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.
With the steady rollout of corporate filings in 2012, the sustainability reporting movement remains strong. Social pressure and the desire to market green initiatives are common themes fueling the trend, yet there are also growing legal concerns.
A letter to the CEO of Walmart requesting the consideration and integration of human-cost accounting as part of their sustainability initiatives.
Natural gas is cleaner than diesel, the fuel is cheaper, and supply is abundant and domestic. Yet significant challenges must be overcome before natural gas vehicle technology can become a bigger factor in transportation and our economy.
On Saturday, Greenpeace announced that Zara has agreed to eliminate all discharge of hazardous chemicals from its supply chain and products by 2020. As always, the Greenpeace campaign provided not just impressive results, but also some valuable lessons. Here are five of them.
When it comes to purchasing sustainable products are men or women more likely customers? Multiple studies have shown that women make 80 to 85% of consumer purchasing decisions, but does that hold true for sustainable goods and services, too?
The debate over the extended Black Friday hours overlooks one important fact: that retail workers are now the face of poverty in the United States.
A new study reveals a consumer segment, the aspirationals, which might also offer key to sustainable consumption. Here are seven things you need to know about the aspirationals and what companies should do about them.
A major blind spot in the effort to tackle global warming is the absence of rigorous methodologies for studying the dynamics of culture. In this article, we explore the applications of meme science to the spread of ideas with a special emphasis on the memes that will be needed to build a resilient global economy…
After Dr. Gilles-Eric Séralini came out to blow the whistle on the many corporate scientists in bed with Monsanto, Kaiser Permanente, the largest managed care organization in the United States, published an item in their newsletter citing the health risks associated with GMO-based foods and warning the public to avoid them.
Alex Bogusky doesn’t rest for a minute. After advocating for Proposition 37 and making “The Real Bears” video for the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), he’s back in the news again. This time with an ad he did for SodaStream, the maker of home carbonation systems. The ad was rejected in the UK because it constituted “denigration of the bottled-drinks market.”
Trust Across America has led an ambitious effort to describe what is causing trust to break down and how to rebuild it. This group has screened 2,500 publicly-traded companies and has identified the ten it considers most trust-worthy. Their work gives us great examples to learn from, but does not help us diagnose and fix the problems faced by the companies who lag behind.
A Seattle-based law firm has filed suit against Dole Food Company for making proclamations about corporate responsibility while sourcing bananas from an environmentally destructive supplier in Guatemala.
The lawsuit, filed on Nov. 13, 2012, claims that despite Dole’s best efforts to convince consumers of its social and environmental responsibility, the company knowingly purchased 290 million pounds of bananas from a Guatemalan plantation whose operations have destroyed wetlands and poisoned water sources with pesticides.