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.

Target Bans Sandblasted Denim

Sandblasting is the process of giving denim a weathered look by blasting sand onto jeans using high-pressure machines Sandblasted denim was recently banned by major luxury brands, including Versace. Levi Strauss and H&M were some of the first high-street brands to stop this practice. Now Target is following suit by doing away with this trend.


Philips Makes the Business Case for Sustainability

Philips’ 2011 sustainability report includes many interesting achievements and developments of the company, which together portray not just the picture of a company that is very serious about sustainability, but also of a company that is a good example of the business case of sustainability, with its innovative healthcare and lighting products, multi-stakeholder engagement approach and even beautiful recycled coffee machines.

Three Major Cosmetic Companies Reinstate Animal Testing

PETA announced last week that Avon, Mary Kay and Estee Lauder have been conducting tests on animals at the request of the Chinese government so they can market their products in China.


Perspectives on Limits to Growth: Challenges to Building a Sustainable Planet

The Club of Rome and the Smithsonian Institution’s Consortium for Understanding and Sustaining a Biodiverse Planet are hosting a symposium on March 1, 2012 to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the launching of Limits to Growth, the first report to the Club of Rome published in 1972.

Arun Majumdar with author Sandra Kwak

Driving the U.S. Forward as a World Leader in Innovation

Heralding the need for a second industrial revolution for clean, affordable energy, Steven Chu stated “America is the most innovative company in the world. There is a huge market out there so let’s not blow it.”

Construction site at Dubai Pearl, another mega-development and mega-employer along the Gulf

In Dubai, CSR Could Use More S as In Social

With the growing interest in sustainability and corporate social responsibility emerging in Dubai, leadership on workers’ rights will make the “S” in CSR more meaningful.

Economist Misses the Mark with Overfishing Editorial

A recent editorial in The Economist would have us believe that of all the problems facing the oceans—acidification, plastics pollution, decline of habitat—overfishing is the easy win, the simple fix. Really, the article argues, this whole overfishing mess is the fault of fishermen. If fishers would just wise-up to the long-term environmental consequences of taking too much, they would make the well-informed and uncomplicated choice to just simply catch fewer fish. This naive finger-pointing exercise is about as helpful and logical as driving past an unemployment line and yelling out the window, “Get a job!”


Lego Invests $532 Million in Wind Energy

The world’s most famous toy company, Lego, recently announced a massive investment in wind energy. Kirkbi A/S, the family holding company that owns Lego, will be buying wind turbines for almost $532 million for a 32 percent stake in DONG Energy‘s 277-megawatt Borkum Riffgrund 1 wind farm, which is scheduled to be fully operational in 2015. According … Continued


Scientists Urge Reform for a Broken Global System

Unless governments work actively to build a brighter future for humanity, climate change, poverty and loss of biodiversity will worsen and continue to exacerbate existing global problems, top scientists warned ministers attending the United Nations Environment Programme’s (UNEP) governing council meeting in Nairobi, Kenya, on Monday.


Whole Foods, Costco, PF Chang’s Tied to Squid Fishing Slave Labor

A six month investigation conducted by Bloomberg Businessweek found evidence of debt bondage on fishing vessels operating in New Zealand’s waters. The report traces the controversial seafood sources to popular U.S. retailers and restaurants.