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.
Although sustainability reporting has become mainstream and more and more companies use a uniform set of guidelines (GRI), a casual reader might still have hard time to understand and asses these reports. To help casual readers we provide 8 tips on what to expect and not to expect when entering the galaxy of sustainability reporting:
A new Robert Reich video on YouTube breaks down the Paul Ryan budget plan, now known as the Romney-Ryan budget plan, point by point, explaining why it would be, in short, a disaster for this country.
Office waste and the absence of a recycling program is a throwback to the Mad Men era of workplace etiquette. It’s the efforts and attitudes of individual paper users who can help champion a monumental shift in the way Americans think about trash, recycling and sustainability.
If a group of 41 consumer-owned grocer cooperatives and natural food retailers operating 62 stores have their way, the largest chocolate company in the U.S., the Hershey Company, will not be producing chocolate tainted with child labor anymore. The group released a letter this week urging The Hershey Company to commit to sourcing cocoa which is produced under fair labor practices.
A number of small organic food companies are at odds with their parent corporations when it comes to the question of organic food and GM food labeling. Is the fact that they continue to do business with these giants a reflection on their integrity?
Multinational renewable energy technology and project developer Abengoa reduced its CO2 emissions by 361,212 metric tons in 2011. Now management is extending the effort to reduce its carbon footprint throughout its extensive supply chain.
Over the next couple of weeks, we’ve asked our writers (and guests) to respond to the question “What is the Social Responsibility of Business?” Please comment away or contact us if you’d like to offer an opinion. By Carla Rover The phrase “big business” has become, for many, a cringe-worthy epithet. It is most frequently … Continued
If you’re wondering what’s going on with green consumption these days, GfK has some answers for you. According to the company’s latest global green survey, the Green Gauge Global, purchases of eco-friendly products have grown significantly in two of the world’s leading markets – China and Brazil, while pricing of eco-friendly products continues to be the number one obstacle among consumers worldwide.
The debate over what is the social responsibility of business is besides the point: companies are now more social responsible and there is no going back.
Small, locally owned businesses give communities character and liveliness. Two organizations, American Express and American Independent Business Alliance, are joining forces to show you how to keep those businesses in business.
It makes sense to use a different sales pitch when talking to homeowners who use oil and propane than the one you’d use when selling services to natural gas users. With the former group, speak about rising prices, price volatility, and uncertainties due to our foreign dependence on oil. With gas users, however, it makes more sense to focus on improving comfort (never a bad idea), lower equipment and maintenance costs, and environmental benefits.