This category is about corporate social responsibility (CSR), a form of corporate self-regulation integrated into a business model. The goal of CSR is to embrace responsibility for the company’s actions and encourage a positive impact through its activities on the environment, consumers, employees, communities, stakeholders and all other members of the public sphere.

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Hey Apple, Where’s Your Soul?

Apple has successfully wedged themselves into the palms (and wallets) of millions of people. But where do they exist in the hearts of the consumers.

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A Tale of Two Friedmans: CSR and Opportunity

If Milton Friedman could read Thomas Friedman’s book “Hot, Flat & Crowded” and pop back down for a two hour panel discussion on CSR and sustainability, the two of them would find a lot more to agree upon than to fight about!

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Consumers Want Wind Power

A new study cited by the wind turbine company Vestas indicates that consumers want companies to use more wind power for manufacturing consumer products.

Private Sector Plays Important Role in Reviving Dying Carbon Economy

Just yesterday I was having a discussion about how the carbon market is ‘dead.’ Today I read that, according to Business Green it is up to the private sector to safe the UN’s Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) from collapse.  What is CDM?  The CDM was developed after the Kyoto Protocol was formed. According to the … Continued

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The 2012 CDP Global 500 Report: A Glass Half Full of Arctic Melt Water

The latest CDP report shows some progress, but it’s still not good enough. It’s not that there’s not a glass half full in the report, but as Paul Abberley, Aviva’s CEO, said in a teleconference following the release: “If the glass is half full of Arctic melt water, it doesn’t matter.”

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SAP Invests in Employee Volunteerism in Emerging Markets

Many companies struggle to get their employees engaged, even in programs as straightforward as volunteering. Some organizations have a policy of allowing employees time off to give back to their communities. These policies strike a good balance of employee engagement and corporate volunteerism. Some (Cisco, Gap and Target, to name a few) pay employees for … Continued

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Defense Contractor Raytheon Salutes Sustainability

It feels like every morning the news is discussing a brand new technological advance – e-readers and tablets and apps, oh my! (Also–Google’s driverless car, anyone?) And that’s really just the beginning of it all. Luckily for us, not only are technology researchers and conglomerates making the some of the most cutting-edge gizmos available to … Continued

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Is the Internet Killing our Climate?

Although negligible on their own, the cumulative effect of all that internet time is a “definite environmental impact” that has long gone overlooked. Think we’re kidding? Take a look at some of the facts:

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After 60 Years, Coca-Cola Returns to Burma

According to Coca-Cola, its renewed investment and operations in Burma will follow what the company describes as its strict human rights policy.

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A Tale of Two Friedmans: CSR and Risk

Things have changed in 40 years and it makes little sense in 2012 to grumble about Milton Friedman’s treatise any longer. Acceptable corporate standards have changed because society has forced change, sometimes by demanding increased regulation and sometimes through its buying habits.