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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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

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The Great Canned vs Bottled Beer Debate 2.0: Craft Brewing Weighs In

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 Millie Milliken In the early part of the 20th Century, beer drinkers had only two choices when it came to quenching their thirst for a delicious frothy beverage: draught beer or … Continued

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It Wasn’t the Small Green Pieces of Paper That Were Unhappy…

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 Elze van Hamelen ….”[earth] has, or had, a problem which was this: Most of the people living on it were unhappy for pretty much all of the time. Many solutions were … Continued

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Levi Strauss & Co. Proposes Radical New Standards for Apparel Industry

In a speech to be delivered today at the CERES annual conference, Levi Strauss & Co. CEO and President John Anderson will urge the apparel industry to adopt a new level of social, economic and environmental sustainability, moving beyond compliance with site-specific regulations to encompass improvements in the daily lives of workers in the global … Continued

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Old Is New Again: Nike’s Push Towards Sustainable Advertising

As a business owner and partner in a creative shop here in Oregon with a decade of experience in marketing and advertising in the creative industry, I admit to being a penny pincher (I like to think of it as financially conservative).

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Social Media Shortcuts for Stakeholder Engagement

Ed note: Interested in learning more about how to embed stakeholder engagement in your company’s sustainability reporting? Consider getting a certification in GRI sustainability reporting. Stakeholder engagement is the thorn in the side of many a sustainability reporter. While other sections of a GRI report are quantitative and data driven (energy usage, legal compliance), stakeholder … Continued

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Intellectual Property: When Protecting Ideas Destroys Them

More often than not, innovation and more specifically, invention, happens from a spontaneous exchange of ideas, observation and experimentation. The phenomenon how of two unrelated events or ideas can lead to the birth of an entirely new idea has been proven time and again.

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Chevron, the Socially Responsible Oil Company?

When you’re a member of the Big Oil club, crowing about CSR accomplishments rings a tad hollow from an environmental and climate change perspective, considering the commodity involved. Chevron’s 2010 Corporate Responsibility Report, released this month, makes these points: The company achieved the safest year in its history; it has reduced total energy consumption by … Continued