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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How to Engage Bank Employees that Lack Passion for the Job

Not all the employees in the banking sector are like Cosmo Kramer. Many of them work in banks for various reasons other than a burning desire to become bankers, which might present a challenge when it comes to employee engagement.

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When It Comes to Natural Gas Fracking, France Learns from U.S. Mistakes

Last week, France became the first country to ban hydraulic fracturing in gas and oil operations. Known as fracking for short, the practice is associated with serious water contamination issues, and a recent study by Cornell University indicates that it may generate more greenhouse gas emissions than coal mining due to the release of methane … Continued

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FedEx More than Doubles Its Fleet of Electric Vehicles

Last week, FedEx announced the addition of 24 new all-electric vehicles to its fleet, bringing its total of all-electric vehicles up to 43. That number sounds disappointingly small given the size of FedEx’s global fleet, but this small group of electric vehicles could play an outsized role in preparing the U.S. to support a mass … Continued

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Pushing the C-Suite Toward Social Responsibility

The following is part of a series by our friends at CSRHub (a 3p sponsor) – offering free sustainability and corporate social responsibility ratings on over 5,000 of the world’s largest publicly traded companies. 3p readers get 40% off CSRHub’s professional subscriptions with promo code “TP40“. Originally published in the CSRHub Blog. By Bahar Gidwani … Continued

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Supplier Engagement: Shifting from Defensive to Collaborative

This post is part of a series on Stakeholder Engagement sponsored by Jurat Software. By Nicole Sherwin Companies are only beginning to uncover the best practices for engaging suppliers on sustainability.  With suppliers providing the major inputs for the operations of businesses, it would only make sense that companies would be eager to engage this … Continued

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Carbon Disclosure Project: Leverage Broadband Access for Growth

The Carbon Disclosure Project says broadband—and increased access to it on a global basis—is the key to stimulating new, sustainable economic growth. CDP, a London non-profit that claims to hold the “largest database of primary corporate climate change information in the world,” outlined the broadband opportunity in a 24-page paper released late last month “Building … Continued

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Toyota Production System Will Boost CSR Efficiency

The principles of effective car manufacturing are now being used in New Orleans to effectively rebuild homes ravaged by Hurricane Katrina. Toyota is part of the St. Bernard Project which is working to improve efficiency of the rebuilding efforts. Toyota has previously used their experience in efficient management of supply chains in their CSR projects … Continued

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SC Johnson Test Markets Concentrated Windex Pouches

The pitch for concentrated household cleaners and refills is a tough one to make. But SC Johnson could succeed on this attempt with its release of its concentrated Windex solution that will roll out online.

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Fair Trade Gold Glitters More Brightly

By Larry Bohlen The newest Fair Trade standard, gold and associated precious metals, made its debut a little more than a year ago. It promises to improve social and environmental conditions for millions of small and artisanal gold miners around the world. Brilliant Earth, the California-based ethical jeweler was one of the first to offer … Continued

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Data Center Efficiency: The IT Energy Efficiency Imperative

Tight budgets, rising energy costs, and limits on electric power availability are hindering the ability of information technology (IT) departments to meet the growing demand for IT services. To mitigate these challenges, it is important for organizations to embrace IT energy efficiency principles to remain productive and competitive in the face of constrained and finite resources.

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CSR With Hotel Soap and “Clean the World”

Have you ever given much thought to what happens to those little bars of soap that you come across in hotel rooms? What happens when you open one of those neatly packaged bars and use it? Perhaps you don’t even finish it and leave it there and assume housekeeping will throw it away. According the … Continued

Health Care Sustainability: Quality and Value Transformation

The Leapfrog Group effectively leveraged buying power to renew focus on quality, value and transparency in hospitals nationwide. Sustainability Leaders should look to the efforts of the Leapfrog Group as a lesson in shifting priorities of the hospital industry.