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.

Hundreds of workers in sewing factories in partially abandoned buildings in Los Angeles.

Topshop or Sweatshop: Is Cheap Fashion Driving Cheap Labor?

If you’ve ever shopped at one of these stores, you know how easy it can be to get sucked in by the low commitment that comes with paying only ten bucks for a new shirt from a popular designer.

Anyone who is even the least bit conscious about where their purchases come from has to question the economics behind this business strategy. How can these stores afford to sell their products at such ridiculously low prices? Unfortunately for fashion lovers, the answer points to cheap labor and poor working conditions.


Siemens to Locate Middle East Headquarters in Masdar City

If you still don’t know much about Masdar City, I’ll have an in-depth photo essay and tour online in a day or two. Do your homework as it’s likely that the global audience will start to hear about progress at Masdar more regularly in the future.  The (almost) entirely self-sustaining, carbon free experiment in the desert of … Continued

First Minister of Scotland Alex Salmond Discusses the Masdar Partnership

Abu Dhabi to Power Scotland’s Renewable Energy Revolution

Last week we reported on Scotland’s ambitious target to achieve 100% renewable energy by 2020.  It turns out a major component of the plan may derive from another ambitious development – a tight partnership with Abu Dhabi on technology development and investment.  Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond outlined the agreement today at the World Future Energy Summit … Continued


Sprint Sets the Bar for Sustainable Phone Design

At the highly anticipated Consumer Electronics Show (CES) taking place in Las Vegas this week, Sprint, who earned the No. 3 spot on Newsweek’s Green Rankings last year, revealed new evaluation criteria for its environmental scorecard. The scorecard is updated annually and is used to guide the design decisions of Sprint’s device manufacturers and vendors to ensure that … Continued


Staples Advantage: Growing Green Supply Chain Revenues

The greening of the supply chain is one of the economic engines of the global, $1 trillion revenue growth opportunity for companies selling sustainable products and services. KPMG reports that 95 percent of the world’s largest 250 companies now publish metrics on their environmental and social performance. This metrics-based focus upon environmental performance by the … Continued


Considering Being a Benefit Corporation? A New Site Clears the Path

Over the past year, the reputation of corporations has been dragged through the mud, with the global Occupy movement casting a skeptical, antagonistic view of such entities, and rightly so, in many cases. But quietly, a new, broader world-benefitting form of corporation has been emerging during the past several years – the B Corp, and more recently, Benefit … Continued

The UAE flag flies over "heritage village" - a recreation of older times as modernity looms in the distance

World Future Energy Summit Kicks off in Abu Dhabi

It’s that time of year again – when global thought leaders and politicians descend upon the desert emirate of Abu Dhabi to discuss the future of energy and all that relates to it. The World Future Energy Summit begins tomorrow and I’ll be here to cover it. This year’s theme ‘Powering Sustainable Innovation,’ will manifest … Continued


Which Companies Pitched Green Products at CES?

Within the cavernous halls at CES 2012 were plenty of energy efficient, “green” and eco-friendly products along with OLED and smart TVs. Panasonic and Samsung led the pack.


BP Launches Propaganda Blitz

About 20 months ago, the BP-leased Deepwater Horizon drilling rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Louisiana, killing 11 workers and releasing over 200 million gallons of oil. The biggest offshore oil spill in US history, it seriously damaged ecosystems and caused health problems from chemical dispersants. The responsible thing for … Continued


Humane Society Makes Strategic Stock Purchase in Major Fast Food Chain

In recent years, advocacy organizations like Greenpeace, PETA, and others have been able to leverage the stakeholder engagement trend and the power of social media to focus public attention on their key issues and put pressure on companies to take action. Recent news from The Humane Society of the US (HSUS) reveals that these organizations have added yet another influencing tactic … Continued


The Dark, Unsustainable Underbelly of the Cruise Ship Industry

In the days where eco-tourism is gaining fast ground, there are still ways to have a holiday that is highly unsustainable. One of these ways is to take a cruise. The cruise ship industry was called out as the Dinosaur of the Year by the Nature and Biodiversity Conservation Union (NABU) which is based in Germany. … Continued


Pepsico Achieves Positive Water Balance in India

Pepsico and its rival Coco-Cola have often been accused of over-exploitation of water in India. Both companies have been engaging in water footprint analysis to understand the problem, as well as stewardship activities. Pepsico recently announced that all their plants in India are water positive.  According to their reports, they were the first beverage company in India … Continued


Should Carmakers be Afraid of Electric Motors?

The last piece of technology most carmakers have their fingerprint on is their internal combustion engines. Now, the rise of electric cars is threatening even that. But should car manufacturers be worried, or excited?