Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability


Jon is a regular columnist for the British-based international magazine Ethical Corporation.

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Jon is a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research in Washington, D.C. Check out the numerous conferences on public policy issues that he organizes at AEI and other think tanks.


The Pension Fund That Ate California (citing Jon)
California Political Review, December 16, 2013

NY Times Mum After Congressional Budget Office Rebukes Bungled Amgen/Medicare Investigation
Huffington Post, February 26, 2013

The Pension Fund That Ate California (citing Jon)
City Journal, Winter 2013

How “Socially Responsible” Investing Destroyed a California Pension Fund
(citing Jon)
FrontPageMag, Daniel Greenfield, February 10, 2013

Who Should Invest in Gun companies? (Quoting Jon)
Reason, Matt Welch,
January 25, 2013

California Pension Fund Politics Drag Down Union Returns (Quoting Jon)
Weekly Standard, August 6, 2012

Leaked Secret Natural Resources Defense Council Memo Disses Science, Chemicals: "How do we get the FDA to ban Bisphenol A when the science is against us?"
Forbes.com, March 12, 2012

NRDC First Amendement Busting Defamation Threat Letter, March 12, 2012

Over-Regulation Fever at the White House?
Forbes, February 9, 2012

Behind the Image: Are Large Corporations Greenwashing with their Corporate Sustainability Programs?
Focus Earth with Bob Woodruff  Week of September 19, 2009
Planet Green Channel (ABC News/Discovery)
View a clip of the half-hour program

Eco Marketing: What Price Green Consumerism?
September 2011

CalPers 112th Green, Social Corporate Policy (Citing Jon)
Public CEO September 7, 2011

Anita Roddick's Body Shop Scam (citing Jon)
The Sunday Express (India) January 9, 2011

BPA: DOA?
Environmental Forum/Environmental Law Institute
November/December 2010

How Corrupt is the World Food Program?
The American April 11, 2010

Green Visigoths
Chief Executive Magazine March/April 2010

Wherefore Art Thou, Green Obama
The American November 21, 2009

Climate Change Wealth Transfer
The American October 23, 2009

Biotech and Agriculture: Green Revolution in the Balance
The American October 3,  2009

Why the US Chamber Has Emerged as a Piñata for Cap-and-Trade Legislation Winners
Forbes.com October 2, 2009

Behind the Image: Are Large Corporations Greenwashing with their Corporate Sustainability Programs?
Focus Earth with Bob Woodruff  Week of September 19, 2009
Planet Green Channel (ABC News/Discovery)
View a clip of the half-hour program

The Next Catastrophe: The Pension Fund Explosion
Reason, February 2009

Listen to Jon's interview on NPR: "Why Pension Funds May Be The Next To Collapse"

Big Funds Eye Reinvesting in Tobacco Firms (quoting Jon)
New York Sun, August 14, 2008

Can Green Retailers Make Green? (quoting Jon)
Forbes, July 24, 2008

Wal-Mart's Green Initiative Softens Criticism (quoting Jon)
Fox Business News, July 17, 2008

In the Long Run, This Sneaker Isn't So 'Green' (quoting Jon)
Sustainable Life, July 17, 2008

Union vs. Private Sector Pensions: How Secure Are Union Members' Retirements?
July 16, 2008

Jon's Keynote at the Hudson Institute, Washington, D.C.

Some Companies Fail to Assess Dark Side of Going 'Green'
Columbus Business First, April 18, 2008

A Green Backlash Gains Momentum
Jon quoted in Brandweek, March 3, 2008

Will a Market Slump Slow Greentech?
Jon quoted in Sustainable Industries, February 29, 2008

Why Social Investing Threatens Public Employee Pension Funds
Corporate Retirement Security, edited by Robert W. Kolb
(Oxford, UK: Blackwell Publishing, 2007)

Invest With Your Heart and Soul?
Read the debate with Jon on BusinessWeek.com, August 1, 2007

Pension Funds and Social Investing
Jon quoted in Hartford Business Journal, Aug 30, 2007

Save the Earth Sacrifice Your Returns?
quoting Jon, Washington Post, May 13, 2007

What Should Bill Gates Do? ­ Philanthropy and Social Investing Wall Street Journal, January 26, 2007

US Mining Company Agrees to "Green" Review quoting Jon
Christian Science Monitor, April 26, 2007

Brand Marketing and CSR
World Bank Private Sector Development Blog, August 15, 2006

Let Them Eat Precaution: Beyond the WTO Decision on GMOs
Jon Entine, National Review Online, February 8, 2006

WTO Condemns E.U. Over GMO Moratorium
David R. Butcher, ThomasNet February 8

WTO Biotech Ruling Reveals Special Interests, Say Critics
Emad Mekay, IPS, February 9

Europe, WTO Battle Over Biotech Crops
Julia Watson, UPI, February 10

Electronic Journal of Radical Organizational Theory
(EJROT) November 1995

The Ethics of Responding to Stakeholder Interests: A Reply to Entine
Leon-C. Malan EJROT, November 1995

A Reply to Malan: The Curse of Good Intentions
EJROT, November 1995

Critics Fear Pension Activism
David Hafetz, New York Sun, July 22, 2004

Asking Do-Gooders to Prove They Do Good
Jon Christensen (citing Jon) New York Times, January 3, 2004

Do You Need an Ethics Officer?
Ethical Corporation, December 2003

Grass Is Green for Amazon Farmers Tony Smith (quoting Jon)
New York Times, October 8, 2003

"Biotechnology, the Media, and Public Policy" Conference (organized by Jon)
American Enterprise Institute, June 12, 2003
How the "progressive community" is abandoning its commitment to the developing world in its opposition to agricultural biotechnology

The Backlash of Social Investing
Chicago Tribune,
October 14, 2002

A novel labour compliance tool – is it for your company?
Ethical Corporation, August 2002

Warning: Stakeholder Dialogue Can be Dangerous to Your Health
Ethical Corporation Magazine, June 6, 2002

Body Flop: Anita Roddick proclaimed that business could be caring as well as capitalist. Today The Body Shop is struggling on both counts.
R.O.B. - Toronto Globe and Mail's Report on Business Magazine, May 31, 2002

Anti-GMO Protesters Don't Know Beans About Milk
National Post (Canada), February 27, 2002

Reaction: Bottomless Cup of Protest
National Post (Canada), March 1, 2002

Milking the Public's Food Fears Protesting Starbucks—Coffee, Tea or rbST?
San Francisco Chronicle
, February 2002

Are 'Socially Responsible' Mutual Funds for You?
Business Digest "Ethical Edge" Column, March/April 1999

The Odwalla Affair: Reassessing Corporate Social Responsibility
At Work, January/February 1999

The Green Power Hustle: "Clean" Energy's Dirty Little Secret
Solar Utilities Network, October 1998

Business with a Soul: A Reexamination of what Counts in Business Ethics
(with Marjorie Jennings)
Hamline Journal of Public Law and Policy, Fall 1998

California Green Energy Fiasco: Is 'Cleaner Energy' Worth the Price?
Business Digest "Ethical Edge" Column, July/August 1998

Food Fight The brouhaha over the new federal organic standards
Utne Reader, May/June 1998

Beware of "Green" Firms
Journal of the Society of Environmental Journalists
, Fall 1997

Deregulation and Green Marketing: The Threat to Safe Energy
Dollars & Sense, September 1997

Social Auditing: Oxymoron or Wave of the Future?
Values, July 1997

Clean Shell: Clean Power's Dirty Little Secret
The Progressive Populist
, June 1997

Working Assets/Jon Entine Debate
The Progressive Populist
, August 1997

Vivisecting the Anti-Vivisectionist Movement
Drug and Cosmetic Industry, January 1997

Is Ethical Investing Ethical?
Corporate Governance, 1997

Corporate Ethics and Accountability
Corporate Governance, 1996

After Bhopal: Responsible Care
At Work, September 1996

Rain-forest Chic
The Toronto Globe and Mail Report on Business (R.O.B.) Magazine
, October 1995

In Search of Saintly Stock Picks
The Toronto Globe and Mail Report on Business (R.O.B.) Magazine, October 1995


Leadership and Reputation Management

Body Flop: Anita Roddick proclaimed that business could be caring as well as capitalist. Today The Body Shop is struggling on both counts.
R.O.B. - Toronto Globe and Mail's Report on Business Magazine, May 31, 2002

The Liar's Club
San Francisco Chronicle
, July 2001

Leadership: The Feckless Defense of Fabulists
Chicago Tribune
, June 27, 2001

Why Good Works (New Zealand) (citing Jon)
Unlimited Inspiring Business, March 1, 2000

How "Jack" Turned Crisis Into Opportunity
Business Digest "Ethical Edge" Column, November/December 1999

Uh Oh! We Screwed Up, and the Press Is on the Phone!
Business Digest "Ethical Edge" Column, July/August 1999

No Spin Zone: The Story Behind Media Frenzies
Business Digest "Ethical Edge" Column, May/June 1999

Good leadership: What's its Gender?
Executive Female, January 2, 1997

Handling a Critical Journalist What do you do when an investigative reporter calls?
CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility Magazine), Winter 1996

Reflections on Jon's Advice by the Public Affairs Council
CSR, Winter 1996

Blowing the Whistle on Meaningless Good Intentions (with Martha Nichols)
Chicago Tribune, June 1996

When Rainforest Ice Cream Melts: The Messy Reality of 'Socially Responsible Business
Electronic Journal of Radical Organizational Theory (EJROT), November 1995

The Ethics of Responding to Stakeholder Interests: A Reply to Entine, Leon-C. Malan
EJROT, November 1995

A Reply to Malan: The Curse of Good Intentions
EJROT, November 1995

Rain-forest Chic
The Toronto Globe and Mail Report on Business (R.O.B.) Magazine
, October 1995


Business Commentaries Quoting or Citing Jon

Ethics in Kuwait Marlene Johnson
Kuwait Times, April 1, 2006

NGOs in the US Firing Line
Asia Times, June 14, 2003

NGOs, Social Investing and Business Ethics (cites Jon)
UPI June 12, 2003

Mining for Corporate Truth
Christian Science Monitor, March 31, 2003

Demands on Donors Push our Corporations' Goodwill
Hamilton Spectator, August 27, 2002

Business Relationships Matter
INC., April 2001

The scoop on Ben & Jerry's: an examination of corporate social responsibility
Management First
, 2001

The New Establishment: The Problems of Rebel Brands that Have Grown Up
Marketing, May 2000

Rainforest Maketing Case Study: Ben & Jerry's and the Body Shop Marketing Verde - Vida ou morte para as Florestas Tropicais? Patrícia Andrade de Oliveira. IntegrAção/Terceiro Setor, April 2000

Marketing Verde: Vida ou morte para as Florestas Tropicais?
Portal do Voluntário, 2000

Taming the Corporate Beast, Making business work for all of us
Utne Reader, August 1998

Following the money: The Corruption of the Liberal Press
San Francisco Bay Guardian, October 1997

A Resource-based Perspective on Corporate Environmental Performance and Profitability
Academy of Management Journal
, June 1997

Enviropreneurial Marketing Strategy: The Emergence of Corporate Environmentalism as Market Strategy
Anil Menon and Ajay Menon, Journal of Marketing, January 1997

Botton-Line Charity: Doing Well by Doing Good?
The New Republic
, January 1997

The Give and Take of Corporate Stewardship
U.S. Catholic, January 1997

Ethical Investment and the Challenge of Corporate Reform
Craig Mackenzie (Director Ethical Investments, Friends Ivory & Sime) 1997

The Evil Empire: The Scoop on Ben & Jerry's Crunchy Capitalism
The New Republic
, September 1995

Is Social Responsibility Possible?
Stanford University Graduate School of Business, 1995

Dark Cloud: Ben & Jerry's Inaccurate in Rainforest Nut Pitch
Boston Globe
, July 1995

Green Cosmetics:
The Definition Undergoes Broadening but Consumer Interest Remains High

Drug & Cosmetic Industry
, February 1995

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