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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Climate Change: No Longer on the Backburner

This recent heat wave has reengaged the public’s interest in climate change and what can be done to curb the emission of greenhouse gases. The fact of the matter is that consensus has shifted. At the turn of the 21st century, skepticism with regard to climate change was acceptable; this is no longer the case.

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Walmart to Save $150 Million Thanks to Sustainability Programs

Walmart announced last week the company could save as much as $150 million during the company’s 2013 fiscal year due to several of its sustainability programs. The announcement, which the world’s largest retailer made during its annual meeting for the investor community, came while Walmart celebrated its 50th anniversary. The amount of money the company … Continued

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Facebook Begins Invading Users’ Privacy Before Birth

While Facebook is facilitating long-distance friendships and reconnections, it is also data-mining a huge amount of personal information from its users and profiting from it. Personal privacy laws haven’t caught up to this practice yet and most users are unaware of its extent.

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Asian Philanthropy Includes Social Entrepreneurship, Corporate Giving

Last week, Give2Asia, a $25-million-a-year international charity, celebrated ten years of philanthropy. Over its history, the charity has given out $201 million in 23 countries, focusing on local knowledge, and producing a body of research on Asian philanthropy, accessible at its recently-launched Asian Philanthropy Advisory Network.

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Comic Book Art Enlists Heroes and Donors for Africa Famine Relief

DC Comic heroes are championing the cause of raising public awareness about ongoing famine, drought and violence in the Horn of Africa. Darkness & Light adds a new dimension of hope, empowerment and spirit to the somber images of need that relief campaigns have long relied upon.

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Advancing Entrepreneurship in India

I’ve just returned from a whirlwind trip to India (provided by SAP) to investigate how IT is helping address issues of sustainability – from energy use to economic development to everything in between.  Over the next week or two I’ll be publishing some of my experiences.  You can follow along on this page. Longtime readers … Continued

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McDonald’s Addresses Sustainable Beef Sourcing

Finding how to reduce the impact of the raising of the cattle, which is responsible for the largest part of McDonald’s ecological footprint, is the company’s main sustainability challenge – how will it handle it?

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Shareholders at Procter and Gamble Question Packaging Waste

The largest maker of packaged goods in the world, Procter and Gamble, held a shareholder vote on adopting Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) policies to dispose of packaging. Shareholder support was underwhelming at 5.8 percent, but it was enough to get it on the ballot for next year.

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Welcome to Sustainable Management with Bard

I was honored last month to give the inaugural lecture to a class of 19 candidates for a Masters in Sustainable Business, the new MBA created by Bard College. Unlike most MBA programs, the fundamentals of doing business in sustainable ways are woven throughout the entire curriculum.

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How to Become A Walmart Green Supplier

The requirements for becoming a Walmart supplier are changing as the company continues to embed sustainability into their core processes. This opens up new opportunities for suppliers who can anticipate the retail giant’s sustainability needs and meet its goals.

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How Oracle CEO’s New Hawaiian Paradise Could Self-Sustain

Oracle CEO and co-founder Larry Ellison recently bought 98 percent of the island Lanai in Hawaii, with plans to turn the island into a “model for environmentally sustainable enterprise.” But can it be done?

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Conscious Consumers Are the Key to A Sustainable Future

“Conscious” consumers dream of a better future, with sustainable products and services, delivered by “conscious” companies. These consumers are the key to solving many of the world’s problems.