When it comes to purchasing sustainable products are men or women more likely customers? Multiple studies have shown that women make 80 to 85% of consumer purchasing decisions, but does that hold true for sustainable goods and services, too?
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.
The debate over the extended Black Friday hours overlooks one important fact: that retail workers are now the face of poverty in the United States.
A new study reveals a consumer segment, the aspirationals, which might also offer key to sustainable consumption. Here are seven things you need to know about the aspirationals and what companies should do about them.
A major blind spot in the effort to tackle global warming is the absence of rigorous methodologies for studying the dynamics of culture. In this article, we explore the applications of meme science to the spread of ideas with a special emphasis on the memes that will be needed to build a resilient global economy…
After Dr. Gilles-Eric Séralini came out to blow the whistle on the many corporate scientists in bed with Monsanto, Kaiser Permanente, the largest managed care organization in the United States, published an item in their newsletter citing the health risks associated with GMO-based foods and warning the public to avoid them.
Alex Bogusky doesn’t rest for a minute. After advocating for Proposition 37 and making “The Real Bears” video for the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), he’s back in the news again. This time with an ad he did for SodaStream, the maker of home carbonation systems. The ad was rejected in the UK because it constituted “denigration of the bottled-drinks market.”
Trust Across America has led an ambitious effort to describe what is causing trust to break down and how to rebuild it. This group has screened 2,500 publicly-traded companies and has identified the ten it considers most trust-worthy. Their work gives us great examples to learn from, but does not help us diagnose and fix the problems faced by the companies who lag behind.
A Seattle-based law firm has filed suit against Dole Food Company for making proclamations about corporate responsibility while sourcing bananas from an environmentally destructive supplier in Guatemala.
The lawsuit, filed on Nov. 13, 2012, claims that despite Dole’s best efforts to convince consumers of its social and environmental responsibility, the company knowingly purchased 290 million pounds of bananas from a Guatemalan plantation whose operations have destroyed wetlands and poisoned water sources with pesticides.
The Hertz Corporation and Liberty Tire Recycling recently teamed tup to launch the first nationwide tire recycling program in the U.S. car rental industry.
U.S. Humane Society undercover investigators take enormous risks, even possible prosecution, to bring to light unsustainable farming practices.
A new Friends of the Earth campaign published a report that focused on tin mining in Indonesia, and calls out Samsung and Apple for their supply chains.
The San Diego Zoo is embarking on a new solar EV charger project consisting of five charging stations powered by ten photovoltaic canopies totaling 90 kilowatts.
Net Impact rolls out the Small Steps, Big Wins Campus Challenge, an experimental campus competition that will change the way students look at these seemingly overwhelming problems.
This month Consumer Reports came out with a “Naughty and Nice” list that focuses on what companies succeeded and failed. We have our own CSR Christmas list.