Category: Corporate Responsibility
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.
The British regulatory agency, the Advertising Standards Authority banned the Christian Dior mascara ad with Natalie Portman for digitally lengthening Portman’s eyelashes.
Collaborating and partnering for change is one of the main trends in the green business space. Here are some insights on how to do it effectively from a discussion between representatives of Unilever, Recyclebank and other companies.
Norway not only plans to double its carbon tax (guaranteeing fewer emissions) but intends to use those funds to support emerging market countries making the transition to a low carbon economy, by developing renewable energy, addressing food security concerns and mitigating climate change.
With improvements in technology, we are able to add “waste” to the list of renewable energy sources. Waste Management, Agilyx and Renmatix are showing promising results converting waste into energy.
While the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and National Association of Manufacturers file a lawsuit to stop or modify the SEC rule on conflict minerals, companies like GE are trying to prevent the use of them.
Walmart decided to add sustainability performance to its buyers’ performance evaluation to ensure they will take sustainability into account in their decision-making process, but can incentives be an effective tool when it comes to working with the supply chain?
Climate change remains such a high voltage issue for people that addressing it as a corporation can no longer be effectively marketed as a benefit to consumers.
Should social finance be incorporated into the business curriculum? Current opinion says no, but upcoming, socially conscious millenials disagree. Will schools tune in to popular demand and include it in the near future?
Businesses and people are placing more of a value on “going green.” The attention on the global environment is growing. For this purpose, more jobs have been created or altered to go green.
EPEAT asked if they could respond to the post we ran earlier this week about Greenpeace and iFixit’s concerns over EPEAT’s rating system and we were happy to add their voice to the mix.
EPEAT says that questions raised about its verification are off target – the underlying standards for the system may need updating, but EPEAT has to verify to the standards as they exist. Knowledgeable stakeholders are encouraged to participate in standards updates.
To bring awareness to the unintended consequences of burning coal for energy, the Sierra Club produced a slideshow of startling images from three big coal states. Here’s a sample.
Should companies follow Unilever? The company is looking for ways to get people to use less water when they shower. Or should they, like McDonald’s, leave the full responsibility to the consumer to decide what’s good for them? This was the topic of a discussion I moderated at a Blogger Breakfast at the COMMIT! Forum.
Here are three interesting insights I’ve taken away from the NY COMMIT! Forum, including thoughts by Robert F. Kennedy on short vs. long term approaches and why the c-suite still identifies philanthropy with CSR.