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Possible new model: C.E.O.s "going public" on tough social issues

"Over the past few years, chief executives ... have been taking public stances on controversial issues like race relations and gender equality that are unrelated to their core business. [Read More]

Business commitment to the UN 2030 SDGs -- It's "The Real Deal"

Doubters of UN's 2030 SDGs desist: The powerful international private sector -- with NGO partners -- is now firmly in pursuit of the goals. It was demonstrated time and again at yesterday's New York full-day working meeting of some 150 sustainable development leaders. [Read More]

Staying rational on immigration under dire circumstances --"Brussels"

It's one of those occasional grand ironies when life should make you stop and think. [Read More]

"Free Trade", the double-edged sword, gets new scrutiny in the presidential campaigns

Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump are riding the populist "winter of our discontent". Global trade is their target. [Read More]

"Bashing Big Business" in politics -- the antidote

It takes a good dose of "chutzpa" and hubris to take issue with BloombergBusinessweek. Especially the Bloomberg part. But here goes: [Read More]

Apple vs. FBI: Clash of a company's moral obligations

Does a company have a soul? That is, does it have "moral obligations"? [Read More]

Not the proverbial "best kept secret", but certainly under-reported in the West: CSR, Islam and global business

“There is a vital but unseen rising force in the Islamic world -- a new business-minded middle class – that is building a vibrant new Muslim economy … their distinct blending of Islam and capitalism is the key to bringing lasting reform and defeating fundamentalism … They are the people the West can and must do business with.” [Read More]

"Think Global, Act Local" gets real: A company and a foundation deliver

FedEx Corp. and The Rockefeller Foundation, each applying core competencies, are heralding initiatives addressing critical community needs throughout the world. [Read More]

Largest investor to companies: Tell us more about your vision and future plans

What if most macro money managers -- and corporate top managements -- thought like Laurence D. Fink, "the world's largest investor"? [Read More]

New international business flowing to Iran; how long before "Iran Air" takes off?

An Iranian jetliner lands at JFK. [Read More]

Corporate money in 2016 politics: When is it consistent with shareholder value?

Government public policies can have profound effects on company employees, customers and shareholders. But smart corporate boards step forth carefully to avoid major pitfalls. [Read More]

Mission: Block ISIS online propaganda; develop counter messages that resonate

“The newest computer can merely compound, at speed, the oldest problem in the relations between human beings, and in the end the communicator will be confronted with the old problem, of what to say and how to say it.” -- Edward R. Murrow [Read More]

Socially responsible investing gets a new advocate: billionaire hedge-fund founder

Traditionally, there are three ways to change income inequality, "by revolution, taxes or wars", Paul Tudor Jones II recently told a TED audience. He thinks there is now a fourth, his new Just Capital index that will rate companies on how "justly" they treat employees, society and the environment. [Read More]

"Transparency ... is crucial to establishing trust among all countries" on climate change

That keystone section in the carefully parsed language in last week's Paris landmark climate change accord leads to this assertion: The historic Paris accord presents an epic opportunity for nations and the private sector implementing the accord to apply this central sociological discipline: Policy/action/two-way communication is the essence of successful public relations (literally, "relations with the public"). [Read More]

Heading into 2016, companies are becoming more transparent, committed to long term sustainability

Any "Doubting Thomases" on the genuineness of long term corporate sustainable development (aka corporate social responsibility, corporate citizenship, etc.) might well consider two landmark research studies by The Conference Board. [Read More]