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A sustainable organisation must balance its economic needs with social and environmental priorities. The Balanced Enterprise Research Network seeks to generate new insights into the ways in which businesses can better balance economic, social and environmental concerns and create shared value for a broad range of stakeholders (including shareholders, employees, consumers, communities and society). Our network explores how business, government, and not-for-profit enterprises strategically create and manage this balance in their day-to-day operations. As one of the research priority areas of the University of Sydney Business School, we aim to foster the creation of innovative and influential research which informs the ways in which organizations can anticipate and respond to the key challenges of the coming decades including environmental degradation, climate change, poverty, social inclusion, and financial stability.
In an opinion piece following the repeal of the carbon tax, Dan Cass suggests focusing efforts on renewable energy, rather than a price on carbon, as a way to implement positive changes.
An international team of experts backed by the United States National Science Foundation has devised an eight point plan designed to halt unsustainable levels of environmental degradation wrought by the private sector. Read more
While most major firms claim a commitment to CSR, few have convinced the public that they are making a positive contribution to society, according to the Hewlett Packard Chair of Corporate Social Responsibility at the University of York's Schulich School of Business in Toronto, Professor Dirk Matten. Read more
Max Baker discusses the government's pending decision to allow the sale of our largest publicly listed agribusinesses, GrainCorp, to giant American company Archer Daniels Midland.
That the social debate around climate change is a 'culture war' should come as no surprise to anyone observing current political debate in Australia, the US, UK and Canada.
As the disconnect between political obfuscation and climate science continues, how might individuals respond to climate change?
A commitment to sustainability has become a typical component of any modern-day corporation's public face. Visit the homepages of major organisations in any sector, from coal-mining to cola-making, and you'll find "green" credentials front and centre.
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