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.

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Interview: Hunter Lovins at Fortune Brainstorm Green

At this week’s Fortune Brainstorm Green conference, I had a chance to talk briefly with a long time colleague and inspiration, Hunter Lovins. Hunter and I reflected on the nature of the conference and how the business case for sustainability is finally hitting home.

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Interview: Bart Alexander Chief Corporate Responsibility Officer at MolsonCoors

At this week’s Fortune Brainstorm Green conference, I had a chance to talk briefly with MolsonCoors Chief Corporate Responsibility Officer, Bart Alexander. Among other things, MolsonCoors has come up with an interesting employee engagement platform called the “beer print”. It’s a simple metaphor based on the fact that when you place a beer on a … Continued

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Increasing the Impact of TOMS Shoes

How do we begin to assess the impact of pro-active business activities? And hold business accountable to their claims? Last week was the TOMS shoe company “One Day Without Shoes” – a day to raise awareness for TOMS’s mission of providing shoes to children who need them. Two of my colleagues took part and went shoeless.

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World’s Largest Rooftop Farm Coming to Brooklyn

Brooklyn’s Sunset Park neighborhood will soon be home to a 100,000 square foot, multi-acre rooftop farm that will produce a million pounds of produce per year – enough to feed 5,000 people – without using any dirt. The farm will be built by BrightFarms, a new company with a unique business model that finances, builds, and operates hydroponic greenhouse farms for supermarkets and other retailers who purchase the produce.

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Can Shareholder Activism Spur Electric Utilities to Shift Away from Coal?

Some of the largest US electric utilities in the use are facing shareholder proxy votes calling on them to enact and report on coal risk mitigation plans. Behind the proxy resolutions is CSR/shareholder advocacy group As You Sow, which asserts that shareholders face significantly increased investment risk as a result of the utilities’ reticence to enact such plans and shift away from coal to other cleaner and renewable energy supply sources.

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Interview: Lee Broughton, Enterprise Holdings

At this week’s Fortune Brainstorm Green conference, I also had a few minutes to talk with Enterprise Holdings’ Head of Sustainability, Lee Broughton. Lee and I talked specifically about the Electrification Coalition, a membership organization whose goal is promoting policies and actions that facilitate the deployment of electric vehicles on a mass scale. Given that … Continued

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Interview: Scott Wicker, Chief Sustainability Officer, UPS

At this week’s Fortune Brainstorm Green conference, I had a chance to talk briefly with UPS’ Chief Sustainability Officer, Scott Wicker. Readers of TriplePundit know there’s a lot to say about sustainability at UPS. From innovative fleet decisions to their new LEED gold campus in Atlanta. Scott and I chatted about what the role of … Continued

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Exclusive Interview: Walmart’s Andrea Thomas, SVP Sustainability

Bill Roth sits down with Andrea Thomas, Walmart’s Senior Vice President of Sustainability, to discuss how Walmart is evolving an enterprise-scale business process for incorporating sustainability into Walmart’s operations and product offerings.

Stronger and Safer? BP’s 2011 Sustainability Review

BP really wants to be considered one of the good guys. You can practically feel the eagerness saturating every page of their new 2011 Sustainability Review. But like a lion showing up at a vegetarian restaurant they don’t seem to realize that whatever their soft-hearted intentions might be, they cannot get away from their true nature, which is that of a fossil fuel giant. Fossil fuels will be a necessary evil for the immediately foreseeable future. By delivering these fuels to us, BP is performing a service that many of us literally could not live without. And it appears that they are trying to do it in as responsible a manner as they possibly can.