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.


Interview: Beth Holzman of Timberland Talks CSR

Following the release of Timberland’s 2011 CSR report, Beth Holzman, Senior Manager of CSR Strategy and Reporting at Timberland talks about the achievements as well as the challenges the company is facing. Can Timberland meet its bold 2015 CSR goals? Does it continue to show real progress and demonstrate a high level of transparency, even after the purchase by VF? Check the interview out.


Walmart’s Foundation Gives $71 Million to the Environment

Last year, the Walton Family Foundation, heirs to the Walmart fortune, gave environmental conservation grants totaling $71.4 million to 160 organizations around the globe. The grants were primarily focused on the areas of Freshwater Conservation and Marine Conservation. This could be another case of lots of frosting but not a whole lot of cake.


Unilever Improves Supply Chain, Faces Challenges with Customer Behavior

Unilever released on Tuesday its first year’s progress report on the progress it made against its Sustainable Living Plan targets. The results so far are mixed – the report shows significant progress in many of the targets as well as real difficulties to move the needle in others. Yet, taking into account the high bar Unilever set up in this plan, with goals like doubling its sales while halving its carbon footprint by 2020, my impression is that the Sustainable Living Plan is so far a success story.


4 Fast Steps to Put a Price Tag on Ecosystem Services

What’s business if not value creation? Take something that doesn’t cost very much, add value, and create a profit. It’s only natural that many businesses do so using natural resources like land, trees, water, air, and fossil fuels as their inputs. So what’s the problem?

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Green Data Centers: Is It Worth Running a “Losing” Race?

Explosive growth in mobile computing and cloud services has industry players, public and private sector organizations focused on greening the data center. But with investments and data center facilities growing exponentially, it’s more than likely that electricity demand will far outstrip energy savings and renewable energy gains.

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Human Rights Lose Out at Bahrain Grand Prix

If you’re a Formula One Fan, you are well aware that Sebastian Vettel won last weekend’s Grand Prix in Manama, Bahrain. But human rights was a huge loser last weekend.