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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Business Training To Rev Up Economy

By Geri Stengel That empty storefront down the street, the closed B2B warehouse that employed four people, the understaffed specialty shop that irks you with poor service: What do they all have in common? They’re small businesses, they employ local people, and their owners didn’t have access to the survival techniques they needed. It’s often … Continued

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Information Goes a Long Way in Motivating Sustainable Transportation

By David Gaker While emissions from the passenger transportation sector can be reduced through increasing the fuel efficiency of the vehicle fleet or through formulating a cleaner-burning fuel, the most immediate and largest impact can be made through changing our behavior. This solution has the added benefits of increased safety and decreased congestion. However, the prevalence of … Continued

Interview: John Williams on Frog’s Leap Sustainable Business Strategy

Are you looking for a business strategy to spark your revenue growth? Or maybe you are looking for a job within a growth industry that would also enable you to contribute toward making the world a little better place to live in? One market segment to consider is organic foods. The organic food industry has … Continued

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Super Bowl XLV Will Be Greenest NFL Championship on Record

Super Bowl XLV will be green –and that’s not just because the Packers will be playing. In fact, thanks to an expanded environmental initiative, this Sunday’s 2011 Super Bowl is being billed as the greenest NFL championship on record. But, how can an event like the Super Bowl possibly be environmentally-friendly? For starters, think renewable … Continued

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Walmart, China & Arnold Leading Obama in Shift to Low Carbon Future

By Boyd Cohen, Ph.D. CO2 IMPACT As an American living in Canada I have been watching U.S. policy on clean energy from across the border for the past decade.  As an entrepreneur in the carbon market space, I also have a vested interest in seeing U.S. Federal policy advance with respect to promoting a low … Continued

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Walmart’s Geo Girl: Eco-friendly Cosmetics for 8- to 12-year-olds

Walmart is rolling out Geo Girl, a new line of cosmetics in recyclable packaging for tweens (8- to 12-year-old girls) in March 2011. Walmart has hit all the cosmetic buttons: natural ingredients, sensitivity to young skin, low price point and recyclable packaging. It sounds good, except the target audience age range. Should 8- to 12-year-olds wear cosmetics?   If … Continued

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CSR Secrets the Government Isn’t Telling

The following is part of the Crowds of Ratings series by our friends at CSRHub (a 3p sponsor) – offering free sustainability and corporate social responsibility ratings on over 5,000 of the world’s largest publicly traded companies. 3p readers get 40% off CSRHub’s professional subscriptions with promo code “TP40“. By Bahar Gidwani In theory, governments … Continued

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Unreasonable Institute: Pushing Beyond Out-of-the Box

Given the complex set of interlocking issues and problems that confront our society today, it would be comforting to know that there were groups of very smart people from all disciplines and walks of life getting together somewhere out of the fray, stepping back to try and come up with solutions that can address these … Continued

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Video Interview: Deciphering Socially Responsible Investing?

One dollar of every eight in the US is invested in socially responsible companies.  In this interview, Paul Herman, the CEO of HIP Investor, explains how company sustainability metrics are tied to profitability. In addition to risk and return, many investors today are seeking social and environmental impact.  HIP Investor calculates a HIP score using … Continued

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Dead Man Swimming? UK Crematorium to Heat Local Swimming Pool

The Redditch Council wants to warm its Abbey Stadium sports center, including its swimming pool, heat from its neighboring crematorium. By the transfer of heat from the crematorium’s incinerators to a system that would warm the sports and leisure facility, the town estimates that it could not only conserve energy, but save about UK£14,000 (about US$23,000).

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H&M Creates Clothing Line Made Out of Unsold Merch

H&M’s new line called Waste is made completely of left-over pieces from their Lanvin collection. Last year, H&M found itself in the middle of a PR firestorm when it was discovered that the company threw away its unsold clothes in New York City. H&M released a statement saying it would end the practice. The Waste … Continued

UniversalGiving founder on trends in CSR and volunteering [Video]

I got the chance to sit down with Pamela Hawley,  co-founder of VolunteerMatch and founder of UniversalGiving.  Hawley is one of my favorite women in the social enterprise space.  A dynamic and ambitious leader, Hawley also has a side career in improv and acting.  Also, be sure to check out her heartwarming blog. Watch the interview to learn … Continued

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Sexism Isn’t Cool, Even in the Name of Renewable Power

Do we need to objectify women to sell green products? According to John B., founder and owner of Renewable Girls (RG), and the creator of the calendar that features Megan and her bananas, the answer is “yes.” There is even a name for it: ecosexism. Let’s be clear- women are not universally exploited in green culture … Continued

Dow Moves to Make Nature Part of the Bottom Line

Dow Chemical and the Nature Conservancy (TNC) announced a partnership on January 25 during a press conference at the Detroit Economic Club to develop tools and demonstrate models for valuing nature in business. Dow committed $10 million over the next five years to the collaboration with TNC. Jennifer Molnar, manager of TNC’s Analysis Team, called … Continued

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Interview: Nancy Bailey On Quivira Winery Biodynamic Farming

According to the USDA , the US has increased its use of nitrogen fertilizer by 450% to 13 million tons annually over the last 50 years. Phosphate and potash fertilizer use during this same time period has doubled, now totaling almost 9 million tons annually. The environmental impacts of this much chemical fertilizer use include: … Continued