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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Video Interview: Running a For-Profit to Fuel a Non-Profit

Instead of spending time fundraising, which is especially difficult during a recovering economy, many non-profits are running for-profit arms to generate revenue, and to spare more time to serve the mission.  Greg Woodburn, the founder of Give Running is starting a for-profit arm of running camps to do just that.  In high school, Woodburn experienced … Continued

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Certainty About Uncertainties: What the Tragedy in Japan Reveals

Ed Note: The following is a non-sponsored guest post from Kevin Moss of BT Global Services. Part of the mission of 3p is to bring companies large and small into the greater conversation about sustainability. This post is part of that mission. By Kevin Moss, Head of Corporate Social Responsibility – Americas, BT Global Services The recent … Continued

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A Look at BP’s 2010 Sustainability Report

BP just released their 2010 Sustainability Report.  The 50-page glossy presentation is filled with sincerity, regret and promises to do better. It is clear that the company is eager to win back the public’s trust. According to the Chairman, Bob Dudley, We are determined that BP will be a safer, more risk-aware business. We will … Continued

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Next on Green Tech Investors’ Radar: Food

Ari Partovi envisions a future where superstore employees grow food in greenhouses on roofs, cattle move from feedlots to carbon sequestration grass pastures, and farmers gingerly adjust the soil chemistry within the land in which their crops grow via a smartphone.

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From Culture to Cleantech: A Travel Diary from South Korea

by Lee Barken, CPA, LEED-AP Blink twice in Seoul, South Korea, and you might think you’re in any big city in the United States.  Cars whiz by, tall buildings sprawl out in familiar, dense, urban patterns, and of course, there’s the occasional Starbucks dotting the landscape.  My visit to this country came at the invitation … Continued

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This is NOT your Parents’ Environmental Movement

This post is part of a blogging series by marketing students at the Presidio Graduate School’s MBA program. You can follow along here. By Rachel Newman There will be no granola, no Birkenstocks, and no sitting in trees!   Today the face of the environmental movement presents a vibrant array of colors, classes, and backgrounds.  It … Continued

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Mattel’s Green Progress, from Joke to Serious Business

A few years ago the toy company Mattel tried to boost its green cred by launching Bcause, a line of craftsy-styled girls’ tote bags and other accessories made with fabric scraps left over from manufacturing Barbie clothes. The move was greeted in some quarters as something of a joke, and it probably would continue to … Continued

Tom’s of Maine Ditches the Aluminium Toothpaste Tube

You may have noticed something new in the toothpaste aisle, and it’s not an even more elaborate toothbrush. Tom’s of Maine recently changed the tube your toothpaste comes in from the much loved, and apparently, much maligned aluminum tube to a more mainstream plastic laminate. The aluminum toothpaste tube was the original environmental packaging and … Continued

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Tesla Motors Defends its Range

This post is part of a blogging series by marketing students at the Presidio Graduate School’s MBA program. You can follow along here. By Federico De Silva Leon The electric vehicle (EV) is here to stay despite the many challenges it has faced, from the technology being ahead of the infrastructure to support it, to … Continued

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Why Lebron James’ Latest Cause Marketing Campaign is a Bust

This post is part of a blogging series by marketing students at the Presidio Graduate School’s MBA program. You can follow along here. By Zachary Worthington “The number one thing I want to accomplish with the show is for it to continue to inspire kids.” -LeBron James HP, Intel, and NBA mega-star LeBron James recently … Continued

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Approaching Life Cycle Impact Assessment

This post is part of a series in anticipation of the Sustainable Brands 2011 conference of which 3p is a media partner. Life Cycle Impact Assessment (LCA) is the comprehensive method used to account for all ecological and human health impacts of a product or process over its entire lifecycle. It accounts for emissions, habitat … Continued

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Can Packaging Boost Sales as Companies Strive for Sustainability?

This post is part of a blogging series by marketing students at the Presidio Graduate School’s MBA program. You can follow along here. By Lara Perlof On April 5, Oliver Campbell, Dell Computers Procurement Director, wrote in his blog that Dell is beginning to implement the usage of mushroom based packaging. The new packaging was … Continued

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Pepsi’s Dream Machine: Marketing Gimmick or Environmental Stewardship?

This post is part of a blogging series by marketing students at the Presidio Graduate School’s MBA program. You can follow along here. By Eric Irvine When I was a kid, my brother and I used to collect cans and save them until we thought we’d have enough money to cash in big time. And … Continued

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The Electric [Car] Strikes Back!

This post is part of a blogging series by marketing students at the Presidio Graduate School’s MBA program. You can follow along here. By Christian Reyes This spring, at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival, filmmaker Chris Paine returns with the debut of the sequel to his 2006 documentary “Who Killed the Electric Car?”.  The original … Continued