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UN Sustainable Development Goals: How Companies Stack Up

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) investing witnessed a breakthrough year in 2020 with the most fund inflows on record.
Importantly, for companies that are judged according to ESG metrics, one way to track their progress is through their alignment to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Established in 2012, the UN SDGs are a blueprint for creating a more sustainable future by 2030 that have been adopted by 193 countries worldwide.

The secret letters of history’s first-known businesswomen

Around 1870BC, in the city of Assur in northern Iraq, a woman called Ahaha uncovered a case of financial fraud.

Ahaha had invested in long-distance trade between Assur and the city of Kanesh in Turkey. She and other investors had pooled silver to finance a donkey caravan delivering tin and textiles to Kanesh, where the goods would be exchanged for more silver, generating a tidy profit. But Ahaha’s share of the profits seemed to have gone missing – possibly embezzled by one of her own brothers, Buzazu. So, she grabbed a reed stylus and clay tablet and scribbled a letter to another brother, Assur-mutappil, pleading for help:

Female Business Leaders, Business and Cultural Environment, and Productivity Around the World

Studies of female business leaders and economic performance are rarely conducted with worldwide observational data, and with considerations on the underlying cultural, institutional, and business environment. This paper uses worldwide, firm-level data from more than 100 countries to study how female-headed firms differ from male-headed firms in productivity level and growth, and whether the female leader performance disparity hinges on the underlying environment.

USAID Scholars Activity Offers Scholarships to 140 Public School Students this Year to Study at AUC, Egyptian Universities

AUC recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Egypt’s Ministry of Education and Technical Education to promote the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Scholars Activity program in schools.

Centering Innovative Solutions for Tangible Change

We must make sure data do not freeze us. Too often, businesses and entrepreneurs become consumed with collecting and analyzing data in the hopes of crafting a “perfect” solution to the diverse set of challenges we face.

Importance of Research with Impact

There is a desperate need for accurate and impactful research that centers on justice and sustainability principles. We believe that organizations like ICSB are the blueprint for what the process of creating sustainable and impactful research will look like.

Liberté, Egalité, et Fraternité in Today’s Terms

Here at ICSB, we believe that centering women entrepreneurs and their experiences are vital in reimagining and reworking the current business ecosystem in a more just way.

Productive Entrepreneurship

At ICSB, we believe that sustainable, humane, or “productive” (as referred to by the OECD) entrepreneurship is the best way to respond to the challenges we face as a global community. The challenges we face are enormous, however, as is our capacity for change and growth. This current moment is an opportunity for real institutional change, but only if we face these challenges together.

The OECD Digital Economy Outlook 2020

The OECD Digital Economy Outlook 2020 Wednesday, December 2, 2020, by OECDThe OECD Digital Economy Outlook 2020 Wednesday, December 2, 2020, by OECD Last week, we released the new OECD Digital Economy Outlook, our comprehensive analysis of emerging trends,...

Women to the Front

Today, we celebrate Women’s Small Business Saturday. As an extension of small business Saturday, we want to highlight the critically important work that women have done and continue to do in the business ecosystem. We believe that this year’s Women-owned Small Business Saturday comes at the perfect time to highlight the potential and necessity of empowering women entrepreneurs and small business owners. Women make up the bulk of small business employees and have succeeded at creating a robust, innovative, and crucial small businesses ecosystem despite historical and current challenges to their participation in the business world.

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ICSB Proposes an Audacious Plan to Save Small Businesses!

ICSB proposes an Audacious Plan to Save Small Businesses - If we continue to think small in terms of solutions, we will be stuck in small and incremental changes Sunday, March, 22, 2020 ICSB proposes an Audacious Plan to Save Small Businesses - If we continue to think...

Re-imagine Series: Imagine all the People Livin’ Life in Peace

COVID-19 has turned the world upside down with devastating effects that will continue for years to come.  However, it is essential to take a moment and remember that this is not the first challenge the world has faced, and, despite wars, famines, and plagues, humanity has made great strides to improve the quality of life across the globe.

La sustentabilidad en las Pequeñas y Medianas Empresas (PYME)

Parte fundamental de todo emprendedor, y su interés de crear una nueva empresa, en lugar de emplearse en una ya existente, es que todos los recursos invertidos en este StartUp se vean capitalizados por muchos años. De hecho, no se piensa en que esta aventura algún día terminará con el cierre de la empresa, al contrario, se imagina hacia futuras generaciones.

El ABC del Emprendimiento en Pandemia: evidencias desde La Araucanía, Chile

En La Araucanía, de 400 respuestas del nivel regional (GEM NES) validadas, 121 respaldan la posición del PNUD de la ONU sobre la resiliencia de los sistemas, en específico se refuerza la idea que la diversidad (biológica y cultural) de los socioecosistemas (por ejemplo, el ecosistema de emprendimiento regional) es esencial para resiliencia de los sistemas y sub-sistemas.

Financial Literacy for Entrepreneurs

Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises’ (MSMEs) role in the broader economic environment should not be underestimated. The results concerning employment, industry value-added, innovation, and the entrepreneurship culture provided by MSMEs are well-documented worldwide. It is crucial to emphasise that the entrepreneurs and owner-manager of every MSME need to identify, assess and implement fundamental financial decisions for their business.

UN Sustainable Development Goals: How Companies Stack Up

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) investing witnessed a breakthrough year in 2020 with the most fund inflows on record.
Importantly, for companies that are judged according to ESG metrics, one way to track their progress is through their alignment to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Established in 2012, the UN SDGs are a blueprint for creating a more sustainable future by 2030 that have been adopted by 193 countries worldwide.

Sostenibilidad y ODS

El Acuerdo de París sobre Acción por el Clima y Transformar nuestro mundo: la Agenda 2030 para el Desarrollo Sostenible son dos hitos importantes alcanzados en 2015, que especifican las acciones que todos, en todo el mundo, debemos realizar para lograr un futuro más igualitario e inclusivo, mientras disfrutamos del crecimiento económico, con una fuerte protección del ambiente.

One-Year Remembrance

Anniversaries are a moment for self-reflection, for remembrance, and occasionally, a moment for change. Today as we pass the one-year mark of COVID-19 lockdown in the United States and the corresponding global fallout, we believe that this specific moment creates space for us to reflect, to remember, and to change.

The Human Entrepreneurship Vector of Sustainable Development

The development of civilization through the occupation of planet Earth and its renewable and nonrenewable resources, since its most remote times, has neglected the environmental irreversibility arising from its actions, a situation evidenced by ecological degradation, environmental pollution and accelerated climate change.

De la Motivación Emprendedora a la Resiliencia

En esta columna vamos a hablar de un concepto muy conocido que merece que se lo vuelva a estudiar desde una nueva perspectiva. Se trata de la motivación, y especialmente el de la motivación emprendedora.

Humane Gone Mainstream: The ESG Generation Arrives

The ESG generation will collaborate on mutually beneficial ways of re-creating the business ecosystem in a more just and humane image.

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