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Connecting4Good work with a multitude of partners and material. These are a few of our favourite articles which we found insightful.

 
 
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Harvard Business review: The Comprehensive Business Case for Sustainability. By Tensie Whelan and Carly Fink

Today’s executives are dealing with a complex and unprecedented brew of social, environmental, market, and technological trends. These require sophisticated, sustainability-based management. Yet executives are often reluctant to place sustainability core to their company’s business strategy in the mistaken belief that the costs outweigh the benefits. On the contrary, academic research and business experience point to quite the opposite.

 
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Harvard Business Review: The Type of Purpose That Makes Companies More Profitable. By George Serafeim and Claudine Gartenberg

Is all this talk about purpose actually delivering business results? Most companies have mission and vision statements, but those tend to communicate very little about a company’s purpose. They all use the same words, such as “respect,” “teamwork,” and “innovation.” But many, perhaps most, of the same organizations lack those characteristics. A recent study found that corporate jargon about values has absolutely no relationship with firm performance.

 
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Harvard Business Review: Sustainable business will move ahead with our without Trump’s support. By Andrew Winston

If we take the incoming president of the United States at his word, things look dire for the cause of sustainability. Donald Trump and many of his advisers appear hostile to action on climate change and to progress on many social issues that companies have already embraced, such as diversity and LGBT rights. Even if Trump himself stays ambivalent on some of these issues, Republican leaders have much clearer aims, including extensive plans to slash environmental protections.

 
Math in South Africa

South Africa is not producing enough school leavers who are competent in maths and science. This is a fact borne out by international assessments such as the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMMS) and the World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Report. These show that South Africa is not making much headway when it comes to maths and science. 

The 2016 Global Competitiveness Report ranked South Africa last among 140 countries for maths and science. This places it behind poorer African countries like Mozambique and Malawi.