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.

BSR CEO Pushes CSR Envelope at ASQ Conference

This past week I had the privilege of attending the American Society for Quality (ASQ) inaugural Pathways to Corporate Social Responsibility Conference in San Francisco, where the quality side of business broke bread with corporate social responsibility (CSR) gurus to expound upon their synergies and determine how to move forward in unison.

Get Your Sustainable Idea Approved – with a Business Case!

You have a great idea reduce your company’s environmental impact or increase its social impact.  You’ve talked to your coworkers and they agree!  There’s just one problem, how do you get the approval of the C-Suite decision-makers?   Your CEO and your CFO are concentrating on the traditional bottom line and may not give you the … Continued

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Top 8 Things Your Company Would Have Learned at Sustainable Brands 2011

The following is part of a 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“. Originally published on the CSRHub blog. By Cynthia Figge … Continued

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McDonald’s Releases TV Campaign to Boost CSR

Last month McDonald’s was under fire for advertising to children. Campaign group Corporate Accountability International wrote an open letter signed by 550 health professionals urging the fast food restaurant to retire its brand icon, Ronald McDonald, in the interest of health on the eve of the company’s annual shareholder meeting. The company was previously under fire … Continued

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Asbestos: Common Roofing Supply in India

Asbestos pollution may be a waning issue in Europe and the US but it still remains a big problem in India. Richer nations like the UK and Germany banned asbestos decades ago after it was discovered that it leads to a condition called asbestosis which was first identified in 1906. Asbestos consists of six natural fibers about … Continued

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At ASQ, Quality and Performance Meet CSR

The American Society for Quality (ASQ), the Milwaukee-based performance and quality advocacy organization, is hosting the “Pathways to Social Responsibility” conference here in San Francisco. Social innovation is on the rise.

President Obama’s Jobs Creation Mandate–From a Green CEO

President Obama might be credited with stabilizing an economy on the brink of complete collapse after the banking meltdown of 2008, but with unemployment still at 9%+ in many parts of the country, his objective has shifted entirely from stability to job creation. With election 2012 right around the corner, Obama’s reelection might hinge on … Continued

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Business Professionals and Non-Profits: Opposites Do Attract

Business people have analytical skills.  Non-profit organizations have an increasing need for analytical skills. One would think it’s a match made in heaven. But due to misconceptions on both sides of the employment fence, there is a leadership gap.   Monisha Kapila, founder of ProInspire,  believes that the non-profit talent shortage has many sources – retiring … Continued

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Filling the Gender Gap – Educating and Training Women as Angel Investors

The glass ceiling is alive and well, especially for start-up entrepreneurs. According to American Express Open 29% of all US businesses are owned by women and their numbers are growing by 1 and a half times the national average.  “There are over 8.1 million women-owned businesses in the United States, generating nearly $1.3 trillion in … Continued

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SOCAP in Amsterdam: Social Missions Meet Financial Markets

By Matt Evans At the beginning of this month, SOCAP Europe was hosted  in the same area of Amsterdam where the very first capital markets were built over 400 years ago. Created to invest in the dangerous voyages of sea captains to the Far East to bring back spices, silk, and other revolutionary products, those … Continued

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Got Waste? Call DHL

DHL Supply Chain is adding a new offering to its Go Green menu of services, a dedicated waste and recycling arm in the United Kingdom, called DHL Envirosolutions. The service aims to help businesses reduce their carbon footprint and meet environmental and sustainability targets. It’s a full package of environmentally-related services, sort of a one-stop enviro … Continued

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CSR Not Mandatory in India, Govt Rules

India Inc. can finally breathe a sigh of relief because the government has ruled that CSR will not be made mandatory. Instead ‘flexible and directional guidelines’ will be issued. “There is no way the government wants to mandate it. If we make it mandatory there can be thousand and one ways to bypass it,” Corporate Affairs … Continued

Interview: Eric Ostern on the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan

Last week at Sustainable Brands ’11 in Monterey, I had a chance to sit down with Eric Ostern, Unilever’s Senior Manager of Corporate Responsibility and Community Relations to learn about some of the progress Unilever has made since the launch of the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan last fall. 3p: What distinguishes the Unilever Sustainable Living … Continued

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Do Pennies Make Any Business or Environmental Sense?

Pennies from heaven don’t mean very much anymore, especially considering their costs to the environment and the expense of mining and minting them. With apologies to Abe Lincoln, Mike’s Bikes, a company with nine locations in California, has taken a solid stand against continued use of the venerable coin. The company recently announced it is … Continued

Local Stock Exchanges Offer Hope to Small Businesses Looking to Raise Capital

The almighty dollar. Acquiring it is the most commonly cited challenge for entrepreneurs: how to raise sufficient capital to grow, expand, hire, or simply survive. The growing fields of impact investing and socially responsible investing also make it clear that the investment environment is ripe for locally-sourced capital infusions in mission-driven businesses….if only the dollars … Continued