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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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

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Cohn & Wolfe’s Annie Longsworth On Green Brand Leadership

A Green Economic Revolution is accelerating among American consumers. No less than 73% of now say “it is important to buy from green companies.” This is one of many new findings from the recent Cohn & Wolfe 2011 consumer perception survey. The survey is one of the year’s most important studies on how consumers perceive … Continued

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Connecting the Dots: Diet and Health (People, Planet, Economy)

While battles in Washington DC take a breather, there is no end in sight for one of the main culprits exacerbating budget problems.  Healthcare, in the form of Medicare and Medicaid costs, eats up about 21% of the federal budget and is projected to grow substantially in the years ahead.  Overall, the Congressional Budget Office … Continued

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Effective Social Media for Sustainable Businesses

As a blogger and social media focused PR person for numerous companies, I spend a lot of my time swimming in the tweets, statuses, shares, +1s and thumbs. I’ve a low tolerance for social media used poorly. There are plenty of examples out there, and it’s clear that a lot of companies are simply trying … Continued

Eco-Entrepreneurship Opportunity: Natural Foods Co-op

There was an interesting startup in Austin, TX, using IndieGogo last month to get a natural foods store off the ground as the first zero waste grocery store. It’s a brilliant style of business that an aspiring eco-entrepreneur, or perhaps more fittingly, a team of aspiring eco-entrepreneurs, might consider. A natural foods co-operative is a grocery … Continued

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Defining Conscious Capitalism

Conscious Capitalism is the emerging integration between awareness and capitalism. How does it apply to business?

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Weakest Link in Green Brand Study: Real World Financial Value

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″. By: Carol Pierson The branding agency Interbrand just released … Continued

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Karmayog Releases India’s Fourth Annual CSR List

There are not many watchdog organizations in India that look specifically at CSR. In America and the rest of the world, there are many ‘lists’ that regularly point out the companies that have the best CSR programs and initiatives. These range from Corporate Knight’s Global 100 to Ethisphere Institute’s Most Ethical Companies and Corporate Responsibility magazine’s 100 Best Corporate Citizens. While … Continued