After several years of effort, Patagonia says it has accomplished something that few clothing companies have managed: it has begun sourcing the goose down for its cold-weather clothing from 100 percent traceable and ethically produced and harvested sources. It’s a pretty good feat, even for Patagonia.
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 an effort to bring technology to rural communities in Colombia, SAP announced last week that it has joined forces with the Colombian Coffee Growers Federation (FNC) and the Manuel Mejía Foundation to improve the quality of life for Colombian farmers by providing them with the technology and training they need to develop more sustainable business practices.
Last year, Unilever announced it had achieved its goal to source all palm oil from sustainable sources. This year it has even bigger goals – and plans to complete them four years earlier than originally projected.
Carrie Majeske, Associate Director of Global Sustainability Integration, Ford Motor Company, talks about her career, inspiration and recent accomplishments in our Women in CSR series.
BSR’s President Aron Cramer made a big commitment at this week’s conference in San Francisco. He and the BSR team are doubling down on 2 degrees Celsius, drawing a line in the sand and committing to use the power of their network to avoid breaching a global temperature rise above it. Two degrees is, of … Continued
For most Americans, our morning cup of coffee is the requisite first step before anything else that may occupy our to-do list for the day. It’s unlikely, while groping bleary-eyed for the coffee pot or the $5 bill for the local barista, that our thoughts are focused on the origins of our daily brew. In our … Continued
New York Times’ Michael Moss posed a challenge to the ad agency Victors & Spoils: How would you get people to want to buy and eat more broccoli? The result was a great campaign that gave broccoli an extreme makeover this vegetable could only dream about. This made me wonder – if it can work for broccoli, could it also work for sustainability?
Last year, Microsoft committed to become carbon neutral. The mechanism for achieving this is an internal carbon fee charged to each business group and department for the amount of carbon emissions associated with their operations. These fees are treated as real money so that the cost of doing business effectively gets higher, particularly for those divisions … Continued
The StarShea Network, developed through a multilateral partnership between SAP and PlaNet Finance to improve Ghana’s shea butter supply chain, has transitioned to an incorporated, stand-alone business, SAP announced yesterday.
Jacquie Ottman, Founder and Principal, J. Ottman Consulting, Inc., talks about her career, inspiration and recent accomplishments in our Women in CSR series.