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Market-Based Solutions to Vital Economic Issues


Market-Based Solutions to Vital Economic Issues



Urban Investment Strategies Center Director Jim Johnson, who serves as chairman of the N.C. Department of Environmental Justice and Equity Board and as a member of the task force on social, economic and environmental equity, accompanied Cooper at a press conference in support of the order at N.C. A&T State University.

From exploring the concept of shareholder capitalism to welcoming world-class speakers, Kenan Institute Executive Director Greg Brown shares some exciting things to look forward to in 2022.

Stakeholders can and should play an important role in business decisions, but how can their interests be incorporated into business practices to create win-win solutions? In this week’s Insight, our experts dive into this question and discuss whether stakeholder capitalism models can help us find the right solution.

In the continuation of our series exploring stakeholder capitalism – or the idea that businesses might improve societal outcomes by focusing on a broader mandate than profits alone – our experts review the benefits and drawbacks of the existing best-practice model: shareholder capitalism. What works, what doesn’t and what’s changed since Milton Friedman popularized the theory in 1970? Our experts weigh in on whether there are ways to improve outcomes within the framework of shareholder capitalism, or if stakeholder capitalism is ready to take its place.

Former Kenan Institute Center for Sustainable Enterprise Research Associate and current ACTIVEST Co-founder Napoleon Wallace's latest project was recently featured in a New York Times DealBook newsletter piece. The article discusses the rating system his company is developing, which reassesses the traditional value of municipal bonds based on social and justice factors like policing, education, healthcare and affordability.

More than ever, businesses are tasked with pleasing both shareholders and stakeholders, including employees, customers and even communities. But can it be done? In this week's Kenan Insight, our experts explore the most successful strategies employed by a class of businesses that have been navigating this debate for generations: family firms.

On Thursday, April 29, Lyft Chief Policy Officer and Advisor to the Co-founders Anthony Foxx joined UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School Dean Doug Shackelford for an exclusive virtual discussion. Foxx discussed his career as the secretary of transportation under President Obama and as the mayor of Charlotte, the innovative technologies transforming transportation and how we can transition to a greener economy.

As long-standing leaders in sustainability, the Center for Sustainable Enterprise and the Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise are proud to host the University of North Carolina Sustainability Awards. These awards recognize the leadership of North Carolina Business in protecting and promoting the state’s natural resources.

Kenan Institute Senior Fellow Mary Moore Hamrick, CEO of Political Quotient Advisors, outlines the major “buckets” of President Biden’s proposed $3 trillion infrastructure bill.

Many Americans expect newly inaugurated President Joe Biden to achieve progress in improving the quality of the environment. In this Kenan Insight, we explain why we support these expectations, examining what Biden has already done in his brief tenure, the feasibility of the plans he’s outlined thus far, and whether (and how) he can propel the U.S. to a leadership role in sustainability.

Please join us for an exclusive conversation with Harvey Gantt, architect, politician and former mayor of Charlotte, on Thursday, Oct. 29. This virtual experience is part of the Dean’s Speaker Series, hosted by Kenan-Flagler Business School Dean Doug Shackelford.

In this virtual fireside chat, Kenan Institute Senior Fellow Mary Moore Hamrick, CEO of Political Quotient Advisors, will explore the political landscape ahead of the historic 2020 U.S. presidential election.

Our Sustainability Experts

Olga Hawn

Associate Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship, Sustainability Distinguished Fellow and Faculty Director of the Center for Sustainable Enterprise

Jeff Mittelstadt

Executive Director, Center for Sustainable Enterprise
Professor of the Practice, Strategy and Entrepreneurship

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Center for Sustainable Enterprise

Driving responsible thought leadership and inspired action to accelerate progress in social and environmental sustainability through innovative and profitable business solutions.