Sustainability skeptics often claim that companies invest in product sustainability primarily to “look good” in the eyes of consumers. To them, sustainability is just another form of brand marketing. But they are wrong, according to a new report by sustainability consulting firm Pure Strategies. Companies that invest in product sustainability actually see the most benefit from reduced manufacturing costs — ahead of brand enhancement and even risk reduction.
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.
What does sustainable sourcing involve for a global company like General Mills, and how can food companies source their ingredients most sustainably to protect the resources and communities upon which their businesses depend?
SPECIAL SERIES: Sustainable Seafood
Modeled after a community supported agriculture (CSA) program, Long Island, N.Y.-based Dock to Dish provides members with access to premium, locally caught and sustainable seafood every day. TriplePundit recently spoke with founder Sean Barrett about how the fledgling community supported fisheries movement got started.
We’ve chosen the winner of our recent social media challenge — recognizing Certified #BCorps using business to solve social and environmental problems.
David Berdish recently turned over his seat as social sustainability manager at Ford to fellow company veteran Thomas Niemann. Having served in the seat since 1999, Berdish leaves a vast legacy behind, but Neimann told us he plans to keep the momentum going.
SPECIAL SERIES: Sustainably Attired
“If a positive can be found, it’s that Rana Plaza has been a turning point – the 21st Century equivalent of New York’s 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist factory fire which killed 146 but led to a unionized, safe garment industry,” Dolly Jones wrote on Vogue earlier this month.
SPECIAL SERIES: Sustainably Attired
Sustainable fashion entrepreneur and apparel consultant Shannon Whitehead had a great idea for a new product. But with few connections and limited knowledge of the U.S. manufacturing landscape, Whitehead and her co-founder burned through thousands of dollars and spent countless hours of research before launching their brand. But what if it didn’t have to be this way? Now with Factory45, an accelerator program for sustainable fashion entrepreneurs, it doesn’t have to be.
Pioneering startups, such as Austin’s Noesis Energy, see a multi-billion dollar opportunity in expanding the market for energy-efficiency projects. Spurred on by the success of innovative, alternative financing options for solar energy, Noesis launched a $30-million energy efficiency fund and is providing commercial and industrial project developers access to its Saas energy efficiency project development platform.
The Global Philanthropy Forum (GPF) convened in Redwood City, Calif. April 23-25, with participation from foundations, NGOs, and international development and aid agencies.
The effect of the Rana Plaza factory collapse one year ago was to push into the public domain the question of whether social compliance programs are achieving their stated objectives and, maybe more importantly, driving substantive improvements.
Proving it’s possible to power U.S. industry and commerce with renewable energy, high-tech industry giants rank among the EPA top 10 in U.S. green power usage. Intel, Microsoft, Google and Apple, as well as retailers, government departments and U.S. colleges and universities, are all making growing use of clean, renewable energy resources and technology.
Consumers of mass fashion aren’t yet sold on the need for change. They are hard to reach, and unless you have major name brand appeal, they rarely notice a small, ethical company’s existence. Could crowdfunding provide a solution to these and other challenges in the sustainable fashion industry?
KoAnn Vikoren Skrzyniarz, Founder and CEO of Sustainable Life Media/Sustainable Brands, talks about her career, inspiration and recent accomplishments in our Women in CSR series.