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By Andrew Winston
Posted on: April 13, 2017
In September 2014, hundreds of thousands of people marched through the streets of New York City to raise awareness about climate change. Among them were leaders from major companies and business associations who saw the opportunity to show the pivotal role businesses can play in tackling climate change. The People’s Climate Movement is gathering citizens again in a few weeks, but this time in Washington, DC. Their collective voices will demonstrate to our elected officials the scale of demand for action.Business leaders should show up in force, whether physically or virtually. For companies,... read more
By Michael Peck
Posted on: April 6, 2017
Mortality is universal and bipartisan: black lives do matter and lower economic class, middle-aged white lives with a high school diploma or less are driving actuarial chart curves downward by dying off more quickly than they should. Causes are also bipartisan: disintegrating family cohesion, worsening job prospects in a rapidly decaying, inequality-driven culture that commoditizes the people who work, and inferior access to healthcare for the downtrodden including whites plagued by obesity, heart disease, diabetes and opiate addiction. Twenty-first century American exceptionalism and... read more
By MaryEllen Etienne
Posted on: March 30, 2017
In the environmental Reduce-Reuse-Recycle formula, “recycle” is best-known and “reduce” most obvious, but we can't achieve Zero Waste without all three -- and reuse offers the most interesting added benefits.In the corporate world, it’s savings. In the late 1990’s, Toyota began replacing cardboard gaylords and wooden pallets with reusable containers to ship parts to dealerships. In the early 2000’s, they began using these containers to ship parts, first from Japan to North America, then to distribution centers. Now, more than 65,000 reusable shipping containers carry109 million parts through... read more
By Eliza Kelsten
Posted on: March 23, 2017
Women’s History Month gives us the opportunity to reflect on how far women have come as well as on the opportunities presented by continuing inequities. A recent McKinsey study showed women still do the majority of unpaid labor, and as the Institute for Women’s Policy Research notes, women who are paid make, on average, 80 cents to every dollar made by a man.[1] Women also make up a larger part of the workforce than in the past. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, women are 47% of the American workforce, and 70% of women with children under 18 work.[2] As female workforce... read more
By David Brodwin
Posted on: March 23, 2017
President Donald Trump is caught between a rock and a hard place in his drive to "repeal and replace" Obamacare.The French health care system is fascinating to consider. Any time someone says "look at the French solution," someone else yells "Socialism!" But the French system actually is, in some respects, more market-centric than our own, and it delivers good results for a lot less money. In the French system, doctors work mostly as private practitioners as they do in the U.S. (except at places like the Veterans Administration and HMOs like Kaiser). Patients are free to choose any doctor... read more
By Hazel Henderson
Posted on: March 19, 2017
The 2016 US election and similar trends in Europe all exhibited revolts against global corporate and financial dominance. In the US, Trump supporters, Tea Party members, Occupy Wall Street, Bernie Sanders supporters all targeted the unfairness the of elite Davos-Wall Street-London model of globalization. Many of the hand-lettered signs across this spectrum: "Where's My Bailout?", "No Corporate Trade Deals"; "Power to People" expressed the underlying outrage. As Trump and Sanders picked up these signals from across the spectrum, the grandees of both Republican and Democrat parties seemed tone... read more
By Sarah Severn
Posted on: March 6, 2017
I have worked on the issue of climate change and clean energy within corporate America for over two decades. During this time, I’ve participated in countless conversations on the topic in the C suite, the boardroom, in business organizations and government appointed taskforces. I’ve witnessed a growing acceptance of science and a clear acknowledgement about the fundamental risks that climate change poses. I have also seen an appreciation for the unique roles of both government and the market in creating solutions.Short Term Thinking Guarantees FailureOne constant presence during my corporate... read more
By John O'Neill
Posted on: February 15, 2017
Ever-increasing economic inequality has convinced millions of Americans the U.S. economy is failing them. Congress can reverse this decline and rebuild the middle class by supporting worker ownership of companies. It’s a proven way to increase wages, build wealth, strengthen companies and save communities.Ownership is key: Exponential wealth increases for the top percentage of Americans are due to their ownership of capital and capital income. Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, and the Koch brothers alone have as much wealth as the 128 million people in the bottom 40 percent, according to Having a... read more
By David Brodwin
Posted on: February 6, 2017
Recently, Congress took action to unwind a broad range of regulations enacted in the waning days the Obama administration. The so-called Midnight Rules Relief Act lets Congress stop, with a single vote, all the executive branch actions that were enacted in the last 60 days of an outgoing administration. Under prior law, Congress would have to consider each regulation individually on its merits.Many cheered, thinking that gutting regulations will inevitably boost corporate profits and create jobs (as if profit-boosting and job-creating go hand-in-hand, but that's another story). Stock prices... read more
By David Brodwin
Posted on: January 30, 2017
President-elect Donald Trump tells us that he'll bring his vast business leadership experience to the White House. He promises to use the same techniques that make a business great to make America great. As he takes the oath of office, let's look more closely at what great business leaders do, and consider how these same techniques would let the U.S. thrive in global competition.Attract and retain top talent. Great business leaders know the importance of talent, and they position their companies to attract the most skilled and motivated people. For the U.S. as a nation, that means that we... read more