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.


Kraft Foods Reduces Packaging and Travel Miles

Kraft Foods recently announced they have cut 45 million pounds of weight from the packaging of their products since 2010. According to their report entitled Creating a More Delicious World, in the last year the company also increased its amount of sustainable agricultural commodities by 36 percent. These have third party verification or certifications. They have … Continued

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Philadelphia Inks Historic Green Agreement with EPA

Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter joined in an unprecedented 25-year agreement with the U.S. EPA that will pump $2 billion into the city for new investment in green infrastructure.


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Tar Sands Oil: Pros and Cons

Canada has oil reserves of 170 billion barrels, more than Iran and Nigeria combined. Much of that oil has been considered “not economically recoverable,” lying deep underground in a mixture of bitumen, a thick, tarry substance, sand and water known as oil sands or tar sands. Projections made after slowdowns in offshore production show that as much as 36 percent of American oil could be coming from Canadian oil sands by 2030. However, there are numerous major environmental problems and risks associated with this technology.


My Little Pony Joins Hasbro’s Green Team

Toy giant Hasbro has enlisted its iconic My Little Pony brand to boost its green cred, and the company isn’t shy about connecting the dots between sustainability and bottom line benefits. Part of the plan involves shrinking the footprint of My Little Pony’s packaging, which will have a direct impact on the cost of shipping … Continued


Heineken Needs Help Designing a Greener Six Pack

As part of its efforts to become the greenest brewer in the world, Heineken is taking a broader look at the ways to make beer packaging more sustainable. In what seems to become a common practice lately, Heineken doesn’t leave the challenge only to its R&D people, but invites everyone to give it a try on Ideas Brewery, an open-innovation platform, offering $10,000 to the best idea. Is the company’s American Idol style of crowdsourcing a better way to generate new ideas or just a marketing gimmick?

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Staples and HP Offer Free, Responsible E-Waste Recycling

Staples and HP are implementing a FREE e-waste recycling program. Their program is a great answer that local businesses and communities have been seeking to address the challenge where up to 80 percent of America’s annual ewaste is not recycled representing approximately 300 million electric devices being dumped into landfills.

U.S. Companies Found Importing Illegal Timber

A new investigative report by the Environmental Investigation Agency finds that more 21 US companies have imported millions of dollars in illegally logged timber from the Peruvian Amazon since 2008. The trade violates US and international endangered species laws, as well as the US-Peru Free Trade Agreement, and leads to devastating environmental and human rights impacts.

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Solar Feed-In Tariffs in the UK – A Clarification

The solar feed-in tariff was designed to encourage the growth of micro-generation from renewable sources like wind and solar. Solar power quickly emerged as the most popular technology for micro-generation, so much so that it led to frantic efforts by the government to slow down the growth.

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Reaching the Elusive Green Consumer

New York City startup aims to empower the responsible consumer with innovative campaign. Eban Goodstein, Director, Bard MBA in Sustainability For decades now, sustainability entrepreneurs have been trying to mine the vein of responsible consumption, with only limited success. Polls show people want to shop their values, but they seldom shell out much of a … Continued