A company that employs 2,000 people will use enough paper to eliminate 3,600 trees every year. It would only require the consumption of seven or eight such companies to wipe out all of the trees in New York City’s Central Park. That doesn’t sound like much of a team-building exercise, does it?
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.
We recently hosted a Twitter Chat #Women4Cocoa with Mondelēz International, CARE International and Oxfam. Here are responses to the audience questions we didn’t have a chance to address during the chat.
To the ire of construction company Energy Transfer Partners, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced that they will review the route and involve community groups in the discussion of the placement of the DAPL pipeline. That’s good news for the Standing Rock Sioux and a smart move for the Obama Administration as it helped defuse worldwide protests that were scheduled to take place yesterday. But will it make a difference when Donald Trump moves into the White House, since he is an investor in the pipeline?
The flight to D.C. was powered by a blend of conventional kerosene-based Jet-A mixed with fuel extracted from a feedstock of “forest residuals,” the limbs and branches left behind after harvesting of managed forests. Great headline, but can a project like this move the needle?
Shortly after Donald Trump and members of his family were interviewed on 60 Minutes, Ivanka Trump Fine Jewelry sent a “style alert” to journalists to inform them that a bracelet that she wore during that news segment could be purchased for $10,800. We are on the verge of an unprecedented barrage of conflicts of interest unless Trump transitions his assets into a true blind trust.
We have a new president. Regulations will be changed, diminished or eliminated, but the green economy marches on. Coal is not coming back no matter how much president-elect Trump wishes it so. It can’t compete on price.
SPECIAL SERIES: Black Lives Matter and Beyond: Corporate Leaders Respond
Last week’s Net Impact conference opened with a keynote from Alicia Garza, co-founder of the Black Lives Matter movement. While some student attendees admitted confusion at her selection, the important role of Net Impact’s future corporate leaders in addressing racial inequality became clear by the end of the conference.
Lost fishing nets are a dangerous threat to fish, marine mammals, sea turtles and other types of marine life that become entangled in their webs. But Volcom’s solution gives these discards from the fishing industry new life.
The government may be useless and hostile for the next four years. The business community must rise to the challenge of sustainable innovation and opportunity that has always existed.
Most of us in sustainability (CSR, citizenship, social change, activism etc) are shell shocked. Donald Trump is the President-elect for the United States of America. I am not going to tell how how sick that is and how sick that makes me feel. What I want to know – what are we in this space going to do about it? It’s time to look inward.
Over 70 percent of farm workers are immigrants. Amid rising anti-immigration-rhetoric, food companies need to acknowledge the large numbers of migrant workers in their supply chains – on farms and in food-processing – and the specific vulnerabilities they face.
SASB and GRI seem to be engaged in a competition to become the leading sustainability reporting standards. They should be looking to collaborate which would benefit providers and users of sustainability information.
Child labor is all too common in India. “It is everywhere,” Anindit Roy Chowdhury of the C&A Foundation told TriplePundit. It is so acceptable that children who work in cotton fields will not complain. “They don’t even realize the kind of exploitation they are experiencing.”