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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AHA!: A Best Case Example of Sustainable Storytelling

In the past year or so, there’s been a lot of buzz about the power of storytelling for businesses. Sometimes it feels more like excitement around talking about it than actually doing it. A recent piece here had the intriguing suggestion that when it comes to telling your sustainability story, the messier the better. In a … Continued

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Puma Responds to Greenpeace Detox Campaign

About a month ago, Puma, one of the world’s leading clothing brands, was asked by Reuters if the company would end its business relationship with Yonguor Textile of China. This question was raised after Greenpeace published a report profiling the problem of toxic water pollution resulting from the release of hazardous chemicals by textile factories … Continued

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Iowa’s Message to Republican Presidential Hopefuls: Wind Power Works

Wind power works. That’s the message Gov. Branstad and the AWEA will send to Republican presidential hopefuls and the media in the run-up to this weekend’s Iowa Straw Poll. The governor signed the first US state renewable energy standard into law in 1983. Today, wind power supplies 20% of Iowa’s electricity and has grown to be an anchor of the state’s economy.

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Walmart Donates $500,000 Towards Urban Wildlife Protection

Urban wildlife conservation is a growing branch of conservation ecology with good reason. Due to increase in human encroachment on forest lands, more and more people are encroaching on natural habitat. In addition, many lakes and rivers near cities are severely polluted and in desperate need of restoration. It is important to protect these areas … Continued

Award Winning Advertising for Burt’s Bees Makes CSR Cool

Burt’s Bees started off as a company that uses all natural, organic products and has long been identified as a company with roots in sustainability. In 2007 the company was purchased by Clorox for $925 million. They have since expanded into new markets in Europe, Asia and Latin America. Within America, they have been adding … Continued

A Soup Company and a Sporting Goods Manufacturer Walk into a Bar…

What does a Massachusetts-based soup company have in common with a global sporting goods manufacturer?  Industrial facilities – spaces where they both need to understand energy consumption and improve energy efficiency to operate optimally. 

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Tips for Successfully Working With Metrics and Reporting

By: David Jaber Many CSR professionals struggle with setting benchmarks, measuring progress toward goals and evaluating past performance. But it doesn’t have to be difficult. Here are some tips to get you started: Good metrics should be: – relevant. If your goal is to ‘improve public understanding of environmental justice,’ the metric needs to be … Continued

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Deadline on CA Supply Chain Transparency: Does Your Company Need to Act?

Think that California SB657 doesn’t apply to your company? This post clears up misconceptions as to who is required to disclose and suggests reasons why SB657 should be the catalyst for an enhanced program to fight Human Trafficking and Slavery in your Supply Chain.

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Discussing Peak Resources High in the Swiss Mountains

By: Piotr Jędrzejuk Sooner or later we will run out of our natural resources. And, before real scarcity hits, resource prices will boom. International tensions will rise. Pollution will increase, since we have to dig deeper and deeper in more and more remote areas. The health and social impacts of our hunger for resources in … Continued

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Conflict Mineral Legislation Sends Mining Companies into Overdrive

Mining is incredibly harmful from both an environmental and social stance. In the Democratic Republic of Congo, rebel groups and government forces have been locked in a 15-year-long war and mineral sales are a key part of the conflict with diamond dollars ending up in the pockets of Congolese war lords. New US regulations are trying … Continued

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Reducing Energy Waste Over a Computer’s Full Lifespan

Turning computers off, or configuring them to sleep when inactive, can be a very simple way to reduce energy use. But because the computer manufacturing process itself has a significant environmental impact, arbitrarily turning computers off when idle is not necessarily the best way to amortize this impact over the life of the equipment.

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Plastic2Oil to Convert Waste Plastic to Fuel

Ontario’s JBI has signed an exclusive 10-year agreement with Rock-Tenn to convert waste plastic from paper mills and Materials Recovery Facilities into liquid fuels. JBI’s patent pending, energy efficient Plastic2Oil technology offers plastic waste to oil conversion efficiency as high as 90% with the resulting off-gas used to power the process.

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Timberland Sets a New Bar With CSR Portal

Did you ever go to a company’s website, trying to learn a thing or two about their environmental performance or CSR progress? In most cases you’ll need the skills of an experienced NYPD detective to find what you’re looking for. Unlike these other companies, Timberland has done an excellent job making CSR accessible and obvious. Just … Continued

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Denmark’s Roadmap for Fossil Fuel Independence

This post is a condensed version of an article in the August issue of The Solutions Journal, based at the Institute for Sustainable Solutions at Portland State University. In October 2010, Denmark became the first country to embrace the goal of renouncing fossil fuels by 2050. Based on Denmark’s analysis, other developed nations may be … Continued

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Levi’s Embraces Cycling to Work With “Commuter Series” Jeans

Blue Jeans were originally invented with the rugged horse-riding lifestyle of the gold rush era in mind. With hard to rip, rivet-reinforced stitches and the ability to get filthy without really looking too bad, it’s no wonder they’ve always been a hit – and a treasured piece of Americana to boot. Today, we’re riding far … Continued