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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Is Group Buying Sustainable?

90 percent off for a skydiving jump? 75 percent off for a candle-lit dinner for two? It’s easier than ever before for consumers to find good deals offered by local merchants, restaurants, and businesses. But is this a sustainable business model?

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Adidas Employee-Run Blog Engages Key Stakeholders

When you think about it, with all the progress that had been made with stakeholder engagement, we still know very little about the people behind the corporations. With few rare exceptions, such as Timberland, the best we get is usually a twitter account run by the CEO and maybe a blog managed by the company’s … Continued

Financing Solar’s 99%

Did you know there are over 17,000 solar companies in the US? These companies employ over 100,000 people – half of them in installation. And the vast majority of them are small-scale clean energy developers like Stacey Danner and Lea Keal in New Orleans.

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Faceless: What The Loss Of Steve Jobs Means For Apple’s Brand

There can never be a replacement for Mr. Jobs, but with him goes a key marketing advantage for Apple. As the dust settles over the news of Steve Jobs’ passing, emerging from the clouds of buzz stands Apple, alone. But pause for a moment to reflect on that mental image. What exactly does Apple-the-company look like now?

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Small Changes are Good, but Today’s Issues Require Big Shifts

As good eco-citizens, many of us feel the responsibility of `investing in what we believe in´ each time we reach for our pocketbooks. While each transaction may be small, the impact of millions of people doing the same is very powerful – if for no other reason than to feel good about saving the world. The question is ever-present: How do we match our dollars with our values?

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Social Enterprise as a Solution to NGO Redundancy

The non-profit economy is growing three times faster than the US economy, and if NGOs were an economy, it would be the seventh largest in the world. That’s according to Nancy Lublin, CEO of dosomething.organd founder of Dress for Success. Nancy moderated a panel at the Social Innovation Summit entitled “Where to Start, Where to … Continued

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Woolworths: Progress on Ethical, Sustainable Sourcing

Woolworths Limited, Australia’s largest retailer, (once upon a time an American icon too) reports that it is making “continued progress” in reducing emissions and in sustainable sourcing policies for palm oil, timber and paper, and seafood. The company issued its 2011 corporate responsibility report in late November with the basic theme that it is getting … Continued

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Martin Unveils Recycled Wood Guitar, While Gibson Still Fights Raid Fallout

If you heard the words “guitar” and “environment” in the same sentence in the last few months you were probably hearing about the raid on Gibson Guitar. While the August raid on Gibson’s factories continues to draw a lot of attention and still gets conservatives and Tea Party supporters angry, another guitar company is coming up this … Continued

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How Black Friday Creates a Marketing Opportunity for Alternatives

At BSR a few weeks ago I was excited to have Best Buy CEO Brian Dunn directly answer my question “Is promoting Black Friday midnight sales contrary to social responsibility?” His answer was pretty straightforward: No, it’s not irresponsible, it’s responding to what the market wants. Best Buy’s competitors do it, people want it, and it’s a part of modern … Continued

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Smart Tips for Eco-friendly, Cost-effective Shipping

Shipping is the lifeblood of the modern economy, vital for businesses to stay active and meet the demands of their clients.  Often, in the rush to get products out, shippers will overlook practices which may be considered greener, for shipping practices that are easier because “it’s the way it has always been done.”  In a … Continued

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Peugeot Launches 74 mpg Diesel Hybrid

For those of you, like myself, who have been wondering when someone would get around to combining the two highest-mileage automobile propulsion strategies, hybrid and diesel, your wait is finally over—almost. French automaker Peugeot just launched their Hybrid 3008, which they call, “the world’s first diesel ‘full hybrid’ production car.” The new 3008 HYbrid4 is … Continued

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Case Study: Marketing Sustainable Education

the Presidio Graduate School (PGS), finds itself at a strategic crossroads. When the school was founded eight years ago, the driving need was to teach sustainability to business leaders. Convinced that benevolent companies could exist and prosper, industry leaders like Dick Gray joined together to form a superior school to spread the word. The school has been successful – so successful that Stanford, Berkeley, Dominican and other local schools are in the game now.

Sustainable America Part 2: It Took a “Bearheart” Land Developer to Revitalize a Vital Wetland

By: Richard Thornton – Community Planner, Architect and Native American Historian Five hundred years ago, the young Spanish colonial town of Pensacola was surrounded by permanent and seasonal wetlands. The swamps were considered a vital part of the colony’s defenses – in more ways than one. They made transportation of heavy siege cannons near the … Continued

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Bloomberg News Adds Its Two Cents to Sustainability Debate

“If you don’t have a sustainability plan, you don’t have a business plan” is the note on which the media company Bloomberg News introduced its new Bloomberg.com Sustainability section yesterday. That’s a pretty pithy way to sum up the mainstreaming of corporate social responsibility, but Bloomberg being Bloomberg you’re going to get a dollop of … Continued