- Transforming Business (Cambridge University, U.K.) is a research-and-development project with a focus on enterprise solutions to poverty. The project analyzes and catalyzes the contribution of Christianity and entrepreneurship to human and environmental well-being.
- MIT Poverty Action Lab is a network of affiliated professors around the world who are united by their use of randomized evaluations to answer questions critical to poverty alleviation.
- Jed Emerson, “The Blended Value Proposition: Integrating Social and Financial Returns. California Management Review. 45, no 4, 2003.
- Marjorie Kelly, “Not Just for Profit.” Strategy + Business, Feb. 26, 2009.
- Joshua D. Margolis and James P. Walsh. "Misery Loves Companies: Rethinking Social Initiatives by Business." Administrative Science Quarterly 48 (June 2003): 268-305.
- Michael Porter and Mark R. Kramer, “Strategy & Society: The Link Between Competitive Advantage and Corporate Social Responsibility.” Harvard Business Review, December, 2006.
- Michael Porter and Mark R. Kramer, “Creating Shared Value: How to Reinvent Capitalism and Unleash a Wave of Innovation and Growth.” Harvard Business Review. Jan-Feb, 2011.
- CK Prahalad & Stuart Hart, “The Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid.” Strategy + Business, 26, 2002.
- Judith Samuelson, “Why Big Business Matters.” Stanford Social Innovation Review. Fall, 2010.
- Remi Trudel and June Cotte, “Does It Pay to Be Good? Sloan Management Review, Winter, 2009.
- A Splendid Exchange: How Trade Shaped the World, by William Bernstein (Atlantic Monthly Press, 2008).
- Building Social Business: The New Kind of Capitalism That Serves Humanity's Most Pressing Needs, by Muhummad Yunus (Public Affairs, 2010).
- Business Solutions for the Global Poor: Creating Social and Economic Value, by V. Kasturi Rangan, John A. Quelch, Gustavo Herrero, and Brooke Barton (Jossey Bass, 2007).
- Capitalism at the Crossroads: The Unlimited Business Opportunities in Solving the World's Most Difficult Problems, by Stuart Hart (Wharton School Publishing, 2005).
- Global Shift: Mapping the Changing Contours of the World Economy, by Peter Dicken (Guilford Press, 2007).
- Portfolios of the Poor: How the World’s Poor Live on $2 a Day, by Daryl Collins et al. (Princeton University Press, 2009).
- The Blue Sweater: Bridging the Gap Between Rich and Poor in an Interconnected World, by Jaqueline Novogratz (Rodale Books, 2010).
- The Bottom Billion: Why the Poorest Countries Are Failing and What Can Be Done About It, by Paul Collier (Oxford University Press, 2007).
- Walking With the Poor: Principles and Practices of Transformational Development, by Bryant Myers (Orbis, 1999).
Guiding Standards, Codes of Conduct, Reporting
- UN Global Compact is a strategic policy initiative for businesses that are committed to aligning their operations and strategies with 10 universally accepted principles in the areas of human rights, labor, environment, and anti-corruption.
- ISO 26000 is a voluntary international standard of guidance for social responsibility.
- Global Impact Investing Rating System (GIIRS) assesses the social and environmental impact of companies and funds by using a ratings approach analogous to Morningstar investment rankings or S&P credit risk ratings.
- IMO Fair for Life is a brand-neutral, third-party certification program for social accountability and fair trade in agricultural, manufacturing, and trading operations.
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