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January 14, 2014 Can you teach businessmen to be ethical?

Source: Washington Post Blog

Business has gotten a bad rap for thousands of years. “The more men value money-making, the less they value virtue,” Socrates wrote. The Bible warned that a camel would sooner pass through the eye of a needle than a rich man...

January 7, 2014 What we need in 2014: fewer leaders, more followers

Source: Guardian

The single largest sustainability challenge of our time is this: today's corporation, the main agent of today's economy, generating two-thirds of global GDP and jobs, needs to be redesigned. Without corporate redesign, we are...

January 7, 2014 Clean energy should do without special tax breaks - Editorial

Source: Washington Post

ONE OF the oldest federal policies to combat climate change just expired. Good riddance. On Jan. 1, Congress allowed a collection of special tax breaks to lapse. Among them was the wind production tax credit . With a...

December 30, 2013 Did You Bring Your Business Ethics to Work Today?

Source: Human

Writing recently about developing a code of conduct or code of ethics, as it is sometimes called, I was struck by the importance of an organization having a code to guide employee behavior.

December 19, 2013 Business ethics a longtime commitment

Source: The Tennessean

If love and marriage go together like a horse and carriage, as the once-popular song says, then business and ethics seem to have gotten a divorce.

December 16, 2013 Why are we letting China buy American companies?

Source: NY Post

This takeover, the largest takeover of a US company by a Chinese firm, represents a precedent that will damage the American economy and cost jobs in the long run. It also may have emboldened China. Weeks after permission was...

December 10, 2013 Reeds Inc. (REED): The Case for Proxy Access & How I Voted

Source: James McRitchie, CorpGov.Net

In mid-July I e-mailed investor relations at Reeds Inc. $REEDGojiGinger_Kombucha ( asking if REED had a classified board or plurality requirements for director elections. Can shareowners call a special meeting or...

December 4, 2013 Keeping Shareholders in the Dark - Editorial

Source: NY Times

Protecting investors and ensuring proper corporate governance are the essence of the mission of the Securities and Exchange Commission. But you wouldn’t know that from the recent actions of the agency and its chairwoman, Mary Jo...

November 26, 2013 Joseph & Pharaoh: A Lesson for a Time of Climate Change

Source: Peter D. Kinder

I’ve been reading Global Crisis: War, Climate Change & Catastrophe in the Seventeenth Century (Yale Univ. Press, 2013) by Ohio State history professor Geoffrey Parker. [more]

November 8, 2013 The growing importance of stock exchanges in the transition to a sustainable global economy

Source: GRI Chief Executive Ernst Ligteringen

Arguably the most popular debate at GRI’s Conference back in May was the penultimate session, the media-led discussion sponsored by Bloomberg. At the end the audience voted on the question: ‘Who will be the leaders of the...

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