The efforts of H&M in Bangladesh show that no matter what type of CSR a company is pursuing, whether it’s ethical, altruistic or strategic, there are inherent flaws in the current corporate responsibility system that we need to address if we want to see real changes in the business landscape.
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.
Earlier this month Ernst & Young and GreenBiz Group released a new study, entitled ‘2013 six growing trends in corporate sustainability.’ Based primarily on a survey of the GreenBiz Intelligence Panel among executives and thought leaders engaged in sustainability, this study reveals that “companies are increasingly connecting the dots between risk management and sustainability by making sustainability issues more prominent on corporate agendas.”
Women should be on corporate boards for what they bring to the table, not as a token appointment. Urban Outfitters’ recent elevation of a woman to their board is the right move, but she is the CEO’s wife and a senior manager at the company. The lack of independence cancels out the move toward diversity.
For the fourth year in a row, a group of shareholders is pressing oil and gas companies to disclose fracking risks and impacts, calling for material performance data and other quantified reporting.
The reports on Apple’s tax avoidance and Cook’s testimony once again brought up the question of tax fairness and what it means nowadays. To further explore this issue from a CSR perspective, we tried to answer some key questions that hopefully shed some light not just on Apple’s behavior, but also on the practice of taking advantage of tax loopholes in general.
Pamela Gill Alabaster, Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications, Sustainable Development & Public Affairs, L’Oréal, talks about her career, inspiration and recent accomplishments in our Women in CSR series.
Osmium is a local men’s clothing manufacturer based in New England; Mark Paigen’s journey is typical of what many American clothing makers confront daily.
The U.S. Army has just issued its latest policy for Operational Energy, and it provides the clearest demonstration yet that the Department of Defense is serious about transitioning the colossal machinery of the American military into a more flexible, efficient and sustainable future.