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Conflict-Free Diamonds May Still Be Flawed

Artisinal miners in Zimbabwe endure punishing conditions in search of the precious stones. (Photo courtesy Zimbabweland) Posted for media use

In its latest annual Sustainability Report, the world-famous 180-year-old New York luxury jeweler Tiffany & Co. details its progress towards environmental and social responsibility, even as evidence surfaces that the conflict diamond trade still exists.

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World’s Most Ethical Companies of 2017

World-s Most Ethical Companies of 2017

Under the banner “Good Ethics is Good Business,” the Ethisphere Institute Monday announced the 2017 list of World’s Most Ethical Companies ahead of its annual Global Ethics Summit, opening this week in New York City under a blanket of deep snow.

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The Wisdom of Sustainable Procurement

The Wisdom of Sustainable Procurement

Sustainable procurement programs are more integral and widespread than ever before, but face a critical juncture as they scale to reach the next level of maturity, according to the results of the new EcoVadis/HEC Sustainable Procurement Barometer.

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Six CSR Strategies for Startups

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Startups now have a new strategic guide to help them build a record of social responsibility, courtesy of the philanthropic Silicon Valley Community Foundation.

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Update Online Consumer Protection Laws

Update Online Consumer Protection Laws

OECD Countries should modernize their consumer protection laws to address new risks posed by online commerce, including “free” apps and peer-to-peer Internet transactions, according to new OECD guidelines for member countries and emerging economies in a new Recommendation.

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Marketing Key to Return on CSR Investment

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The combination of skillful marketing and corporate social responsibility can yield a 3.5 percent gain in stock returns for a company’s shareholders, a new study by U.S. and Canadian researchers shows.

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World’s Business Leaders Buy In to Sustainability

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Best business practices, collaborative approaches to sustainable development and inspiring ways to build a better world were the focus as 1,000 business, government and civil society leaders gathered in San Francisco for their annual Business for Social Responsibility Conference.

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Global Supply Chains: It’s Time to Decide on the Way Forward

As we start using our new holiday gifts this year, it is too easy to ignore the miraculous supply networks that allow us to enjoy the products of human labor and ingenuity around the world. Sustainability is increasingly viewed as a strategy for enduring in a world of scarce resources and unlimited needs; but we seem to be locked in an endless cycle of merely reacting to deep-seated economic and social problems.

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Sustainable Luxury Heroines

Sustainable Luxury Heroines

High-profile individuals such as Livia Firth with her Green Carpet Challenge and Francine LeFrak, founder of Same Sky, help break the vicious circle of poverty, discrimination and marginalization through beautiful objects handcrafted by women for a market which can afford to help this change. Unsung heroines such as social entrepreneurs Adriana Marina of Animanà and Aissa Dione, a Senegalese textile designer, are further shining examples of the beauty of this new-found synergy. These businesswomen have brought hope and pride back to their own struggling communities with the highly successful manufacture of exquisite textile and other heritage crafts sold to top designers worldwide.

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