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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Why We Should Put a Price Tag on Ecosystem Services

A recent article in the New York Times about the work Stanford University biology professor Gretchen Daily is doing in Africa and Costa Rica highlights the importance of ecosystem services, or putting a value on ecosystems. Daily co-founded the Natural Capital Project (NCP) in November 2006. NCP, as Daily told the New York Times, works … Continued

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Using GRI to Compare Apples to Apples in Sustainability Reporting

Sustainability reports are as different as each of us. They vary in format, material issues selected, boundary and scope, and cultural orientation which makes it very difficult to judge performance based on a common set of indicators.

‘Locally Produced’ Defined Differently by Major Grocery Chains

The local food movement has come a long way from what started out as a fringe fraction of the population to grabbing the attention of big box grocery retailers and industrial food giants. The original goals of proponents of the “locavore diet” focused on supporting smaller local farms (and thus the local economy), protecting the … Continued

“Conscious Awareness” in Business

By Jeff Klein “Conscious Awareness” is a powerful tool for transcending unconscious patterns. It fosters an expanded perspective and openness to new possibilities. Definition  “We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.” ~ Anais Nin Conscious Awareness is a process of recognizing what is going on inside and out, the … Continued

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Photo Essay: Diamond Mining in Sierra Leone

By Jesse Finfrock & Rachel Lichte Sierra Leone is a country at a crossroads. Decades of resource exploitation and a brutal ten-year war have taken a deep toll on the environment and the people, which are among the poorest and most uneducated in the world. Yet as the country celebrates its 50th year, Saloneans are … Continued

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Getting Poachers to Give Up Their Guns in Zambia

Stanwell Chirwa is 42 years old with a history of poaching wild animals in the Luangwa Valley, Zambia. He admits to killing 11 elephants, more than 20 buffalo, and kudu and eland. Farming had been his main livelihood, but poor yields and low market prices pushed him into poaching.

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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.