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.


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


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


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


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


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


Report Details Abuses At Chinese Factories That Manufacture Apple and HP Products

A report by the Hong Kong based group, Students & Scholars Against Corporate Misbehavior (SACOM), details poor working conditions at Chinese factories which manufacture iPad 2 and HP laptops. The report claims that Foxconn, the company which owns the factories, treats workers “inhumanely, like machines.” At least 14 workers at Foxconn factories killed themselves in … Continued


Green Marketing Efforts Can’t Make Bad Coffee Taste Good

By Pankaj Arora Last week I was at Freshness Burger, a Japanese fast food chain. Embossed on the stirrer given with my coffee were these words: “Use the stairs instead of the elevator”. What is the connection between stirring my coffee and using the stairs? This is one of the most subtle green marketing messages I’ve come across. … Continued


The Five Driving Forces of CSR: Can You Name a Sixth?

I take little credit for the intelligence of this post. Indeed, I give all that might be due to Werther & Chandler’s 2011 text, Strategic Corporate Social Responsibility: Stakeholders in a Global Environment, as well as to my Green Mountain College MBA Triple-Bottom-Line Management Course, in progress. Through these studies, the five below drivers have … Continued


What’s Really in Your Organic Brew?

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 Inna Volynskaya Being a responsible beer geek, you opt for a Berkeley-brewed Bison or one of those super green Oregon breweries to quench your thirst. Or maybe you unknowingly bought something … Continued


Interview: SunRun’s Lynn Jurich on “Pocketbook Environmentalists”

How many companies can boast of a 100%+ annual growth rate in customers, especially  in today’s economy? Would you be even more impressed if the answer was a solar company? SunRun is hot, hot, hot. They have grown in just a couple of years to a leadership position in residential rooftop solar systems with over … Continued


Impacting The Three P’s By Competing Domestically With Food Imports

By Fergus McGrath Total US food imports have doubled in the past decade, from $43 billion in 2001 to $86 billion in 2010. As our national budget and economy continue to sputter, introducing the idea of enrolling entrepreneurs to become domestic food producers and compete with foreign competition for our citizens’ dollars would have a … Continued


A Genuine Measure: GDP vs Genuine Progress

The Gross National Product was the official measure of production in the United States until 1991. At that point, GNP was replaced by it’s close cousin Gross Domestic Product.


Sustaining Traditions for Sustainability

Although I was born in Redwood City, California, the first eight years of my life took place in a small town 45 minutes South of one of Mexico’s largest cities, Guadalajara.

Crossroads Signposts

Asking for Directions: Communication at a Crossroad

The most ordinary events in one’s journey through life can bring us to a crossroad that has the potential to greatly alter one’s perspective and path. In 2004, three such events brought me to such a crossroad, one which called my identity into question.