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Businesses have begun to realize the environmental, social, and economic benefits that they can unleash by integrating sustainability into business strategy. As a result, firms have elevated sustainability responsibilities to senior leadership with the introduction of the chief sustainability officer (CSO).

Rates of anxiety and depression on college campuses are rising at an unprecedented rate. Analyzing longitudinal survey data and academic records from undergraduate students at a large public research university in the United States, this paper investigates the effects of mental health on college students’ academic achievement.

As issues like climate change begin to worsen, sustainability initiatives are becoming increasingly important to counteract negative impacts on our planet. However, not everyone places the same importance on sustainability.

The United States’ lack of a federal paid family leave policy (PFL) is a result of concern about the cost of the policy and the potential negative impact on business performance.

As firms continue struggling through the contemporary labor shortage, traditionally overlooked populations present an opportunity to expand the workforce. Ban the box (BTB) policies have emerged as a popular mechanism to improve ex-offender hiring, in particular, by prohibiting criminal background inquiries on job applications.

The COVID-19 pandemic forced millions of workers to adapt to a remote working environment nearly overnight. This reality tested the limits of enterprise technology, making this transition uniquely remarkable. For these reasons, the early 2020s present an important time to revisit the utility of worker autonomy and job meaningfulness to prepare for a post-pandemic workplace.

The textile industry produces substantial waste and environmental impacts in its production of textile goods. Waste management strategy is an issue in the textile industry as companies seek new ways to reduce environmental impacts of their production. The purpose of this research is to understand how textile companies are currently managing and reducing their waste and integrating sustainability into their production.

Rising technologies enable people to create, list, and trade cryptocurrencies much easier, cheaper, and faster. However, the low entry barriers and censorship-free environment are abused by scammers. Many new cryptocurrencies—including meme coins created around memes and inside jokes and have no fundamental values—were devised following the launch and success of these technologies.

Often seen as a “blueprint for change,” the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) require a strong commitment on the part of member-states to follow through on the expectations set forth by the international community. That being said, no single country can address the issues without multi-lateral support. For that reason, I contend that SDG 17: “Partnership for the Goals,” is a prerequisite to realizing the impacts of any other goal.

The twenty-first century has marked the growth of the triple bottom line: people, planet, and profits. What was initially a catchphrase used by the most environmentally conscious firms, the triple bottom line has become a priority for firms around the globe. Rather than solely focusing on short-term profitability, the business world is looking to long-term wealth generation strategies that empower stakeholders. The emphasis on firms to balance wealth generation with environmental preservation has culminated in the prominence of ESG investing.

With increased tensions with Russia and the ambitious energy goals set at the Paris Climate Accord, Europe is scrambling to find new sources of low-emissions energy. The Gulf States (GCC) are Europe’s best hope to meet their energy goals in the medium to long-term while simultaneously tapering their reliance on Russian natural gas in the short-term.

The term ESG (environmental, social, and governance) investing was coined in 2005, but it has only recently become a priority in the business world. Sustainability no longer exclusively refers to climate impacts, but it also considers the effects companies have on their internal employees and the communities in which they work. In order to create a resilient company, business leaders must take into account environmental, social, and governance challenges.