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
Category: Corporate Responsibility
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
This month, the Orca Whale was added to the constituencies fighting for the West Coast’s beloved but increasingly degraded Chinook Salmon population. This after 60 people spent 4 years developing a plan to protect the Chinook in the Puget Sound.
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
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
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.
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
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
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