By Ian Edwards For companies committed to corporate social responsibility (CSR), there is a belief that all those good deeds will be rewarded with new business, but there is scant hard evidence. Image Microsystems (IM), of Austin, Texas, stands as one of the few companies that can ascribe new business gains to its core values of sustainability and … Continued
Category: Corporate 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.
By: Cora Ng International Business Leaders head to New York this October to share experience in supplier engagement. The ‘How to Drive Supplier Social & Environmental Performance’ Conference is taking place at the New Yorker Hotel on 25-26 October 2011. Over the past two years, ownership of the sustainable supply chain agenda has moved from … Continued
By Jeremy Seifert I recently started a national petition on Change.org asking Trader Joe’s to eliminate its food waste, and more than 78,000 people have joined the campaign so far. Ever since, I’ve received many encouraging notes from people around the country about all of the good things the grocer is already doing. “I personally … Continued
You may have not noticed , but the 2011 proxy season is practically over. In the past, most companies would not notice either since shareholder resolutions, especially environmental and social ones haven’t historically gained much support among voting shareholders. But in the last couple of years this trend has radically changed and support levels are … Continued
In a move truly reflective of how bizarre American political life has become, there really was a bill sponsored by House Republicans, considered by Congress last week, that would have essentially rolled back the clock on energy saving technology, in the name of “personal freedom”. And it almost passed. The bill, introduced by Joe Barton … Continued
Triple Pundit and I were recently invited to a “virtual conference” sponsored by Dow Chemical. The “Future We Create” love-fest was a meeting of 30 green chemistry thought leaders in academia, industry, and in the non-profit sector.
A recent article in the New York Times about the work Stanford University biology professor Gretchen Daily is doing in Africa and Costa Rica highlights the importance of ecosystem services, or putting a value on ecosystems. Daily co-founded the Natural Capital Project (NCP) in November 2006. NCP, as Daily told the New York Times, works … Continued
Sustainability reports are as different as each of us. They vary in format, material issues selected, boundary and scope, and cultural orientation which makes it very difficult to judge performance based on a common set of indicators.
The local food movement has come a long way from what started out as a fringe fraction of the population to grabbing the attention of big box grocery retailers and industrial food giants. The original goals of proponents of the “locavore diet” focused on supporting smaller local farms (and thus the local economy), protecting the … Continued
You know Coca-Cola. But do you? What consumer doesn’t recognize the distinctive red and white Coca-Cola logo as the most popular soft drink in the world? Would you be surprised to know that Pepsi is no longer number two, having been displaced by Diet Coke? Would you be further surprised to learn that Coca-Cola sells … Continued
By Jeff Klein “Conscious Awareness” is a powerful tool for transcending unconscious patterns. It fosters an expanded perspective and openness to new possibilities. Definition “We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.” ~ Anais Nin Conscious Awareness is a process of recognizing what is going on inside and out, the … Continued
By Jesse Finfrock & Rachel Lichte Sierra Leone is a country at a crossroads. Decades of resource exploitation and a brutal ten-year war have taken a deep toll on the environment and the people, which are among the poorest and most uneducated in the world. Yet as the country celebrates its 50th year, Saloneans are … Continued
Stanwell Chirwa is 42 years old with a history of poaching wild animals in the Luangwa Valley, Zambia. He admits to killing 11 elephants, more than 20 buffalo, and kudu and eland. Farming had been his main livelihood, but poor yields and low market prices pushed him into poaching.
In the past year or so, there’s been a lot of buzz about the power of storytelling for businesses. Sometimes it feels more like excitement around talking about it than actually doing it. A recent piece here had the intriguing suggestion that when it comes to telling your sustainability story, the messier the better. In a … Continued
About a month ago, Puma, one of the world’s leading clothing brands, was asked by Reuters if the company would end its business relationship with Yonguor Textile of China. This question was raised after Greenpeace published a report profiling the problem of toxic water pollution resulting from the release of hazardous chemicals by textile factories … Continued