Unfortunately, until the tragic collapse of a factory killed over 1000 women workers in Bangladesh this past April, few people were tuned in to the sustainability issues around fashion. That is beginning to change. I can only hope this is the start of a fast fashion revolution.
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.
The overall correlation between these large sets of data is strong—and it has been growing stronger. We will now look at how each of the twelve individual components in CSRHub’s metric system relate to brand strength.
Is fast fashion any more sustainable now due to the new safety plans signed by European and American fashion companies? How far we really are from the next tragedy? This might be a good time for a retrospective look at the events that took place after the latest tragedy in Bangladesh. Here are five lessons we can learn from them that might provide us with the answers we are looking for.
Sue Briggum, Vice President for Federal Public Affairs for Waste Management, talks about her career, inspiration and recent accomplishments in our Women in CSR series.
Lynelle Cameron, Senior Director of Sustainability for Autodesk, and President and CEO of the newly created Autodesk Foundation, talks about her career, inspiration and recent accomplishments in our Women in CSR series.
In Nature’s Fortune, Mark R. Tercek, president and CEO of The Nature Conservancy, makes an impassioned case that business and environmental interests can and must align for everyone’s long-term benefit.
Figuring out who regulates organic cosmetic and personal care products can be confusing. Clearer, decisive regulation is needed for cosmetics and personal care products, says California watchdog Center for Environmental Health, which already has plenty of lawsuits on the books to prove it.
Keystone XL pipeline advocates have been quick to use the Lac-Mégantic disaster to bolster their oil pipelines vs. railways safety argument, but they could be causing the oil industry more harm than good.
Nike’s new app is not just a valuable sustainability working tool for designers but also an interesting milestone in Nike’s journey from open innovation to systems innovation, as well as another indication of Nike’s commitment to “move past the current incremental mindset into a genuine shift of entire systems.”
Waste Management, one of North America’s top refuse transport services has come up with new ways to dump the use of landfills that are truly out-of-the-box. And with any luck (and a little help from its new partner Bill McDonough), that wasteful box may be history as well.
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Fair Trade USA explores how the Rana Plaza tragedy might be a tipping point for the apparel industry, as more consumers seek ethical alternatives and more brands look to bring greater transparency and impact to their supply chains.
Heavy lobbying from the German automobile industry caused German Chancellor Angela Merkel to oppose new EU carbon regulation. It was pretty interesting to see that auto companies whom we usually hear about in the context of radical innovation in mobility, bold sustainability strategy or partnerships with carpooling ventures are also lobbying against tougher climate regulation.