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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Humanure as a Path Out of Poverty For Slum Residents

Sanergy aims to sell low-cost toilets to microenterprise entrepreneurs who will then collect the waste and bring it to central processing areas, where it will be broken down for energy and fertilizer.


Reduce Waste, Energy and Water – and Boost Your Bottom Line

Public companies are increasingly tracking earth-related metrics, from waste to water to carbon and energy. As a HIP investor, you will see improvements in reporting these metrics over time, and will be better prepared to identify leading companies who will have higher profits and shareholder value.


5 Reasons Why Integrated Reporting Can Be a Game Changer

Earlier this month Prof. Robert Eccles of Harvard Business School was interviewed on MIT Sloan Management Review about the latest developments in integrated reporting. This interview provides a clear view of both the opportunities and the challenges of integrated reporting.


US Food Distribution Should Adopt a Regional Approach

I’ve been covering the food distribution market over at Software Advice for the last year, and one thing that’s perplexed me is the insistence of U.S. food distributors to stick to a centralized approach to distribution. While a centralized approach to food distribution does offer economies of scale, it has negative impacts on the quality … Continued


Harley-Davidson Embraces Sustainability, but Will Its Customers?

As Harley-Davidson begins to ramp up their sustainability initiatives, it’s unclear how the company will balance the masculine, rebel-like nature of the brand with the pressure to adopt a more conscious, caring approach to conducting business.

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Verizon’s First Sustainability Report is…a Good First Step

Verizon, one of the world’s largest telecommunications companies, announced this week that it will cut its carbon intensity in half by 2020. Carbon intensity is usually referred to as a measure of CO2 produced per unit of output (in dollar terms). Verizon is using carbon intensity to measure “energy use per terabyte of data flowing … Continued


Adidas, Early Member of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition, Drops from “Most Ethical” Companies List

The research-based Ethisphere Institute, an international think-tank working to advance best practices in business ethics, CSR, and sustainability recently released its rankings of the World’s Most Ethical Companies. Ethisphere provides third-party verifications of compliance and ethical cultures programs by companies. That puts it in a unique position to give an insiders perspective on corporate behavior. … Continued

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Google Hitches a Ride on Wastewater’s Quiet Revolution

Google has been operating a municipal wastewater recovery and recycling system to cool its Douglas County, Georgia data center for the past couple of years without much fanfare, up until last week when its facilities manager decided to post a video about the system on googleblog. The short post unleashed a flood of snickering and … Continued


SXSW Interview: Jessica Scorpio of

In keeping with our quest to find “Access Economy” startups at SXSW, I was thrilled to have a few minutes to sit down with Jessica Scorpio – the Founder and Director of Business Development at Getaround, an award winning Silicon Valley startup that is pioneering the concept of peer-to-peer car sharing. Think: Airbnb for cars.

Patrick Dempsey of Grey's Anatomy teams with Trina to donate solar panels

Patrick Dempsey of Grey’s Anatomy Joins Hands with Trina Solar

The solar panel manufacturer Trina Solar Limited is turning the U.S. philanthropic community on its head with a little help from actor Patrick Dempsey. Dempsey, of the hit TV show Grey’s Anatomy, has lent his name to Trina’s new solar power initiative for schools, health clinics and other community service organizations. In the normal course … Continued


What 4 Global Trends Will Drive 21st Century Investing?

These 4 global trends are growing in scale and depth. Forward-looking investors are evaluating these trends for portfolio decisions, and seeking out sustainability-oriented companies that are tapping growth, managing risks, reducing costs, delivering “good” impacts and communicating openly with stakeholders.