In an industry that’s often carbon-intensive, Wyndham Worldwide – the hospitality giant that includes popular hotel chains like Ramada, Days Inn and Wyndham Garden – says it achieved a 12 percent reduction in carbon emissions per square foot of its operations last year.
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.
According to the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) global warming is no longer a theory. It’s here. How will businesses in the 21st century deal with increasing climate change?
The idea behind Phonebloks, a phone that is made up of detachable blocks, each of which contains an upgradeable functional module, is that people would once again hang onto their phones, at least the main parts, for a long time. When you wanted a new feature, you could simply upgrade the appropriate module, keeping the rest of the phone intact.
A major criticism has often been that while achieving ISO 14001 certification portrays the image of a business that is taking responsibility for their impact on the environment, there is no guarantee the business will adopt the intended ethos of the standard.
New York-based startup Bombas Socks is poised to revolutionize the sock industry while spreading its message of pushing yourself to “Bee Better.” Startups like Bombas Socks, who can contribute to a flourishing future economically, socially and environmentally, are invited to enter the Sustainable Brands Innovation Open by Sunday September 29th.
This debate over Chipotle’s new Scarecrow film got me thinking – while Chipotle’s campaign obviously tries to present a “disrupt and delight” approach, where the unsustainable status-quo is disrupted in a way that offers consumers delightful solutions, it’s not clear if the result is indeed “disrupt and delight” or “disrupt and dislike.” So which one is it?
At the NYC Climate Week Opening Ceremony, World Bank President Jim Yong Kim emphasized that action has been too small in responding to climate change and “what the world is looking for is a plan equal to the size of the challenge.”
General Mills (GM) has announced that it will be making changes to how it harvests and packages 10 of the top ingredients that it uses in its cereals and other products in an ongoing effort to increase sustainability in its manufacturing process.
Nicole Trimble, Senior Director of Corporate Responsibility at Outerwall Inc., talks about her career, inspiration and recent accomplishments in our Women in CSR series.
Unilever is working toward a new business model that “…enables responsible, equitable growth that is decoupled from environmental impacts.” This vision is the foundation of Unilever’s strategy for doubling revenues, reducing the company’s environmental impacts and increasing the company’s positive impacts upon society.
Following through on the President’s historic National Climate Change Action Plan, the EPA proposed precedent-setting new rules limiting carbon emissions for new power plants. The EPA isn’t stopping there: work on proposed new rules for existing power plants is already under way.
Thirteen percent of people follow science, while over 63 percent follow sports. The sports industry has a unique opportunity to influence trends in sustainability through its significant fan base across all types of sports. Additionally, the sports industry’s unique facilities and operations present significant opportunity for long-term cost savings through investments in environmental sustainability.
Volkswagen AG’s “green cred” got a big boost recently. The global automotive group earned top rankings in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index and the 2013 CDP Global Climate Change Report. It also signed a 20-year contract with Mexico Power Group to bring in 130-MW of wind power for its manufacturing facilities in Silao and Puebla.
SPECIAL SERIES: The Business Of Biking
It’s a quiet revolution. More than 400 communities across the globe have endorsed bike sharing programs, and the numbers are continuing to climb. Cyclists can attest to the personal benefits of using a shared biking program, which are numerous. But what’s the appeal for cities? According to two experts we spoke to in Seattle, there is lots.
SPECIAL SERIES: Understanding Sustainable Forestry
By far the most significant threat to forests is the expansion of agriculture and agricultural commodities. The expansion of soy and pasture land, palm oil production and other agricultural activities accounts for probably about 80% of tropical deforestation.