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.
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.
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.
SPECIAL SERIES: Graduate Interviews: EMSL
Rosalynn Dodd of Alberta, Canada, has been busy. Since graduating from the Executive Master’s in Sustainability & Leadership (EMSL) program at ASU in January, she launched her own consultancy and has been named for several national awards, including Canada’s Clean50 Emerging Leader 2015. TriplePundit talked with Dodd to find out more about her decision to pursue a sustainability education and how it impacted her career.
Earlier this month, Anheuser-Busch InBev held a Twitter Chat with TriplePundit to share achievements from 2014 and answer your questions. Of course, everything can’t be addressed in 140 characters. In this post, Ricardo Rolim, VP of global sustainability for AB InBev, addresses audience questions in depth.
Artificial turf is growing in popularity for sports facilities, primarily because of the promise of reduced maintenance costs, improved playability and increased durability. However, artificial turf has several downsides.
Walmart, the largest food retailer in the U.S., recently announced a new animal welfare policy. It’s a policy animal rights groups are calling groundbreaking as it engages the company’s entire supply chain and covers a wide range of issues from antibiotic use to housing systems.
These days, if your business isn’t going green, it’s going extinct. Consumers aren’t only looking for businesses that offer high-quality products and competitive prices; they want to know that the organizations that take their money are going to use it to make the world a better place. Recent studies have found that green initiatives can significantly improve a brand’s value, and companies are responding in kind.
We often hear that sustainability is a hot mess of acronyms that are intimidating to newcomers. We agree. Here’s a comprehensive list of acronyms and abbreviations every sustainability professional should know.