There were a lot of questions we didn’t have time to get to, so Barry was kind enough to respond to quite a few more and sent his responses to us.
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.
Average participation in employee giving programs has fallen from 41% in 2006 to 33% in 2012, and an estimated $10 billion is left on the table every year because employees do not take advantage of company matching programs. What can we do to help realize the potential of workplace giving?
Along with the current macro-economic trend of U.S. businesses re-locating major operations south of the border, CSR and sustainability initiatives have boomed among major corporations in Mexico, particularly since 2010. Out of 166 publicly traded companies in the Mexican stock market, more than 50 percent have a system in place for undertaking sustainability-related activities at the operational and administrative level, including the supply chain.
Albion Fisheries, Fortune Fish & Gourmet, Ipswich Shellfish Group, Santa Monica Seafood, Seacore Seafood and Seattle Fish Co. aim to leverage their roles as wholesale seafood distributors to bring about positive industry change that will not only enhance the sustainability of seafood production, but enhance the health and integrity of marine ecosystems and help assure decent livelihoods for future, as well as current, generations of fishermen, fishing fleets and aquaculture industry participants.
In a recent policy directive, entitled, “Toward a Sustainable Energy Future for All,” the mega-financial institution said that they would focus on the poor, offering financial solutions or guarantees, while helping “client countries realize affordable alternatives to coal power.”
Financial Incentives should not drive decisions about renewable energy retrofits. Energy efficiency comes second, not first. Good finance can never make a bad project good, but it can only make a good project better. Many bad projects result if financial incentives drive the decisions.
Cecily Joseph, Senior Director of Corporate Responsibility for Symantec Corporation, talks about her career, inspiration and recent accomplishments in our Women in CSR series.
We’re excited to announce another high level twitter chat coming up next Wednesday, July 24th at 8am PST/11am EST. This time we’ll be chatting with Mars, Inc’s new Chief Sustainability Officer Barry Parkin.
So, you’ve learned about one of our Twitter Chats and RSVP’d? Excellent! Now, how in the world do these work? This is a step-by-step guide which should help, whether you’re completely new to Twitter or have some basic experience.
Carol Clark, Vice President of Beer & Better World at Anheuser-Busch InBev, talks about her career, inspiration and recent accomplishments in our Women in CSR series.
Unfortunately, until the tragic collapse of a factory killed over 1000 women workers in Bangladesh this past April, few people were tuned in to the sustainability issues around fashion. That is beginning to change. I can only hope this is the start of a fast fashion revolution.