If you experience discord between the importance of sustainability to your business and the seemingly haphazard efforts to implement sustainable initiatives, you are not alone. The Abundance Cycle bridges the gap and makes sustainability strategic. With the Abundance Cycle and a five-step process, companies can innovate to simultaneously create abundance for shareholders, society and the environment.
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.
At the Global Philanthropy Forum last week, MacArthur Foundation and MasterCard Foundation shared insights from the funder collaborative launched in 2012 that seeks to increase secondary education access and improve learning outcomes for marginalized populations.
U.S. PV manufacturers are looking to expand in emerging solar states by participating in community-led “Solarize” campaigns. The U.S.’ largest PV manufacturer for many years, SolarWorld Industries America is supplying high-performance solar PV panels made here in the U.S. to two newly launched community solar programs, one in Charlotte and the other in Salt Lake City.
Last week we had a great live twitter chat featuring HEINEKEN in conjunction with the release of the company’s latest sustainability report. If you missed it, you can enjoy a recap here.
A couple of weeks ago, H&M released its 2013 sustainability report. We took a look inside to find out whether the company is serious about making fashion sustainable.
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.
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.