Earlier this week Corporate Knights announced its Global 100 list of the world’s most sustainable corporations for 2013. Is it possible to compare companies from different sectors like the Global 100 does? Can we learn anything from this ranking on the current state of sustainability in business? And who reads it anyway? Today we will answer all of these questions and some more.
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 choice between setting up as a non-profit and a for-profit is especially difficult for social entrepreneurs who aspire to do well by doing good. But the difference between the two structures may not be as stark as it first appears.
Looking forward to the next 20 years, there are many who are convinced that we are experiencing a paradigm shift. A change in cultural norms and expectations that will result in all investors — individual and institutional — committing at least some portion of their investable assets to social impact and making investments that are in harmony with their values.
Being European, living in the US, I often credit myself for being from a more climate change savvy continent. However, since 2010, carbon prices have leveled off, emissions started to rise and coal has entered the European energy markets. What happened, and what needs to be done?
IKEA Group releases its 2012 sustainability report today, explaining the company’s goal to be a beacon of both sustainability and affordability in the home.
SPECIAL SERIES: The Rise Of The Sharing Economy
There’s no doubt that sharing promotes collaborative exchange and that husbanding our natural resources is good for the environment, but will this trend of “what’s mine is yours” continue to promote ecological sustainability?
General Mills partners with solar developers and investors to create a new home for 4,500 solar panels in San Adrian, Navarra Spain, opening a door for more dialog on ways to provide space for sustainable energy.
As we look back, we can see that the organic industry and movement is one of the most positive and hopeful growth engines in the U.S. economy. As we look forward, to the next 20 years and beyond, I believe that the organic business sector can show America and the world how to create an economically successful food system based on true transparency and public trust.
Data shows that the c-suite is heavily invested in corporate social responsibility. It seems to be my fate to explain corporate social responsibility (CSR) to all of my friends (and to a number of strangers!). I suspect that my eyes sometimes glaze with messianic fervor and that some of my listeners start looking for the nearest exit.