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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Fast, Cost-Effective Tool to Compile CSR Reports

Gaia Metrics believes it has a solution for CSR report compilation. The Massachusetts-based company released its CSR Quickstart tool, which promises to drastically reduce the time required to build a report while slashing the costs by 90%.

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Dawn’s Attempt to Market Sustainability Ruffles Feathers

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 Dale Wannen Marketing the sustainability of products has always been a touchy subject.  Greenwashing seems to always be looming around the corner.  This past week amidst numerous natural disasters, Dawn commercials … Continued

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Seven Companies Opt Out of Sustainable Forestry Initiative Label

Seven companies, including four from the Fortune 500, committed to not using Sustainable Forestry Initiative’s (SFI) label on paper products or company publications. The seven companies are Aetna, Allstate, Garnet Hill, Office Depot, Performance Bicycles, Symantec, and United Stationers. One clue to why the companies will no longer use the SFI label lies in the … Continued

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Bar-Hopping Inside Whole Foods?

As if Whole Foods didn’t already have a vice grip on wandering shoppers, they have now added an in-store bar feature to some stores. Opening up five test runs in California, Arizona, Illinois, and Texas over the past year and a half, plans for expansion into even Hawaii are on the horizon. The offerings? Local … Continued

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Video Interview: American Forest and Paper Association

Large companies like Walmart can truly move the needle when they declare sustainability.  But even more impactful changes can be made when an entire industry declares sustainability.  Today, the American Forest and Paper Association (AF & PA) declared the following sustainability goals in their Better Practices, Better Planet 2020 plan: 1.       Increase the paper recovery … Continued

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Sex, Lies and the Electric Car: The BMWi

The following is part of the Crowds of Ratings 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″. By Carol Pierson Holding BMW, a … Continued

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Positive Change, One Flip-Flop at a Time

By Alison I. Somilleda Feelgoodz™, an environmentally and socially conscious flip-flop company based in New Orleans, LA, is redefining the concept of corporate social responsibility (CSR). From materials, production and distribution to giving back to the community on a global scale, Feelgoodz™ has created a business model that paves the way for a future of … Continued

Secrets of Getting a (Green) Job

Many of us at one point in time have been looking for a job.  Readers of this site may be looking specifically for a “green” or sustainability-oriented job.  But what are the secrets to landing that ever alluring position? Last Wednesday, the Sustainable Business Council of Los Angeles (SBCLA) in conjunction with the Graziadio School … Continued

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Whole Foods Announces Traveling Film Festival to Celebrate Earth Month

In celebration of Earth Month, Whole Foods announced last week that they will be presenting a traveling Do Something Reel Film Festival, which will touch down in 70 cities across the U.S. during April. Launching this upcoming Friday, the collection of six films will focus on food, environmental issues and everyday people with a vision … Continued

Sustainability’s Influence on Stock Value

Political discourse over sustainability, in the USA, always seems to debate this single notion: that implementing sustainability initiatives – whether those are to increase the use of renewable energy, or to introduce any form of environmental regulation – are costs which put businesses at a competitive disadvantage resulting in job losses. The camps for and … Continued

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SAP 2010 CSR Report Boasts US$470M in Energy Savings

While SAP scored impressive reductions in total greenhouse gas emissions, data center energy consumption, and total energy consumed between 2009 and 2010, one metric in particular stands out. Renewable energy now meets 48% SAP’s needs, up from 16% from a year earlier.

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HP Wins Best Report in CR Reporting Awards 2011

HP won best report in the fourth annual Corporate Responsibility Reporting Awards 2011 (CRRA 2011) for its 2009 report, Changing the Equation, HP Global Citizenship Report 2009. Runners up for best report included Coca-Cola Enterprises Inc. and Bayer AG. Winners were announced on March 24, 2011 at the Royal Society in London. The awards were … Continued

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Sustainability at Outward Bound

This post is part of a series on sustainability in the health and wellness industry, curated by Becky Eisen, Dana Ledyard, Izabel Loinaz. Follow along with the series here. I’m Greg Bunn, Director of Facilities for Outward Bound. Although this is my 15th year working for Outward Bound, I am new to this position since … Continued

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SXSW: Techies Can Save the World. Why Aren’t They?

I’ve had a little bit to say about South by Southwest not being as focused on sustainability as it could be. That’s not to say there aren’t techies out there doing incredible things. Take a look at the Surui Carbon Project being underwritten by the Google Earth Engine team: The project puts android handheld devices … Continued

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Does Earth Hour Truly Benefit the Environment?

Earth Hour will be taking place this Saturday, March 26th, between 8:30-9:30pm local time.  Call it an initiative, campaign, or annual ritual, its going onto its fifth year.  People are encouraged to turn their lights out for one hour to bring attention to global sustainability issues. Earth Hour is lead by the WWF.  No, not … Continued