Sustainability features and employee engagement priorities are reflected in Zurich North America’s new Schaumburg, Illinois, headquarters. The 40-acre campus, which broke ground this June, is set to open in fall 2016 with an anticipated high level of LEED certification.
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.
It’s been going on quietly, behind the scenes, for five years now. SolarCity’s board chairman, Elon Musk, said back in 2010 that the company needed to get involved in disaster relief and to be give as it grew. Its efforts became the GivePower Foundation in 2013. This week, the foundation was granted 501(c)3 status by the IRS and is now a public charity.
The U.K.’s financial sector, much like North America’s tech industry, is still struggling to expand gender diversity in its ranks. But Lloyds Banking Group has come up with a novel answer: It’s banned shortlists that don’t include a certain percentage of eligible women candidates and warned headhunters that their services to Lloyds may be impacted if they can’t comply with the request. Ouch!
Uber turns the users of its app into a lobbying tool against New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. Even though it is a multibillion-dollar company that is far, far bigger than any taxi company (many of which are independently-operated small businesses), Uber painted itself as a victim and told users to fight back against “special interests,” despite all the evidence that the biggest special interest in this fight is … none other than Uber itself.
Starting next month, billions of one-use, virgin plastic hangers now going into landfills each year will be replaced by greener hangers through a shipping and retailing program. Made from 100 percent FSC-certified recycled fiberboard and soy-based inks, the innovative new hangers are are recyclable, compostable and biodegradable.
SPECIAL SERIES: The Circular Economy and Green Electronics
Global smartphone sales reached 1 billion in 2013 and 1.2 billion in 2014. By comparison, television sales may fall to below 200 million this year. There are profound trends in the works in the IT industry as our gadgets become increasingly mobile and sophisticated, with users demanding huge energy efficiency gains.
Having recently read the report about Accenture scrapping its annual performance review process and replacing it with something far more ‘fluid,’ I find myself reaching for my skeptic’s hat.
There are three phases organizations go through when implementing sustainability as a business strategy. Is your organization poised to move up?
From the love of the outdoors and a dream to create a more sustainable world, Warren Neilson and Joel Cesare created StokeShare: a marketplace that allows you to experience any outdoor activity you can think of without the expensive cost of gear. Rachel Odenweller of Near Me sat down with Neilson to talk about how StokeShare came about, as well as his goals for the future.
We’re big fans of Clif Bar here at TriplePundit. But, after touring the company’s creative workspace and learning more about how it does business, our love affair with Clif Bar & Co. just got a little more serious. Read on for 10 things you probably didn’t know about your favorite energy bar brand, so we can all be obsessed together.
You know it can’t be a good sign when a congressional caucus turns up at your door to ask about your diversity numbers. But it’s also an indicator of the changes taking place in business these days — particularly in the under-diversified Silicon Valley.
When organizations invest in purpose-driven senior employees, integrate purpose into recruiting and view purpose as a lens for innovation, the business benefits.
As wellness spending skyrockets, employers are beginning to ask whether all of that money is delivering the results they’re looking for. And as business leaders search for an answer, one thing has become clear: A wellness program that isn’t rooted in long-term behavioral change won’t deliver the results you want.
Educators use Fund for Teachers grants to research sustainability issues around the world, engage students as activists and innovators, and for personal development.