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.

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Asia Pulp & Paper Lashes Back at Greenpeace

Asia Pulp & Papers (APP)  has been accused repeatedly by Greenpeace of causing deforestation in Indonesia over the past few years. It is one of the biggest suppliers of paper pulp and one of its customers, Mattel has also been the target of a recent Greenpeace campaign. Now Mongabay reports that APP fires back at Greenpeace after losing … Continued

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Sustainable Logistics Can Really Make a Difference

“Delivering Tomorrow: Towards Sustainable Logistics”, a study released in October 2010, suggests that sustainability is key for the future success of the logistics industry. According to the study, logistics plays a key role in comprehensive carbon reduction efforts because of its expertise and positioning along the supply chain. The study also points out a number of interesting facts, including:

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Black Friday 2012: More Hours, More Resistance

If you think Black Friday couldn’t get worse, you got it wrong. The biggest shopping day of the year is beginning earlier than ever this year with retailers such as Target, Best Buy, Kohl’s, Gap, Toys r Us and Macy’s opening their doors as early as midnight, or even earlier in the case of Wal-Mart. … Continued

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Why Second-Hand Shopping Isn’t Truly Guilt-Free

As a long term, lifetime thrift store shopper, I have always taken great satisfaction in my ability to build wardrobes without paying retail prices. With a little patience and the thrill of the hunt spurring me on, I have spent many hours rifling through second-hand clothing racks looking for that something special for just $3.99.

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Green Gift Monday Promotes Positive Change and Provides Free Marketing

Green Gift Monday, launched for the second year by The Nature Conservancy, encourages gift givers to consider environmentally and socially responsible choices around the holidays. It also presents a great marketing opportunity for the Conservancy and its partners.

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Fox News Viewers the Most Uninformed About Current Events, Including Climate Change

Recently, the Fairleigh Dickinson University came out with a poll confirming something that many of us have probably suspected all along. It stated that Fox News viewers are less informed than people who don’t watch any news at all. The survey was conducted among 612 New Jersey natives. Fox News watchers were 18 percent less likely to … Continued

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How Companies Can Comply with California’s Transparency in Supply Chains Act

On January 1, 2012, the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act (SB 657) will go into effect which will require companies impacted by the law to disclose their efforts to ensure their direct supply chains are free from slave labor and human trafficking. In anticipation of the law, the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility (ICCR), … Continued

Puma Updates Environmental Profit & Loss Statement

Releasing a profit and loss statement on the environmental and social impact of a company’s performance is a bold move. First of all, quantifying these parameters can be daunting. How can you quantify the social and environmental impact of the number of liters you use in your manufacturing process, for example? It’s not to say … Continued

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Sustainability Culture Saves Billions for DuPont

Davide Vassallo is a global practices leader for DuPont’s Sustainable Solutions Group. As environmental stewards for a company that is the owner and operator of more than 150 production facilities around the world, his group has found that energy efficiency improvements can often be achieved for little or no cost. After running a large number … Continued

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