Cotton is the livelihood for an estimated 250 million people — saying no to cotton is hardly the solution. Saying yes to more responsible cotton, however, can help mitigate this crop’s impact on people and the environment — and even improve living standards worldwide.
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.
How do companies best address the differing concepts of materiality across the various sustainability reporting frameworks? Eight of the world’s biggest names in corporate reporting including GRI, SASB, IIRC and CDP recently published a comparison of materiality definitions and approaches.
In this video shot at the Benevity User Conference, Kal Stein discusses the evolution of workplace giving. Efficiencies like those provided by Benevity mean more money in the bank accounts of worthy non-profits!
Companies that are more established can generate the energy and employee commitment that startups enjoy even if they have already developed a product or service they are happy with. This is where expanding the company’s sustainability program comes in.
Fossil fuel companies just can’t seem to get away with dodgy dealings when it comes to climate change. Building on prior investigations, a group of 17 attorneys general are now looking into top firms’ backing of climate denial.
The controversial Panama Papers leaked the names of government officials, celebrities and multinational companies using offshore tax havens to stash away undisclosed funds. As the dust settles, the European Commission is tightening its tax disclosure laws.
Of course it’s no surprise that the world’s most wealthy and powerful people use whatever means at their disposal to protect their wealth. On the other hand, the Panama Papers leak is a stark reminder of the need to align our values with our functioning global economy if there is any hope of achieving our higher aspirations.
Even if the recycling system was perfect, the fact still remains that we will always rely on a portion of virgin input materials. This is why renewable materials and sustainable sourcing are critical to the circular economy.
Print management isn’t a sexy or new concept, so it can be easy for company leaders to disregard it. But avoiding the issue could mean wasting as much time and money as you do paper.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, just 17.1 percent of people with disabilities were employed in 2014. But the outlook isn’t entirely grim.
Last week, H&M hosted a preview at its gorgeous Fifth Avenue showroom to introduce the new Conscious Exclusive collection. The event was intended to not only highlight H&M’s ongoing sustainability efforts, but also shed light on the retailer’s global garment-collecting initiative with the launch of its first World Recycle Week campaign.
A World Resources Institute analyst points out that while companies and governments have found consistency in how they approach carbon emissions and climate change, a standardized approach toward water stewardship is lacking.
USAID is teaming up with coffee pod giant Nespresso and the NGO TechnoServe to revitalize South Sudan’s coffee industry. The three organizations will invest over $3 million in funds to jumpstart the industry and help farmers become more economically secure.
Over the last decade, marketers have learned from missteps of greenwashing during the month of April. Earth Month marketing has transformed to reflect the growing consumer sophistication around social and environmental issues – and their expectations of companies.