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.

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Are Gas Prices Too Damn High?

Poor Jimmy MacMillan. The well meaning eccentric hilariously rose to fame during the New York Governor’s Debate last year by declaring that “the rent is too damn high.” Now, it seems gas prices are the target of his scorn – and surely millions of Americans agree – but Jimmy’s either just cashing in on his … Continued

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5 Tips for Sustainable Communication

As a former English major, now working towards an MBA in Design Strategy at CCA, I’ve discovered that one’s skill in written and verbal communication often mirrors one’s level of success in business. It may in fact, be the one thing that matters most.

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Crowdsourcing by the State of Washington

The following case study is part of a project by MPA students at the Presidio Graduate School on information management technology and policy. You can read the rest of the series here. By Christian Ettinger Introduction: Many states are using social media to engage their citizens, but is much of that engagement, like Twitter and … Continued

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Reducing Supply Chain Emissions and Costs at the Same Time

Logistics managers attempting to optimize supply chains for sustainability and emissions reductions face a tough question: how to implement those goals without breaking the bank. The conventional thinking is that there’s always tradeoff: A transport company can reduce its CO2 emissions along a supply chain, but at a higher investment and operating cost. Findings released … Continued

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Why Gamblers Could be Great Advocates for Sustainability

As a student in CCA’s MBA in Design Strategy program learning to apply human-centric design thinking to create sustainable innovations, I became curious about the human psychology and behavior aspects of gambling. Our society considers the phenomenon a taboo and the last thing you want to do if you want a healthy, sustainable lifestyle.

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How Human Future Interaction Can Help Plan for a Sustainabilty

Jason Tester of the institute for the future has pioneered a concept called Human Future Interaction (HFI) a method for experiencing the future in accessible ways. HFI operates on three beliefs: 1) that there are new ways to experience the shadow of the future today. 2) Experiencing the future can be a very persuasive way to change behaviors today, and that 3) the future needs us to change the world today.

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How Intellectual Property Creates Value with Finite Resources

Intellectual property (IP) has tremendous value  and can provide the economy with avenues for growth without overshooting the limits of the  ecosystem. Herman E. Daly’s and Joshua Farley’s text, Ecological Economics: Principles and Applications, discusses steady state economics, where growth will be limited by the human ecosystem and its limited resources.

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Green as a Status Symbol: Why Increased Prices May Increase Sales

This post is part of a blogging series by economics students at the Presidio Graduate School’s MBA program. You can follow along here. By: Lindsey Kauffman A commonly heard, and personally experienced, critique of the sustainability movement is the relatively high cost of green products compared to traditional products. I can spend .99 cents on … Continued

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Senate Holds Hearing on Big Oil Tax Breaks

The Senate Finance Committee held a hearing yesterday on tax breaks for the nation’s top five oil companies: Chevron, Shell, ConocoPhillips, BP America, and Exxon Mobil.  At stake is $21 billion in alleged subsidies.  Should oil companies be allowed to keep the tax credits?  Should tax payers no longer subsidize big oil? If the debate … Continued

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Campbell’s Decreases Water Use, Increases Energy Use

Cambell’s, the company best known for its soups, released its second corporate social responsibility (CSR) report recently. The report (titled Nourishing: Consumers, Neighbors, Employees, Planet) includes gains made by the company in making its products healthier over the last year. Cambell now offers 90 soups at “healthy sodium levels,” over 85 products certified by the … Continued

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Megacities: Economic Growth, Ecological Crisis

This post is part of a blogging series by economics students at the Presidio Graduate School’s MBA program. You can follow along here. By: Jenny Hoang The May 2011 Forbes Magazine cover story is titled, Megacities: The World’s Greatest Opportunity. The article, part of The Global 2000 special report that showcases the world’s biggest companies, … Continued

Hormel Foods Reduces Water Use by 30 Million Gallons

Hormel Foods, the manufacturer of well-known brands such as Dinty Moore and Farmer John, released its fifth CSR report this week. The Austin, Minnesota based company with over 19,500 employees worldwide was named as one of the Best Places to Work for New College Grads by Experience, Inc. Hormel was on the 25 Best Manufacturing … Continued

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B Corp Status Protects, But How Much?

By Michael Keating There is a great editorial from the April 11th edition of the New York Times on the virtues of being a B Corp, especially vis a vis preserving the mission of the organization in the face of takeovers by profit-focused incumbents. However, there is an implication, perhaps unintended, that being a B Corp would … Continued

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The Sharing Economy: The Next Step in Economic Evolution

This post is part of a blogging series by economics students at the Presidio Graduate School’s MBA program. You can follow along here. By Zach Sharpe Currently, the growth of our economy depends on increasingly larger inputs from finite resources. Basic arithmetic can help us determine that this is not a healthy long-term plan for … Continued