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: Virginia Tech Series 2014
What is corporate sustainability for small- to medium-sized manufacturing enterprises? A report by Vestal Tutterow, of the Virginia Tech Executive Master of Natural Resources (XMNR) program, explores the gaps and challenges.
A signature seals a deal, backs a promise and commits you to action. Whether signing a receipt at a restaurant or closing on the mortgage of a new home, your signature is your bond. The commitment and responsibility connoted by a signature has been on the forefront of my mind since my company, Andersen Corp., signed on to the Climate Declaration.
We need to get sustainability out of the goodness ghetto. We need to make it sexy. Not underwear-model sexy, but magnetically attractive sexy — cool, fun, desirable. The HELIX code (Humor, Emotion or Empathy, Looks, Intelligence and the X factor) can get us there.
This week, a new investment fund focused exclusively on sustainable aquaculture announced its first two investments. Aqua-Spark, which launched in 2013 and has since raised $10 million, will award capital to an American feed company and a fish farm based in Mozambique.
Corporate Knights releases its 100 top picks for the world’s most sustainable large companies at the 2015 World Economic Forum.
Elaine Cohen recently navigated to BP’s sustainability and reporting site after several years of not paying close attention. The corporate social responsibility expert was pleasantly surprised.
Impact investing requires the commitment to measure, and report on positive social change. As the industry matures, here’s what we expect to see in 2015.
SPECIAL SERIES: Sustainably Attired
In an industry that manufactures most of its apparel in developing countries at unlivable wages, Alta Gracia Apparel – a clothing factory in the Dominican Republic that pays employees 300 percent above the legal minimum wage – is a one-of-a-kind social enterprise.
Good design makes complicated things simple. Great design does it while inspiring us. Think of the first time you spun an iPod thumb wheel and realized you wouldn’t need instructions to figure this thing out. These experiences stop us in our tracks with the realization there are smart people out there using their powers for good.