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.
Vote with your investments. You determine whether a company that is polluting the water or treating its employees poorly is in your list of stocks or your fund. Align your investments with your principles and in due time, sustainable and responsible investing will be the norm.
SPECIAL SERIES: Introduction To Environmental Justice
Waste Management’s Sue Briggum talks about how important understanding and discussing environmental justice issues with communities and companies has been for developing their best practices and innovating in the areas of recycling and waste reduction.
TransCanada says there will be tens of thousands of jobs for Americans after the Keystone XL pipeline goes in, and that President Obama’s doubtful comment on that is just partisan politics, not the real scoop. So just how does a good investigator know who has the right numbers?
There were a lot of questions we didn’t have time to get to, so Barry was kind enough to respond to quite a few more and sent his responses to us.
Average participation in employee giving programs has fallen from 41% in 2006 to 33% in 2012, and an estimated $10 billion is left on the table every year because employees do not take advantage of company matching programs. What can we do to help realize the potential of workplace giving?
Along with the current macro-economic trend of U.S. businesses re-locating major operations south of the border, CSR and sustainability initiatives have boomed among major corporations in Mexico, particularly since 2010. Out of 166 publicly traded companies in the Mexican stock market, more than 50 percent have a system in place for undertaking sustainability-related activities at the operational and administrative level, including the supply chain.
Albion Fisheries, Fortune Fish & Gourmet, Ipswich Shellfish Group, Santa Monica Seafood, Seacore Seafood and Seattle Fish Co. aim to leverage their roles as wholesale seafood distributors to bring about positive industry change that will not only enhance the sustainability of seafood production, but enhance the health and integrity of marine ecosystems and help assure decent livelihoods for future, as well as current, generations of fishermen, fishing fleets and aquaculture industry participants.
In a recent policy directive, entitled, “Toward a Sustainable Energy Future for All,” the mega-financial institution said that they would focus on the poor, offering financial solutions or guarantees, while helping “client countries realize affordable alternatives to coal power.”
Financial Incentives should not drive decisions about renewable energy retrofits. Energy efficiency comes second, not first. Good finance can never make a bad project good, but it can only make a good project better. Many bad projects result if financial incentives drive the decisions.
Cecily Joseph, Senior Director of Corporate Responsibility for Symantec Corporation, talks about her career, inspiration and recent accomplishments in our Women in CSR series.