Line Too

“Near-record low unemployment has companies fumbling to find the best ways to recruit and retain workers. Our research suggests a sure-fire way to do just that: give them a real stake. By that we simply mean sharing some of the profits and even ownership with the men and women who are fundamental to their companies’ success. […] After conducting a massive, multi-year study of shared capitalism, we found that not only is it good for workers, it’s good for the bottom line too.”

How Board Members Really Feel About ESG, from Deniers to True Believers

“we interviewed 25 experienced European non-executive directors representing 50 large, well-known companies. […] Unsurprisingly, we encountered a wide range of individual attitudes — from out-and-out skepticism around the importance of Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) criteria to fervent belief. But when we looked a little more closely we discovered that directors cohere around five distinct archetypes of behavior. In profiling the different types, we identified strategies to help directors overcome resistance to ESG issues at the director level.”

To Get Companies to Take Action on Social Issues, Emphasize Morals, Not the Business Case

“We’ve seen the business case for a plethora of social issues: increasing diversity, sustainability, corporate social responsibility, corporate philanthropy, corporate volunteering programs, reducing poverty, and treating employees well. Yet some have questioned whether we always have to make the business case. For example, don’t many organizational leaders want to improve society as an end in itself? Research also shows the business case can activate a leader’s “economic schema,” or a tendency to make decisions solely from an economic viewpoint, which can lead to less compassionate behavior. So we set out to scientifically study whether the business case or the moral case for combatting social problems was most persuasive to managers.”

Market Power

“It is a no-brainer that business people don’t really like competitive market capitalism, despite all their exhortations about the value of markets. Just read any of The Wealth of Nations to find Adam Smith with the same view. Business people much prefer rigged markets, as long as they are on the inside. So it is no surprise that new research finds that converting health care insurance from non-profit to for-profit leads to a rise in premiums (not the fall that would be anticipated because of greater market efficiencies).”

We All Want Increased Choice in Elder Care – But Neoliberal Health Policies Make This Difficult

“While governments pay lip service to the notion of choice, their disinvestment in public home care services means that older people and their families often have no choice but to ‘choose’ for-profit home care providers, as these are becoming the norm for elder home care. […] Home care is a high involvement purchase, which requires considerable time and emotional investment. But people in need of care might not have all the necessary information, skills or time required to navigate intricate care markets.”


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