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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Filling the Gender Gap – Educating and Training Women as Angel Investors

The glass ceiling is alive and well, especially for start-up entrepreneurs. According to American Express Open 29% of all US businesses are owned by women and their numbers are growing by 1 and a half times the national average.  “There are over 8.1 million women-owned businesses in the United States, generating nearly $1.3 trillion in … Continued

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SOCAP in Amsterdam: Social Missions Meet Financial Markets

By Matt Evans At the beginning of this month, SOCAP Europe was hosted  in the same area of Amsterdam where the very first capital markets were built over 400 years ago. Created to invest in the dangerous voyages of sea captains to the Far East to bring back spices, silk, and other revolutionary products, those … Continued

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Got Waste? Call DHL

DHL Supply Chain is adding a new offering to its Go Green menu of services, a dedicated waste and recycling arm in the United Kingdom, called DHL Envirosolutions. The service aims to help businesses reduce their carbon footprint and meet environmental and sustainability targets. It’s a full package of environmentally-related services, sort of a one-stop enviro … Continued

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CSR Not Mandatory in India, Govt Rules

India Inc. can finally breathe a sigh of relief because the government has ruled that CSR will not be made mandatory. Instead ‘flexible and directional guidelines’ will be issued. “There is no way the government wants to mandate it. If we make it mandatory there can be thousand and one ways to bypass it,” Corporate Affairs … Continued

Interview: Eric Ostern on the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan

Last week at Sustainable Brands ’11 in Monterey, I had a chance to sit down with Eric Ostern, Unilever’s Senior Manager of Corporate Responsibility and Community Relations to learn about some of the progress Unilever has made since the launch of the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan last fall. 3p: What distinguishes the Unilever Sustainable Living … Continued

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Do Pennies Make Any Business or Environmental Sense?

Pennies from heaven don’t mean very much anymore, especially considering their costs to the environment and the expense of mining and minting them. With apologies to Abe Lincoln, Mike’s Bikes, a company with nine locations in California, has taken a solid stand against continued use of the venerable coin. The company recently announced it is … Continued

Local Stock Exchanges Offer Hope to Small Businesses Looking to Raise Capital

The almighty dollar. Acquiring it is the most commonly cited challenge for entrepreneurs: how to raise sufficient capital to grow, expand, hire, or simply survive. The growing fields of impact investing and socially responsible investing also make it clear that the investment environment is ripe for locally-sourced capital infusions in mission-driven businesses….if only the dollars … Continued

Limitations of the Free Market and the Value of Natural Capital Maintenance

By: Maggie Winslow The financial crisis has made abundantly clear what many economists have been arguing for decades: the free market can not be depended on to maximize social welfare. Free markets can be very efficient for allocating resources in certain types of markets. The promise of free-markets holds when certain conditions are met. However, … Continued

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How to Incorporate Emerging Markets into Socially Responsible Investment Funds

CSR and socially responsible investing (SRI) have made large improvements in the environmental and social performances of corporations.  SRI is a booming market in both the US and Europe. Assets in socially screened portfolios climbed to $2.71 trillion in 2007, an increase over the $2.16 trillion counted in 2003 according to the Social Investment Forum (SIF) … Continued

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Why Sustainability Needs a Makeover

Even though the sustainability movement has come a long way, it’s clear that it could benefit from some rebranding. At Sustainable Brands ’11, key insights from consumer research shed some light on where practitioners can refocus their efforts. OgilvyEarth recently released results of a 2011 study called Mainstream Green: Moving sustainability from niche to normal. … Continued

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SEC Rules Bob Evans’ Proxy Must Include Animal Cruelty Resolution

By Kristie Middleton The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission ruled last week against Columbus, Ohio-based restaurant chain Bob Evans, requiring the company to allow shareholders to vote on a proposal submitted by The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). The HSUS’ proposal encourages Bob Evans to begin phasing in cage-free eggs and will be … Continued

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Textile Exchange and Fair Trade USA Join Forces

Fair Trade USA and Textile Exchange may transform the global textile industry’s approach towards supply chain management and responsible sourcing.  Yesterday the two organizations announced a strategic partnership that will offer both emerging and leading brands the opportunity to support cotton farming communities and source more sustainable and ethical fibers.   Textile Exchange has already … Continued

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WA Lawmakers Overturn Ill-intentioned Solar Project

The following is part of a series by our friends at CSRHub (a 3p sponsor) – offering free sustainability and corporate social responsibility ratings on over 5,000 of the world’s largest publicly traded companies. 3p readers get 40% off CSRHub’s professional subscriptions with promo code “TP40“. Originally published on the CSRHub blog. By Carol Pierson … Continued

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How to Move From “Bolt-On” to Embedded Sustainability

Switching over to recycled paper, adding solar panels to the roof or increasing philanthropy are all a good start for a company jumping in to the sustainability pool, but they are not going to generate actual progress on climate change or other global issues. The “bolt-on” just doesn’t cut it as a sustainability strategy anymore. … Continued

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California Legislature Fueling the Future of Electric Vehicles

By: Matthew Madden The Obama administration’s well-publicized goal of 1M electric vehicles on U.S. roads by the year 2015 is heavily dependent upon the adoption rate of such vehicles in California – an assertion supported by a variety of studies from various stakeholders. The California Energy Commission estimates 1.5M electric vehicles could be on state … Continued