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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Is APP Closer to Throwing in the Towel After Losing 9 More Customers?

Nine more companies joins the likes of Nestle, Kraft, Unilever, Adidas, Mattel and many more who have already dropped APP following the ongoing campaign Greenpeace is running against APP following a Greenpeace’s report accusing APP in cutting protected tree species in Indonesia. The list of customers that leave APP is indeed growing, but the company doesn’t seem to show any signs of change, at least for now. Even now, with nine less customers, APP seems reluctant to throw in the towel. So who wins this fight – Greenpeace or APP?

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Solar Photovoltaics: Pros and Cons

Solar PV is perhaps what most people think of when they think of renewables (though we actually use more biomass). Solar PV can be used anywhere the sun shines as long as there is space available. Enough sunlight falls on the Earth in one hour, to meet the world’s energy demand for a year, if it could be collected.

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Retail Construction Starts will Stay at Record Lows until Debt Maturities are Resolved

By Elaine Misonzhnik The recent opening of Taubman Centers’ new mall in Salt Lake City might have marked a nice symbolic moment for the retail real estate industry, but it’s not about to usher in a new era of construction abandon. In spite of a slight rebound in retail real estate fundamentals, U.S. developers still feel skittish … Continued

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Brazil and India’s Financial Wealth Grows While Their Natural Capital Plummets

In terms of GDP per capita, Brazil and India’s wealth grew 34% and 120%, respectively, from 1990-2008. According to a new, alternative Inclusive Wealth Indicator developed by UNU-IHDP that measures natural and human, as well as economic capital, Brazil’s wealth actually increased only 3% and India’s 9% over the period.

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Corporate Donations Catch Fire at Burning Man

Just kidding!  Happy April Fools 2012 :-) American corporate icon General Electric (NYSE: GE) said this week it plans to donate and distribute 1,000 eco-efficient black and day-glo lights at this year’s annual Burning Man festival in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert. The surprise donation was announced at a press conference March 30 by GE chairman … Continued

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SAP’s Sustainability Report: “Helping the World Run Better”

SAP is a company that makes its living providing information tools for businesses to better understand their business through quantitative reporting (including sustainability reporting) and enterprise resource planning software. Hence, one would expect their Annual Sustainability Report to be a highly readable and information-rich document, which is exactly what it is.

Goldman Sachs Loses Battle with Largest Public Union in U.S.

Realizing the pressure of a recent shareholder resolution, Goldman Sachs was able to get the largest public employee and health care workers’ union in the country, AFSCME, to pull their proposal regarding Lloyd Blankfein’s role as both CEO and chairman of the board. In lieu of yanking the proposal, Goldman will change its board structure and appoint a “lead director” to its board.

Corporate Sustainability for IT Managers

Kathrin WInkler, VP Corp. Sust. at EMC, talks about the role of women in the sustainability industry, whether energy efficiency is enough and quantifying sustainability efforts.