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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Google Hitches a Ride on Wastewater’s Quiet Revolution

Google has been operating a municipal wastewater recovery and recycling system to cool its Douglas County, Georgia data center for the past couple of years without much fanfare, up until last week when its facilities manager decided to post a video about the system on googleblog. The short post unleashed a flood of snickering and … Continued

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SXSW Interview: Jessica Scorpio of Getaround.com

In keeping with our quest to find “Access Economy” startups at SXSW, I was thrilled to have a few minutes to sit down with Jessica Scorpio – the Founder and Director of Business Development at Getaround, an award winning Silicon Valley startup that is pioneering the concept of peer-to-peer car sharing. Think: Airbnb for cars.

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Patrick Dempsey of Grey’s Anatomy Joins Hands with Trina Solar

The solar panel manufacturer Trina Solar Limited is turning the U.S. philanthropic community on its head with a little help from actor Patrick Dempsey. Dempsey, of the hit TV show Grey’s Anatomy, has lent his name to Trina’s new solar power initiative for schools, health clinics and other community service organizations. In the normal course … Continued

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What 4 Global Trends Will Drive 21st Century Investing?

These 4 global trends are growing in scale and depth. Forward-looking investors are evaluating these trends for portfolio decisions, and seeking out sustainability-oriented companies that are tapping growth, managing risks, reducing costs, delivering “good” impacts and communicating openly with stakeholders.

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Does It Matter if Mike Daisey Lied to This American Life about Apple in China?

Mike Daisey’s story about Apple in China, which was broadcast in January on This American Life, appears to contain significant fabrications. We can’t vouch for its truth and therefore we’re retracting the story, Ira Glass, the host, announced on Friday. The impact of the original show in January brings to mind two important questions – why Daisey’s story played such an important part in creating a tipping point, and also, given what many consider as a positive impact generated by the original show, does it really matter if Daisey fabricated some parts of it?

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SXSW Interview: Chris Miller of Seventh Generation

Chris Miller is Director of Corporate Consciousness for Seventh Generation. He works across the company to develop and implement strategies for sustainability. His responsibility includes mission-related stakeholder engagement, development of a robust companywide climate and energy plan and developing strategic values-led partnerships with NGOs.

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SXSW Interview: Mitch Baranowski of BBMG

Mitch has helped dozens of start-ups develop brands, spearheaded multinational consumer campaigns, directed viral marketing programs, and advised numerous Fortune 500 companies on how best to package their CSR initiatives. His experience spans many industries, including aerospace, arts/entertainment, engineering, environmental, financial services, healthcare, and technology.

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Hunter Lovins is Still Optimistic About the Future of Sustainability in Business

Hunter Lovins set down last week to a conversation with Eban Goodstein, the Director of the Bard MBA in Sustainability and Bard Center for Environmental Policy. This talk was a chance not only to learn more about Lovins’ impressive biography, but also to explore with her the sustainability challenges we are facing.

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Lorax Tie-ins Go Overboard: Is it Greenwashing?

The Lorax has nearly 70 corporate and nonprofit sponsors, including HP, Comcast, DoubleTree by Hilton hotels, IHOP, and Mazda. These sponsorships promise that your chances to see this little furry creature outside the theatre are quite high these days, whether it is on Seventh Generation’s diapers, on IHOP’s menu (how about Truffula chip whole wheat pancakes?), or an ad to the Mazda CX-5, the “Truffula tree friendly car”. While some people believe these sponsorships would cause Dr. Seuss to roll in his grave, others believe this is a legitimate use of a great movie to promote green products. So who is right and who is wrong here?

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Is GM Guilty of Funding Climate Change Denial?

Funds came from GM’s foundation, not GM the car company itself. This distinction is important, since in the interests of good governance, Mr Akerson is not permitted to sit on the board of the foundation as well as being CEO of General Motors. The point he wished to convey: GM itself is not culpable in funding climate change denial.

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Four Emerging Trends in Corporate Social Responsibility

New Media and CSR: Communicating Corporate Good, moderated by TriplePundit’s very own Nick Aster, identified four major emerging trends in Corporate Social Responsibility in a free-wheeling discussion between Chris Miller, Christine Diamente, Mitch Baranowski, and Dale Hart. What were they? Read on.

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Are Millennials More Like MacGyver or Liz Lemon?

After getting tired of writing and characterizing the baby boomers and generation X, trend spotters and researchers have focused in the last years on the next in line – generation Y, or the Millennials. Who are you people and what you want from life are the questions everyone try to answer. The latest attempt was of 3 scholars whose prognosis was that the Millennials are the MacGyvers of business, on in other words “like MacGyver, the resilient DIY generation believes in doing more with less.”

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Is America Beyond Peak Meat?

Several cultural and environmental trends, from health concerns to a down economy, have had an impact on meat consumption in the United States.