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Can we move beyond one-dimensional capitalism? Not all “capitals” are created equal.


By JOSS TANTRAM
Published: MAR 11, 2015

Using a comparable metric like money as a way to put things on a level playing field makes sense, but only up to a point.

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CSR isn’t getting the job done – now what?


By MICHAEL TOWNSEND
Published: JAN 08, 2015

While there is more noise than ever when it comes to CSR, there is a huge question mark over how much of this translates into meaningful action

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An unexpected message from one of Canada’s largest banks…we need greater income equality


By RYAN MEILI
Published: DEC 27, 2014

The richest 20% now controls over 67.4% of all wealth in the country. This redistribution happened while we were being told that inequality was of no great concern; so long as the economy was growing, everyone’s life circumstances were improving.

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The mantra of profit maximization is slowly losing its grip.


By JO CONFINO
Published: NOV 20, 2014

The constant repetition of the slogan of profit maximization undermines the legitimacy of business, which will eventuality destroy its ability to even achieve this particular objective.

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Social Progress

(VIDEO) GDP is so 20th century – Social Progress is the metric of the 21st century. Congrats Canada for being #1 among the G7


By BRAD ZARNETT
Published: NOV 15, 2014

GDP is a measurement tool invented in the 20th century for the development challenges of the 20th century. In the 21st century need a tool that faces the new challenges that we face.

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CSR on Steroids: 28 Environmental and Social Goals that Define a “Future Fit Company”


By BOB WILLARD
Published: NOV 14, 2014

We are uneasy about the pace of progress towards flourishing human societies and thriving economies on our finite planet - so we created the Future Fit Benchmark.

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Canadian CSR Leaders Outperform TSX


By DEREK WONG
Published: NOV 06, 2014

Canadian companies that lead in CSR also lead in their stock performance. The five Canadian companies that made this elite group are TD Bank, Bombardier, TransCanada, Teck Resources, and CN Railway.

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Rethinking prosperity: it’s time to breakout of the box


By JO CONFINO
Published: OCT 08, 2014

One of the core fears around our industrialised society, which we are largely refusing to face up to, is the belief that there is no credible alternative to the current global economic system, which is now undermining our prosperity and may even thre

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(REPORT) Moving Beyond Environment…how can business improve its social footprint?


By CORO STRANDBERG
Published: OCT 05, 2014

The business sector has much to contribute to addressing social issues. It can bring financial support and expertise and customize products and services. It can harness its core competencies and business assets to create lasting societal and business

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SwimAgainstTheCurrent

A Rethink for Corporate Sustainability: A Sustainability Ombudsperson?


By CHRIS OESTEREICH
Published: SEP 22, 2014

If we made CSR/sustainability leaders into a form of ombudsperson, they could become the intermediaries for discussions between the firm and external interests on social and environmental lines.

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Another Radical Sustainability Idea: Pay Employees at Least a Fair Living Wage


By BOB WILLARD
Published: JUN 12, 2014

A living wage would not only have a positive effect on employee well-being, which improves productivity and reduces employee turnover; it also would increase the buying power of citizens, which is good for the economy and the company itself.

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Pay your damn taxes! Are Sustainability Rankings Missing Something?


By BOB WILLARD
Published: JUN 08, 2014

The crumbs of social support that corporations provide through their CSR initiatives don’t make up for the tax cake that they are withholding from governments. Basic social services are jeopardized because corporations are not paying their fair sha

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Upward spiral

It’s time for a unifying metric that measures well-being and inclusive prosperity


By BRAD ZARNETT
Published: FEB 17, 2014

Imagine a world where companies build their competitive advantage by creating more overall well-being and inclusive prosperity than their competitors.

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When did citizens/taxpayers become a top-up mechanism to subsidize low wage workers’ pay?


By FRANCESCA RHEANNON
Published: DEC 18, 2013

A recent Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll found that 63 percent of Americans “strongly favor” raising the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour...yet it remains at 7.25 - what's widely considered to be a "poverty wage".

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Wall St Bull

Capitalism is flawed. But an alternative system is well within reach


By TOM IDLE
Published: OCT 24, 2013

There has been an awakening since 2008; a veil has been lifted as to the limitations and flaws that are embeded in Capitalism.

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In Search of Capitalism 2.0: Time for a Clean Slate?


By MICHAEL TOWNSEND
Published: OCT 03, 2013

Capitalism is suffering a crisis of liquidity, reliability, and confidence – and is naturally undergoing a wise degree of introspection - "A Journey in Search of Capitalism 2.0".

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Why are so many boards missing the opportunity on sustainability?


By MICHAEL TOWNSEND
Published: AUG 28, 2013

Waiting any longer is not an option - boards must be bold in embracing the case for sustainability.

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A vision for capitalism 2.0: What changes do you want to see?


By BRAD ZARNETT
Published: JUN 23, 2013

Let’s explore some of the flaws of our current Capitalist system and begin to imagine what a sustainable society would look like.

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Is Mindfulness the next step in paving the way towards Capitalism 2.0?


By MICHAEL TOWNSEND
Published: JUN 10, 2013

The further we progress on our journey towards sustainable business, the more fundamental are the constraints and challenges that we encounter. We may improve compliance, and optimize our eco-efficiency initiatives, but then find we need to address o

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Scales

The thorny issue of ownership is SMACKO in the middle of the pathway towards Capitalism 2.0


By MICHAEL TOWNSEND
Published: APR 23, 2013

As our Sustainable Business Strategy series continues, Mike Townsend delves into ownership models and asks: Can we really be sustainable without addressing this fundamental factor?   Feel free to sign up for Volume I of a White Paper called, “Ca

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Sir Richard Branson

Big businesses must adapt or disappear – Capitalism 2.0 will not be kind to the laggards!


By JO CONFINO
Published: MAR 26, 2013

"Small companies that are passionate about creating change will take over if big companies do not adapt."

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    By ELISABETH BRAW
    Published: MAR 24, 2015
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    Imagine living in a house that contributed to society: a house that produced energy, while consuming none itself. Well, imagine no more.

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    By BRAD ZARNETT
    Published: MAR 09, 2015
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