Google: CSR & Sustainability News

Google Inc. is an American multinational Internet and software corporation specialized in Internet search, cloud computing, and advertising technologies. Google was first incorporated as a privately held company on September 4, 1998, and its initial public offering followed on August 19, 2004. Google’s rapid growth since its incorporation has triggered a chain of products, acquisitions, and partnerships beyond the company’s core web search engine. The company offers online productivity software, such as the Gmail email service, the Google Docs office suite, and the Google+ social networking service.

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Nest Freezes Sales of Smoke Alarm, Is Sued Over Thermostat’s Energy Savings Claims

Nest Labs quickly became a darling of both the sustainability and tech worlds for its sleek, Internet-connected thermostat and smoke detector designed to…
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‘Tech Backlash’ Perfect Time for Silicon Valley to ‘Disrupt’ CSR

Exactly how should tech companies be responding to their effect on the local Silicon Valley economy?
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Google-Powered Map Shows Deforestation in Near Real Time

The Earth loses 50 soccer fields’ worth of forest land every minute of every day, according to data from the University of Maryland…
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Lawsuit: Silicon Valley Under Scrutiny for $9 Billion in Wage Theft Conspiracy

An antitrust investigation conducted by the U.S. Department of Justice has led to a class action lawsuit against top tech companies. Filed on…
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Extreme Winter Weather Puts Strain on Power Systems, Lets Wind Energy Shine

The displaced polar vortex, with its frigid temperatures and strong winds, has caused energy use to soar--creating supply shortages and rising energy costs.…
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Google Buys Nest – But Sustainable Design Not a Factor

Nest does a lot of things - but the fact that it makes simple, beautiful, thoughtful and desirable products that help people make…
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Why the Google Bus Protests are a Corporate Sustainability Issue

Increasing rent prices in San Francisco caused by an explosion of Silicon Valley wealth are a material issue that needs to be addressed…
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Great CSR Leadership Examples for 2014

Consumers really care about a company’s corporate social responsibility track record. According to research, only 17 percent of consumers surveyed would consider referring…
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Ad Campaign Addresses Persistent Sexism in Google Searches

A new ad campaign reveals the dark side of the world's Google searches that points to pervasive discrimination against women.
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Google Buys 240MW of Wind Power in Texas

In its latest renewable energy buy, Google announced Tuesday that it will purchase the entire 240-megawatt output of a wind farm in the…
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Uber Offers Free Rides to Level Lyft

Mere weeks after securing a staggering $258 million in new funding from Google Ventures and TPG Capital, car-booking service Uber is already training…
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Google Mexico’s Dining Facilities Will be Cage Free

Over the last few years, many companies have made announcements about phasing out battery cages, including Google Mexico.
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Google Says Googling Can Leave a Neutral Carbon Footprint

Google reports that typical users can use its services on a carbon neutral basis when carbon offsets are factored in.
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Why Would Google Hold a Fundraiser for Climate Denier Senator Inhofe?

Google held a fundraiser to benefit Senator Inhofe as well as the national Republican Senatorial Committee. However, why would a company whose Chairman…
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Do Apple’s Tax Practices Reflect Irresponsible Capitalism?

The reports on Apple’s tax avoidance and Cook’s testimony once again brought up the question of tax fairness and what it means nowadays.…