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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It Wasn’t the Small Green Pieces of Paper That Were Unhappy…

This post is part of a blogging series by economics students at the Presidio Graduate School’s MBA program. You can follow along here. By Elze van Hamelen ….”[earth] has, or had, a problem which was this: Most of the people living on it were unhappy for pretty much all of the time. Many solutions were … Continued

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Levi Strauss & Co. Proposes Radical New Standards for Apparel Industry

In a speech to be delivered today at the CERES annual conference, Levi Strauss & Co. CEO and President John Anderson will urge the apparel industry to adopt a new level of social, economic and environmental sustainability, moving beyond compliance with site-specific regulations to encompass improvements in the daily lives of workers in the global … Continued

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Old Is New Again: Nike’s Push Towards Sustainable Advertising

As a business owner and partner in a creative shop here in Oregon with a decade of experience in marketing and advertising in the creative industry, I admit to being a penny pincher (I like to think of it as financially conservative).

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Social Media Shortcuts for Stakeholder Engagement

Ed note: Interested in learning more about how to embed stakeholder engagement in your company’s sustainability reporting? Consider getting a certification in GRI sustainability reporting. Stakeholder engagement is the thorn in the side of many a sustainability reporter. While other sections of a GRI report are quantitative and data driven (energy usage, legal compliance), stakeholder … Continued

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Intellectual Property: When Protecting Ideas Destroys Them

More often than not, innovation and more specifically, invention, happens from a spontaneous exchange of ideas, observation and experimentation. The phenomenon how of two unrelated events or ideas can lead to the birth of an entirely new idea has been proven time and again.

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Chevron, the Socially Responsible Oil Company?

When you’re a member of the Big Oil club, crowing about CSR accomplishments rings a tad hollow from an environmental and climate change perspective, considering the commodity involved. Chevron’s 2010 Corporate Responsibility Report, released this month, makes these points: The company achieved the safest year in its history; it has reduced total energy consumption by … Continued

The Glass Steagall Act: Where a Libertarian and a Liberal agree over dinner

This post is part of a blogging series by economics students at the Presidio Graduate School’s MBA program. You can follow along here. By: Lauren Wray While there are a few things that folks of differing political persuasions might have in common with one another, there are not many. So I found it noteworthy when, … Continued

Sustainable Agriculture and the Future of Food: Views from the Prince of Wales

By Susan Nickbarg Food Supply. Health. Economic Security. Malnutrition. Obesity. Local Agriculture. Sustainability. What’s in common to link all these words? Sustainable Agriculture. His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales addressed participants last week at a Sustainable Food Conference hosted by Georgetown University in Washington DC, where he said, “Creating sustainable food systems will become … Continued

How Green is Your Data?

If you printed out a gigabyte of data that would equate to 50,000 pages of printed single space text. Now imagine 34 x 50,000 pages of paper and that’s a lot of data. The average iphone user consumes 273 megabytes of data on their phone every day.

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How the Catlin Group Turned Climate Change Research Corporate

The following is part of a series by our friends at CSRHub (a 3p sponsor) – offering free sustainability and corporate social responsibility ratings on over 5,000 of the world’s largest publicly traded companies. 3p readers get 40% off CSRHub’s professional subscriptions with promo code “TP40“. By Bahar Gidwani Catlin Group Limited is a major … Continued

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SHARE SF: Is Having Access the New Ownership?

This past weekend, Shareable hosted an unconference called SHARE SF at Hub SoMa, a coworking space for social entrepreneurs in San Francisco (where TriplePundit has their virtual office).  Both the venue and the city were apt choices as the Bay Area is a hotspot for the sharing or access economy or, as Lisa Gansky calls … Continued

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Bloomberg’s Sustainability Edge

Back in 2009, the media and financial services company Bloomberg launched what TriplePundit called a “ground-breaking data service” in corporate social responsibility. The new service enabled all of Bloomberg’s clients to access all public ESG (environmental, social and governance) data from up to 3,000 companies, through the company’s 250,000 data terminals. Now Bloomberg is aiming … Continued

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Q&A: Sustainability in the Spice Business

[Hub Stories]: Q & A with The Curator of Spices [Name]: Chris Pemberton [Areas of Expertise]: Cooking, International Development, Sustainability Consulting, Green Technology By Samantha Kanofsky I wouldn’t have guessed that I would be discussing exotic flavors or mountain climbing in Kyrgyzstan on a Monday morning, but here I was. Drinking tea with Chris Pemberton … Continued

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Mobile Tech is Key to Providing Banking Services to the ‘Unbanked’

By: Peter Vander Auwera, innovation lead at SWIFT In any conversation about mobile banking services in the developing world, it is never long before someone mentions M-PESA in Kenya. It’s now a familiar story: in March 2007 Safaricom, the leading mobile operator in Kenya, launched an SMS-based money transfer system that enables consumers to deposit, … Continued