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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US Chamber of Commerce: Shoot the Messenger Whatever the Cost

Bill McKibben wrote a piece last week in which he looks past the Koch brothers, who are finally getting the scrutiny they deserve, to the number one enemy of climate action: the US Chamber of Commerce. According to McKibben, the US C. of C. “spent more money lobbying in 2009 than the next five biggest … Continued

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In Light of Japan, Is it Time to Bury Nuclear Forever?

Amongst those of us in the climate strategy world there has been an ongoing debate about the potential role of nuclear energy as a transition technology until we can truly get to ubiquitous renewable energy.  Of course environmentalists have largely spoken out against nuclear for a long time.  Greenpeace, for example, has an entire campaign … Continued

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Pepsi’s New 100% Plant Based Bottle: Too Good to Keep to Itself?

We all know that the amount of plastic generated by the manufacture and consumption of beverages constitutes a huge use of resources. Coca Cola has long been a leader in doing something about it, becoming a large scale recycler itself. Roughly two years ago, it began changing the bottle itself with the creation of PlantBottle: … Continued

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Flooded With Proof, Insurance Industry Turns Climate Change Realist

The following is part of the Crowds of Ratings series by our friends at CSRHub (a 3p sponsor) – offering free sustainability and corporate social responsibility ratings on over 5,000 of the world’s largest publicly traded companies. 3p readers get 40% off CSRHub’s professional subscriptions with promo code “TP40“. By Carol Pierson Holding Quick: Name … Continued

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Valvoline Revs Up Its Sustainability Engine with NextGen Motor Oil

Today Valvoline revealed its new NextGen line of motor oil, which boasts a formula that is 50% recycled oil. This product’s creation is the result of Valvoline’s unique position in this market and a natural disaster that occurred almost six years ago.

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SXSW: Blake Mycoskie on the Power of “One For One”

TOMS Shoes founder Blake Mykoskie offered up the final keynote at SXSW today. Mycoskie founded the company after an inspirational trip to Argentina where he ran into a group of people donating used shoes to kids without them. After returning to the US he asked himself the question – why must such services be addressed … Continued

Global Service Jam: 205 Socially Responsible Services in 22 hours

Last weekend, over 1500 service designers and ingenues came together in 59 cities around the world to develop new public service models in 22 hours (30 if they stayed up all night). The Global Service Jam 2011 was the first of its kind, the biggest chapter in London. The participants were guided by mentors, old … Continued

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Impact Investing: $4.1 Trillion to Save the World

By Joshua Wiese The world now faces dramatic cuts in government spending and no shortage of pressing social and environmental challenges. On Monday, asset owners and managers of an impressive 4.1 trillion dollars gathered in San Francisco to “Take Action!” – discussing how they can best use their investment portfolios to address big issues. The … Continued

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SXSW: Engage Employees Like a Game Designer

By: Colin Manuel BusinessEarth Employee engagement. It’s one of the most critical elements of any sustainability or CSR program, but it’s also one of the most perplexing.  The reason it’s so difficult is that most of us aren’t professional “engagers.” But game designers are. Seth Priebatsch, founder of SCVNGR, believes the engaging foundations of game … Continued

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Sierra Club to Koch Brothers: How About a Debate?

Public debate is a privilege of democratic society and holds the potential for idea exchange and constructive dialogue. Done properly it can broaden minds, promote new perspectives and spark creative solutions. It can also be a heck of a lot of fun! I was therefore encouraged to see an open challenge on Facebook from Michael … Continued

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The Business Benefits of Philanthropy

If swapping some of your marketing budget for philanthropy sounds like a bad business move, Epic Media Group is here to prove you wrong. Epic is one of several corporations recognizing the value of philanthropic investments to improve brand value and give back to the community. On the surface, this shift may point to improvedbusiness … Continued

ISO 26000 and the Definition of Social Responsibility

If you’re interested in learning more about ISO 26000, please consider attending the ASQ Social Responsibility Conference June 16–17, 2011, in San Francisco. ASQ provided this snippet from their recently released white paper of the same name. The conference will provide insight into the application of the new SR standard, ISO 26000: Guidance on Social … Continued

What Does Sustainable SXSW Look Like?

South by Southwest, the annual geek-fest in Austin, is arguably the premier interactive media conference in the world. Pretty much every recent online innovation from Twitter to LOLcats had its roots or launch during SXSW. Nontheless, sustainability has always been a bit of a side-track and not an obvious part of the core message of … Continued