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.
Kellogg’s recently announced a new commitment to only purchasing palm oil that can be traced back to suppliers certified to protect forests and human rights.
A new lawsuit alleges supermarket giant Kroger misled consumers with “humane” and “cage free” labels on its chicken products, revealing gaps in labeling regulations.
SPECIAL SERIES: Sustainably Attired
Late last year, the Sustainable Apparel Coalition–a trade group representing nearly 40 percent of the apparel and footwear market–announced an updated version of the Higg Index reflecting 18 months of development effort. As more companies jump on board, can the index inspire industry-wide sustainability standards? And what would this mean for the future of sustainable apparel?
In-N-Out Burger, a fast food chain in California and the Southwest, starts its employees off at a wage of $10.50 an hour. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez makes a good point. If In-N-Out Burger can do it–remain profitable and still provide what has arguably been deemed a superior product–why can’t McDonald’s?
When Spiezia Organics founder Amanda Barlow stood in front of a conference hall full of skincare industry delegates and ate a mouthful of one of her own beauty creams, it was to make a salient point: If what you put on your skin is not clean and natural enough to eat, then you shouldn’t be putting it on your skin–the body’s largest organ.
In a move that some might find surprising, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters (GMCR) and The Coca-Cola Co. announced a major strategic partnership last week. According to the announcement, the “companies have signed a 10-year agreement to collaborate on the development and introduction of The Coca-Cola Co.’s global brand portfolio for use in GMCR’s forthcoming Keurig Cold at-home beverage system. Under the global strategic agreement, GMCR and The Coca-Cola Co. will cooperate to bring the Keurig Cold beverage system to consumers around the world.”
Current global outrage over a recurring Olympics Games horror—animal cruelty at its worst—Athens, Beijing and now Sochi: Why it is so tragic and senseless and what we can do about it.
Consumer chocolate may be the product of severe human rights abuses, including child slave labor in West Africa. Are multinational corporations liable in U.S. courts, to the extent their supply chains are implicated in such abuses?
A new set of ads from Long John Silver’s raise the Jolly Roger in honor of sustainable food and more environmentally sound eating, citing the lower methane and greenhouse gas footprint of fish compared to livestock, and real free-range food from “the final frontier,” otherwise known as the North Pacific.
SPECIAL SERIES: The Future of Fair Trade
It’s Valentine’s Day, and in supermarkets, drug stores and specialty shops across the country, shelves are lined with chocolates of every shape, size and variety. As you browse through endless heart-shaped boxes, consider this: The chocolate industry is in jeopardy, and if things don’t change, there could be a worldwide cocoa deficit by the year 2020.