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.
Sporting facilities are finding innovative approaches to harness deeper savings beyond traditional energy efficiency initiatives. The University of Colorado Buffaloes and the Minnesota Twins have implemented methods to capture waste-heat that can be used as a valuable resource to power other components of their heating and cooling systems.
One of the world’s largest providers of food services and facilities management, Sodexo, aims to cut carbon emissions across its supply chain by 34 percent by 2020.
BlackRock, the world’s largest asset manager, teamed up with Ceres to issue a guide for institutional investors seeking engagement on sustainability and corporate responsibility issues with companies. The resulting 68-page guide is certainly timely. More companies realize they have to consider the impacts that environmental and social issues have on their business, but the demands of Wall Street and the short-termism endemic in the U.S. means corporate social responsibility (or what our friends abroad designate as environment, social and governance — ESG) is still overlooked.
Bummed you can’t make it this year’s Sustainable Brands conference? While we can’t bring you the San Diego sun, this year you can catch some of the hottest Sustainable Brands panels right from your living room (or cubicle, as the case may be). Pull up your Web calendar, and start making time for these Sustainable Brands sessions you can watch live from home.
For two years following the tragic Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh, filmmaker Andrew Morgan devoted himself to documenting the untold story of the people and places that pay the price for the clothes we wear – the result of which is the documentary film “The True Cost,” which premiers worldwide today.
Prodded into action by protesting low-wage workers employed by huge service-sector companies such as McDonalds and Walmart, city governments around the country have or are considering raising minimum wage levels to what’s considered a fair living wage of $15 per hour. As has long been the case, detractors assert that raising minimum wages will stifle economic growth and new business formation.
Reading REI’s latest sustainability report is like finding a $20 bill in the pockets of jeans you haven’t worn in months. The company’s new initiatives are leading to entrepreneurial product-pitch competitions for women, employees getting engaged on hiking trails, and even quality-of-life enhancements for ducks and geese.
SPECIAL SERIES: Disrupting Short-Termism
It seems like aid agencies are scrambling to provide disaster relief almost every few months these days. Their efforts would not be half as effective if it weren’t for the contributions of companies like P&G, which provides an essential life-saving component in many natural emergencies. Its Children’s Safe Drinking Water Program has been instrumental in guaranteeing clean water for disaster victims in areas where drinking water has been contaminated. In the process, it’s educating employees and consumers about the many ways there are to extend a hand to those in need.
Huge news for the environment: Sri Lanka’s new government just took the unprecedented, historic step to protect all of its mangroves. The move is a model for the world, which, due to climate change, needs mangroves and their numerous environmental and economic benefits more than ever.
SPECIAL SERIES: The ROI of Sustainability
The EPA’s Green Power Partnership includes more than 1,300 partner organizations using billions of kilowatt-hours of green power each year. Beyond reducing carbon impact, joining the partnership makes financial sense. We talked to the EPA and Tamara “TJ” DiCaprio, director of environmental sustainability at Microsoft, a partner company that uses more than 2.4 billion kWh of green power a year, to find out more.
HP’s Living Progress report drops today with a video to explain the latest updates in the company’s progress toward human, environmental and economic improvement. The Living Progress framework helps HP measure and manage people, planet and profit simultaneously, something we know a thing or two about around here.
Last month, TriplePundit hosted a Twitter chat with Kimberly-Clark and the World Wildlife Fund to talk about their collaboration to ensure responsible fiber sourcing. We couldn’t get to every question in our chat, so experts from both organizations got back to us with their answers.