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A worker carries a stack of clothes in a garment factory | Reuters/Andrew Biraj
October 31, 2016
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How Big Brands Can Cultivate Ethical Suppliers

To ensure that contract manufacturers act responsibly, employ a mix of strategies — and don’t skimp.
Insights and ideas on the management and leadership of nonprofit organizations.

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A vendor selling Tea Party flags | Reuters/Brian Snyder
July 15, 2016
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How Racial Threat Has Galvanized the Tea Party

New research explores the link between racial animosity and the Tea Party movement.

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Sir Ronal Cohen at the Global Speaker Series | Natalie White
March 21, 2016
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How to Connect Social Entrepreneurs to Capital

Impact investing pioneer Sir Ronald Cohen explains how social benefit companies can change the world and still make money.

Latest Stories on Social Impact

January 28, 2014
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T. Renee Bowen: The Political Impact of Mandatory Spending Programs

Game theory shows why “discretionary” spending programs lead to more self-interested behavior by politicians than “mandatory” spending programs.
January 1, 2014
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Joshua Rauh: Stanford Symposium Features Innovative Ideas for the Future of U.S. Public Sector Pensions

The symposium was the culmination of the massive open online course about retirement and pensions.
November 18, 2013
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Frank Flynn: Does “Group Membership” Influence Behavior?

A look at the work of some of our finest researchers on what spurs people to do something on behalf of someone else, what psychologists call “prosocial behavior.”
October 30, 2013
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Sarah Soule: How Design Thinking Can Help Social Entrepreneurs

A Stanford scholar discusses a collaborative, human-centered approach to solving some of the world’s most pressing problems.
June 21, 2013
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Laura Weidman Powers: Opening Doors for Minorities in Technology

Just one in 14 tech employees in Silicon Valley is black or Latino. Code2040 is working to change that.
June 12, 2013
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Frank Flynn: Innovative Therapy for Teen Depression

This column takes a look at an innovative therapy for one of our society’s most serious problems: teen depression.
June 10, 2013
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Beth Gerstein: Making a Profit with Ethically Sourced Diamonds

The cofounder of online jewelry retailer Brilliant Earth explains how she built her business.
June 7, 2013
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Jeffrey Pfeffer: Companies Emphasize the Environment Over Employees

A professor of organizational behavior argues that “human sustainability” may pay off too.
May 28, 2013
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Jay Alabraba: Developing Nigeria With Humility and Hard Work

The cofounder of Pagatech learns to balance the cultures of two countries and expand access to financial services.
May 20, 2013
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David and Stephanie Dodson: Making Nutrition Their Business

Project Healthy Children works with governments and manufacturers to bring fortified foods to people at risk.