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.
In October 2014, the North Face committed to achieving 100 percent certified responsible down by fall 2017. It achieved its goal in fall 2015, two years ahead of schedule.
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Call it a modern-day tale of two cities: Chicago and Flint, Michigan, are both battling epidemics of lead poisoning, and looking at generations of lower scholastic scores and a higher incidence of behavioral issues for many of the cities’ youngest residents. Community members in both cities charge that local and state governments have failed their children and should be held accountable for the exposure.
Volkswagen’s emissions scandal has not only tarnished its own reputation, but also given us a stark lesson in how businesses should (not) approach social responsibility and sustainability.
Campbell Soup Co. announced that it will now support federal legislation that establishes a standard for GMO labeling. Perhaps even more importantly, Campbell’s says it will withdraw from all organizations that oppose such labeling measures.
The story of DuPont’s ongoing pollution in West Virginia is expertly detailed in the most recent New York Times Magazine. The account underscores just how crucial is today’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) “movement” and suggests that we cannot continue to rely on government and private lawyers to police corporate behavior.
In a COP21 breakout session focused on environmental standards, Joe Madden, co-founder of EOS Climate, presented a concept that could revolutionize raw materials sourcing.
Remember when Facebook launched its free Internet.org application in Indonesia and India to waves of backlash from net neutrality activists? Now rebranded as ‘Free Basics,’ the service is back in the news, and not for good reasons.
The group of heavily armed men that is illegally occupying the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon may be linked to ALEC, the American Legislative Exchange Council.
Organizations of all shapes and sizes are creating walking and biking opportunities for their employees. These programs help businesses to meet their sustainability goals related to transportation, wellness and employee engagement. The bottom line is that happy, healthy employees make for a happy, healthy organization.
SPECIAL SERIES: Tech Titans: Community Citizens?
Thanks to the influx of large tech companies, the San Francisco Bay Area has ballooned in both wealth and population over the past two decades. But the picture isn’t always as pretty as those postcards of the Golden Gate Bridge.