Author Archives: Adam Sulkowski

About Adam Sulkowski

Associate Professor of Law and Sustainability, specializing in research and teaching on sustainable business, corporate social responsibility (CSR), sustainability reporting, integrated reporting, and corporate and environmental law.

“Taking the blinders off our beasts”

Since about 2005 I’ve kicked around this phrase: “Sustainability reporting is like taking the blinders off our great beasts – helping our institutions see that eliminating harms and improving societal and environmental conditions is actually in their own interest.” It took … Continue reading

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5 questions to ask when leaving a secure job for a fresh challenge: thanks UMass, hello Babson!

First: THANKS for a great decade, UMass Dartmouth! The mission of providing accessible higher education is a great one. Thank you students, alumni, colleagues, and those who gave the freedom to work on meaningful projects that involved students and research … Continue reading

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2 Recent Huffington Post items

In case you missed them, here are links to two of my recent opinion pieces in the Huffington Post: Does Pope Francis and his “Eco-Encyclical” matter? My answer: maybe. As illustrated by the example of Pope John Paul II inspiring the Solidarity … Continue reading

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Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP), and the original intent of Investor-State Dispurte Settlement (ISDS)

Alarm and criticism has been published about the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP). Among other well-founded concerns about the process of negotiating the trade treaties, what they may include, and their impacts, is the fact that … Continue reading

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Flipping Pyramids: anyone else think these ought to be inverted?

This post is a long time coming. There are at least two conceptual pyramids involved in our research and teaching in business schools that, while very useful, may be overdue for turning on their heads. Here they are, top-to-bottom: Carroll’s Corporate … Continue reading

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A Great Big Pragmatic Tax Idea From An Alumnus Entrepreneur

       An alumnus entrepreneur of our MBA program, Kevin Pelissier, recently brought up an interesting idea about how taxation could be improved. Given that it’s April 15, it seems appropriate to briefly share two big themes that emerged from the … Continue reading

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Country data: emitting carbon not essential for wealth, development & happiness

This chart shows average development (HDI), income (GNI), emissions (CO2 per capita), and happiness (Gallup data) within groups of countries identified using model-based cluster analysis (click here for a draft of the full paper). The least developed group on average generated just 5% of the carbon emissions … Continue reading

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Top 10! Gee thanks :) but where are other governmental sustainability reports?

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) just published its 5th Assessment Report (AR5). We’re now a quarter-century (about 25 years) into regularly summing-up thousands of peer-reviewed scientific studies. It’s striking that the language of the report is already partly in the … Continue reading

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Being Happy … and Everything Else. Plus: Are You Happy?

There’s growing interest in happiness (or well-being/satisfaction) across academic disciplines. Want Happiness? Health, Age, Relationships & Work Matter.  A great primer on the basics is this podcast interview with Carol Graham of Brookings. Among other fascinating realities, Carol and interviewer Fred Dews discuss the … Continue reading

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Update: Summing-Up COP19, plus: what do Dartmouth MA and Warsaw PL have in common?

Wow, does time fly! Here’s an update on a few items from November 2013 to March 2014: (1) the UN Climate Conference in Warsaw (COP19) was quite an experience. I’ve posted a few pics below. Click here for the best summary that … Continue reading

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