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Guidelines for Posting

This is not a “business as usual” business community, so please read these guidelines before you post here.

The Focus
The focus of this community is “business as a force for good in the world.” This community does not cover generic business topics like management, leadership, marketing and so on. There are other communities on Google+ for that, and if you post it here, it will be taken down - usually without explanation. The topic categories on the left side of the community page list the topics we cover here. We will soon post a more detailed description for each category.

The Goals
This community is to help members learn about “Good Business” topics and connect with others who share this interest. Learning and connecting are the goals.

No Spam
If you post blatant spam in the community, you will be banned and reported to Google. Boom.

Link Dumping & Promotion
Link dumping is posting a link without contributing additional thoughts. If you link dump, your post will be removed without explanation. This community is not just a place to market/promote your work. Constantly posting your content and nothing else is generally frowned on. If you want to talk about your work here, please do so in a way that adds real value to the community we are trying to build here.

Contributors
This community has a group of “Contributors” - people with a demonstrated, an ongoing, commitment to sharing high-quality, relevant content. Contributors have more license to share their own content and other material. We will soon have a post introducing our Contributors and their primary areas of topical focus. Here are the guidelines for being a good Contributor: 
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Nice one..Thnx for add
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Okakpu Claret

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Registering a business is a bit in a nation where the gov. Does little to support young people into starting something they can call their own...gosh 
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Jeff Mowatt

People-Centered Business  - 
 
+Simon Robinson Peace is our Business describes how people-centered business was applied to help turn a former weapons research facility where Russia developed their H bomb into a centre for Fundamental Science. http://www.p-ced.com/1/node/114 
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Simon Robinson

People-Centered Business  - 
 
In this interview I recorded last week I discuss the role the five universal human values of peace, truth. love, right-action and non-violence play in an organisational context.
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Kaizen Proyectos

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The world is facing some huge problems. There’s a lot of talk about how to solve them. But talk doesn’t reduce pollution, or grow food, or heal the sick. That takes doing. This film is the story about a group of doers, the elegantly simple inventions they have made to change the lives of billions of people, and the unconventional billionaire spearheading the project    http://billionsinchange.com/
#Billionsinchange  was founded (and fully funded) by multi-billionaire Manoj Bhargava
What do you think about this project?  
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Kaizen Proyectos

Sustainable Business  - 
 
Can global capital markets become catalysts for social change? According to investment expert Audrey Choi, individuals own almost half of all global capital, giving them (us!) the power to make a difference by investing in companies that champion social values and sustainability. "We have more opportunity today than ever before to make choices," she says. 
"So change your perspective. Invest in the change you want to see in the world."  
   #goodbusiness   #consumer   #responsibleconsumption   #TEDx  
Can global capital markets become catalysts for social change? According to investment expert Audrey Choi, individuals own almost half of all global capital, giving them (us!) the power to make a difference by investing in companies that champion social values and sustainability. "We have more opportunity today than ever before to make choices," she says. "So change your perspective. Invest in the change you want to see in the world."
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''the future is already here. Sustainable investment today is a 20 trillion dollar market and it's the fastest-growing segment of the investment industry. In the United States, it has grown enormously, as you can see. It now represents one out of every six dollars under professional management in the United States''   #sustainableinvestment  
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Kaizen Proyectos

Sustainable Business  - 
 
Harish Manwani (Unilever) argues with great conviction because it is wise to include social value and sustainability as key criteria when making decisions in business management. For him, a must in the company of the XXI century.
'' The benefit is not all that matters ''
#TEDx     #sustainablebusiness       #socialvalue  
You might not expect the chief operating officer of a major global corporation to look too far beyond either the balance sheet or the bottom line. But Harish Manwani, COO of Unilever, makes a passionate argument that doing so to include value, purpose and sustainability in top-level decision-making is not just savvy, it's the only way to run a 21st century business responsibly.
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Here's a practitioner view "A business enterprise must make monetary profit, or it will merely cease to exist. That is an absolute requirement. But it does not follow that this must necessarily be the final bottom line and the sole aim of the enterprise. How this profit is used is another question. " http://www.managementexchange.com/story/re-imagining-capitalism-new-bottom-line

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Kaizen Proyectos

General Discussion  - 
 
Conscious Capitalism is a way of thinking about capitalism and business that better reflects where we are in the human journey, the state of our world today, and the innate potential of business to make a positive impact on the world
http://www.consciouscapitalism.org/
#consciouscapitalism  
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Jeff Mowatt

People-Centered Business  - 
 
This week Bernie Sanders spoke at the Vatican about an economy for the common good, praising the efforts of Pope Francis. In 2009 It was Pope Benedict and the head of the UN General Assembly who described an economy for the common good as people-centred. https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/caritas-veritate-capitalism-profit-jeff-mowatt 
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Okakpu Claret

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Can someone kindly aid me with points for a good business proposal...thanks in advance
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I have sent you a hangout invitation... we can talk there
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About this community

The Good Business community is dedicated to business as a force for good in the world. We build relationships and learn from each another as we explore how businesses can help create societal and ecological good. ___________________________

Simon Robinson

People-Centered Business  - 
 
This is a great little story about what happened after one little act of honesty at a phone repair shop.
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Great example of how far honesty can go!
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Chuck Leddy

People-Centered Business  - 
 
What can "gig workers" do about their lack of benefits such as health insurance? Some trends happening now:
Benefits for gig workers remain a cloudy and evolving question, one that's getting more attention as the number of gig workers grows.
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Jeff Mowatt

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Responsible business must speak out says Matthew Taylor of the RSA. There are so many should dos and must dos in the narrative abour business for good Does he know for sure that responsible business hasn't done this?

https://www.thersa.org/discover/publications-and-articles/matthew-taylor-blog/2016/04/responsible-business-must-speak-out/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+MatthewTaylorsBlog+%28Matthew+Taylor%27s+blog%29
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Jeff Mowatt

Un-Good Business  - 
 
#TAXavoidance while ago, when comparing social enterprise with social impact investment I included videos of three prominent figures who make the case for investment for some form of social value. In the last few weeks, we discover all 3 are involved in tax avoidance. Is there a corellation? https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/every-child-deserves-loving-family-home-jeff-mowatt 
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Kaizen Proyectos

Mission-Driven Business  - 
 
''Ultimately it is ethical decisions.....''
Every day, we use materials from the earth without thinking, for free. But what if we had to pay for their true value: would it make us more careful about what we use and what we waste? Think of Pavan Sukhdev as nature's banker — assessing the value of the Earth's assets. Eye-opening charts will make you think differently about the cost of air, water, trees ...
Every day, we use materials from the earth without thinking, for free. But what if we had to pay for their true value: would it make us more careful about what we use and what we waste? Think of Pavan Sukhdev as nature's banker -- assessing the value of the Earth's assets. Eye-opening charts will make you think differently about the cost of air, water, trees ...
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I think I need to change our diet eat more vegetables than meat 
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Neil O. Campbell

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My vision for the field of architecture is to become free from domestication.
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Chuck Leddy

Sustainable Business  - 
The word “sustainability” gets thrown around a lot, with business owners often encouraged to reduce their company’s environmental footprin
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Gideon Rosenblatt
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Mission-Driven Business  - 
 
This is a really good piece on business as a force for good in the world. Here's the highlight if you can't read the full article: 

It may be that if we want better companies, we have to change the way we invest in them. Our expectations for good are only worth as much as what we're prepared to suffer as investors. If we expect bigger and faster returns all of the time, it's not surprising that we end up with companies that are less good than we want.

"It's immensely fulfilling for people to come into contact with what their money is doing," he says. "People think investors want higher returns and the borrowers would rather have lower rates of interest to pay. But that doesn't happen. Often, it's the opposite. Invariably, the investors stand up and say, 'This environmental and social impact you're having is so compelling that if you want less return, I can probably do that.'"

Personal connection changes the nature of transaction and leads to a more cooperative, human-sized arrangement, Shaffer says. In other words, it's the exact opposite of what happens when you invest in a mutual fund, and you're 10 steps away from what a company does with your money. In the future, we need to build more direct, accountable relationships into investing, so we knew where our capital is going. Replicating something like RSF's pricing meetings on a larger scale—say, in agreeing on the size of shareholder dividends—would lead to a more responsive type of enterprise. Could Wall Street organize quarterly forums where companies and investors would discuss the ratio of financial to social returns?
 
Balancing Social and Financial Returns

Many of the articles you read about business acting as a force for good in the world tend to be a bit light. Not this one. It's quite thoughtful. Here's the highlight if you can't spare the time to read the full piece: 

It may be that if we want better companies, we have to change the way we invest in them. Our expectations for good are only worth as much as what we're prepared to suffer as investors. If we expect bigger and faster returns all of the time, it's not surprising that we end up with companies that are less good than we want.

"It's immensely fulfilling for people to come into contact with what their money is doing," he says. "People think investors want higher returns and the borrowers would rather have lower rates of interest to pay. But that doesn't happen. Often, it's the opposite. Invariably, the investors stand up and say, 'This environmental and social impact you're having is so compelling that if you want less return, I can probably do that.'"

Personal connection changes the nature of transaction and leads to a more cooperative, human-sized arrangement, Shaffer says. In other words, it's the exact opposite of what happens when you invest in a mutual fund, and you're 10 steps away from what a company does with your money. In the future, we need to build more direct, accountable relationships into investing, so we knew where our capital is going. Replicating something like RSF's pricing meetings on a larger scale—say, in agreeing on the size of shareholder dividends—would lead to a more responsive type of enterprise. Could Wall Street organize quarterly forums where companies and investors would discuss the ratio of financial to social returns?
Responsible businesses today tout the idea of something called shared valuewhere profits, customers, and the environment all benefit from a company's...
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Sounds like an interesting book, +Shel Horowitz. 
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Triple Pundit

Mission-Driven Business  - 
 
What do LeBron James, Philippe Cousteau & Ian Somerhalder have in common? They're all stars of a new, more meaningful TV show. Watch an episode right here...
ASPIREist, a feature news show, is out to showcase the issues that matter to today's generation and empower viewers to take action.
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Sarah Leigh

General Discussion  - 
 
When building your business and your brand what do you do to ensure that your customers and referrals can find you and contact you easily when they are looking for you?
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