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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Foodsprout Helps Trace Sustainability

By Linda Chang Last fall, FailCon, the conference that convenes start-up founders to share honest insights by directly addressing failure, met with tremendous reception during its second year. There, I met Andrew Naber, founder of FoodSprout. Naber has embarked on a noble and challenging venture to help consumers and food businesses connect the dots on … Continued

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Costco Steps Up Sustainable Seafood Policy

By Dave Best In a “stunning win for the oceans,” Costco recently stepped up its Sustainable Seafood policies. Improving on voluntary changes announced last August, Costco issued its Seafood and Sustainability Report agreeing to stop selling 12 red-listed varieties of fish. Unless its sources are certified as sustainable by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), self-described … Continued

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Small Business Owner Adopts Green Business Approach to Grow Revenue

Small businesses, those with fewer than 500 work associates, are the economic lifeblood of the U.S. economy accounting for over 50% of U.S. employment. From examples like Apple to Clif Bar to Walmart, the American Dream continues to inspire our economy’s entrepreneurs to start a business and grow it to an international scale supplying the … Continued

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Brilliant Stakeholder Engagement: PG&E Gives $25 to Consumers Who Save Gas

Northern California’s major utility, Pacific Gas & Electric, handed consumers a nice surprise this week in the form of $25 pre-paid debit cards. The cards were sent out to any consumer who used less gas in December 2010, than in an average of prior Decembers. No matter what the reduction, anyone in San Francisco or … Continued

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Wisconsin Bill Could Hand Utility Rights to Koch Brothers

By Dave Best   Can the State of Wisconsin sell off its public utilities to its corporate donors for pennies on the dollar without any oversight by the Wisconsin Public Service Commission? If new Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker has his way and Senate Bill 11 is passed in its entirety, two of Walker’s largest donors, oil billionaires David and … Continued

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The Future of Drinking Water: A New 3p Series

As soon as I found out that I would have the opportunity to interview Michael Washburn, the new Sustainability Director of Nestlé Waters, I decided to make that the centerpiece of a new series on The Future of Drinking Water, featuring a number of interviews and guest contributors. Because this issue of clean, safe potable … Continued

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Microsoft Suggests IT Industry Look to Energy Efficiency, Is EE Enough?

When sustainable energy comes up in the realm of IT, it usually involves low carbon energy production and a better use of energy consumption.  Even Microsoft environment chief suggests the IT industry needs to look at efficiency in data centers.  However, there is a missing component to this sustainable energy production and consumption equation.  Perhaps … Continued

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Clothing Industry Giants Launch Sustainable Apparel Coalition

The Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC), which includes Nike, Gap Inc, H&M, Levi Strauss, Marks & Spencer, and Patagonia, will work to lead the apparel industry towards developing improved sustainability strategies and tools to measure and evaluate sustainability performance.

Responsible Business Policy vs. Performance: How to Close the Gap

Triple Pundit has teamed up with Ethical Corporation to promote the 10th annual Responsible Business Summit in London coming up in May. The conference historically brings together over 400 attendees, 65 percent of whom are representatives of multinational corporations. The rest of the audience is made up of NGOs, industry associations, Government representatives, consultancies and … Continued

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Emerging Nations Bet on Sustainable Development

By Simon Zadek Global businesses complain that emerging market companies compete unfairly by ignoring social and environmental standards. The accused in turn point to international media bias and argue that sustainability standards are North Atlantic clubs dominated by incumbent businesses using NGOs to protect profitable markets. At stake is not just the fate of individual … Continued

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How VHA is a CSR Leader in the Health Care Industry

3p recently chatted with Terri Scannel, Director of Corporate Citizenship and Sustainability for VHA, a health care cooperative that includes over 1400 non-for-profit hospitals and over 24,000 non-acute health care facilities in 47 states and Washington, DC.

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Cleaning up the Coal Mine Industry: Coal Mine Methane

Boyd Cohen, CO2 IMPACT Last week in this column I wrote about a real “clean coal” solution, torrefied wood.  While I truly believe torrefied wood holds significant potential to assist in phasing out coal burning in power plants, coal is here to stay for a while, whether we like it or not. Surely there are … Continued

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Who Sustains the Standards for Sustainability Standards?

As sustainability becomes a widespread corporate mantra there are a number of choices available for companies seeking international responsibility codes and standards to guide their reporting and well, to brag about in CSRs. Since 2000 the United Nations Global Compact has been one of the leading such initiatives for businesses “that are aligning their operations … Continued

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PepsiCo Improves Products, Stabilizes Communities and Helps the Environment

PepsiCo was looking for a way to improve the nutritional quality of the snacks it offers. Its solution will improve the economy of a region and the financial means of 850 families, as well as lessen its environmental impact and stabilize operating costs. And, if that isn’t enough, its effects will ripple outward in less tangible … Continued