How Some Businesses Misrepresent Their Environmental Record

By ANDREW CLULEY (Originally reported by WEMU on 1/19/15: ‘Brownwashing’, as it is called, isn’t what one would expect. A University of Michigan studied has identified a new way some businesses misrepresent their environmental track record. The method might come as a surprise. Environmentalists often worry that companies are greenwashing, or overstating their environmentally-friendly practices. […]

Starbucks’ “Race Together” Campaign and the Upside of CEO Activism

Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz has faced intense criticism for asking his baristas to engage customers in a discussion about race in America. But this kind of “CEO activism” is actually a step forward for corporate involvement in the public square. As researchers who study the intersection between business and public policy, we’ve noticed the rise […]

Corporate Transparency

Firms are under increasing pressure to be transparent along a host of dimensions.  Mandatory information disclosure programs abound, forcing firms to disclose the caloric content of foods they sell, the chemicals they use and emit, and of course, a host of financial information.  Meanwhile, ‘voluntary’ information disclosure efforts are growing as well, as a multitude […]

Report from the 2014 IVEY/ARCS PhD Sustainability Academy

I was really thrilled to participate in the 7th IVEY/ARCS PhD Sustainability Academy held in October, organized by Professor Oana Branzei from the Ivey School of Business. It was a wonderful opportunity to learn about the research of a very diverse group of 14 talented students representing 8 different countries. I really enjoyed discussing this […]

Corporate Sustainability is Not Sustainable

Green initiatives are ubiquitous these days, implemented with zeal at companies like Dupont, IBM, Walmart, and Walt Disney. The programs being rolled out — lighting retrofits, zero-waste factories, and carpool incentives — save money and provide a green glow. Most large companies are working to reduce energy use and waste, and many have integrated sustainability […]

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