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.


UN Global Compact Expels Thousands of Companies

The UN Global Compact expelled 3,123 companies since 2005 for failure to communicate progress on their efforts to implement the Compact’s 10 sustainability principles.


Toxins Responsible for that ‘New Car Smell’

Ann Arbor-based Ecology Center released its fourth consumer guide to toxic chemicals in cars. Over 200 of the most popular models last year were tested for chemicals present in the dashboard, armrests, seats etc. These chemicals are responsible to the “new car smell” and are linked to many health concerns. Toxic chemicals inside vehicles are … Continued


The Trouble with Unreasonable Crowdfunding

Here at the Unreasonable Institute, we believe in militant transparency. It’s a value coined by our founder, Daniel Epstein, and it means being honest about the good, the bad, and the ugly. This blog post involves all three.

The Fight to Stop the Keystone XL Pipeline Continues

The fight to stop the Keystone XL Pipeline continues. Six Republican senators, including Senate Minority leader Mitch McConnel, filed an amendment on Monday, February 13 to a highway funding bill that would approve the Keystone XL pipeline.

The protests in Manama are this way. Most are announced via Twitter.

Can Business Do Its Part to Stop the Bahrain Tragedy?

One year after the February 14 uprising, Bahrain’s government is still harassing its citizens and denying them basic human rights. Can businesses operating here do anything to exert pressure on the Al Khalifa family, who rules Bahrain with an iron fist?

Big Announcements from Hershey

The past few weeks have brought big announcements from Hershey, including that four of its plants achieved zero-waste-to-landfill status.


Sierra Leone Launches Database to Increase Transparency of its Mining Activities

IPS reports that in January, Sierra Leone became one of the first West-African countries to launch an online mining database. The database is said to increase transparency of the country’s mining operations. The system will contain all data on mineral rights, statuses and payments recorded by the Ministry of Mines and Mineral Resources that pertain to … Continued


Why Valentine’s Day is a Fantastic Opportunity for Stakeholder Engagement

Valentine’s Day has had a long history, and for centuries has been celebrated as the day of romantic love. It’s been referred in several literary works through the centuries, including Shakespeare’s Hamlet. In the Middle Ages, people exchanged hand-made paper cards as tokens of love. Since 1913, when Hallmark started mass producing Valentine’s Day cards, … Continued


Office Depot’s Social Responsibility Gets Results

Office Depot is the nation’s second largest seller of office supplies and services. It may also be the most innovative based on its recently released 2011 Corporate Citizenship Report (CCR). And this innovation is making the company more resilient in today’s tough economy. One initiative, Business Matching, is pushing the external boundaries of the company into … Continued


Upsolar Launches Advertising Campaign Design Contest on Facebook

Hong Kong’s Upsolar in mid-January became the first Chinese silicon PV supplier to complete an initial Life-Cycle Assessment (LCA) of its two best-selling solar PV modules. Now, it’s using Facebook to crowdsource a public contest to create its 2012 advertising campaign.


Announcing Trendwatch 2012

This year came in like a tortoise, at least as far as the economy is concerned.

But everywhere we look we see signs of recovery. Here are our picks for the road to recovery in 2012.