On April 24, 2013, the Rana Plaza factory building collapsed in the city of Dhaka, Bangladesh. That day at 8:57 a.m. local time, 1,134 people died and over 2,500 were injured in the name of fast fashion. Two years later, has anything changed?
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.
SPECIAL SERIES: Sustainably Attired
In support of Fashion Revolution Day, people around the world are taking to social media today, snapping selfies, tagging brands and asking them “#whomademyclothes. The campaign marks the second anniversary of the Rana Plaza factory collapse, and seeks to use the tragedy “to shed light and bring some transparency to what has become a really hidden and secretive industry.”
Today, Kimberly-Clark, World Wildlife Fund and TriplePundit came together for a special Twitter Chat about responsible fiber sourcing procedures – at #RespFibers. Here’s the Storify and recap.
In recognition of Earth Day 2015, Nestlé USA has announced its latest accomplishment: All of its U.S.-based manufacturing centers are now landfill-free. The news is the latest stage in the U.S. company’s efforts to retool the way it does business. But changing consumer behavior when it comes to packaging disposal can be a lot harder: More than 80 percent of the water bottles manufactured by today’s water companies still end up in the landfill.
SPECIAL SERIES: Disrupting Short-Termism
For several years running, India’s Unilever and Lifebuoy employees have been instrumental in running one of the country’s most successful social responsibility programs. The brilliance of this handwashing campaign is in its simplicity: It teaches and reinforces a task that takes about 20 seconds.
Getting creative is the next maturation step in sustainability leadership and for winning enhanced CEO commitment. For sustainability leaders, the creative path for winning customers (and CEOs) is to act weird. For example, being “weird,” or outside the product design norm, defines Apple and its success. So, how can leaders get outside the mainstream and deliver a compelling business case for sustainability?
Behavioral change at the consumer and commercial levels can be the key to significantly decreasing the amount of compostable food waste sent to the landfill by both households and businesses globally.
Frank Kutka, the maker of Organic Ready, is out to save organic corn. Oddly enough, he is doing it by an old-fashioned, home-grown method that has been around for at least a couple of centuries: meticulous genetic breeding that takes advantage of Mother Nature’s best traits of self-preservation and doesn’t artificially modify the plant’s genes. Can he succeed? Farmers in Argentina, Poland, Chile and a growing list of U.S. states think so.
Despite the powerful business case for women’s advancement, gender inequality stubbornly persists. Today only 12 percent of board seats and 11 percent of senior management positions globally are held by women. Joseph F. Keefe, president and CEO of Pax World Funds, and Sallie L. Krawcheck, chair of Pax Ellevate Management, explain why gender diversity should really matter to investors.
Career reentry programs offer solid chances to return to the workforce after having been absent for two or even 20 years. This growing trend brings diversity into the workplace by supporting former stay-at-home-moms and others who have left the workforce but are looking to return.
To celebrate Earth Day, HP’s Chief Progress Officer Gabi Zedlmayer joined TriplePundit for a special Twitter Chat on HP Living Progress at #LivingProgress.
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, is an unlikely state capitol. Even the people who live here agree that Philadelphia or Pittsburgh might be better choices. Visiting either of those cities immediately imparts a sense of scope and even grandeur — they are alive and vital in a way that Harrisburg, even amidst its slow renaissance, cannot yet match. But despite Harrisburg’s problems, it has emerged as a hotbed of corporate responsibility.
While supply chains have evolved over the years, supplier risk assessments are still often equated with reviewing financial performance to ensure that suppliers are not staring at insolvency. But there is a fundamental problem with such assessments – they are post facto in nature, and are highly dependent on the financials reported by the supplier. What buying organizations need are risk assessments where the analysis of financial health is complemented by the assessment of business and sustainability performance of suppliers to identify risk signals ahead of time.
Sustainability execution today is undermined by a lack of language that speaks to a time when sustainability is achieved. As much as sustainability is mainstream, it’s unclear on outcomes. We might embrace the process of becoming sustainable, but it convinces neither the critics nor the impatient that it is taking us somewhere. So, what is sustainability’s end game and when, if ever, can we relax?
Last week, I was interviewed by Andrea Johnbaptiste on the JB Bizline Radio out of South Florida. Listen in to hear her explain how climate change can impact even the smallest of businesses and why diversity can boost your bottom line.