Business & CSR

CSR: Where It Came From and Where It’s Going

July 7th, 2016 by

Corporate social responsibility (CSR) calls for companies to adhere to the economic, legal, ethical, and philanthropic expectations of society at a given point in time. With roots reaching back to the 1940s and 1950s, CSR became a top priority among the world’s largest companies by the 1990s. More than two decades later, large-yet-laggardly companies, small…

Turning Organizational Stress into Resilience

November 3rd, 2015 by

When you’re stressed, you cut corners. It starts with substituting coffee for sleep. Before long, you may find yourself missing workouts, eating donuts and consuming too much alcohol. If left unmitigated, stress can cause weight gain, burnout and breakups — and in extreme cases, heart attacks and death. At a minimum, stress leads to poor…

Conscious Capitalism, 1.5 years later

June 30th, 2015 by
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Conscious Capitalism, John Mackey’s and Raj Sisodia’s triple-bottom-line bible, has orbited the social entrepreneurship sector for over a year and a half. That’s about how long it has taken me to read, as I keep putting the book down and picking it back up, wondering how a manual on keeping businesses value-driven really applies to…

Johnson & Johnson Catalyzes Eco-Innovation

February 10th, 2015 by

Al Iannuzzi took a gamble when he decided to double down on the environmental and health impacts of his company’s products. But Ianuzzi, senior director of environment, health, safety & sustainability for Johnson & Johnson, believed in the need to embed sustainability into the company’s supply chain enough to build a brand around the new…

What Holds Women Back from the Boardroom

January 26th, 2015 by

There they were at the awards ceremony, talking like old chums at a table ten feet away: the 43rd president of the United States, the founder of EDS and the CEO of Exxon Mobil. Seated shoulder-to-shoulder, the trio loomed like a phalanx primed to defend the rich and the powerful. But then a boy with…

The Iceberg Principle of CSR

January 4th, 2015 by

Consider the tip of an iceberg. When we see these imposing cliffs of white ice, it’s amazing to realize that we’re only seeing about 10 percent of their total mass. No matter how big it is, 90 percent of the ice mass is hidden. In many ways, a corporate social responsibility program is like an…

Reshoring American Manufacturing with ‘Eco-Industrial Parks’

November 16th, 2014 by

As the reshoring trend is gaining strength, it is important to evaluate innovative, alternative solutions to the past industrial models. Otherwise, it might be difficult to ensure that the return of manufacturing in the US will be resilient in response to any future attempts of delocalization in serving the domestic market. There are a few…

Deploying EHS Systems with CSR Benefits

November 11th, 2014 by

Making environmental, health and safety compliance sexy may seem impossible, but the Sustainable Performance Forum Americas 2014 conference came close. With former NASA astronaut Capt. John Creighton on stage, a Discovery Bar in the lobby and over 500 attendees with roles spanning the sustainability spectrum, enterprise software company Enablon turned an enterprise event into an industry influencer. Now in…

How Sustainability Leaders Hold Steady over the Long Haul

September 6th, 2014 by

Pioneering a sustainability initiative is a lot like buying a boat. Sooner or later, the realities of maintenance overshadow whatever aspirations first inspired the investment. After the brainstorming sessions, public proclamations and other outpourings of enthusiasm fade, the day comes when you have to face facts: This is going to take work. Without the resolve…

Wyndham Worldwide’s Green Governance

September 4th, 2014 by

Dr. Jeana Wirtenberg, nationally recognized expert in organizational change, shares the fourth of four exclusive excerpts adapted from her new book Building a Culture for Sustainability. At Wyndham Worldwide, sustainability has a governance structure that is unique in three distinct ways: Wyndham Green, Wyndham Green Council, and alignment of Wyndham’s human resources and corporate services. First,…