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.

One for One Makes Consumers Feel Like Philanthropists

In 2006, Blake Mycoskie started as a shoe company. He also started a movement. Well, at the very least, he trademarked a movement: One for OneTM. Having witnessed extreme poverty during a trip to Argentina, Mycoskie was inspired to start a footwear company in which, for each pair of shoes sold, he’d donate a new pair to a child who, like so many he met in Argentina, is in dire need of shoes. TOMS was born.

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Mindless: Marketing an Unsustainable Future

Along with population growth, excessive consumption is our society’s greatest threat, and the constant stream of manipulative messages permeating our consciousness is only making matters worse.

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NGO Collaboration Required For Strong Corporate CSR

Environmental NGOs have often been perceived as anti-business, anti-growth, tree-loving, bunny-huggers. However, they have evolved to become organized, structured and strategic. Instead of always standing outside with protest signs, NGOs can actually work with companies to help implement their CSR initiatives. This is happening more commonly than previously imagined. Watchdog organizations not only put the … Continued

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Reducing Carbon Footprints in the Transportation Portion of the Supply Chain

In many ways, a company is only as green as its supply chain. But how in the world do you control that? Not an easy question to answer, but a good place to start would be measuring the footprint of your supply chain as it currently stands. After all, what gets measured can be managed.

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Cause Marketing: What Came First, the Fan or the Page?

Cause marketing has boomed in the last five years. From high-profile companies like Pepsi to small non-profits, it’s almost impossible to update your online status without being inundated by organizations promoting their issue. Clearly there are many differences between a corporate giant like Pepsi and a non-profit, the causes they are advocating being one of them.

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GRI to Ensure Sustainability Reporting in Listed Companies

GRI recently released a report on why sustainability reporting is important for listed companies. At a recent event hosted by the Shangai Stock Exchange, they observed that all State Owned Enterprises in China must produce reports. As a result, China has seen a huge increasing in reporting in the private sector as well.  The Shangai … Continued

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President Obama Retracted EPA Ozone Standards. Would You?

According to the EPA, ground-level ozone and the smog it helps produce is responsible for human health problems such as emphysema, asthma, bronchitis, congestion, chest pain, premature heart attacks, and overall, reduced lung function. So if ground-level ozone is so harmful, why did U.S. President Barack Obama let the oil industry off the hook last month by allowing them to delay complying with increased standards?

Microsoft to Require Vendors to Submit Sustainability Reports

Microsoft says it “aspires to be more than just a good company—it aspires to be a great company.” The company’s latest step in this direction is a focus not on products or practices, but on the company’s supply chain. The company announced on Thursday that starting in 2013 it will require a cross section of … Continued

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Four Scenarios, One Optimistic Look at Sustainable Consumption

“… people are being persuaded to spend money we don’t have, on things we don’t need, to create impressions that won’t last, on people we don’t care about” – Tim Jackson, Prosperity without Growth I’m sure many people and not just those protesting in Zuccotti Park would agree with this quote. Will it stay like … Continued

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Marketing Fashion Sustainably

Can the fast moving ever-changing fashion world of today become a model for sustainable business in the future? Marketing fashion as a sustainable movement requires astute positioning from an industry that annually grosses $5 billion in the United States alone promoting “fast fashion” that is cheap and disposable.

What the World Needs Is a Third Industrial Revolution

We need a new economic vision in order to cope with the problems of the 21st century, according to economist Jeremy Rifkin’s new book, The Third Industrial Revolution: How Lateral Power Is Transforming Energy, the Economy, and the World. “If we are to put people back to work, curtail climate change, and save civilization from … Continued

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Justmeans Launches a Comparative Sustainability Performance Platform

Justmeans is launching a new ESG data visualization platform for measuring, managing and comparing sustainability performance platform called Insights. Justmeans is a subsidiary of 3BLMedia, providing content consulting and online news distribution for companies committed to social and environmental performance. The initial launch features companies in the Pharmaceutical, Semiconductor and Computers & Peripheral industries. The platform is said to enable large … Continued

Newsweek Releases its Green Rankings Featuring America’s Top 500 Companies

Newsweek magazine released its list of the greenest companies called Green Rankings list today. The list is in its third year and it will evaluate the environmental performance of America’s top 500 largest listed companies. This year, the list will also include 500 international companies as well. The rankings take into account various areas of … Continued

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Bringing It Home: Is It Greener to Ship or Buy At the Store?

When I order an item online and have it delivered to my home, is that greener or less green than going to the store myself and picking it up. After all, my car is pretty efficient and I know it gets better mileage than those delivery trucks do.

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Why Logging US National Forestland to Sell Timber to China is a Really Bad Idea

The following is part of a series by our friends at CSRHub (a 3p sponsor) – offering free sustainability and corporate social responsibility ratings on over 5,000 of the world’s largest publicly traded companies. 3p readers get 40% off CSRHub’s professional subscriptions with promo code “TP40“. By Carol Pierson Holding Countries around the world are … Continued