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.

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Methane Hydrates: Energy Salvation or Worst Thing Yet?

Last week, energy researchers in Japan made a dramatic breakthrough that could have huge implications for the entire world’s energy, and since these two things are now inextricably linked, climate, future.

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Metro Vancouver to Ban Organic Refuse From Landfill By 2015

Tall, colorful recycling bins are a common sight in Vancouver, BC Canada. The Greater Vancouver Regional District (also known as Metro Vancouver, or GVRD), which encompasses more than 20 cities up and down the southern coast of British Columbia, has had an aggressive recycling program in place for more than 15 years. Single family homes, … Continued

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Social Footprint, the Other Business Impact

The challenges of identifying an organization’s “social footprint” are many, but businesses cannot ignore the effects their operations have on people.

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Why Futureproof Brands Need Intuitive Design

One of  the key elements of a futureproof brand is design. Not a logo, not a color palette, mind you. But design that humanizes technology and enables us to communicate with the brand on a visceral level. This is intuitive design. And it’s absolutely essential to any brand that is innovative and forward-looking. After all, … Continued

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Solar Power to Hit Cost Parity Next Year

Like the little engine that could, or the middle aged rock star that, after twenty years of struggling in sleazy dives has suddenly become an overnight sensation, solar power, has finally arrived and is good to go, in many places, without subsidies.

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Why Materials Matter in Sustainable Product Design

Start with a sustainable model and then find a product made from safe materials that will fit your goals. Locking yourself into a specific product can lead to an unsustainable determination to force-fit it into green credentials.

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Update on Sustainability in Retail

“Retail Sustainability Report” is not just a summary of the retail industry’s progress towards the industry’s evolving sustainability objectives. It is also a great guide for CSR professionals. Its main value derives from identifying a class of top-performing retailers and comparing their characteristics with those of all of the retailers. By doing so it shows readers what actually works and what doesn’t work when it comes to practicing CSR.

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‘Cloud Computing King’ Salesforce to Power Data Centers with Renewables

Salesforce, the software-as-a-service company that Bloomberg Businessweek recently called “a cloud computing king,” announced last week that it is “committing to work to steadily increase the amount of renewable energy we use in our data center operations, to reach our goal to be fully powered by renewable energy.”

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How to Spark a Cause Movement

Creating shared endeavors among corporate networks provides flexibility for people to choose and respond to pressing issues in their community, while being part of a global movement.

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Ecover and Method Demonstrate Merging of the Minds

Look at the history of ethical brands, and you often find the same story, in which the nifty newcomer gets gobbled up the incumbent giant. The Body Shop by L’Oréal, Innocent Drinks by The Coca-Cola Company, Green & Blacks by Kraft – have you ever heard of a merger that was really a meeting of minds? Ecover and Method may be the first.

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Shell’s Self-Serving Scenarios

Shell’s latest report, praised on business and environmental websites, as well as by Amory Lovins of the Rocky Mountain Institute, predicts we are headed for a carbon-free future even as it invests heavily in natural gas projects.

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Tom’s of Maine Takes a Step Towards Quantifying Goodness

Tom’s of Maine just unveiled a new reporting initiative that they are calling their Goodness Report. Tom’s, which states that “sustainable practices are a priority in every aspect of our business,” suggests that goodness, for a company like theirs, rests on three pillars, namely: healthy goodness, human goodness and environmental goodness.