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.

Toyota’s Fuel Efficient Vehicles and Progress Toward Environmental Goals Highlighted

A few weeks ago, Toyota launched its 2011 Toyota North America Environmental Report (EAP). The EAP report highlights the achievements Toyota has made in reaching its environmental targets and describes the car company’s fuel efficient cars, which include its most fuel-efficient vehicles: the Prius and Corolla. The report claims that the Prius, which gets 51 … Continued

Conflict Minerals in Everyday Electronics

Most of the electronics we use everyday, such as laptops, cell phones and DVD players, are manufactured with tantalum, tungsten and gold, AKA “conflict minerals.” When these minerals are mined in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) it’s often through forced or child labor. Praxis Mutual Funds and Everence Financial launched an email campaign last … Continued

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Walmart’s UK Arm Saves $110 million Through CSR Initiatives

British supermarket chain, ASDA has learned a lot from its parent company, Walmart, to boost its sustainability ratings. Their CSR initiatives saw some serious financial pay-offs for the company. The company saved £70 million ($110 million) in 2010 because of its sustainability plans. By 2020, it hopes that its new goals will see a total … Continued

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Billboards to Tote Bags

Relan LLC is turning vinyl billboard waste into functional and fashionable accessories, giving the new meaning to repurposed materials.

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Remaking a Sustainable Rwanda: Photo Essay

This post is part of a series on exploring Rwanda as part of the International Reporting Project’s Gatekeeper Editor trip. Follow along on our page here. I’ve collected some of the most interesting moments in my recent trip to Rwanda in a photo essay.    Some of these 68 photos are simply atmospheric ways to give you … Continued

The Holidays are Here, and So is Cause Marketing

Coca-Cola is using a cause marketing approach in its newest holiday campaign, Arctic Home, which will support the World Wildlife Fund’s (WWF) polar bear conservation efforts.

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Time is Running Out: Nike’s Three Tips for Taking Sustainability to Scale

For the most part, the goal of convincing mainstream businesses of the value of engaging in corporate social responsibility efforts has been achieved. The problem is, its not enough. And the clock is ticking. In order to accelerate sustainable solutions at a rate that will make a meaningful impact, we need to start addressing problems on a system-wide level and executing them on a larger scale. This was the theme of a thought provoking keynote presentation given by Hannah Jones, VP of Sustainable Business and Innovation for Nike.

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RGGI: Billions in Economic Gains & Savings, Thousands of New Jobs

The Northeast’s Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) will yield an economic gain of $1.6 billion, create 16,000 jobs and save consumers across its ten participating member states some $1.1 billion in electricity, heating and cooling bills over the next ten years as a result of its first three years in operation, according to an economic consulting firm’s report.

How Islamic Finance can Contribute to the Global Economy

While not many ordinary Western consumers understand the principles of Islamic finance, an increasing number of Western institutions have begun to incorporate its principles into operations in some parts of the world.
Most people may know that Islamic finance bans interest, gambling and speculation, but not much more than that. What they don’t usually hear is that it also promotes the kind of focus on partnership and productive investment that seems to have been missing from the global boom of the first decade of the 21st century.

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Five Companies that Make Philanthropy Work, and Make Work Philanthropy

Virtually all jobs these days at least offer you the opportunity to volunteer or get involved with causes at work–and most of us really want a job at a company that gives back to the larger community. However, some companies go above and beyond. At these companies, known as social enterprises, every job is directly involved with having a positive impact on society. It is ingrained into the business model. This is the sweet spot.

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The Robin Hood Tax Debate

By Maggie Winslow The EU and UK are currently contemplating instating a financial transaction tax, sometimes called a “Robin Hood” or Tobin Tax.  The Tobin Tax was first proposed by Nobel Prize-winning economist James Tobin in 1974 (I like his work so much, I named my son Tobin).  The original proposed tax was on international … Continued

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The World Cup: How FIFA Benefits While Host Countries Lose Big

Countries and cities spend vast amounts of money to participate in the bidding process to host world sporting events. Along with the pride and glory and the opportunity to showcase one’s cities, nation, and culture, there is the perception that such events will create an economic boon in the country. Whereas this may be the case for developed nations, the prize for hosting soccer’s World Cup can turn into fool’s gold for developing countries and emerging markets.

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Opportunity Green Roundup: Perspectives from Heavy Hitters in CSR

This year, Opportunity Green showcased some of the most innovative companies working in the corporate social responsibility space. Leaders from IBM, Starbucks, KPMG, Dell, and Patagonia shared their biggest sustainability challenges and offered solutions. Below is a compilation of some of the innovative approaches they are using to make progress on sustainability issues for their organizations.