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LAMP Companies Repeat on Global 100 Lists

Since 2006, when Profit For Life was published, 65 percent of Global LAMP Index® companies our learning lab for the book have been selected for the Global 100 list of corporate sustainability leaders. Since the Global 100 are selected from thousands of eligible companies, the high inclusion rate of LAMP companies is truly extraordinary. The Global 100 ...


Brother Can You Spare a Trillion?

The industrial capitalist model of economic progress is broke. Premised on cheap energy, inexhaustible resources and perpetual GDP growth, it now runs deficits faster than it adds value. Tweaking this model, which is presently bankrupting us, is not an option. What we need is a major overhaul. The sooner we admit this truth, the more options we'll have in the ...


This article was originally published in 1972 by Risk Management Magazine and is used here with permission of the publisher. We reprint it for its historic significance: a contrarian view of sound business practice when it was written that has today become a foundational concept of triple bottom line corporate reporting. As the first serious study to link corporate ...


2011: A Year of Sub-par Returns

After fifteen years of top tier returns, the Global LAMP Index® lagged all three of its global comparators. During 2011 it lost 9.20% in value versus losses ranging from 3.18% to 5.53% on peer indices. Perhaps we were due. In the investment world nobody runs at the front of the pack all the time. For those wishing to see the ...


Growing Wealth That Lasts

The principles that govern lasting wealth creation are time tested and simple. Yet we have a difficult time putting them to practice because they require deferring present needs and wants into the future. At every level of political/economic decision-making global, national or family the power of now has an inexorable pull. The power of now has been ...


The United Nations Economic Program's Financial Initiative (UNEP-FI) in collaboration with the Global Footprint Network and a number of leading financial institutions, has decided to investigate the linkages between ecological risk and sovereign credit risk.1 This is a long overdue step towards greater transparency in global bond markets and a fresh affirmation of the new renaissance thinking in business ...


Jay and Jeanne Bragdon visited the Kalundborg Symbiosis on September 23, 2011, where they talked with project officer, Berndt Jespersen. Two of the original corporate members of the symbiosis - Novo Nordisk and Statoil - are constituents of the Global LAMP Index and a third, Novozymes, is a related company. "Today humanity uses the ...


House of Futures Talk, Copenhagen, Denmark

This presentation is as it was presented on September 21st, 2011 in Copenhagen, Denmark. You can read the notes from the presentation below"with slides where appropriate"or, you can download the full presentation PDF. My message today is one of hope. It is based on the strength of the human spirit, our survival ...


Jay Bragdon to Speak at Copenhagen Futurist Conference

In September of 2011, Jay Bragdon has the honor of speaking at the Copenhagen Futurist Conference. Jay will describe the corporate renaissance as a beacon to the future. He will illuminate their extraordinary life-mimicking attributes and synergies via case studies. His talk will conclude with a strategy for accelerating renaissance best practices. Following Jay's presentation his slides will be posted on ...


People often compare the Global LAMP Index® to the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) and the FTSE4Good Index, which are the standard global sustainability comparators. During 2010 the LAMP 60 returned 12.29 percent nearly double the DJSI (6.52%) and significantly better than the FTSE4Good (7.90%). This continues a nearly unbroken trend of excess performance