“Zooming out entirely: The global challenges that we face are massive and very complex, and it’s going to require everyone being involved,” Maggie Davies, chief of strategy and talent for Net Impact, said at the 2014 Net Impact conference in Minneapolis.
Category: New Economics
This category is about the relation between business economies and sustainability and CSR. Company economies have great impact on how much effort they put into their CSR strategy and incorporating green strategies can have an effect on company growth.
As a recent college graduate working in her hometown of Minneapolis, the host city for NI14, Maya Weisinger is more equipped than most to discuss why diversity matters to the younger generation of top talent.
About six months ago, Patagonia, a global leader in sustainable apparel, dissolved its sustainability department. This is a development Rick Ridgeway, vice president of environmental affairs, is very proud of.
The first-of-its-kind grasslands conservation project brought the USDA together with ranchers, Ducks Unlimited and others in a public-private partnership that will avoid carbon dioxide emissions the equivalent of taking more than 5,000 cars off the road.
The 2014 ISSP conference highlighted many standards within the sustainability reporting realm. The Sustainability Accounting Standards Board’s budding presence suggests it is gaining traction.
“This isn’t just about getting these kids a job” says Scott Hudson Principal Manager of Social Responsibility and Community Outreach with the Alcoa Foundation , “It’s about giving them a leg up with real workforce skills. And maybe they’ll move on to study engineering or computer aided design later.”
“When we bring together diverse perspectives, we will get the best innovation and best solutions for our customers,” Kathy Hopinkah Hannan of KPMG said at the 2014 Net Impact conference.
Based in Oakland, California, Inner City Advisors serves inner-city communities throughout the Bay Area. By and large, these are very diverse communities, CEO Jose Corona said. But local companies have been “called out,” as he put it, for lack of diversity — particularly in Silicon Valley.
Achieving unprecedented reductions in O&M costs and gains in efficiency, Eccopia’s fully-automated solar robotics platform is energy-independent and water free.
Notwithstanding the progress that Western companies, labor unions and the local government continue to make to secure safe working conditions for garment workers, several social enterprises are helping to advance the sustainability of the global apparel supply chain beyond safety compliance.
After the dust settled on the financial crisis, governments, advocacy groups and other stakeholders began to focus intensely on creating a more responsible financial services industry. But how much has really changed in the past five years? Are these companies really modifying their core business practices in the interest of corporate social responsibility (CSR), or is this just another marketing game? These are only a few of the questions asked at a panel discussion at the 2014 BSR Conference in New York last Thursday.
The Kansas wind farm is the latest demonstration of Yahoo’s commitment to local community development, as well as reducing its carbon and environmental footprints.