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.
We can all rattle off a few small, niche companies that manufacture on this side of the pond (and everyone knows those Chryslers are “Imported from Detroit”), but do any other big names manufacture in the U.S. anymore? Surprisingly, yes.
TriplePundit chats with Brandon Tidwell, manager of sustainability for Darden Restaurants, about the company’s 2013 Citizenship Update and where it’s headed when it comes to sustainability.
SPECIAL SERIES: Sustainably Attired
Today, worker rights might even be considered an oxymoron. But it’s a struggle well worth engaging as both a holding action and in efforts to bring workers across the globe living wages, safe working conditions and better standards of living.
SPECIAL SERIES: Sustainable Seafood
Back in 2002, Thomas Kraft, managing director of Norpac Fisheries Export, came up with the idea of electronically tracking the fish the company captures and sells. Soon after Norpac’s electronic monitoring system was up and running two years later, Kraft realized that the technology the company developed was not only an effective management tool, but it could also help the company trace fish through the supply chain and guarantee its products were not caught using illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing practices.
A record number of companies based outside the U.S., including H&M, Marks & Spencer, L’OREAL and 35 others from 21 countries and 5 continents have made Ethisphere’s 2014 World’s Most Ethical Companies list, released late last month.
SPECIAL SERIES: Sustainably Attired
Have you ever thought about the stories the garments in your closet have to tell? Or the stories they will tell long after you’ve let them go?
Having invested $255,000 to implement an energy management system at its ammunition plant in Scranton, Pa., General Dynamics is realizing savings of $955,000 per year, as well as making it the first U.S. defense contractor to earn DOE Superior Energy Performance Gold Certification/ISO50001 status.
Product durability is often an under-represented facet of product stewardship. Cradle-to-grave life cycle analysis (LCA) aims to capture the impact of a single product on the environment, from a “supply” point of view. While informative, a single item LCA obscures the overall impact of the demand life of the product in question.
Celeb-backed environmental campaigns are often sigh-inducing displays of greenwashing, but we’re all for giving a pat on the back when things are done right. Creative green marketing campaigns incorporating celebrities can bring the conversation to a far wider audience — an ultimate necessity if we hope to move the needle forward on issues like climate change and ocean health. With that in mind, this week we rounded up five celebrity-backed marketing campaigns that we can actually get behind.
Last month, a report from the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP), further makes the case that violence, in all its forms, is economically devastating and downright bad for business.
It seems every day there is a new set of rankings, ratings and awards that tell us which company just passed sliced bread as the best sustainable thing ever. Better than the real thing. Better than all the rest. Simply the best.
Suzanne Apple, Senior Vice President of Private Sector Engagement at World Wildlife Fund (WWF), talks about her career, inspiration and recent accomplishments in our Women in CSR series.