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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10 Recommendations for Start-ups Looking to Raise Capital

The 2011 Pipeline Fund Fellowship Pitch Summit had eleven woman-owned, for-profit, socially responsible businesses presenting their business plans, hoping to raise money from a group of ten women learning to become angel investors.   During a break in the pitches, Nithya Das, an associate at the law firm Goodwin Procter presented the keynote.  She represents and … Continued

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Can Gucci Sell Sustainability?

Can fashion houses like Gucci sell more than status and wealth, and perhaps even sustainability?

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Your Food is Local. What About Your Clothing?

In recent years, the concept of buying and sourcing locally has caught on with the broader public, especially in the food sector, where concepts like the 100 mile diet have garnered traction and interest. But what about clothing? The T-shirt on your back is likely close to earning a free trip judging by the distance … Continued

L’Oreal Has Big Sustainability Goals

L’Oréal released its 2010 Sustainable Development Report on June 10, which it published as an integrated website. The cosmetics company has set big goals, which include the goal to “win the trust and confidence of a billion new consumers in the next 10 years.” L’Oreal also has targets for 2015 to reduce by 50 percent … Continued

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UN Human Rights Council Endorses Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights

The U.N. Human Rights Council (UNHRC) endorsed the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights on June 16. The Guiding Principles are designed to ensure that companies do not violate human rights when conducting business, and that states protect human rights. Although not law, the Guiding Principles “are likely to influence national law and policy … Continued

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Society for Women Geographers Spurs Sustainability

Formed in 1925 after the Explorer’s Club refused to admit women, SWG originally required all members to be American female geographers or explorers whose discoveries had been published. Members included world-changers from Amelia Earhart  to Jane Goodall, Margaret Mead, Mary Leakey and Helen Thayer.

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New Nissan Ads Shift the Way Car Buyers Evaluate Options

By Jacquelyn Ottman Many new green brands have been introduced over the years with what I’ve called “green marketing myopic” pitches (think GE’s “dancing elephants” and Conoco’s “cheering dolphins”), only to realize the opportunity to link environmental product attributes with the primary reasons why consumers buy (all) products in the first place.  Nissan fell into … Continued

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GRI’s Campaign for Positive Images of Sustainability

Close your eyes for a minute and try to visualize sustainability. What image comes to your mind? Is it a sad polar bear standing on a melting ice cap or a long line of giant wind turbines standing in a field? If you’re thinking of the latter rather than the former and know how to shoot a good picture as well, the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) has a competition that might be of interest for you.

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Apple Retail Employees to Form Union?

The bare-bonesApple Retail Workers Union website first quotes the Apple mantra, “At Apple, our most important resource, our soul, is our people.”

Beneath the mantra is a statement from the website itself, “Our time has come,” indicating a move towards employee unionization.  Moll hopes the website can facilitate connecting with other employees to come forward and organize.

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The US Way: Workers Produce More, Earn Less = Company Profit

This post is part of a series on Stakeholder Engagement sponsored by Jurat Software. Mother Jones talks about the “dirty secret” of the jobless recovery in its July/August issue but many stakeholders—employed and unemployed—that are engaged in any way with life as brought to you by corporate America might say it’s dirty all right but … Continued

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Stakeholder Engagement: Collaborating for Bottom Line Benefits

This post is part of a series on Stakeholder Engagement sponsored by Jurat Software. By Cindy Mehallow “Do companies compete over CSR?” asked Tim Mohin, corporate responsibility Advanced Micro Devices (AMD), as he addressed a session at the recent Responsible Business Summit sponsored by Ethical Corporation.  When a only a few conference participants ventured a … Continued

Reducing Our Carbon Paw Print

By Diana Ford As a lifelong cat owner/devotee and student of sustainable business, I have become increasingly aware of the environmental impact of pet ownership. In 2009 I was shocked to read in New Scientist that my relationship with my feline companion was contributing to the degradation of the environment at rates equal to SUV … Continued

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Video Games Offer New Platform for Engaging with Customers and Communities

This post is part of a series on Stakeholder Engagement sponsored by Jurat Software. The Games for Change Festival came to New York City this week, and the three-day event provides a unique perspective on the growing influence of video games. As its parent organization Games for Change puts it, the festival put the spotlight … Continued

Electric Vehicles: Federal Funding and Bi-Partisan Support

By Matthew Madden Advocates of electric vehicles are found throughout our political spectrum from environmentalists seeking to address climate change issues to national security analysts endorsing a reduction in the import of foreign oil. Whether the motivation is the environment or national security, one of the most noteworthy accomplishments of the burgeoning electric vehicle industry … Continued

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Ford CSR: Carbon Emissions Reduction a Priority

Ford Motor Company, the one American car company that did not need a bailout from the government,  released its 12th annual sustainability report last week, titled Blueprint for Sustainability: Driving Change. The report emphasizes Ford’s climate change strategy: to do its part to keep carbon dioxide in the atmosphere to less than 450 parts per … Continued