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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Mobile Tech is Key to Providing Banking Services to the ‘Unbanked’

By: Peter Vander Auwera, innovation lead at SWIFT In any conversation about mobile banking services in the developing world, it is never long before someone mentions M-PESA in Kenya. It’s now a familiar story: in March 2007 Safaricom, the leading mobile operator in Kenya, launched an SMS-based money transfer system that enables consumers to deposit, … Continued

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Report Details Abuses At Chinese Factories That Manufacture Apple and HP Products

A report by the Hong Kong based group, Students & Scholars Against Corporate Misbehavior (SACOM), details poor working conditions at Chinese factories which manufacture iPad 2 and HP laptops. The report claims that Foxconn, the company which owns the factories, treats workers “inhumanely, like machines.” At least 14 workers at Foxconn factories killed themselves in … Continued

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Green Marketing Efforts Can’t Make Bad Coffee Taste Good

By Pankaj Arora Last week I was at Freshness Burger, a Japanese fast food chain. Embossed on the stirrer given with my coffee were these words: “Use the stairs instead of the elevator”. What is the connection between stirring my coffee and using the stairs? This is one of the most subtle green marketing messages I’ve come across. … Continued

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The Five Driving Forces of CSR: Can You Name a Sixth?

I take little credit for the intelligence of this post. Indeed, I give all that might be due to Werther & Chandler’s 2011 text, Strategic Corporate Social Responsibility: Stakeholders in a Global Environment, as well as to my Green Mountain College MBA Triple-Bottom-Line Management Course, in progress. Through these studies, the five below drivers have … Continued

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What’s Really in Your Organic Brew?

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 Inna Volynskaya Being a responsible beer geek, you opt for a Berkeley-brewed Bison or one of those super green Oregon breweries to quench your thirst. Or maybe you unknowingly bought something … Continued

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Interview: SunRun’s Lynn Jurich on “Pocketbook Environmentalists”

How many companies can boast of a 100%+ annual growth rate in customers, especially  in today’s economy? Would you be even more impressed if the answer was a solar company? SunRun is hot, hot, hot. They have grown in just a couple of years to a leadership position in residential rooftop solar systems with over … Continued

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Impacting The Three P’s By Competing Domestically With Food Imports

By Fergus McGrath Total US food imports have doubled in the past decade, from $43 billion in 2001 to $86 billion in 2010. As our national budget and economy continue to sputter, introducing the idea of enrolling entrepreneurs to become domestic food producers and compete with foreign competition for our citizens’ dollars would have a … Continued

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A Genuine Measure: GDP vs Genuine Progress

The Gross National Product was the official measure of production in the United States until 1991. At that point, GNP was replaced by it’s close cousin Gross Domestic Product.

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Sustaining Traditions for Sustainability

Although I was born in Redwood City, California, the first eight years of my life took place in a small town 45 minutes South of one of Mexico’s largest cities, Guadalajara.

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Asking for Directions: Communication at a Crossroad

The most ordinary events in one’s journey through life can bring us to a crossroad that has the potential to greatly alter one’s perspective and path. In 2004, three such events brought me to such a crossroad, one which called my identity into question.

Ford Credits Green Vehicles as Driver Behind Earnings Jump

Ford Motor Company is feeling pretty good about itself these days. The company just announced its best quarterly profits this century. Profits reached $2.55 billion, up, 460 million, or 22% from a year ago. Rising demand for their new line of fuel-efficient vehicles, along with an improving economy, were seen as the main drivers. “Our … Continued

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Fair Trade: It’s Tough to be an Ethical Consumer

No one ever said green would be cheap or easy. The sad truth of the matter is the average consumer’s commitment to greenness is mostly tied paradoxically and perversely to the cost of a gallon of gas. So when pundits across the pond wonder whether Fair Trade is still a useful eco-brand, the question answers … Continued

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Trek To Recycle Carbon Fiber Bikes

Though on the one hand the bicycle is perhaps the most basic form of transportation, on the other, it’s possible to spend several thousands of dollars on a bike made from the lightest, most high performance composite aerospace materials available. Manufacturers of high performance bikes have sought frame materials for lightness, strength, and comfort that … Continued

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Greening Pro Sports: Rallying for Recycled Plastic Rally Towels

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 Izabel Loinaz As it has been said, every challenge offers an opportunity.  This easily can be said for the professional sports industry in the US. The Challenge: Annually, millions of swag … Continued

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The Sufficiency Economy: a Thai Solution to Economic Sustainability

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 Somsak Boonkam The economy is a major force driving our lives, from the purchasing decisions we make to the public and private institutions we support. It determines how wealthy nations and … Continued