Selected recent books are listed below. For additional ebooks and print books, browse BU Libraries Search. Relevant subject headings include: social entrepreneurship; social responsibility of business; sustainable development; microfinance.
Books with call numbers are located in the Pardee Library Stacks, on second and third floors, or in other BU Libraries as noted.
The B Corp Handbook, Second Edition by
"This book shows how using business as a force for good, not just pursuing short-term profits, can be better for consumers, employees, local communities, the environment, and your company's long-term bottom line." --Tony Hsieh, New York Times bestselling author of Delivering Happiness and CEO, Zappos.com, Inc. B Corps are a global movement of more than 2,700 companies in 60 countries--like Patagonia, Ben & Jerry's, Kickstarter, Danone North America, and Eileen Fisher--that are using the power of business as a force for good. B Corps have been certified to have met rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency. This book is the authoritative guide to the what, why, and how of B Corp certification. Coauthors Ryan Honeyman and Dr. Tiffany Jana spoke with the leaders of over 200 B Corps from around the world to get their insights on becoming a Certified B Corp, improving their social and environmental performance, and building a more inclusive economy. The second edition has been completely revised and updated to include a much stronger focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). These changes are important because DEI can no longer be a side conversation--it must be a core value for any company that aspires to make money and make a difference. While this book is framed around the B Corp movement, any company, regardless of size, industry, or location, can use the tools contained here to learn how to build a better business. As the authors vividly demonstrate, using business as a force for good can help you attract and retain the best talent, distinguish your company in a crowded market, and increase trust in your brand.
Publication Date: 2019
Better Business: How the B Corp Movement is Remaking Capitalism by
Tells the story of the rise of a new corporate form—the B Corporation. Founded by a group of friends who met at Stanford, these companies undergo a rigorous certification process, overseen by the B Lab, and commit to putting social benefits, the rights of workers, community impact, and environmental stewardship on equal footing with financial shareholders. Driven by B Lab, 34 U.S. states have passed benefit corporation legislation and more than 5,000 U.S. companies have incorporated using the benefit corporation form. Internationally, benefit corporation legislation has either passed or is in process in Argentina, Australia, Canada, Chile, Colombia, and Italy. This book explores how and why the change led by B Lab is working, why it is crucial to the well-being of every person on the planet, and what its future prospects are
Publication Date: 2020
Businesses with a Difference: Balancing the Social and the Economic by
Market-based social economy firms such as social enterprises, social purpose businesses, co-operatives, credit unions, and community economic development corporations aim to meet distinct social needs while making money. Do these types of businesses have the potential for growth in the modern economy? Are they destined to function only in areas where conventional firms cannot achieve a sufficient rate of return? Or will the role of social economy organizations change as businesses begin placing more emphasis on corporate social responsibility? Building on the popular 2010 collection Researching the Social Economy, Businesses with a Difference explores the challenges and opportunities faced by firms that seek a genuine balance between their social and economic objectives. Through international case studies, including comparative analyses, this innovative collection highlights the unique issues that must be addressed when associations are accountable not to investors and shareholders, but instead to ordinary people.
Publication Date: 2020
Impact Investing and Social Enterprises by
This guide focuses on key issues in impact investing, including legal structure, measurement and reporting, forming an impact investment fund, and doing the deal. It also examines regional and country coverage using the comparative approach and drawing on the expertise of local experts across multiple jurisdictions.
Location: Law Library HG4515.13 .I475 2022
Publication Date: 2023