Companies need to move beyond nominal, local sustainability efforts and embed sustainability into the global company culture to create meaningful change. Here are some suggestions on how to make internal progress.
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.
By E. Freya Williams As President Obama unveiled his plan to curb carbon emissions from America’s power plants this week, opposition ranged from West Virginia’s attorney general Patrick Morrisey who said the plan will “severely harm…the US economy” to Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker who labeled it “bad for business.” The President anticipated these objections, and … Continued
What will be the next public Benefit Corporation or B Corp? This spring Etsy went from private B Corporation to public. Now there’s talk of global consumer packaged goods giant Unilever taking the plunge. Whichever firm it is will benefit from the experience of Plum Organics, a B Corporation purchased last year by Campbell Soup Co.
It’s been a rough week for Royal Dutch Shell. Profits are down, angst about its Arctic oil-drilling operations are way up, and costs for previous oil spill fiascos are still on the books. There’s a lot riding on the oil and gas giant’s rep, and it doesn’t seem to be getting a lot of sympathy from the shoreline.
There’s a dirty secret in the sustainability startup world. A lot of small startups — even those that purport to be sustainable from the ground up — offer unpaid internships. They justify this practice to themselves, but I think it’s flat-out wrong.
It became clear at the recent U.N. Financing for Development Conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, that both public- and private-sector involvement will be needed to finance the forthcoming Sustainable Development Goals.
The recent shut-down of the once “disruptive” app HomeJoy, which had $40 million in funding, may be the sign of things to come as the gig economy evolves alongside the growing freelance movement.
“At Tiffany, we believe that sustainability is a critical element of our business strategy, and that sustainable principles should be practiced in every part of our company,” says Frédéric Cumenal, CEO of Tiffany & Co.
A group of innovative thinkers from India and East Africa joined the SAP Social Entrepreneur Fellowship program in Silicon Valley earlier this month. The CEOs represent social enterprises working in agriculture, education, energy, health care, and water and sanitation. This week we learned more about these innovative thought leaders. Read on to be inspired.
SPECIAL SERIES: The ROI of Sustainability
Waste Management sustainability services is proof that sustainability pays. Since 2003, the company has delivered more than 157 million in direct cost-savings to customers. It works across all industries to turn waste, a traditional cost center, into solutions that benefit businesses, their customers and the environment.
Amazon announced earlier this week that its Dash buttons are available now for all of its Amazon Prime members. For $4.99, members can buy a button connected to a specific brand and use it to reorder products of that brand. The Dash mantra is as simple as the service: Just press and never run out. But before you start daydreaming of an effortless future, where smart devices make your life so much easier, I’d like you to ask yourself – is this utopia or dystopia?
It is now possible to buy new furniture made without toxic flame retardants, but some furniture on the market may still contain these chemicals. Luckily, new labeling systems can help customers decide. Judy Levin of the Center for Environmental Health wanted to test the marketplace, so she conducted an unscientific review at Bay Area outlets of three major national retailers.
Scientists have been working to significantly lower child mortality in the Sub-Sahara for years, where disease and malnutrition kill millions each year. The new malaria vaccine, the first to successfully target a parasite, is a collaborative effort that could lead the way to lowering the cost of that humanitarian goal.