No matter how you look at it, this was a hectic year for Apple from a sustainable point of view. Time and again, the company learned the limits of its influence and that even the richest, most powerful company in the world can’t decide the limits of its own responsibility.
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.
SPECIAL SERIES: The Future of Fair Trade
With 70 percent of the American economy based on consumer spending, holiday shoppers have the leverage to use that spending power for social good. Depending on the products you choose, your purchases in the next several days could help improve lives and protect fragile ecosystems across the globe.
If you’re building a sustainable, resilient brand, chances are you’re going to influence the market as well as consumers. But how do you create market transformation around your futureproof brands?
An interview with Robert Doll, Chief Equity Strategist for Nuveen Asset Management and Ram Gidoomal, Chairman of both Tradecraft and Allia, about socially responsible leadership in a world where the moral compass of business is shifting.
2012 has been a roller coaster at Walmart, with questions about its sustainability plan, the fire in Bangladesh, Black Friday and the treatment of workers.
Union Pacific Corporation, the company that owns and operates the iconic Union Pacific Railroad, has added a new locomotive to its ultra low-emission diesel fleet at the Chicago rail yard. With the addition of the new locomotive, Union Pacific has now unveiled seven of the so-called “Genset” (short for generator-set) switcher locomotives in Chicago.
Following its plans to become forest positive by 2020, IKEA finds out that with the pursuit of bolder sustainability goals comes more scrutiny, with questions raised not just about the company’s ability to meet its ambitious forestry goal, but also about the validity of IKEA’s definition for sustainable forestry.
The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory will partner with Johnson Matthey to develop a next-generation, sustainable biofuel production process based on pyrolysis.
There is much to like about Nudie Jeans from a sustainability standpoint. The Swedish company, founded in 2001, uses organic, fairtrade cotton in its products.
Communicating the benefits of “biobased” content, the world’s newest ecological marketing term, is often tricky. Happily, strategies and a credible third party label now exist.
Ford introduced its two C-MAX hybrid models last December, and just one year later the U.S. car maker is already nudging out Toyota for sales of electric hybrid and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles. That doesn’t just mean American car buyers are eager to buy American again, it’s also further evidence that the domestic electric car market is ready to tip over into the mainstream.
The question before the supply chain crowd these days, post Hurricane Sandy, is: Are supply chain disasters predictable? The easy answer is yes, but with qualifications, and then no. Every supply chain manager worth his or her salt knows about contingency and backup planning especially with long, complex supply chains, because ‘stuff happens.’ A recent … Continued