With the economic downturn, one might assume that companies would abandon its green initiatives like sustainable packaging in favor of cheaper alternatives but a PwC report released earlier this year – ‘Sustainable packaging: myth or reality’ – discovered quite the opposite.
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.
In the weeks after a natural disaster, the preparation a small business takes can make all the difference in getting profits moving again quickly. Chris will evaulate different options a small business has for gas and stand-by generators, evaluating costs and benefits to help make wise decisions to prepare for the next power outage.
SPECIAL SERIES: The Rise Of The Sharing Economy
Does the sharing economy threaten businesses, or are there business opportunities to be had within this new model? The answer is: yes and yes.
Last week the FTC reached an agreement with four large retailers over charges that textiles promoted as environmentally friendly bamboo were actually rayon.
Life on the Edge of the Sustainability Cliff: Rebuilding the Bonds Between Companies, Investors and Society
The shift away from myopic focus on short-term financial returns to a more expansive, long-term focus on vital capitals is an idea whose time has come. Such a transformation is no longer an option, but a necessity if the next decade and beyond is to avoid a “sustainability cliff.”
LG Electronics USA and the EPA entered into agreement, called a memorandum of understanding (MOU), to collaborate with the government agency on certain environmental goals.
It doesn’t matter how many compost bins you install. If your employees don’t understand how or why they should use the latest green thing you installed, they won’t. You will lose the majority of the benefits that come with an effective sustainability initiative without the buy-in of your employees.
The queer community is a growing demographic of consumers. But, how do progressive businesses avoid gaywashing and alienating the very community they hope to attract? This article provides some simple guidance on what to avoid and how to take a more meaningful (and socially beneficial) stance.
Prince Charles’ think-tank, A4S or “The Prince’s Accounting For Sustainability Project”, recently published an insightful new report called “Future Proofed Decision Making” critiquing the state of CSR. The report surveyed “board members and senior management”.
“The triple bottom line is ridiculous, I know it’s totally heretical to say that, but have you ever tried to build a business? Even just the financial bottom line is really, really hard.” I thought I was listening to the echoes of a 1970’s era Clean Water Act opponent, but this was John Sculley’s latest brilliant partner, Sonny Vu, and creator of one of the Top 10 Gadgets of Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2013.
By Cecilia Allen and the Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives The Flemish region of Belgium boasts the highest waste diversion rate in Europe. Almost three-fourths of the residential waste produced in the region is reused, recycled, or composted. Since the first Waste Decree was approved in Flanders in 1981, regional goals (for overall residential waste … Continued
SRI activism works best when rewarding companies that care about being good, whose products sustain life rather than take it. In December, at Seattle’s Newground Social Investment holiday party, the firm’s Founder Bruce Herbert, a leader in SRI, gave a toast in which he applauded Bill McKibben’s leadership in fossil fuel divestiture.
Social entrepreneurs working independently is inefficient. Networks are critical for social entrepreneurs to scale their impact. Civil society needs to think about how to get more impact from what currently exists. Starting new organizations is a means, not an end.