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If only sustainability and corporate social responsibility (CSR) were simple and easy to execute. On the contrary, their very complexity is shifting and shaping the current and global professional landscape. And with these changes come a host of new questions, a bevy of new challenges, countless creative successes, and even more demoralizing failures as businesses, nonprofits, governments, and individuals attempt to embrace sustainability and CSR on both the professional and personal levels.

In this everchanging space, Justmeans Staff writers use their knowledge and expertise to bring you the leading stories and facts to help readers stay current on all these issues. As the business world continues to grapple with sustainability and CSR, Justmeans will continue to write about it.

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ICC Launches a Major Update of its Charter to Promote Business Sustainability
Several research studies in recent years have shown that companies with high ratings on environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors frequently outperform the market in the medium and long term, and have a lower cost of debt and equity. Business sustainability has emerged as a key source of competitive advantage in today’s economy. The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) has...
Jul 7, 2015 8:00 AM ET
Solar Impulse Completes Historic Flight From Japan to Hawaii Without Fuel
Back in January, I was in Abu Dhabi, where I had the opportunity to see the Solar Impulse airplane and meet the pilots as they prepared to begin their historic round-the-world flight, the first of its kind. On July 3rd, I watched on my computer, courtesy of the...
Jul 6, 2015 4:00 PM ET
Doing Business in India: The Importance of Cultural DNA
One of our consultants was working with an American team of a company that was acquired by an Indian-owned group. A senior executive from India was sent over to help turn the business’s performance around, as it had been threatened with closure unless things improved. The consultant found the Indian executive to be a talented and incisive individual who had a clear,...
Jul 2, 2015 8:00 AM ET
U.K. Child Poverty Remains Unchanged in the Fifth Richest Country in the World
Sadly, all types of people live in poverty in different parts of the world, including those living in advanced economies. Life changes such as unemployment, illness or family separation can happen to us all. Shifts in the cost of living, especially higher prices in essentials such as food and fuel, affect most people. Poverty isn’t something that happens to others—it’s something that can...
Jul 1, 2015 4:00 PM ET
APP Advances Zero Deforestation, One Audit at a Time
Preventing the destruction of natural forests is a top priority for Asia Pulp and Paper. The company has engaged NGOs, government officials, and local communities to assist in their efforts to build comprehensive programs and zero deforestation policies. In 2014, APP worked with the Rain Forest Alliance to perform an audit on their programs and to assess the progress that has...
Jul 1, 2015 8:00 AM ET