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Big Investors Call for Company Attention to Social Purpose: What Next?

BlackRock CEO Larry Fink’s pro-CSR stance needs clarity and muscle. “To prosper over time, every company must not only deliver financial performance, but also show how it makes a positive contribution to society. Companies must benefit all of their stakeholders, including shareholders, employees, customers, and the communities in which they operate.” – Larry Fink, CEO […]

Bridging Surplus with Need: Improving Healthcare in the Developing World

The onslaught of news about natural disasters has been inescapable of late. As we write this, we think of the inhabitants of Puerto Rico, many still without water or electricity weeks after devastation from Hurricane Maria in September. We think, too, of recovery efforts in Sierra Leone after hundreds died in mudslides following torrential rains […]

A Test for Corporate Sustainability Leadership

Corporate sustainability is entering an important new phase, a crucible if you will, that will take us another step towards maturity as a research area. The most powerful nation in the world is in the midst of an almost unprecedented retreat from environmental progress, one that is arguably even more radical than the retreat orchestrated […]

Sustainability at the Academy of Management Conference 2017: Conspicuous silence on the role of the current political context for business

Back in the days, when I was a PhD student, the SIM Division (Social Issues in Management) of the Academy of Management was the one important Division to join if you had an interest in corporate social responsibility, environmental challenges or ethical issues related to business. This was the only Division where fundamental questions of […]

Who Cares About the Science?

During the summer I gave a lecture on how Swedish companies work with sustainability. I was in the United States presenting to a group of relatively educated and international business people, many of them having a Swedish background. For the first time I met with climate change deniers and it was somewhat of a shock […]

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