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.
We might have heard a lot about the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals since their launch late last year. But Marianne Hughes and GivingForce still find themselves discussing how to best apply them to business. Could the answer be through your people?
Whether it’s a local community, an online community or even a trade-specific community, maintaining a presence outside the typical market space can provide your business with long-reaching benefits.
SPECIAL SERIES: Skills-Based Volunteering
Skills-based volunteering is where “purpose meets passion,” says Kimberly Dulin of Catchafire. Dulin and her colleagues from Catchafire talk about bringing volunteers and organizations together.
After careful research and questionnaires, Target found that modern parents have grown weary of the inherently blue or pink aisles that separate the genders.
Transparency, especially in the fashion industry, seems like a vulnerable business tactic, unless, of course, you have nothing to hide. These three fashion brands make transparency their business.
Last week I went to Stockholm to learn more about H&M’s sustainability program. Over my three days with the company, I found its culture imbued an unusual mix of candor, understatement and delight. It’s a mix that is key to the company’s leading fashion empire: 3,900 stores and 142,000 employees. It is also key to its sustainability performance – a performance which, humbly, appears to be seriously kicking sustainability ass.
We must remember that as stakeholders, we have the unique ability to create the strong pull needed to incentivize our institutions and businesses to make decisions that are tied to circular-economy principles.
Sustainable sourcing creates an opportunity to differentiate your private brand from the competition, while providing additional value to your customer. If you are just beginning the journey into sustainable sourcing, I recommend taking a Crawl-Walk-Run approach.
A group of shareholders called the ‘Aiming for A’ investor coalition is asking three giant mining companies to be more transparent about climate risk.
The intent of the U.N.’s post-2015 development agenda is to build a true public-private partnership to affect measurable change on a global scale. We do this by creating (and meeting) Sustainable Development Goals (or SDGs).