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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Pushing the C-Suite Toward Social Responsibility

The following is part of a series by our friends at CSRHub (a 3p sponsor) – offering free sustainability and corporate social responsibility ratings on over 5,000 of the world’s largest publicly traded companies. 3p readers get 40% off CSRHub’s professional subscriptions with promo code “TP40“. Originally published in the CSRHub Blog. By Bahar Gidwani … Continued

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Supplier Engagement: Shifting from Defensive to Collaborative

This post is part of a series on Stakeholder Engagement sponsored by Jurat Software. By Nicole Sherwin Companies are only beginning to uncover the best practices for engaging suppliers on sustainability.  With suppliers providing the major inputs for the operations of businesses, it would only make sense that companies would be eager to engage this … Continued

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Carbon Disclosure Project: Leverage Broadband Access for Growth

The Carbon Disclosure Project says broadband—and increased access to it on a global basis—is the key to stimulating new, sustainable economic growth. CDP, a London non-profit that claims to hold the “largest database of primary corporate climate change information in the world,” outlined the broadband opportunity in a 24-page paper released late last month “Building … Continued

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Toyota Production System Will Boost CSR Efficiency

The principles of effective car manufacturing are now being used in New Orleans to effectively rebuild homes ravaged by Hurricane Katrina. Toyota is part of the St. Bernard Project which is working to improve efficiency of the rebuilding efforts. Toyota has previously used their experience in efficient management of supply chains in their CSR projects … Continued

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SC Johnson Test Markets Concentrated Windex Pouches

The pitch for concentrated household cleaners and refills is a tough one to make. But SC Johnson could succeed on this attempt with its release of its concentrated Windex solution that will roll out online.

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Fair Trade Gold Glitters More Brightly

By Larry Bohlen The newest Fair Trade standard, gold and associated precious metals, made its debut a little more than a year ago. It promises to improve social and environmental conditions for millions of small and artisanal gold miners around the world. Brilliant Earth, the California-based ethical jeweler was one of the first to offer … Continued

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Data Center Efficiency: The IT Energy Efficiency Imperative

Tight budgets, rising energy costs, and limits on electric power availability are hindering the ability of information technology (IT) departments to meet the growing demand for IT services. To mitigate these challenges, it is important for organizations to embrace IT energy efficiency principles to remain productive and competitive in the face of constrained and finite resources.

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CSR With Hotel Soap and “Clean the World”

Have you ever given much thought to what happens to those little bars of soap that you come across in hotel rooms? What happens when you open one of those neatly packaged bars and use it? Perhaps you don’t even finish it and leave it there and assume housekeeping will throw it away. According the … Continued

Health Care Sustainability: Quality and Value Transformation

The Leapfrog Group effectively leveraged buying power to renew focus on quality, value and transparency in hospitals nationwide. Sustainability Leaders should look to the efforts of the Leapfrog Group as a lesson in shifting priorities of the hospital industry.

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Energy Efficiency Stakeholder Engagement: Let’s Get Hitched

This post is part of a series on Stakeholder Engagement sponsored by Jurat Software. “Engaging Stakeholders” is a funny term.  Presumably it means meeting with and soliciting input from others, but often times it seems it is more like engaging in combat.  As a man who has recently started shopping for rings, I cannot help … Continued

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Ford’s Incredible, Edible Materials Chain

In a world where fossil fuels are increasingly expensive and less desirable, it makes sense to unleash the innovation of one’s best engineers on developing new materials – free from fossil constraints. This goes double for a car company looking for not only new materials, but ways to make traditional materials both lighter and stronger. … Continued

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SB11 Follow-Up: Unilever Answers My Hanging Questions

Earlier this month at Sustainable Brands ’11,I interviewed Eric Ostern, Unilever’s Senior Manager of Corporate Responsibility and Community Relations, about the company’s Sustainable Living Plan. In my wrap-up, I noted that I had two questions left unanswered. Lucky for me — and you — the answers landed in my inbox yesterday. Here they are: 3P: … Continued

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Finding Stakeholder Engagement in Unlikely Places

This post is part of a series on Stakeholder Engagement sponsored by Jurat Software. When a company like Green Mountain Coffee Roasters establishes itself as a sustainability brand, there are high expectations for stakeholder engagement from the supply chain to the consumer and on into communities that host company headquarters and other facilities. Traditionally this … Continued

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EPA, Freight Stakeholders Roll Out SmartWay Drayage Program

Freight handling stakeholders in port areas and the Environmental Protection Agency have launched an initiative that’s designed to help clear the air in the nation’s port areas. It’s called the EPA SmartWay Drayage Program and it has potential for a nationwide solution to port pollution. It builds on clean truck programs that have been around … Continued