A fish by any name is still a fish. But sometimes names do matters, as a recent report by the ocean advocacy group Oceana reveals. The use of one name for one fish can help protect our oceans and the fish that swim in them.
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.
Even social enterprises often are focused solely on their external mission, overlooking their employees’ needs for empowerment and wealth creation that worker-owned co-ops and democratically-run businesses can offer. We need organizations designed to benefit society and employees at the same time! This article explains 5 innovative organizational forms that can maximize the benefit of your social enterprise for society and often forgotten, the employees.
SPECIAL SERIES: The ROI of Sustainability
McGee Young, founder and CEO of MeterHero, provides four tips that can help you sustain your sustainability programs even in the face of downsizing, reorganization and cost-cutting crusades.
Garment factories in Myanmar, the Asian country formerly and perhaps better known as Burma, aren’t happy with the government’s proposal to institute the country’s first minimum wage — a measly $3.25 per day, equating to just 40 cents an hour.
In the city of Newark, New Jersey, a company known as Aero Farms has decided to build a new $30 million corporate headquarters in an abandoned steel mill, which will include a vertical farm. When complete, the 69,000-square-foot facility will grow roughly 2 million pounds of baby greens and herbs, creating 78 new jobs in an area with an unemployment rate that is twice the national average.
The lack of awareness – let alone knowledge – of the global water shortage is dangerous. Can anyone wake up American consumers to this growing problem? You bet, and corporations are at the heart of efforts to curb the global water footprint.
Many companies are incorporating holistic wellness programs into their work environments. These programs include many aspects of optimal health, including physical, emotional and spiritual. For small businesses with limited resources, here are some ideas to easily implement a holistic wellness program into your company.
It’s been tough for Foster Farms. A year-long string of antibiotic-resistant salmonella cases, plant issues and now an animal cruelty complaint. But major animal welfare advocates really want to know how its certifying agency, the American Humane Association, could have missed the signs of abuse on the plant floor. According to one publication and a host of animal advocates from Hollywood, more questions need to be asked.
The goal of every corporation or business is to earn money, but what happens when a company’s approach doesn’t take environmental impact into account? Exxon Mobil provides a useful case study.
Despite the obvious advantages of an ever-shining sun, the Middle East is actually less than ideal for solar power — explaining, at least in part, why its development of solar power has been slow. This is what motivated the folks at Masdar, Abu Dhabi’s renewable energy company, to establish the Masdar Solar Hub: a state-of-the art solar testing and R&D hub for photovoltaic and solar thermal technology.
Regulations, whether mandated by governments or by industries, are often scoffed at and belittled as an annoyance that hinders progress and innovation and harms business. When it comes to sustainable business practices, recent mandates and current regulations may also be viewed as stifling productivity, but they are actually here to disrupt our ways of thinking, acting and conducting business – for the better.
The Green Electronics Council, UL Environment, ER International & 3p came together for a Twitter Chat focused on electronics in the circular economy.
Much of today’s organizational management mindset (whether corporate, nonprofit, government institution or startup) is rooted in a flawed logic about how the world works.
Walk down the aisle of any grocery store, and it’ll be easy to see that there’s a growing trend toward eco-friendly practices and products. Then look online and you’ll see the same thing. But, how can you tell if a company is truly committed to environmental sustainability, or if it’s just trying to cash in on the ever-growing eco-friendly market? Read on to find out.