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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Microsoft Suggests IT Industry Look to Energy Efficiency, Is EE Enough?

When sustainable energy comes up in the realm of IT, it usually involves low carbon energy production and a better use of energy consumption.  Even Microsoft environment chief suggests the IT industry needs to look at efficiency in data centers.  However, there is a missing component to this sustainable energy production and consumption equation.  Perhaps … Continued

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Clothing Industry Giants Launch Sustainable Apparel Coalition

The Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC), which includes Nike, Gap Inc, H&M, Levi Strauss, Marks & Spencer, and Patagonia, will work to lead the apparel industry towards developing improved sustainability strategies and tools to measure and evaluate sustainability performance.

Responsible Business Policy vs. Performance: How to Close the Gap

Triple Pundit has teamed up with Ethical Corporation to promote the 10th annual Responsible Business Summit in London coming up in May. The conference historically brings together over 400 attendees, 65 percent of whom are representatives of multinational corporations. The rest of the audience is made up of NGOs, industry associations, Government representatives, consultancies and … Continued

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Emerging Nations Bet on Sustainable Development

By Simon Zadek Global businesses complain that emerging market companies compete unfairly by ignoring social and environmental standards. The accused in turn point to international media bias and argue that sustainability standards are North Atlantic clubs dominated by incumbent businesses using NGOs to protect profitable markets. At stake is not just the fate of individual … Continued

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How VHA is a CSR Leader in the Health Care Industry

3p recently chatted with Terri Scannel, Director of Corporate Citizenship and Sustainability for VHA, a health care cooperative that includes over 1400 non-for-profit hospitals and over 24,000 non-acute health care facilities in 47 states and Washington, DC.

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Cleaning up the Coal Mine Industry: Coal Mine Methane

Boyd Cohen, CO2 IMPACT Last week in this column I wrote about a real “clean coal” solution, torrefied wood.  While I truly believe torrefied wood holds significant potential to assist in phasing out coal burning in power plants, coal is here to stay for a while, whether we like it or not. Surely there are … Continued

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Who Sustains the Standards for Sustainability Standards?

As sustainability becomes a widespread corporate mantra there are a number of choices available for companies seeking international responsibility codes and standards to guide their reporting and well, to brag about in CSRs. Since 2000 the United Nations Global Compact has been one of the leading such initiatives for businesses “that are aligning their operations … Continued

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PepsiCo Improves Products, Stabilizes Communities and Helps the Environment

PepsiCo was looking for a way to improve the nutritional quality of the snacks it offers. Its solution will improve the economy of a region and the financial means of 850 families, as well as lessen its environmental impact and stabilize operating costs. And, if that isn’t enough, its effects will ripple outward in less tangible … Continued

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GatherGreen: GroupOn for Green

As consumers begin to search more and more for shopping deals through popular websites such as Groupon and Rue LaLa, one thing is quite clear – today consumers are all looking for ways to save money. So, consider a website that not only has daily deals from local businesses, but which ensures the businesses are … Continued

Energy Research Dollars Visualized

Something fun for your Friday, originally posted on WellHome: Government spending on alternative energy is quite small compared to the amount of money Americans spend on a variety of non-essential products and services. Consider this juxtaposition. What if even a small portion of our spending on the below were instead invested in our energy future? … Continued

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Strategic Philanthropy: Beyond the Checkbook

By The Sequoia Lab Team Save a Tree! Save a Whale! Save your breath.   Today’s consumer is too socially savvy to be impressed by companies who simply write a check to a cause whose mission has no affiliation with their brand’s position or offset to their impact on society. Consumers want companies to make thoughtful … Continued

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Book Review: Planet Home by Jeffrey Hollender

Recently, I interviewed Jeffrey Hollender, co-founder and former CEO of Seventh Generation about his departure from the company, his new book, and what was next for him. Mr. Hollender is a humble hero of the green economy and a man whose work I’ve admired for years. So it was with great pleasure that I dove … Continued

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Carbon Sciences: What if We Could Turn CO2 Into Gasoline?

Years ago, when I knew a lot less than I do now about sustainability, I found myself thinking that if only there was a way to turn CO2 into something useful, that could be a great money maker that would also go a long way to mitigating our climate change problem. No doubt that’s what … Continued

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GoodGuide Names Levi’s Top Jeans Brand

The GoodGuide has named Levi Strauss & Co (Levi’s) as the Top Jeans Brand.  GoodGuide rates companies on both environmental and society assessments, with Levi’s receiving the highest score overall score of 7.4 out of 10.  What does the score mean, and how does the Levi’s rating relate to the rest of the industry? Levi’s … Continued