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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What is Sustainability Reporting? 8 Tips for the Casual Reader

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:

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Five Problems with the Romney-Ryan Budget

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.

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Office Conservation: Don’t Be A “Throwback”

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.


Grocers Demand Hershey Ethically Source Cocoa

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 Socio-Economic Bill of Rights

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

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Will Emerging Markets like China and Brazil Lead the World in Green Consumption?

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.


Answering the Payback Question for Oil vs. Natural Gas

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.