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.


SHE Enterprises Creates Banana Fluff Pads and Businesses in Africa

Many Harvard Business School classmates went to hedge funds or Wall Street, but Elizabeth Scharpf works in Africa… with sanitary pads.

In 2007, Scharpf started Sustainable Health Enterprises (SHE) to manufacture and distribute menstrual pads from banana leaf fiber. The idea came about because, while working in Mozambique in grad school, she learned many women in factories were missing work because of their periods.


How Much Money Do CSR Professionals Make?

How much do CSR professionals make? The answer to this question can be found in the new 2012 CR & Sustainability Salary Survey, which includes salary data and some very interesting information of the professional Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability landscape.

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Why Global Warming Is Now an Economic Tax on the Middle Class

Given its costs, global warming can now be thought of as an economic tax on the middle class. A recent NOAA report found that 56 percent of the continental U.S. is currently experiencing drought. Exaggerated by global warming, enhanced drought is reducing America’s corn crop and sending the futures price for corn soaring by 34 percent … Continued


Good Companies Like Clif Bar: How They Do It

Today Clif Bar is among the leading makers of organic energy and nutrition foods. Erickson and his wife, Kit built their company using a business model that integrates its socially responsible values into every area of the business.


Top 10 Crowdfunding Sites

Up until now, it’s been illegal for private businesses to offer equity to anyone other than accredited investors in exchange for funding. The passing of the JOBS Act is about to change all of that. Once the rules are in place early next year, private businesses and startups will be able to use crowdfunding to give equity to investors who will get an actual monetary return instead of a sticker or T-shirt. This shift is expected to attract a huge influx of capital from regular Joes looking for better ways to invest.

Better Air Uses Probiotics to Clean the Air We Breathe

Israeli company Better Air has created a system that improves air quality in homes, offices and hospitals using probiotics, – millions of “good bacteria” – to fight harmful bacteria.


American Airlines and Boeing Test the Future of Green Aviation

If you happen to look up into the skies over Montana in the next few months, you might catch a glimpse of the ecoDemonstrator. This  Next-Generation  737-800 is on loan from American Airlines to Boeing, which is modding it out to serve as a test bed for new sustainable aviation technologies including fuel efficiency,  noise … Continued