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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Carbon Disclosure Project Report: More Progress, More Hype

What do Amazon, Apple, Berkshire Hathaway and the Bank of China have in common? They are all large companies refusing to respond to the Carbon Disclosure Project’s (CDP) request to disclose their emissions. Unlike them, 404 global large companies replied to the questionnaire sent to them this year by the CDP, on behalf of 551 … Continued

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Scottish NGO Maps Urban Greenspaces

People living in cities so often get ‘concrete fatigue’ that the need for urban greenspaces is growing. Locating an ideal area close to where they live has gotten easier with Greenspace. Greenspace Scotland has recently gathered data about parks, play areas, playing fields and gardens from 32 local authorities all over the country. They have … Continued

Video Interview: The Power of Daily Positive Actions

Doing the right thing is hard. From sticking to a daily exercise routine to starting a company, we can all use a pat on the back to fuel our good intentions. One of the start-up companies at SOCAP 2011 is empowering people to make daily positive actions large and small. In this interview, Veer Gidwaney, … Continued

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Games: An Emerging Marketing Path to Green Consumers

Games are emerging as a high potential marketing path to reach consumers who increasingly ignore traditional advertising in their search for smart, healthier and greener product solutions. This opportunity exploded in 2010 with 53 million US internet users playing a social online game at least once a month. Current projections are for the social game … Continued

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Sustainability Community Tackles Language

Last month, Newt Gingrich-trained spokesman for anti-global warming forces, Mark Morano, announced on Fox TV the “collapse of global warming science.” And he’s got legions reiterating his message. According to Morano, 7 of 8 lobbyists on global warming are now “anti-action” lobbyists.

Immigration Reform: The Missing Piece of the CSR Puzzle

This article offers insight into how some corporations are fueling US unemployment rates by increasing the hiring rate of legal and illegal immigrant workers, subsequently reducing the American workforce. This practice contradicts with major corporations who subscribe to CSR best practices which involve “a way of managing a business by considering the impact of activities on customers, suppliers, employees, shareholders, communities and other stakeholders, as well as the environment.” With rising unemployment rates, an increasing population, and shrinking workforce we have to assess the role of corporations in economic stabilization and sustainability.

Andrew Winston Joins PwC as Independent Sustainability Advisor

On September 1, PwC announced that they retained sustainability expert Andrew Winston as an independent Sustainability Advisor. Winston is the founder of Winston Eco-Strategies, the author of Green Recovery, practical advice for companies implementing environmental initiatives in order to weather difficult economic times, and the co-author of Green to Gold, the international best-selling book of lessons … Continued

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Japan Plans Floating Windfarm Off Fukushima Coast

Japan’s Ministry of Trade and Industry announced it will invest as much as 20 billion yen ($260 million) to build a pilot offshore wind project comprised of six, 2-megawatt (MW) floating wind turbines off the coast of Fukushima to rebuild the region’s energy infrastructure.

How-to Guide for Manufacturer Sustainability

Deciding to operate in sustainable and socially responsible manner is one thing, but for many companies, knowing how to achieve that goal is quite another. That’s why the OECD’s “Sustainable Manufacturing Toolkit” is a useful place for businesses that are serious about implementing sustainability measures to start. It helps answer the age-old question: What do … Continued

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CDP Global Forum’s Comprehensive Look at Sustainable Business

On Wednesday the Global Forum had an international gathering of business and political leaders in a unique virtual workshop-style discussion which focused on ways to create sustainable, profitable business growth around the world. The 2-hour meeting organized by the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP). The meeting took a realistic tone, bridging long-term vision with existing challenges. First, … Continued

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Craig Newmark on Doing Well by Doing Good

Craig Newmark is a self-professed nerd, an ingenious, committed philanthropist and a wry savant. He founded craigslist in 1995 as an email distribution list for friends, featuring local events in the San Francisco Bay Area. The service became web-based a year later; it fast expanded into other classified categories and U.S. cities. Today, it covers … Continued

Mexico’s First Integrated Solar System Now Online

The border city of Mexicali will be home to Mexico’s first integrated solar power system and manufacturing plant, Baja Sun Energy SRL announced Monday The company will invest more than $500 million over the next four years to build a Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) manufacturing plant, itself powered by a 10-megawatt (MW) solar farm.

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Big Retailers Help Organic Cotton Market Surge 20%

A new market report estimates that the global organic cotton market will increase 20 percent in 2011 to an estimated US$6.2 billion value. That total will increase to US$7.4 billion next year.

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Despite CSR Weaknesses, H&M is Biggest Buyer of Organic Cotton

H&M has recently overtaken Walmart as the biggest buyer of organic cotton. The global market for organic cotton grew by 20% and H&M used more than 15,000 tonnes of it in 2010 – an increase of 77% compared to 2009. This is great news for organic cotton, but H&M needs to make many more improvements … Continued

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7 Hot Topics from SOCAP 2011

As SOCAP 2011 – a conference focused on “accelerating the flow of capital to social good” – drew to a close last Friday in San Francisco, there was a prevailing sense of optimism and opportunity. Here are 7 hot topics people were discussing in the halls and along the breezy Bay side Fort Mason conference … Continued