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.

Secrets of Getting a (Green) Job

Many of us at one point in time have been looking for a job.  Readers of this site may be looking specifically for a “green” or sustainability-oriented job.  But what are the secrets to landing that ever alluring position? Last Wednesday, the Sustainable Business Council of Los Angeles (SBCLA) in conjunction with the Graziadio School … Continued


Whole Foods Announces Traveling Film Festival to Celebrate Earth Month

In celebration of Earth Month, Whole Foods announced last week that they will be presenting a traveling Do Something Reel Film Festival, which will touch down in 70 cities across the U.S. during April. Launching this upcoming Friday, the collection of six films will focus on food, environmental issues and everyday people with a vision … Continued

Sustainability’s Influence on Stock Value

Political discourse over sustainability, in the USA, always seems to debate this single notion: that implementing sustainability initiatives – whether those are to increase the use of renewable energy, or to introduce any form of environmental regulation – are costs which put businesses at a competitive disadvantage resulting in job losses. The camps for and … Continued


SAP 2010 CSR Report Boasts US$470M in Energy Savings

While SAP scored impressive reductions in total greenhouse gas emissions, data center energy consumption, and total energy consumed between 2009 and 2010, one metric in particular stands out. Renewable energy now meets 48% SAP’s needs, up from 16% from a year earlier.


HP Wins Best Report in CR Reporting Awards 2011

HP won best report in the fourth annual Corporate Responsibility Reporting Awards 2011 (CRRA 2011) for its 2009 report, Changing the Equation, HP Global Citizenship Report 2009. Runners up for best report included Coca-Cola Enterprises Inc. and Bayer AG. Winners were announced on March 24, 2011 at the Royal Society in London. The awards were … Continued

Outward Bound's Mazama, WA Basecamp

Sustainability at Outward Bound

This post is part of a series on sustainability in the health and wellness industry, curated by Becky Eisen, Dana Ledyard, Izabel Loinaz. Follow along with the series here. I’m Greg Bunn, Director of Facilities for Outward Bound. Although this is my 15th year working for Outward Bound, I am new to this position since … Continued


SXSW: Techies Can Save the World. Why Aren’t They?

I’ve had a little bit to say about South by Southwest not being as focused on sustainability as it could be. That’s not to say there aren’t techies out there doing incredible things. Take a look at the Surui Carbon Project being underwritten by the Google Earth Engine team: The project puts android handheld devices … Continued


Does Earth Hour Truly Benefit the Environment?

Earth Hour will be taking place this Saturday, March 26th, between 8:30-9:30pm local time.  Call it an initiative, campaign, or annual ritual, its going onto its fifth year.  People are encouraged to turn their lights out for one hour to bring attention to global sustainability issues. Earth Hour is lead by the WWF.  No, not … Continued

Walmart Leaps into Regulation Hole on PBDE

Several weeks ago, Wal-Mart banned a flame retardant commonly found in toys, curtains, furniture, electronics, and other household goods. Although the flame retardant has been linked to problems with brain development, thyroid function and reproductive systems in lab animals, no U.S. regulations limit companies’ use of the chemical. People are becoming increasingly wary of lax government regulation and frustrated by the prevalence of products they believe are toxic, as evidenced in this Boston Globe article…

Control Sprinkler Systems Remotely? There’s an App for That

What can’t a smart phone do these days? They can unlock cars, hook up to home security systems, turn off the lights, and now they can control your sprinkler systems. Cyber Rain’s byline, “the irrigation controller with a brain” is apt. It “talks” with your sprinkler system, the weather forecast, and your landscaping to determine … Continued

Walt Disney Company Headquarters, Burbank, CA

Disney Invests $15.5 Million in Carbon Offsets

Disney’s 2010 Corporate Citizenship report is a frank discussion of the challenges Disney faces on environmental social, and governance issues. Today’s assessment of this exhaustive report is more on the social and environmental fronts, and reveals the balance Disney has to maintain between running a public company accountable to its shareholders and an organization that works on achieving more for the public good.

Traditional Yerba Mate Tea Bags

Guayaki Yerba Mate to Market Only with Social Media

Social media now provides a basic means of communicating with friends.  It has even taken deep root in the way companies interact with the public.  This is especially true with Guayaki Yerba Mate The company announced yesterday that it will be engaging their consumers solely through social media channels.  Guayaki going all out with social … Continued

Interview: Hawaii’s Green Economic Transition Story

As part of my research on the U.S.’s proverbial canary in a coal mine–Hawaii–I recently had the pleasure of meeting Shanah Trevenna, author of Surfing Tsunamis of Change–A Handbook for Change Agents, and one of the Board Members of the Sustainability Association of Hawaii. Trevenna will be in San Francisco this Friday, March 25, 2011, … Continued


Pension Funds Are Key to Growing Impact Investing

Your findings show that investors are increasingly demanding socially responsible investment (SRI) options, and that SRI investing meets the fiduciary responsibility presented in the Employee Retirement Income Security Act.