In a move that some might find surprising, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters (GMCR) and The Coca-Cola Co. announced a major strategic partnership last week. According to the announcement, the “companies have signed a 10-year agreement to collaborate on the development and introduction of The Coca-Cola Co.’s global brand portfolio for use in GMCR’s forthcoming Keurig Cold at-home beverage system. Under the global strategic agreement, GMCR and The Coca-Cola Co. will cooperate to bring the Keurig Cold beverage system to consumers around the world.”
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.
Current global outrage over a recurring Olympics Games horror—animal cruelty at its worst—Athens, Beijing and now Sochi: Why it is so tragic and senseless and what we can do about it.
Consumer chocolate may be the product of severe human rights abuses, including child slave labor in West Africa. Are multinational corporations liable in U.S. courts, to the extent their supply chains are implicated in such abuses?
A new set of ads from Long John Silver’s raise the Jolly Roger in honor of sustainable food and more environmentally sound eating, citing the lower methane and greenhouse gas footprint of fish compared to livestock, and real free-range food from “the final frontier,” otherwise known as the North Pacific.
SPECIAL SERIES: The Future of Fair Trade
It’s Valentine’s Day, and in supermarkets, drug stores and specialty shops across the country, shelves are lined with chocolates of every shape, size and variety. As you browse through endless heart-shaped boxes, consider this: The chocolate industry is in jeopardy, and if things don’t change, there could be a worldwide cocoa deficit by the year 2020.
Despite understandable excitement and anticipation, the 2014 Sochi Winter Games have been somewhat tainted by Russia’s passage last summer of anti-gay legislation.
With citizen demonstrations, calls for product boycotts and hashtag hijacking, sponsors are put in the position to defend rather than celebrate their association with the Olympic Games. But a select few companies have used the controversy as an opportunity to take a stance on human rights.
SPECIAL SERIES: Sustainably Attired
We are thrilled to announce the launch of our new article series – Sustainably Attired: Exploring the Lifecycle of Fashion, kicking off tomorrow. Click here for a sneak preview of what we’ll be covering.
Unlike mining, forestry is already a popular focus for impact investors. Many sustainable forestry enterprises have cropped up in recent years, working to conserve — and sustainably exploit — wooded environments across the globe, and these remain attractive investments. It hasn’t all been smooth sailing, though.
Women delivered a strong and very frank message to the business community at the Feb. 6, 2014, EPA hearing on carbon pollution standards tied to electric utility generation.
When the International Olympic Committee decided to allow Russia to host the 2014 Winter Olympics, it was obligated under international law to ensure that Russia did so without violating human rights. I think the IOC failed.