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.

The Limitations of the Triple Bottom Line

By: Ben Vivian Following a hectic day in London at Ecobuild and in a stakeholder workshop on research into a construction product framework, my thoughts centre on the triple bottom line (3BL). At the workshop, which had 25 or so people well versed in sustainability, we were asked to chose whether 3BL was split with … Continued


Is San Francisco Trying to Kill AirBnb With a 15% Tax?

A proposed 15% tax on “transient occupancy” is being considered at San Francisco city hall. The rule would force Airbnb to collect an additional 15% on rentals – a move that some say may severely hinder its ability to function. Is this just the access economy just growing up?

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Students Challenged to Find Energy Waste in Their Schools

With support from the Alcoa Foundation and the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES), the “Make an impact: Change Our 2morrow (CO2) energy conservation competition challenged 8 schools to engage their teachers, administration and students to find energy savings.

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Humanure as a Path Out of Poverty For Slum Residents

Sanergy aims to sell low-cost toilets to microenterprise entrepreneurs who will then collect the waste and bring it to central processing areas, where it will be broken down for energy and fertilizer.


Reduce Waste, Energy and Water – and Boost Your Bottom Line

Public companies are increasingly tracking earth-related metrics, from waste to water to carbon and energy. As a HIP investor, you will see improvements in reporting these metrics over time, and will be better prepared to identify leading companies who will have higher profits and shareholder value.


5 Reasons Why Integrated Reporting Can Be a Game Changer

Earlier this month Prof. Robert Eccles of Harvard Business School was interviewed on MIT Sloan Management Review about the latest developments in integrated reporting. This interview provides a clear view of both the opportunities and the challenges of integrated reporting.


US Food Distribution Should Adopt a Regional Approach

I’ve been covering the food distribution market over at Software Advice for the last year, and one thing that’s perplexed me is the insistence of U.S. food distributors to stick to a centralized approach to distribution. While a centralized approach to food distribution does offer economies of scale, it has negative impacts on the quality … Continued


Harley-Davidson Embraces Sustainability, but Will Its Customers?

As Harley-Davidson begins to ramp up their sustainability initiatives, it’s unclear how the company will balance the masculine, rebel-like nature of the brand with the pressure to adopt a more conscious, caring approach to conducting business.

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Verizon’s First Sustainability Report is…a Good First Step

Verizon, one of the world’s largest telecommunications companies, announced this week that it will cut its carbon intensity in half by 2020. Carbon intensity is usually referred to as a measure of CO2 produced per unit of output (in dollar terms). Verizon is using carbon intensity to measure “energy use per terabyte of data flowing … Continued