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.

Does Sustainability Increase Profits or Not?

A UN-backed survey conducted by Globescan and SustainAbility, of 642 senior executives, campaigners and academics found that the vast majority feel that pressure to deliver short-term financial results is impeding their sustainability efforts. Of course the sluggish economy has been a challenge, but do companies today really have to choose between profitability and sustainability or is this a false choice?

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Spotlight on Rio+20: What’s Happened Since 1992?

By: Isabella Scott The meeting billed as the follow-up to the 1992 Rio Declaration on Environment and Development is coming to Rio de Janeiro this June. The 1992 meeting was hailed as one of the best attempts by the global community to change the course of human development to a model that would be equitable … Continued

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Should News Corp’s Anti-Climate Stance Impact its CSR Rating?

Is corporate activism an accurate – or needed – part of the CSR ratings picture? When companies are active in political issues, such as pursuing a negative stance on climate change, how much is this part of their overall picture of corporate sustainability?

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Why Biodiversity Loss Deserves as Much Attention as Climate Change

Biodiversity loss is probably a challenge that is often ignored as climate change looms. Currently the world is losing species at a rate that is 100 to 1000 times faster than the natural extinction rate, further, it is currently seeing the sixth mass extinction. The previous mass extinction occured 65 million years ago, and was caused by … Continued

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Sustainability in Retail: Not an Oxymoron

Not only has the retail industry recognized that sustainability is here to stay, many leaders within the industry have moved from looking at sustainability as a cost center to seeing it as an opportunity to reduce risk, improve relationships with customers and employees, and deliver better products.

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Timberland Eco-labels Go Beyond Green Info

In 2007, Timberland pioneered eco-labels on their apparel, modeling them after USDA nutrition labels. The imitation was deliberate, said VP of Corporate Social Responsibility, Mark Newton. With the wealth of green information that is currently tracked, measured, analyzed and debated, the intent was to capture the essence of several large categories on a very small … Continued

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Smart Phone Apps: Weapons of the Green Economic Revolution

Apple announced that it sold 37 million iPhones during the last quarter of 2011. That is equal to everyone living in California buying an iPhone during the holiday season. The Pew Research Center reports that during this same time period tablet (iPad) and e-reader ownership doubled, resulting in one out of three of us now owning this type … Continued

TweetUp on Sustainability in Retail THURSDAY

The words “retail” and “sustainability” don’t normally go hand-in-hand, but the folks at the Retail Industry Leaders Association are hoping to change that. They are leading the way, by providing a safe space for sustainability professionals in the retail industry to share best practices and discuss common operational practices, areas of concern, and pragmatic solutions … Continued

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Chinese Solar Panel Exports Spike as Obama Announces New Trade Enforcement Unit

Chinese exports of silicon solar panels surged in 2011, and they’re spiking higher yet following the filing of illegal dumping and subsidy petitions in the US, according to a study of US Customs and Border Protection Service data by CASM, which filed petitions with the US International Trade Commission and Commerce Dept. The brewing trade dispute is significant enough to have prompted Pres. Obama to announced the formation of a new Trade Enforcement Unit in his SOTU address Tuesday night.

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What Are the Real Causes of Global Warming?

The folks at Skeptical Science have put together a review of various scientific investigations into the causes of global warming, in hope sof coming up with a definitive answer. This seems like a good time to do this, in the midst of Republican primary season, as the various candidates try to one-up each other on bashing the science in lieu of what their supporters would prefer to hear.

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Get Ready to Get Eco-Social During State of the Union

For those of you not paying attention, tonight at 9pm Eastern, President Obama will give his annual State of the Union address.  In keeping with our enthusiasm for social media, we’ll be participating in a Twitter chat tonight during the speech to offer reactions, ideas, and the occasional snarky commentary on issues of sustainability mentioned … Continued

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Opposition Grows as Citizens United Turns Two

This week marks the second anniversary of the landmark Citizens United vs. Federal Election Committee decision in which the Supreme Court upheld the right of corporations to fund political campaigns. Opposition to Citizens United has been building, but the anniversary is a pertinent one as the country is currently bearing witness to the impact of this decision on the outcome of the Republican presidential race.