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Corporations like to make statements about their responsibility to society, but follow-through is sometimes lacking. The Erb Institute — a partnership between the Ross School of Business and the School for Environment and Sustainability at the University of Michigan — has begun a new effort to bridge that gap.
As governments and public entities remain slow-moving, companies backing their values with action matters more than ever. But for those unsure how to respond to shifting expectations, how do they know they’re leading in a responsible way?
Detroit is poised to become a global leader in business sustainability, but this will require a new approach to collaboration. The newly formed Sustainable Business Network of Detroit (SBN Detroit) recently held its inaugural event, “Detroit’s Moment: Accelerating the Sustainable Business Revolution.” The landscape Detroit’s environmental, social and economic issues are intertwined, and sustainability is […]
How do you measure a company’s social impact? Many sustainability metrics and reporting frameworks offer ways for companies to assess their environmental and economic impacts, but social impact is more difficult to measure—and even to define. A company’s social impact might encompass a wide range of issues, from worker health and safety, to diversity, to […]
By Amelia Ahl Reposted from Triple Pundit Feb. 22nd, 2021 In the wake of the January 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol and concerns about a peaceful and democratic transition of power, many businesses are reconsidering their relationships with government – including the effects of corporate political contributions. A reckoning with corporate political contributions There […]
The disconnect between many companies’ public sustainability ambitions and their non-public lobbying efforts can no longer be excused. The Erb Institute’s Corporate Political Responsibility Taskforce is helping companies connect the dots. The January 6 US Capitol insurrection shined a light on the role of corporate money in political action; and within a week, many companies […]
Dear friends and colleagues, I’ve been thinking a lot about our community and — especially — our Black community members today. I also haven’t been able to stop myself from thinking about what feels like a never-ending series of injustices and crises that have led us — once again — to a day like this […]
The term “environmental justice” still may be unfamiliar to some people, but you don’t have to be familiar with it to understand what it means when you see it. With the Flint water crisis and the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the people who were hit hardest were poor and black. “What Flint did was make […]
Grand Haven, MI – John Erb has been named the 2019 recipient of the Russell G. Mawby Award for Philanthropy by the Council of Michigan Foundations (CMF) and the Michigan Nonprofit Association (MNA). Erb is Chairman of the Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Family Foundation. He was honored at CMF’s 47th Annual Conference on […]
Congratulations to Erb Faculty member Tom Lyon, whose article, “CSR Needs CPR: Corporate Sustainability and Politics,” won the Best Article of 2019 Award from the California Management Review! This award is given each year to the authors of the article published in the preceding volume of the California Management Review that has made the most […]
Andy Hoffman is a 2019 recipient of the RRBM award for his work on “Culture Shapes the Climate Change Debate.” The book seeks to understand why people are rejecting the science on climate change and what the science says about how to overcome that schism. One committee member shared, “The author is very methodical in […]
For over two decades, Joe Árvai has studied how we actually make choices — compared to how we think we make them. It will come as no surprise to even the most casual observers that the gulf between them can be large. In a recent study, Árvai and Douglas Bessette of Michigan State University found […]