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.

Ford’s C-MAX Electric Vehicles Surge Past Toyota Prius

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.

A Real War on Waste Has Yet to Be Declared

As Matthew May recently explained on the Harvard Business Review, being lean does not have to be mean; a war on waste has to be smart and resourceful.

Post Sandy: Predicting Supply Chain Disaster

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

How Sustainable Breweries are Mainstreaming the Green Revolution

A new report from the think tank A Clean Future describes how sustainable breweries are leading the manufacturing, food and beverage sectors, and the implications for mainstreaming sustainability are even more interesting when you pair beer with its natural companion, sports.

Latest Garment Factory Fire Shows Apparel Industry Puts Profits Before Workers

The latest tragedies in the garment factories were devastating in particular – not because they spoiled the holidays for retailers and fashion industries, but because they show that with all the progress that we made so far, we’re still up to our neck in exploitative capitalism.

The First Rule Of Futureproof Brands

Know yourself, know your target. Sounds like a simple enough rule for building a strong brand. But you’d be surprised how many brands don’t understand their reason for being, or how that aligns with their audience’s values.

Accelerators: A Critical Component for Scaling Environmental Entrepreneurship

There needs to be enough entrepreneurs and small and growing businesses (SGBs) out there to address today’s complex, global challenges. These businesses must also have the capacity to take on the type of capital that impact investors have to offer. Accelerators and incubators are and will be increasingly critical to achieving these goals.

New Technology for Hybrid Car Motors Leaves Rare Earth Behind

Researchers throughout North America have come up with possible prototypes for electric motors that get around the use of the precious and environmentally costly magnets that are produced from rare earth, and make the hybrid car more environmentally friendly.

Open Letter to Bank of America

An opportunity for an innovative banking program involving small business loans that will not only help strengthen the economy and increase your customer base, but also support your efforts in responsible business practices, community engagement, and customer retention.