The current shift in business is what biomimicry expert Giles Hutchins refers to as a shift from ‘firms of the past’ to firms of the future: businesses inspired by nature, ones more akin to living ecosystems than machines, and resonating with a deeper ecological awareness birthing in us.
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.
On a cold night last January, stakeholders made the trek to Austin, Minnesota, for the annual shareholder meeting of Hormel Foods. Among the issues to be voted on that night was a shareholder proposal asking Hormel to disclose the risks associated with allowing producers to lock breeding pigs in tiny cages called gestation crates.
SPECIAL SERIES: Women in Leadership
MGM Resorts International and TriplePundit held a special Twitter Chat on women in leadership today at #WomenLead. Here’s what was covered!
SPECIAL SERIES: The Circular Economy and Green Electronics
As laptops displaced PCs in popularity, the level of standardization and upgradeability dropped, which makes reuse harder than it used to be. But gold may be their saving grace.
Greening the supply chain is a common thread and a “key priority” for companies, including Kellogg’s, Walmart, Anheuser-Busch, Apple, Adidas, General Mills, H&M, Lowes, CVS and Hershey, wrote Jason Mathers on the Environmental Defense Fund business blog.
Driscoll’s understands that it needs water to produce great berries. So, the company is partnering with local farmers and cooperating with policymakers to put water management plans into action.
Teams and sponsors can promote sustainability to their customers by repurposing marketing materials into unique, one-of-a-kind, branded products.
The PR-push to proclaim national parks as “America’s Best Idea” missed an important historic fact: Sacred places are the oldest protected areas on the planet. These places protect biodiversity and old ways of life.
SPECIAL SERIES: Creativity & Social Innovation
While the statistics are still grim, the number of women employed in the tech field is growing, shifting the perception that coding is a man’s game. That’s good news for folks who are looking to close the pay gap.
SPECIAL SERIES: The ROI of Sustainability
As we confront the fact that we’ve long since surpassed greenhouse gas concentrations that will irrevocably change the climate, we have to ask: What can “sustainability” achieve for future generations at this point? How will business lead on critical environmental issues in the coming decades? McGee Young, CEO of MeterHero, addresses these questions and more.
The green sports movement’s next great horizon lies in the lifecycle of food, the environmental impact of producing it and fans’ relationship to it. Now is the time to engage fans in a conversation about the impact of their food consumption habits. There is just too much at “steak” not to!
For five years, companies that make toxic flame retardant chemicals told us that they had hard science to show that their products save lives. Without flame retardants in all of our furniture, they’d say, thousands of children would die in house fires every year. That’s untrue. Here’s the story of the man who crafted the message.