Immigration Reform: The Missing Piece of the CSR Puzzle

This article offers insight into how some corporations are fueling US unemployment rates by increasing the hiring rate of legal and illegal immigrant workers, subsequently reducing the American workforce. This practice contradicts with major corporations who subscribe to CSR best practices which involve “a way of managing a business by considering the impact of activities on customers, suppliers, employees, shareholders, communities and other stakeholders, as well as the environment.” With rising unemployment rates, an increasing population, and shrinking workforce we have to assess the role of corporations in economic stabilization and sustainability.

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Japan Plans Floating Windfarm Off Fukushima Coast

Japan’s Ministry of Trade and Industry announced it will invest as much as 20 billion yen ($260 million) to build a pilot offshore wind project comprised of six, 2-megawatt (MW) floating wind turbines off the coast of Fukushima to rebuild the region’s energy infrastructure.

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CDP Global Forum’s Comprehensive Look at Sustainable Business

On Wednesday the Global Forum had an international gathering of business and political leaders in a unique virtual workshop-style discussion which focused on ways to create sustainable, profitable business growth around the world. The 2-hour meeting organized by the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP). The meeting took a realistic tone, bridging long-term vision with existing challenges. First, … Continued

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Video Interview: Where Enterprise and Public Service Meet

There were many meaningful projects at SOCAP2011, one is Code For America.  Jennifer Palke founded Code For America in 2009 to re-invent government by leveraging the talents of designers and programmers.  Code for America offers service year programs, just like the Peace Corps, but with the culture of startup incubators such as the Y-combinator.  Program … Continued

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Five Trends Shaping the NGO Sector

By Ayesha Barenblat, Dir, Stakeholder Collaboration, BSR Over the past decade, NGO activity has been shaped by the spread of democracy and the rise of the internet opening up societies. This spurred an expansion of all types of NGOs that enjoyed support from northern governments and unfettered trust from the public. In particular, we saw the … Continued

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DOE Awards $15 Million for Electric Vehicle Adoption Programs

The DOE awarded ~$15 million for 16 projects in 24 states and DC ‘to accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles across the nation and seven projects in seven states to help prepare college students for careers designing and building advanced vehicle technologies.’

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Is It Time for a Global Sustainability Treaty?

By Inder Comar Law has the power to promote common values that help change societies for the better. At the international level, treaties are the legal mechanism by which a shared vision is enacted by and between different countries. It is tempting to cynically dismiss international agreements, but they can be surprisingly effective. Treaties like … Continued

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B Corp and a Benefit Corporation are Not Created Equal

B Corp is just short hand for a Benefit Corporation, right? Not quite. Although there are similarities between the two in name, and in spirit, there is a crucial difference. B Corp is a certification and a Benefit Corp is a legal entity. Let me explain. The Confusion Between B Corp and Benefit Corporations First … Continued

Van Jones on the American Dream 2.0

By Heather King Van Jones may have resigned his post as Obama’s green jobs czar, but he continues his crusade for a better America. This afternoon at the SOCAP 2011 conference, he rallied support for the “American Dream 2.0″ and railed on the Tea Party. “There was a tech bubble and a dot com bubble. … Continued

What Should A Sustainable Political Party Advocate?

By Inder Comar In the US we’re still more than a year away from the next federal election, but campaign news is already making headlines.  It’s worth asking:  what are some things a Sustainable Party might advocate? Here are a few ideas: Sustainable health.  The conversation about nation-wide health care is an excellent start, but … Continued

Germany Sets New Renewable Energy Record

While the latest green headlines in the U.S. are mostly depressing with growing signs that the Obama administration will approve the proposed Keystone Pipeline and the bankruptcy of Solyndra, at least we have some good news coming from across the ocean. According to a new report by the German Association of Energy and Water Industries … Continued

Island Community Invests in Tidal Energy

The world’s first community-owned tidal power plant is moving towards completion on the northernmost UK Shetland island of Yell. Locals are looking to the grid-connected, 30MW tidal power generator to provide an anchor to the economy, as well as a source of clean, renewable power.

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Calisolar Will Create New Green Jobs in Mississippi

Solar power is here to stay, and the announcement last week of a new $600 million solar silicon factory for Mississippi may take some of the sting out of the recent bankruptcy shocker from solar manufacturer Solyndra. The new factory will be built by Calisolar in Lowndes County and will generate about 1,000 jobs at … Continued