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.

How FedEx is Reducing Fuel Use and Emissions

A transportation fleet is essential to FedEx and the services it provides, so reducing its fuel consumption and the emissions from its aircraft and vehicle fleet are key areas of focus for the company, as its recently released CSR report shows.

Key Changes in Global Reporting Initiative’s G4

This is the final post in our series on the countdown to the G4. Previous iterations of the Global Reporting Initiative’s standards have been all-inclusive, encouraging reporters to report widely on their environmental, social and governance issues.  Some critics of the G3.1 and G3 standards complained that they rewarded breadth over depth by categorizing reports into three … Continued

Women in CSR: Ginny Cassidy, Medtronic

Ginny Cassidy, Program Leader, 
Collective Investment & Corporate Citizenship Strategy, Medtronic, talks about her career, inspiration and recent accomplishments in our Women in CSR series.

Detroit Public Schools Students Go Green and Save $130,000

Detroit Public Schools (DPS) launched the district’s first-ever Go Green Challenge in October 2012 as a starting point for implementation of its Sustainability Management Plan. On May 15, 2013–six months and nearly $130,000 in energy savings later–thirty-four DPS schools celebrated the close of the first year of this inaugural program at the DPS Go Green Awards Ceremony at Cass Technical High School.

Symantec Decreases Its Emissions by Four Percent from 2011

Symantec, the global leader in security, storage and systems management solutions, recently unveiled its 2012 corporate social responsibility report, which included achieving a four percent greenhouse gas emissions reduction.

H&M’s Efforts in Bangladesh Show Why We Need Systemic Change in CSR

The efforts of H&M in Bangladesh show that no matter what type of CSR a company is pursuing, whether it’s ethical, altruistic or strategic, there are inherent flaws in the current corporate responsibility system that we need to address if we want to see real changes in the business landscape.

6 Latest Trends in Corporate Sustainability

Earlier this month Ernst & Young and GreenBiz Group released a new study, entitled ‘2013 six growing trends in corporate sustainability.’ Based primarily on a survey of the GreenBiz Intelligence Panel among executives and thought leaders engaged in sustainability, this study reveals that “companies are increasingly connecting the dots between risk management and sustainability by making sustainability issues more prominent on corporate agendas.”

Urban Outfitters to Appoint CEO’s Wife to Board

Women should be on corporate boards for what they bring to the table, not as a token appointment. Urban Outfitters’ recent elevation of a woman to their board is the right move, but she is the CEO’s wife and a senior manager at the company. The lack of independence cancels out the move toward diversity.

We Review HP’s 2012 Sustainability Report

This week HP released its 2012 sustainability report, which covers the company’s work on carbon reporting, social enterprise and supply chain transparency.