• NANCY’S BLOG: Ripple Effects – What Responsibilities Do Corporations Have To Consider “Externalities”?
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    Last weekend I celebrated my oldest child’s high school graduation. Watching him join 600+ proud students cross the stage—while listening to those optimistic (yet interestingly pragmatic) speeches about the future, changing the world and embracing your unique gifts—made me think more deeply about the ripple effects of our actions. I’m not sure when the concept of “externalities” entered business lexicon, but in a controversial Harvard Business Review…

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  • Turns Out, Where Something Comes From Does Matter.
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    In 2011, global consumers spent $6.6 billion on fair trade certified products—coffee represents the largest segment of the market, alongside many others including tea, sugar, bananas, cocoa and wine. According to research, 94% of consumers are likely to switch brands, assuming price and quality are similar, to one that is associated with a good cause. Further, 9-in-10 consumers expect companies to do more than make a profit, but also operate responsibly to address…

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