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Redefining ‘Replication’ for Social Enterprises(0)

January 23, 2017

Social enterprises are judged by both their social impact and their ability to thrive as financially sustainable businesses. Unfortunately many, if not most, attempts at replicating successful social enterprises have failed. Two experts from the Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship examine assumptions about what both “success” and “replication” mean with respect to social enterprises.

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Conflict Minerals and Firms’ Ignorance Over Their Supply Chains

Since the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010, American law has required publicly traded companies to detail their sources of so-called “conflict minerals.. Academic research finds that almost 80 percent of firms were unable to determine the sources of the minerals in their products while only one percent could certify their products free of conflict minerals “with great certainty.”

The Conflict Between a Corporation’s Global Standards and National Law

China’s extensive state censorship is just one example of the challenges that companies frequently confront when doing business globally. In an excerpt from his new book, former GE legal counsel Ben W. Heineman, Jr. examines the “recurrent dilemma” confronting businesses when a corporation’s global ethical standards collide with national law.

Volkswagen’s Next Challenge: Keep Scandal from Happening Again

Columnist Gael O’Brien says Volkswagen’s confession to rigging emissions standards on millions of diesel cars means the company’s board and new CEO, Matthias Müller (left), need to understand and correct what made it possible for illegal and unethical choices to be made when obstacles to business goals surfaced. What prevented anyone from speaking up or if anyone did, from being heard? And what are leaders willing to do to change that?


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