In today’s continuously connected world, companies might find it difficult to keep their CSR “dirty laundry” secret for very long. Technology is making it even easier to find out what’s really behind the products we buy and with 78 percentof Americans willing to stop buying products with misleading environmental claims, the stakes for companies to not only behave responsibly, but communicate transparently, have never been higher.
The newest development in a slew of transparency-related apps is Buycott, an app that empowers consumers to purchase brands that share their personal values. The app’s website explains, “With Buycott, a campaign can be quickly created around a cause, with the goal of targeting companies with a boycott unless they change their position, or buycotting a company to show your support.”
DETROIT, April 22, 2013 /3BL Media/ — General Motors is transforming corporate lands at its global facilities into tailored areas for wildlife habitats.
Together with the Wildlife Habitat Council, dozens of companies, including GM, are foregoing cement buildings for a different sort of structure: the kind that house animals.
“We strive to increase biodiversity around the world at our facilities, and we have 25 habitats certified by the Wildlife Habitat Council,” said Sue Kelsey, GM biodiversity program manager. “Within these sites, 16 percent of the land mass is actively managed as wildlife habitat.” Continue reading →
Kimberly Clark has announced a focused initiative, “Water for Life,” as part of the company’s Sustainability 2015 strategy. Through the program, Kimberly-Clark will collaborate with NGOs to provide clean drinking water, sanitation, and hygiene education to communities around the world. Continue reading →
LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Global nutrition company, Herbalife (NYSE: HLF), announces that two of its corporate social responsibility (CSR) programs - TEAM Herbalife and Casa Herbalife – were named in the list of “Best Social Projects of Russia” in 2012.
“Best Social Projects of Russia” is a national program established to support the aim of the Russian Government to improve social policy, based on partnership between the state, society and the private sector. The program is supported by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Agency for Strategic Initiatives, World Wildlife Fund, Forest Stewardship Council and other organizations. Continue reading →
Nature has already shown us the way to solve many human problems, from deciphering simple engineering puzzles to unlocking the mysteries of flight. In The Nature of Business, author Giles Hutchins makes a compelling case for applying the same principles of biomimicry to the development of a new business paradigm. He demonstrates clearly how behaviors and organizations found in nature can be applied to help companies flourish in chaotic and uncertain times.
Eclipsing current approaches to responsible and green business, Hutchins’ focus is on the emergence of new ways of operating and creating value in an increasingly volatile and interconnected world. He presents the challenges to the prevailing “business as usual” model, explains the pressing need for transformational change, and reveals the concepts and mindsets necessary to inspire the businesses of tomorrow, including:
Optimization and adaptation
Values-based navigation and life-building activities.
Showcasing the pioneers of the new paradigm through a multitude of examples and case studies, The Nature of Businesspresents the tools and techniques required to effect the transformation to an organization fit for purpose, fit for the future, and inspired by nature.
More information about this book can be found by clicking –> HERE. Below is an excerpt from the book. Continue reading →
HONG KONG, Mar 26, 2013 /3BL Media/ – FedEx Express (FedEx), a subsidiary of FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) and the world’s largest express transportation company, today announced the expansion of its alternative-energy vehicle fleet with the introduction of 10 new all-electric commercial vehicles for use in Hong Kong. This is the first fleet of zero-emission all-electric vehicles for FedEx in Asia Pacific. Continue reading →
The past twelve months have seen an explosion of interest in the smart city concept. Cities around the world have announced new smart city strategies and innovative projects, and many existing programs have been rebranded as smart city initiatives. According to a new tracker report from Pike Research, a part of Navigant’s Energy Practice, more than 50 percent of smart city projects are focused on innovations in transportation and urban mobility. The tracker identifies and details 130 smart city projects underway worldwide. Continue reading →
The Aspen Institute is sponsoring the 2013 Business and Society International MBA Case Competition for 25 partnering schools. Students will analyze a business case study focused on a real-life business decision being undertaken by a major company to explore the influence that well-managed business can have in society. Competitions at each of the schools will determine first place campus winners, from whom five finalist teams will be chosen. Finalists will present to a panel of corporate judges in New York and participate in a reception hosted by BNY Mellon. All finalist teams will receive prize money and funds to donate to a charity of their choice.
The Ski Area Citizens’ Coalition has issued a ski area report card that ranks 84 resorts in the western U.S. on their environmental practices, ranging from recycling to watershed protection. The study finds a 300 percent increase over the previous year in the number of ski areas that either plan to expand or are in the process of doing so. Nearly one-third of all western ski resorts surveyed were expanding. It also finds that the numbers of skiers have risen by only a fraction of a percentage point annually since 1978. The stagnant skier numbers and a decline in snow associated with climate change have forced one-half of all ski areas on public land to close. Many of those that remain have shifted to a full service lodge model, with hotels, restaurants, shops, and condos that create long-term impacts on wildlife habitat and the region’s water resources. Over half of all alpine ski resorts in the U. S. are on public lands administered by the Forest Service.
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