Shortly after launching a line of Great Value LED lightbulbs for less than $10 at all U.S. stores, Walmart announced last week that it will open its first 100 percent LED-lit store in South Euclid, Ohio.
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.
SXSWeco 2013 had business leaders, nonprofit leaders and some people who were both. Benefit corporations, municipalities, the media, disruptors and even a celebrity or two. Here are 20 inspiring quotes.
Last week over 150 American companies signed a letter calling President Obama to approve the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. In addition to the usual suspects (aka oil and gas companies), you can find there companies like GE, AT&T, PwC, Siemens, KPMG and Waste Management, which are among the leaders in the business community when it comes to sustainability, and frankly you would expect them to make the case against the pipeline, not lobby for its approval.
Dr. Debbie Haski-Leventhal, Senior Lecturer and the Faculty Leader of Global Citizenship at Macquarie Graduate School of Management (MGSM), talks about her career, inspiration and recent accomplishments in our Women in CSR series.
International Paper’s James McDonald reminds us that countering deforestation isn’t print out their emails, that the true destruction of forests comes from other use, and above all, it is most important to practice responsible, sustainable forestry.
The chat was be co-hosted by professors George Basile, Senior Sustainability Scientist with the Global Institute of Sustainability and Professor of Practice at ASU’s School of Sustainability, and Bruno Sarda, Director of Global Sustainability Operations at Dell and professor and consultant for ASU.
Businesses in all industries have the power to effect change, from Walmart to B Lab to Zipcar, each with its own approach. Some companies are showing huge numbers conserving energy, water and natural resources, while others are investing in their workers by treating them well. The more innovative ways businesses think to reach out to and motivate people, the more we will see change.
SPECIAL SERIES: Introduction To Environmental Justice
We must acknowledge that we live in the 21st century version of the company town, a global economic and corporate village.
New survey found that 69 percent of Americans would not take a job with a company that had a bad reputation, even if they were unemployed. Is it really possible that reputation has become such an important factor that 7 out of 10 people would actually say no to a new job just because they feel the company is not good enough? And if so, what does it mean exactly for companies, especially when it comes to sustainability?
The USDA recently lifted a ban against chicken imported from China – well, sort of. In a quietly filed letter to Chinese inspection services, the USDA opened the doors to chicken imports from China. The catch? The chicken must originate in a country designated by the US – which won’t include China. The intriguing transportation and processing arrangements however open the door for more questions, including our role in promoting more opportunities for climate change.
During the first SXSWEco in 2011, there was frustration over not being able to convince people outside the “green” community to embrace green products or philosophies. Two years and the rise of the sharing economy later, the third SXSWEco conference is more upbeat and positive.