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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The Secret Sauce is People. It’s People!

At Sustainable Brands ’11, there’s much talk about, well, brands. But what powers those brands? Employees. People. In the pursuit of innovation, competitive edge and profits, many companies lose sight of the real force behind their brands. Similarly, companies striving for sustainability often focus on their environmental impacts to the neglect of the social side. … Continued

The GRI Process: Not Just a Reporting Framework

The GRI has since evolved and grown, beginning as a division of CERES before establishing itself as an independent entity in 2001. The GRI reporting guidelines have gone through three iterations, with the fourth currently in development. While the GRI reporting framework is primarily a tool for producing a sustainability report, the process itself is just that – a process. More specifically, it is a management process.

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Biomass Diversity and Supply Chain Approach Will Boost Green Jet Fuel

A new report from aviation and renewable energy interests in the Pacific Northwest has found that an emerging market for sustainable aviation fuels is eminently plausible. The Sustainable Aviation Fuels Northwest consortium concludes that no single feedstock or technology pathway is likely to provide sustainable aviation fuel at the scale or speed needed to produce … Continued

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Unilever’s CO2 Down 40%: Looking to Move Toward Sustainable Palm Oil

Unilever has been recognized as a sustainability leader in a 2011 survey by SustainAbility, and the Ethical Corporation awarded the company its Responsible Business Award in the High Performance category. CEO Paul Polman talks about how the company has lowered its carbon emissions by 40 percent in the last ten years, how, as a large palm … Continued

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Springboard Biodiesel: Biodiesel On Site

For many universities, military bases, breweries, hospitals, and cafeterias, the disposal of waste grease is a liability. There are regulations making it illegal to dump waste grease, as the result is often a heavy bill for the taxpayer to clean up clogged pipes, drains, and sewers. A growing number of biodiesel homebrewers will come pick … Continued

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The Green Room: BBMG’s Mitch Baranowski Interviews Recyclebank’s, Ian Yolles

http://vimeo.com/24696913 BBMG‘s Green Room is back this week with Ian Yolles, Chief Sustainability Officer at Recycle Bank. In this episode, Yolles talks with BBMG’s Chief Creative Officer Mitch Baranowski about Recyclebank’s strategies for motivating consumers to engage in green behaviors, and its commitment to “the idea that a lot of small, individual actions, when aggregated together, … Continued

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Sustainable Brands ’11: Game On

Sustainable Brands ’11 kicked off Tuesday, June 7th in Monterey, CA. Sustainable Brands convenes sustainability, brand and design professionals leveraging sustainable innovation as a driver of business and brand value. This year’s theme is “play on” so it seems quite fitting to launch a series of articles on the conference with some fascinating insights from … Continued

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Integrating CSR and Sustainability in the Indian Banking Sector

Sustainability, CSR and banks are often not thought of in the same context. This is especially true in developing countries and something that is slowly changing. Recently, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH and Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI) jointly invited banks and financial institutions to the National Conference on Non-Financial Reporting … Continued

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Krispy Kreme Switches to Cage-Free Eggs

Thanks to an announcement next week that the company will transition to cage-free eggs, Krispy Kreme fans can enjoy their favorite guilty pleasure a little more.

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Environmental Winners at Rice University’s Business Plan Super Bowl

Rice University began their business plan competition in 2001 with $10,000 in prize money.  In eleven years  it has rightfully earned the title of the Business Plan Super Bowl, the “richest and largest business plan competition” among universities.  In 2001, there were 420 entries and the winners took home more than $1.3 million in cash … Continued

eBay Partners With Ashoka’s Changemakers to Fund Social Entrepreneurs

Ashoka’s Changemakers has partnered with the eBay Foundation to help five aspiring social entrepreneurs with $50,000 in startup capital. The initiative, called “Powering Economic Opportunity: Create a World that Works” seeks to fund innovative market-based solutions that create employment opportunities for vulnerable populations. And in this case, the early bird really does get the worm! … Continued

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Expanding Sustainability Data: Emerging Sources

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“. This is the final post in a 3-part series … Continued