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.

Luxury Cosmetic Brands Try Out Sustainable Packaging

Packaging has always been a bone of contention for cosmetic companies. With sustainability standards increasing, most companies are wanting to use more sustainable packaging material. Major companies like Chanel, Coty, Avon, L’Oreal Group, Mast Global and Estee Lauder are now inaugural members of an initiative created by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers’ Institute for … Continued

Movie Review: The American Dream for Environmentalists

“A Green Story,” an independent film from first time writer and director Nick Agiashvili tells the true story of Van Vlahakis, an original green entrepreneur who founded Earth Friendly Products, a green cleaning products company that is now a multi-million dollar business.


Sprint’s Handy “Eco-Envelope” Saves More than Paper

It still boggles my mind that anyone voluntarily prefers getting a paper bill in the mail, but amazingly, many people do.  The reasons range from simple inertia to paranoia (the desire to have a file cabinet full of records).  In the case of Sprint, despite good efforts to promote paperless billing, close to 70% of … Continued


Behind-the-Scenes on Corporate Responsibility Communications

Part of the full story of CR communications is a behind the scenes peek into how a communications firm operates. How do they support – and influence – clients’ CR communications? I sat down with Christian Hicks, Creative Director of Corporate Responsibility at AHA, to get the inside scoop.

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Jeffrey Hollender Chats with CSR Execs from Intel, Coca Cola and Verizon

Last week at the Social Innovation Summit Jeffrey Hollender hosted a panel entitled ‘green vs. green’ with Jeff Seabright, Chief Environmental Officer of Coca-Cola, James Gowen, Chief Sustainability Officer of Verizon and Michael Jacobson, Director, Corporate Responsibility Office of Intel. What did he ask them?

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North America on Top of Carbon Capture and Storage

Last week, the North American Carbon Capture & Storage Atlas (NACCSA), a joint effort between U.S., Canadian and Mexican governments, created the first ever document mapping the underground storage potential of the continent. According to NACCSA, North America has the potential to store carbon emissions for at least 500 years. But how?

Why Big Brands Would Do Well to Engage Kids

Given the technological prowess of today’s youth and their passion for environmentalism, it was only a matter of time before kids started pressuring companies directly to change their dirty, earth-harming ways. That combination of gumption, cuteness, and ability to enmass an audience spells big trouble for companies that don’t pay attention. At Sustainable Brands 2012, … Continued


How HP Plans to Reduce Data Center Energy Use

Research by HP Labs, the company’s research arm, found that organizations can cut total power use by 30 percent, reduce dependence on grid power and cut costs by over 80 percent.

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Back to Basics: What is CSR Reporting?

The concept of CSR reporting is almost as flexible as the concept of CSR itself. Just like every company can define to itself what CSR means, it can also choose how to communicate its CSR progress in whatever way it finds suitable. What are some of the most common ways they choose to express themselves?


The “ROI” of Employee Volunteering

When it comes to corporate social responsibility, and the desire on the part of companies to make a positive impact in the world, starting at home, there is a secret weapon that all companies possess, but few, if any, take full advantage of: employee passion. The power of this force cannot be overestimated.

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Boy Scouts Team with SFI in Forest Stewardship Program

The Boy Scouts of America has joined with the industry certification group Sustainable Forestry Initiative, Inc., in an effort that could see more SFI stakeholders volunteering to help scouts earn merit badges related to forestry and environmental science. The two organizations will partner up to “show scouts the value of our natural environment and how … Continued

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Interfaith Coalition Urges Walmart to “Take It Back”

It is proxy season, which means all kinds of shareholder resolutions and protests are targeting some of America’s largest companies for a host of reasons. One company in the crosshairs is Walmart, the focus of organizations including the Texas Campaign for the Environment and Take It Back Walmart.