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.

Health Care Sustainability: Quality and Value Transformation

The Leapfrog Group effectively leveraged buying power to renew focus on quality, value and transparency in hospitals nationwide. Sustainability Leaders should look to the efforts of the Leapfrog Group as a lesson in shifting priorities of the hospital industry.


Energy Efficiency Stakeholder Engagement: Let’s Get Hitched

This post is part of a series on Stakeholder Engagement sponsored by Jurat Software. “Engaging Stakeholders” is a funny term.  Presumably it means meeting with and soliciting input from others, but often times it seems it is more like engaging in combat.  As a man who has recently started shopping for rings, I cannot help … Continued


Ford’s Incredible, Edible Materials Chain

In a world where fossil fuels are increasingly expensive and less desirable, it makes sense to unleash the innovation of one’s best engineers on developing new materials – free from fossil constraints. This goes double for a car company looking for not only new materials, but ways to make traditional materials both lighter and stronger. … Continued


SB11 Follow-Up: Unilever Answers My Hanging Questions

Earlier this month at Sustainable Brands ’11,I interviewed Eric Ostern, Unilever’s Senior Manager of Corporate Responsibility and Community Relations, about the company’s Sustainable Living Plan. In my wrap-up, I noted that I had two questions left unanswered. Lucky for me — and you — the answers landed in my inbox yesterday. Here they are: 3P: … Continued

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Finding Stakeholder Engagement in Unlikely Places

This post is part of a series on Stakeholder Engagement sponsored by Jurat Software. When a company like Green Mountain Coffee Roasters establishes itself as a sustainability brand, there are high expectations for stakeholder engagement from the supply chain to the consumer and on into communities that host company headquarters and other facilities. Traditionally this … Continued


EPA, Freight Stakeholders Roll Out SmartWay Drayage Program

Freight handling stakeholders in port areas and the Environmental Protection Agency have launched an initiative that’s designed to help clear the air in the nation’s port areas. It’s called the EPA SmartWay Drayage Program and it has potential for a nationwide solution to port pollution. It builds on clean truck programs that have been around … Continued


The Replacement of the Dollar as World’s Reserve Currency

This post is part of a blogging series by economics students at the Presidio Graduate School’s MBA program. You can follow along here. By Dustin Haggett Dr. Barry Eichengreen, professor of economics and political science at UC Berkeley, is no different from a slew of economists who believe the greenback’s long run is nearing an … Continued


Doubling Down on the Single Bottom Line

By Ryan Cabinte Daniel Altman and Jonathan Berman’s recent paper, The Single Bottom Line, caused a stir in sustainability circles last week, partially fueled by coverage in the New York Times. The paper argues that focusing on profit—the single bottom line—is a more efficient and sustainable way to promote social benefit than emerging frameworks like … Continued

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How Shareholders are Battling Excessive Executive Compensation

Shareholders for the past year have been able to engage in the conversation of executive pay through a resolution placed on proxy statements of all companies due to the recently implemented Dodd-Frank bill. Allowing owners of publicly traded companies to vote on such an important matter would seem to shift things in a positive direction. Right? Wrong.


Sherwin-Williams Spreads Sustainability Farther With New “Green” Paint

Sherwin-Williams Company recently received an EPA Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award for a new paint formulation that uses both soybean oil and recycled plastic bottles. Since introducing the new formula last year, Sherwin-Williams says it has used 320,000 pounds of soybean oil, 250,000 pounds of PET, and eliminated 1,000 barrels of oil. It also eliminated 800,000 pounds of VOCs, or volatile organic compounds.


How Gap Became the Poster Boy for Strategic Stakeholder Engagement

Many companies still consider stakeholder engagement a good idea they’ll consider sometime in the future when they’ll have the time and resources. But for Gap Inc. it became clear about a decade ago, after being targeted several times due to labor violation accusations, that not only they have to start interacting with stakeholders, but they also have to do it right.

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The Guardian Announces 2011 Sustainability Report

The Guardian and the newspaper’s parent GNM will soon release its 2011 sustainability (or CSR) report, the findings of which were released in several articles on its Living Our Values portal.


Plastic Bags Take Another Hit with Puma

Puma has dealt the latest blow to chemical industry lobbyists fighting to keep the plastic bag alive. The company recently announced that it has started using bags for shoppers that are fully compostable. For a fun party trick, you can also submerge them in water and watch them disappear in seconds. I live in Hawaii, the … Continued


Behind Bars, Prepping for Life…as an Entrepreneur?

The State of Oregon Department of Corrections, partnering with several other sponsors, has promoted a different paradigm for inmates in its Coffee Creek Correctional Facility. MercyCorps of the Northwest (MCNW) is spearheading an effort there to teach self-employment and microenterprise development skills to women in prison who are up for parole within 18-24 months. LIFE … Continued