Traditional definitions of poverty suggest an individual or family is lacking the proper food, shelter, and clothing to survive. However, according to scholar James Q. Wilson, “The poorest Americans today live a better life than all but the richest persons a hundred years ago.”
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.
Democratic finance is a new way to invest your money that doesn’t involve trusting banks. Instead, you can make investments in renewable energy projects that power communities, and in return for investing you get a sensible amount of profit.
CSRHub marked the fifth anniversary since our founding. It’s a remarkable milestone, and we feel we have accomplished more than anyone thought possible when we first formed our company. Our latest “big data” set contains more than 20,000,000 data elements.
SPECIAL SERIES: EOS Climate: The Refrigerant Revolution
U.S. EPA has tried to reduce use of R-22 by imposing strict quotas on its production. Since 2010, the agency has also banned sale of new air-conditioning units containing the compound, and has promoted recycling of the gas from old machines so it will not be released. Despite these efforts, the agency has drawn criticism for not doing enough.
No matter how you look at it, this was a hectic year for Apple from a sustainable point of view. Time and again, the company learned the limits of its influence and that even the richest, most powerful company in the world can’t decide the limits of its own responsibility.
SPECIAL SERIES: The Future of Fair Trade
With 70 percent of the American economy based on consumer spending, holiday shoppers have the leverage to use that spending power for social good. Depending on the products you choose, your purchases in the next several days could help improve lives and protect fragile ecosystems across the globe.
If you’re building a sustainable, resilient brand, chances are you’re going to influence the market as well as consumers. But how do you create market transformation around your futureproof brands?
An interview with Robert Doll, Chief Equity Strategist for Nuveen Asset Management and Ram Gidoomal, Chairman of both Tradecraft and Allia, about socially responsible leadership in a world where the moral compass of business is shifting.
2012 has been a roller coaster at Walmart, with questions about its sustainability plan, the fire in Bangladesh, Black Friday and the treatment of workers.
Union Pacific Corporation, the company that owns and operates the iconic Union Pacific Railroad, has added a new locomotive to its ultra low-emission diesel fleet at the Chicago rail yard. With the addition of the new locomotive, Union Pacific has now unveiled seven of the so-called “Genset” (short for generator-set) switcher locomotives in Chicago.
Following its plans to become forest positive by 2020, IKEA finds out that with the pursuit of bolder sustainability goals comes more scrutiny, with questions raised not just about the company’s ability to meet its ambitious forestry goal, but also about the validity of IKEA’s definition for sustainable forestry.
The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory will partner with Johnson Matthey to develop a next-generation, sustainable biofuel production process based on pyrolysis.
There is much to like about Nudie Jeans from a sustainability standpoint. The Swedish company, founded in 2001, uses organic, fairtrade cotton in its products.
Communicating the benefits of “biobased” content, the world’s newest ecological marketing term, is often tricky. Happily, strategies and a credible third party label now exist.