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.


Walmart Takes Another Step Towards Food Sustainability

It appears that retail giant Walmart is ready to take another step on its sustainability journey. Sources within the food industry are reporting that Walmart is planning to begin collecting data from its fruit and vegetable vendors in order to assess the sustainability of their operations. This is a continuation of Wamart’s initiative rolled out … Continued

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Dunkin’ Donuts Runs on CSR, Slowly but Surely

I don’t consider myself a big Dunkin’ Donuts fan. When I lived in Delaware I used to go there only on Hanukkah, looking for donuts to remind me of Hanukkah doughnuts (I dare you to find those in Delaware!). So when I came to read their first CSR report, which was released last week, I … Continued

Major Retailers Show that Disaster Management is an Integral Part of CSR

Disaster management is rapidly becoming a very important area of CSR. Although some natural disasters strike very suddenly and the only response that can be done is post-tragedy, others require a degree of forethought. Sometimes CSR responses may be as simple as ensuring that services go on as normal, so as not to create further … Continued

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Mobile Unlocks the Future of Local

Mobile is unlocking possibilities for local lifestyles that could very well redefine consumption as we know it. Location based micro-economies are emerging with increasing levels of sophistication – micro-economies operated by you and I. Now, anyone with a smartphone and something to offer can be a friendly neighbourhood retailer. Every day, mobile startups are creatively making this easier and more enjoyable in the name of collaborative consumption, the groundswell movement within which true sustainability may finally be achieved.


Legacoop Cooperative in Bologna, Italy Empowers Worker-Owners

This post is the first in a series of articles by Jeffrey Hollender on cooperative businesses models, specifically from Mondragón, Spain That Italian and Basque cooperatives have grown so large is somewhat a mystery since, unlike capitalist enterprises, cooperatives are not expansionist by nature… Capitalist enterprises tend towards growth because increased scale generally leads to … Continued


Quality vs Fluff: Building Blocks for GRI Report Assessments

As a continuation of last week’s posting, “Using GRI to Compare Apples to Apples in Sustainability Reporting”, we intend to describe the approach demonstrated during the ISOS Group GRI Certified Sustainability Reporting courses to distinguishing quality reports from those that would probably be best served as marketing pieces.

Gaps (and Milestones) in Gap’s Recent CSR Report

On Monday Gap Inc. released its fifth social and environmental responsibility report. This report includes the company’s accomplishments in 2009-2010, goals for the near future and updates on their work with their supply chain, employees and other stakeholders. Although it is very informative, the report still has some substantial gaps in it, making it a … Continued


The Surprising New Force Cleaning Up the Plastic Industry

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 Carol Pierson Holding Americans are both addicted to … Continued

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Are Thorium Reactors the Carbon-free Answer?

Let me make one thing clear from the outset. I have never been a proponent of nuclear power plants. I think there are as many different reasons to avoid them as there are to avoid eating meat. (i.e. medical, political, social, environmental, and economic) Namely: They are dangerous today (e.g. Fukushima) The waste problem will … Continued


Shell’s Response to Recent Oil Spill Lacks Transparency

You would think that after the BP Deepwater Horizon Spill last year, oil companies would have learned to deal with similar catastrophes better. An oil spill is something that may be unavoidable but dealing with it in a prompt manner that encourages stakeholder awareness is more than clever PR. North Sea Spill Worst in UK … Continued


Corporate Philanthropy: The Business Case

Is there a business case for corporate philanthropy? The Conference Board’s Matteo Tonello, in an academic article also posted on Harvard Law School’s Corporate Governance blog, believes the case is solid.

The Plastic Disclosure Project

Everybody is familiar with ‘The Great Pacific Garbage Patch’ which is present in the North Pacific gyre, one of the five gyres of our ocean systems. According to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), more than 7,000,000 tons of garbage reaches the marine environment every year, approximately 80% of which comes from land. Plastic that … Continued


First Offshore Wind Farm in Texas Waters, Not Cape Cod

Shame on us, liberalistas. We let Texas beat us to the punch. Instead of getting behind Cape Wind (code name for the proposed offshore wind farm at Cape Cod), the Kennedy’s and many well-heeled NIMBY’s instead chose to challenge it, delaying the site’s eventual construction by over a decade. Cape Wind got regulatory approval finally, … Continued


Should Nike be Applauded for Beating Adidas on the Greenpeace Detox Challenge?

Last Wednesday was a red letter day for Nike. First, the company accepted the Greenpeace Detox challenge, beating Adidas in a race Greenpeace instigated between the two on who would be the first to commit to “a toxic free future.”  That evening, FC Barcelona, sponsored by Nike, beat Real Madrid, sponsored by Adidas 3:2 in … Continued