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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Vestas Launches “WindMade” TrustMark for Wind Energy

Ever wanted to know whether the product in your hand was manufactured using wind energy? Danish turbine manufacturer Vestas wants to make that easier. Announced just prior to the 2011 Zayed Future Energy prize, which Vestas won, the new consumer label, WindMade, will make it easy for manufacturers to demonstrate their sustainability commitments to potential … Continued

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Institutional Food You Can Stomach

Bon Appétit Management Company, an institutional food service company, has 400 locations in 31 states, 10,000 employees and $550+ million in revenues. And last week the company welcomed its 1,000th small farmer into its “Farm to Fork” program. Yes, you read that correctly. Yesterday at the Sustainable Food Summit at San Francisco’s Ritz Carlton, Maisie … Continued

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Interview with Kenneth Westrick, Founder and CEO of 3Tier

Fresh out of Masdar’s Smart Grid panel here at the World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi, Kenneth Westrick of 3Tier sat down to talk with me a little bit about what his company does, and to answer a few more questions about how better data helps a “smart grid” work. 3Tier is a renewable … Continued

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HBR Spotlights Smart Philanthropy

There has been a lot of discussion about the difference between philanthropy and corporate social responsibility. The line between the two can be fuzzy at times. The Harvard Business Review lauds Goldman Sachs, Nike and Intel for showing exceptional results due to their philanthropic efforts, but their approaches look very much like strategic business initiatives. … Continued

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Video Interview: Numi Tea CEO Ahmed Rahim

In talking with businesses and entrepreneurs I am almost always asked these two questions: Is there a green industry or market segment experiencing attractive levels of revenue growth? If I were looking to be a green entrepreneur what are key paths for success? The food industry is one that has embarked upon revolutionary changes in … Continued

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Book Review: Managing the New Frontiers, An Introduction to the Fundamentals

By: Susan D. Harper Managing the New Frontiers, An Introduction to the Fundamentals, by Jonathan T. Scott, goes beyond introducing the fundamentals of sustainability from a management and business perspective. Scott plants the idea soundly into the reader’s mind that two subjects as seemingly diverse as the environment and business, are actually a perfect fit. … Continued

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Has FIJI Water Jumped the Shark?

FIJI water has gotten so much flack lately, I’m starting to feel sorry for them. On one hand they’ve been shaken down by the military government of Fiji for a bigger slice of their revenues. On the other, they’ve been been accused of supporting that very same regime.  They’ve been beaten up by every environmentally conscious media … Continued

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Sustainability at Monsanto: Oxymoron?

Monsanto, known and sometimes criticized for their role in the proliferation of genetically modified crops in the US and the world, has released their 2010 Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) report. The company, accused by some as “poisoning the world’s food supply,” monopolizing the seed market and even contributing to rural suicides in India, is lauding their sustainability efforts. … Continued

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Top Five Trends for Green Data Centers in 2011

Last year, Triple Pundit took an in-depth look at how companies are greening their data centers. Now, it’s time for us to revisit that issue and ask, “What’s new?” Recently, I spoke with Tate Cantrell, CTO of Verne Global, and he filled me in on how he sees the data center industry progressing towards greater … Continued

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Altruists in Action: The Role of NGOs & Non-Profits in CSR

There are more than 1.5 million US organizations—and many more overseas—that have put addressing a social issue or need above the goal of making money. These dedicated altruists help the poor and sick, lobby for legislation, protest, persuade, and discuss important social issues. They also contribute a ton of useful information on corporate social responsibility (CSR).

World Future Energy Summit Kicks Off in Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi, UAE, may be overflowing with oil, but the Emirate is also brimming with ideas and commitments to a green energy future. Such was the key take-a-way at the star-studded opening session of the World Future Energy Summit 2011 this morning. The summit is taking place not far from the emerging city of Masdar … Continued

Spruced Down: Going to the Mountaintop and Saving It

A 12-year battle with Big Coal over the future of one of the largest West Virginia mountaintop removal coal mines was resolved this week when the Environmental Protection Agency “vetoed” Spruce Mine No. 1. Since 1998, the Sierra Club along with Coal River Mountain Watch, WV Highlands Conservancy, the Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition, Public Justice … Continued

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How the Science of Behavior Change Can Help Environmentalists

By Les Robinson The same questions about behavior change seem to come up again and again. Here are some answers I hope are useful. How do you change people’s behaviors? It’s a delusion we can change peoples’ behaviors. Instead, people change their own behaviors. Our role is to create an enabling environment and provide opportunities … Continued

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Mitsubishi to Sell Electric Vehicles at Appliance Stores

2011 is being hailed as the year that electric cars finally (re)emerge as a contender for the hearts, minds, and increasingly tight pocketbooks of consumers. Electric vehicles, at least initially, will require people to behave differently, having to find or create their own way to charge it rather then depend on gas stations being ever … Continued

What Our Crystal Ball Says – 7 Predictions for CSR in 2011

By Susan McPherson, Fenton January is a good time to reflect on the year past and to think about trends and movements for the year ahead. Here are the trends/predictions that the Fenton “Good Business” team is forecasting for the coming year in Corporate Social Responsibility.  No longer a nice-to-have, corporate responsibility must have a … Continued