“Everyone in the [supply] chain should be paid a livable wage and live a dignified life. Fair Trade is our principle. We pay a fair wage for ingredients. Is it perfect? No. Is it better than non-Fair Trade? Yes.” – Jostein Solheim, Ben & Jerry’s CEO.
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.
Next month, the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) will host its global conference in Amsterdam, a three-day event that will round up the top sustainability professionals and corporate social responsibility thinkers across the globe. Among the key topics under discussion is the upcoming rollout of the G4 guidelines.
When it comes to climate-related challenges, it’s in the long-term interest of corporations, investors and other major economic players to adjust business-as-usual models in favor of new, more sustainable models that ensure future prosperity.
Last week, Verizon issued their 2012 Annual Report. For the second year in a row, the company used an integrated reporting format which includes their CSR report alongside the traditional financials. Verizon saw revenues of $115.8 billion, up from $110.9 billion last year. Two-thirds of that came from their wireless business.
John Mackey, co-author of Conscious Capitalism, wants us to move away from a narrative that declares corporations to be sociopathic villains that need to be controlled. Instead, we should recognize business and capitalism as a powerful force for good in the world, one that deserves credit for having “lifted humanity up out of the dirt.”
This week Johnson Controls released its 2012 Sustainability Report, which covers progress on diversity, volunteering and lead recycling.
The renowned Italian brand Gucci recently made a giant leap into sustainability. They chose to partner with Livia Firth and the Rainforest Alliance to produce the world’s first handbag line using leather from Rainforest Alliance Certified ranches.
If you bring your own bags to the grocery store, you’re in a growing majority. Studies show 54% of American consumers bring their own bags. That’s the good news, but here’s the rub: those who bring their own bags subsidize the cost of “free” bags for those who do not, essentially punishing behavior that benefits us all.
WARM Training Center’s Detroit Youth Energy Squad (DYES) held a panel discussion highlighting what “green” and sustainability in Detroit mean from a variety of perspectives. The panel was organized to enrich and contextualize the experience of students participating in DYES after-school programs across the city.
Unilever announced it is sourcing now more than a third of its agricultural raw materials sustainably, but can it convince other companies to follow suit?
“You’d have to have rocks in your head to build a new sow barn with gestating sow stalls.” That’s how the Western Producer began a recent editorial. Yet a PR firm is imploring pork producers not give up on immobilizing sows, but rather to fight against The Humane Society of the United States by just saying “no” to improving animal welfare.
It’s been well documented that engaging employees in sustainability activities at work helps improve organizational productivity, employee satisfaction and talent retention. Now we find that engaging employees in sustainability also translates to more advocates of sustainability at home and in the community.