Greenpeace rates tech companies on their data centers. Oxfam America ranks food brands on the sustainability of their supply chains. The League of Conservation Voters scores elected officials on their voting records. But who rates, ranks and scores Greenpeace, Oxfam America and the League of Conservation Voters? Or The Nature Conservancy, Conservation International or WWF? For now, no one.
Category: Corporate Responsibility
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.
Divestment is not about dismantling the fossil fuel industry; it’s about the critical urgency of energy companies changing their business models to transition away from combusting fossil fuels and developing environmentally benign energy generation. When the “carbon bubble” bursts, the value of companies invested in fossil fuels will fall.
For me and my brother, helping families in need has been a lifelong endeavor. Adding a charitable arm to our business has created benefits that span beyond tax breaks and positive publicity. There have been far more rewarding bonuses worth noting.
If nature is like a bank, then we are borrowing without understanding the terms or planning a repayment schedule. In many ways, the impacts associated with our global sustainability challenge might be explained as penalties for default, or even foreclosure. Is Nature too big to fail?
It’s easy for people to associate business leaders with closed doors and dollar signs. But leaders who use compassion to drive their businesses will experience real-time benefits and grow a stronger network of colleagues and customers, argues Sheldon Yellen, CEO of disaster recovery firm BELFOR.
There are many environmental and financial benefits to extended producer responsibility (EPR): the idea that a product’s manufacturers and retailers should assume responsibility for the environmental and social impacts of the product throughout its lifecycle, from sourcing the material and production to consumer use and disposal. But can EPR – and taking responsibility for a product’s waste management, in particular – augment a company’s bottom-line, or is it always a loss leader?
Ask anyone who’s led corporate environmental or social responsibility initiatives and they will tell you that employees can make or break any sustainability program. The success of other aspects of the business – from internal innovation to customer satisfaction – can also hinge upon how well a company engages its employees.
During our recent Twitter chat with HP, one participant asked, “What are the greatest areas of opportunity for sustainability and technology?” Gabi Zedlmayer, Vice President and Chief Progress Officer for HP, answered in 140 characters. Now, she responds in depth.
Today, TriplePundit and Anheuser-Busch InBev hosted a special Twitter Chat at #ABInBevBetterWorld to discuss AB’s Global Citizenship Report and progress.
After speaking at the SwitchPoint conference, John Newall of McKinney Advertising Agency confessed that he couldn’t help but ponder his own attendance: “I run an advertising agency for a living. We’re not global. We don’t put on conferences. I guess we’re sort of innovative, only not in a humanitarian sense,” Newall said. “I wasn’t in Syria or Africa yesterday. In fact, I was in Cleveland.”
The definition of stakeholders in materiality is broadening beyond people. Let’s ask Nature or the Future whether our current sustainability challenges constitute a crisis, since both have a stake in the outcomes. It’s not as crazy as it sounds, has precedent and could be a way to engage in more effective sustainability.
Executives and investors benefited, and labor suffered, as Nokia experienced its ups and downs, according to an “alternative corporate history” of the company. Aimed at presenting the workers’ perspective, the report was released GoodElectronics Network the day before Nokia’s annual shareholders meeting in Helsinki.
Gender diversity in the tech sector is poised to be a hot topic at TechCrunch Disrupt New York 2015. Click through to learn more about the issue and vote for more panels on diversity, specifically in the boardroom.
Autodesk is well-positioned to help creative types tackle sustainable design with tools that provide the electronic equivalent of a sustainability guru looking over their shoulders and guiding them as they produce their solutions.
One year after announcing its plan, Method opened its South Side Soapbox factory last week in the Pullman Park district of Chicago. Cradle-to-Cradle pioneer William McDonough + Partners designed the factory, the first such LEED Platinum certified facility within this sector.