In this post Elaine gives her take on the latest slew of industry sector sustainability reports increasingly being published by various industry associations, ranging from cattle growers to consumer electronic and every where in between. She notes that they tend to be oriented towards good news marketing oriented material, but they can give you a good overview of the issues in a particular sector.
This post provides an overview of socially responsible investing and touches on some of the background and issues surrounding it. Socially responsible investing (SRI) is a method of investment in which the investor invests capital only into companies that engage in socially responsible behaviors. This post is targeted towards those who may not already have had previous exposure to the SRI movement and the issues facing it.
Twitter has done a great deal for CSR communications. The social network brings CSR leaders closer,facilitates networking, as well as partnership creation, and dealmaking. Twitter gets the news and information out about CSR conferences out to a larger audience, as well as being the absolute best source of CSR news. CSR reports are always announced on Twitter and it is used as a CSR jobs recruitment platform too. It is also used to promote brands, customer service, or to announce new products and services, which all these link to CSR as well. This is all helping to create greater interest in the CSR body of knowledge. Ultimately, Twitter makes CSR info accessible to more people and it is changing the way people view it.
The nuclear crisis in Japan is a wake up call demonstrating that nuclear power is not the silver bullet against climate change that governments and advocates have claimed. Much more effort, resources and political will has to be directed toward alternative sources of energy: energy saving, renewable, and changing of life styles.
ISO 26000 Social Responsibility Guidance May Offer Supply Chain Opportunities to Small-Mid Sized Manufacturing
ISO 26000, the global Guidance on Social Responsibility was recently launched. Large to small organizations can strive to be ISO 26000-compliant, stay ahead of the curve and grab the “leader” advantage. Or conversely, companies can risk being a “laggard” and lose vital business opportunities.
Last year, during Women’s History Month, we published, our list of the top women in sustainability. This week, PINK released their list of the top women in sustainability for 2011. These are women who they see as pioneers who are employing cutting-edge best practices to lead the movement for corporate responsibility and sustainability
This post analyzes current developments in CSR and it predicts four ways the author expects CSR to develop in 2011. Briefly these are: CSR evolves into a company-wide policy, CSR will become more transparent and also more gain greater visibility with customers and service users, the entire supply chains will be expected to perform to the same standards of CSR as the core companies themselves, and more reporting and contrasting will become publicly available and will enable the public to better evaluate company CSR performance.
The following is a list of the year’s 10 best research findings related to CSR, compiled by the Network for Business Sustainability. They focus on the impact of sustainable innovation on profit, the affect volunteering has on performance, employee engagement, product quality, stakeholder buy-in, reputation, carbon metrics and honoring stakeholders.
Companies should create a CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) report because of the a real ROI they stand to gain, either through reduced costs or increased revenue, or both. The key drivers include investors, market expectations, competitors, regulators, employees, and communities. Each of these drivers has at its core either increasing revenues, or reducing costs.