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.

Crowdfunding Triple Bottom Line Ventures

By Jeff and Liz Helfrich By now, you’ve probably heard about crowdfunding and some of its more wild successes such as the Veronica Mars Movie (which has raised $4.1 million and counting), The Pebble ($10.2 million), or the OUYA Video Game Console ($8.5 million).  It is clear from these and many others that certain types … Continued

Bacardi Limited Meets Environmental Targets

Bacardi Limited made major environmental achievements, including reducing water use by almost 50 percent, and reducing both energy use and greenhouse gas (GHG emissions) by almost 33 percent over the last six years.

Dell Behind the Headlines

Exclusive interview with Trisa Thompson, Dell’s VP of Corporate Responsibility.

5 Quick Ways to Identify a Responsible Company

Is there a quickly way to know if a company is responsible or not? While we can’t say the answer is positive for every company, we believe it’s doable and we’re here to help with 5 ways to identify if a company is responsible for the busy yet interested global citizen.

Methane Hydrates: Energy Salvation or Worst Thing Yet?

Last week, energy researchers in Japan made a dramatic breakthrough that could have huge implications for the entire world’s energy, and since these two things are now inextricably linked, climate, future.

Metro Vancouver to Ban Organic Refuse From Landfill By 2015

Tall, colorful recycling bins are a common sight in Vancouver, BC Canada. The Greater Vancouver Regional District (also known as Metro Vancouver, or GVRD), which encompasses more than 20 cities up and down the southern coast of British Columbia, has had an aggressive recycling program in place for more than 15 years. Single family homes, … Continued

Social Footprint, the Other Business Impact

The challenges of identifying an organization’s “social footprint” are many, but businesses cannot ignore the effects their operations have on people.

Why Futureproof Brands Need Intuitive Design

One of  the key elements of a futureproof brand is design. Not a logo, not a color palette, mind you. But design that humanizes technology and enables us to communicate with the brand on a visceral level. This is intuitive design. And it’s absolutely essential to any brand that is innovative and forward-looking. After all, … Continued

Solar Power to Hit Cost Parity Next Year

Like the little engine that could, or the middle aged rock star that, after twenty years of struggling in sleazy dives has suddenly become an overnight sensation, solar power, has finally arrived and is good to go, in many places, without subsidies.

Why Materials Matter in Sustainable Product Design

Start with a sustainable model and then find a product made from safe materials that will fit your goals. Locking yourself into a specific product can lead to an unsustainable determination to force-fit it into green credentials.

Update on Sustainability in Retail

“Retail Sustainability Report” is not just a summary of the retail industry’s progress towards the industry’s evolving sustainability objectives. It is also a great guide for CSR professionals. Its main value derives from identifying a class of top-performing retailers and comparing their characteristics with those of all of the retailers. By doing so it shows readers what actually works and what doesn’t work when it comes to practicing CSR.