In response to market campaigns and consumer pressure, major retailers are playing an increased role in moving the market away from toxic chemicals. Target and Walmart have taken first steps to rid the supply chain from toxic chemicals, while other retailers like Walgreens have stayed silent.
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.
Sustainability doesn’t have to be dry, and it’s really not about dogma, says Levi Strauss’ VP of Global Sustainability, Michael Kobori. It’s about engaging the heart. And Levi’s jiu jitsu sustainability concept proves the point.
SPECIAL SERIES: Understanding Sustainable Forestry
The American Forest and Paper Association (AF&PA) has set a goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the forest products industry by 15 percent by 2020, but one of the Association’s members, International Paper, is aiming for a more ambitious target: 20 percent by 2020. And the paper and pulp company is making progress towards its objective, cutting companywide emissions by 5.8 percent last year, according to International Paper’s recently released sustainability report.
Tesla isn’t the only market innovator looking to build a cross-country fleet of EV charging stations, and it’s not the largest. That title is held by Miami’s CarCharging Group, which is in the process of assimilating a string of acquisitions made during the past year and more.
The event was part of “Africa: Advancing Partnerships and Responsible Business Leadership,” a week-long conference co-sponsored by the U.N. Global Compact. Held in Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa, it aims to promote corporate social responsibility (CSR) in Africa and explore partnerships between the U.N. and the public and private sectors to advance sustainable development in the region.
Finding systemic issues that effectively trap tea workers into earning below living wages, ETP, Oxfam and GIZ intend to improve the situation. They have launched a strategic campaign that will work to implement changes in Malawi, India, Indonesia, and Kenya.
An international network of more than 120 organizations on six continents is unveiling a new Global Paper Vision that challenges the paper industry to adopt more sustainable practices.
SPECIAL SERIES: Sustainable Seafood
Because of the state of the fishing industry today, small fishermen find themselves squeezed between massive international fleets and heavily depleted stocks. I spoke with two fishermen on the New England coast (on different days), who both wear multiple hats.
The USDA expects a second consecutive record corn harvest in 2014, but climate change, wasteful water practices and overuse of fertilizers pose real and present threats to the sustainability of U.S. corn production, according to a Ceres report.
The clothing retailer, American Eagle Outfitters, Inc. is expanding its partnership with I:Collect (I:CO), a closed loop textile recycling company.
However nice a corporate social responsibility initiative might sound on paper, you may find that your employees are reluctant to embrace charitable giving. They might worry company profits will be taken from other valuable areas — such as employee salaries and bonuses — or they may disagree about the best cause to support. With these concerns in mind, you need to think carefully about how you introduce the idea to your team.
Tesla Motors founder Elon Musk has once again demonstrated business leadership by offering a business solution to climate change. Musk’s act of leadership is to open-source his company’s invaluable intellectual property for building world-class electric cars to the global auto industry.