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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Retail Construction Starts will Stay at Record Lows until Debt Maturities are Resolved

By Elaine Misonzhnik The recent opening of Taubman Centers’ new mall in Salt Lake City might have marked a nice symbolic moment for the retail real estate industry, but it’s not about to usher in a new era of construction abandon. In spite of a slight rebound in retail real estate fundamentals, U.S. developers still feel skittish … Continued

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Brazil and India’s Financial Wealth Grows While Their Natural Capital Plummets

In terms of GDP per capita, Brazil and India’s wealth grew 34% and 120%, respectively, from 1990-2008. According to a new, alternative Inclusive Wealth Indicator developed by UNU-IHDP that measures natural and human, as well as economic capital, Brazil’s wealth actually increased only 3% and India’s 9% over the period.

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Corporate Donations Catch Fire at Burning Man

Just kidding!  Happy April Fools 2012 :-) American corporate icon General Electric (NYSE: GE) said this week it plans to donate and distribute 1,000 eco-efficient black and day-glo lights at this year’s annual Burning Man festival in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert. The surprise donation was announced at a press conference March 30 by GE chairman … Continued

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SAP’s Sustainability Report: “Helping the World Run Better”

SAP is a company that makes its living providing information tools for businesses to better understand their business through quantitative reporting (including sustainability reporting) and enterprise resource planning software. Hence, one would expect their Annual Sustainability Report to be a highly readable and information-rich document, which is exactly what it is.

Goldman Sachs Loses Battle with Largest Public Union in U.S.

Realizing the pressure of a recent shareholder resolution, Goldman Sachs was able to get the largest public employee and health care workers’ union in the country, AFSCME, to pull their proposal regarding Lloyd Blankfein’s role as both CEO and chairman of the board. In lieu of yanking the proposal, Goldman will change its board structure and appoint a “lead director” to its board.

Corporate Sustainability for IT Managers

Kathrin WInkler, VP Corp. Sust. at EMC, talks about the role of women in the sustainability industry, whether energy efficiency is enough and quantifying sustainability efforts.

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Was the Hype Around Bloom Energy Two Years Ago Justified?

About two years ago Bloom Energy revealed its top secret “Bloom Box” fuel cell system and immediately created an incredible buzz around it. It was amazing to see how much hype was created around what the company described as “a new class of distributed power generator, producing clean, reliable, affordable electricity at the customer site.” For a while, it seemed that there was nothing more exciting than Bloom’s fuel cells that presented a promise to change the world someday. So what happened with Bloom Energy since then? Was the hype justified?

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As You Sow on Creating Greener Solar PV Panels

Surveying solar PV manufacturers around the world, a non-proift, in conultation with a wide range of experts, establishes environmental, health & safety, and business management best practices for the industry sector while at the same time criticizing current energy policies which favor production of fossil fuels.

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Walmart’s Sustainability Efforts Stall Under New Leadership

Several years after Lee Scott’s departure as CEO, something has gone seriously wrong with Walmart’s sustainability progress. Was Walmart ever serious? Yes. I’ve looked Lee Scott in the eyes – he was a believer. When things started out, it wasn’t about greenwashing. The traditional Walmart business model was and remains broken, the stock was in the toilet. Sustainability was a smart strategic move with a sound business case.

Does a Tobacco Company’s Environmental Effort Really Matter?

The British American Tobacco (BAT) recently released its 2011 Sustainability Report. The report shows that BAT met its targets for energy, water and waste ahead of schedule. BAT bills itself as the world’s largest tobacco group by global market share. It sells its brands in about 180 markets worldwide, and has over 200 brands in … Continued