Summary of A Better World, Inc.

How Companies Profit by Solving Global Problems...Where Governments Cannot

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A Better World, Inc. book summary
Governments can’t solve the world’s major problems, but big business can.

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The biblical four horsemen of the apocalypse – famine, death, war and pestilence – ride today, and other apocalyptic global problems gallop with them: human rights abuses, resource destruction, refugee crises, climate change, inadequate health care and inferior education. Corporate social responsibility (CSR) consultant Alice Korngold discusses these daunting global troubles and concludes that multinational corporations – not governments or international nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) – can best address these staggering challenges. Korngold is a passionate yet practical idealist who has worked since the 1990s to help place top executives on the boards of NGOs. Whether companies do good for the sake of humanity or for sound public relations – or both – they are still doing good, nonetheless, and on a scale no other parties can match. Korngold provides essential reading for corporate executives – particularly at multinationals – as well as for CSR professionals, NGOs, students, investors and those interested in practical solutions to the world’s problems. getAbstract recommends her valuable report on how global firms tackle today’s woes, and how others can most effectively join them.

In this summary, you will learn

  • What major global problems confront the world today
  • Why governments and NGOs are not the ideal entities to address these problems
  • Why global corporations can address them
  • What large international firms are improving the world, and how they are doing it
 

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A World of Problems
The world faces numerous seemingly intractable economic, social or environmental problems. Poverty makes lives miserable for more than one billion people. The divide between rich and poor grows greater daily. Global warming and environmental degradation continue unchecked...
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About the Author

Alice Korngold, author of Leveraging Good Will: Strengthening Nonprofits by Engaging Businesses, is president and CEO of Korngold Consulting LLC. She advises international corporations on how to exercise corporate social responsibility and how to work with nonprofits.


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