The USDA expects a second consecutive record corn harvest in 2014, but climate change, wasteful water practices and overuse of fertilizers pose real and present threats to the sustainability of U.S. corn production, according to a Ceres report.
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.
The clothing retailer, American Eagle Outfitters, Inc. is expanding its partnership with I:Collect (I:CO), a closed loop textile recycling company.
However nice a corporate social responsibility initiative might sound on paper, you may find that your employees are reluctant to embrace charitable giving. They might worry company profits will be taken from other valuable areas — such as employee salaries and bonuses — or they may disagree about the best cause to support. With these concerns in mind, you need to think carefully about how you introduce the idea to your team.
Tesla Motors founder Elon Musk has once again demonstrated business leadership by offering a business solution to climate change. Musk’s act of leadership is to open-source his company’s invaluable intellectual property for building world-class electric cars to the global auto industry.
Activists play a crucial role in society. However, we do need to call them out when we smell something wrong. And there is one major lie that always gets to me when I hear it. The “let’s engage” lie. No, you don’t really want to engage.
As consumers become more aware of palm oil-related deforestation, a select few companies are leading the charge and making bold commitments to sustainable sourcing. There’s still more work to be done, but this week we’re happy to give these 10 companies a well-deserved pat on the back.
Eric Dominguez talks about sustainability at Caesars – Energy, Water and Waste as well as engaging their employees to care and take sustainability seriously.
In what appears to be a marriage made in heaven, Heinz was looking for an innovative way to recycle and repurpose peels, stems and seeds from the more than 2 million tons of tomatoes the company uses annually to produce its best-selling ketchup.
Corporate sustainability strategies are evolving and it is no longer enough to get our own house in order. We must look beyond the boundaries of our own operations and consider the social and environmental impacts of the entire value chain from material sourcing through to recycling.
SPECIAL SERIES: Sustainably Attired
How will peering into the future drive the industry to adapt to growing resource constraints, and how will this impact the design process to make the fashion industry more sustainable?
SPECIAL SERIES: Sustainable Seafood
Seafood is one of the most popular food choices for Americans, with the United States coming in only behind China as the largest consumer of seafood in the world. What many people don’t know, however, is how complex of a path our seafood travels in the supply chain, with little to no information making it to the final point of sale.
SPECIAL SERIES: Setting The Standard
Everyone has his or her own concept of what sustainability is these days. So how do you set guidelines to validate such claims in the marketplace? We talk with Scot Case, UL Environment’s director of Market Development, to get a few ideas of what sustainability really means to businesses.
Last week at the Sustainable Brands conference in San Diego, gDiapers CEO, Jason Graham-Nye said: “I think sustainability is like fight club. The first rule of fight club is don’t talk about fight club. The first rule of sustainability is the word is so dead.”
The Social Innovation Summit in NYC brings together organizations that aim to scale their social impact, such as the two large bakery chains Greyston Bakery and Panera Bread. Both are utilizing their core competencies in order to drive positive social change and community development.