Six Years, Many Lessons: Scaling Impact with Ashoka

Why don’t great ideas that are useful and working effectively to solve some of the most pressing social challenges “travel” as well as business ideas do? Why aren’t they able to scale to solve similar social challenges happening in other parts of the world? What is preventing our Ashoka Fellows from scaling their work better and faster? With these questions […]

Tufts Students Go On Hunger Strike Over Janitor Layoffs

MEDFORD, Mass. (AP) – Five students at Tufts University began a hunger strike Sunday over the university’s plans to cut about 35 janitorial jobs at the end of May.

More than 80 students, janitors and families of the staff gathered outside the main administrative building to mark the start of the strike, The Boston Globe reported (http://bit.ly/1AzmdVC). About a dozen tents […]

Op-Ed: “The Inhuman Relations Awards”

It’s not often that I am moved to present the less-than coveted Inhuman Relations Award to companies who establish a new low in employee abuse.

I understand that there’s a never-ending tug-of-war between working folks who feel overworked and underappreciated and management which considers its employees a temporary nuisance, to be replaced much as you would change the oil in your […]

Removing Human Antibiotics from American Chicken

Tyson Foods Inc. has joined what’s becoming a growing list of food companies in the U.S. that are revising existing products in the wake of escalating health concerns. The Springdale, Ark.-based meat-producing giant announced on April 28 that it plans to halt the use of human antibiotics from its broiler chicken production. Tyson’s goal is for its U.S. broiler flocks […]

The Evolution of Corporate Citizenship in The States

Large corporations do not enjoy a good reputation with the public. A recent study by the University of Massachusetts Lowell and the Boston Herald found that 71 percent of Americans have an unfavorable opinion of big business.

We read about BP’s disastrous oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and about the scandals at Wall Street brokerage firms. But beyond the […]

JetBlue Releases “The Blue Review”

JetBlue Airways (Nasdaq: JBLU) today released its seventh responsibility report – The Blue Review: Environmental, Social and Business Responsibility – outlining progress the airline made in 2014. This report highlights major developments made by the airline in 2014, including the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from 1.65 to 1.54 metric tons CO2e per 1,000 revenue ton miles from 2013 to 2014, a […]

Infographic: The Carbon Footprint of the Internet

CO2 Emissions from Emails, Searches, and Cloud Storage

With 2.5 billion people connected to the Internet worldwide, the Internet’s energy and carbon footprint are estimated to exceed air travel. From manufacturing and shipping of computers to data use—the Internet is less green than you’d think. Learn about how the Internet is impacting the environment and what you can do to lessen […]

Factory vs. Fair Trade: New Businesses Battle to Revolutionize The Fashion Industry

With 98% of clothing purchased in the United States imported from overseas, some entrepreneurs are going straight to the source to reform the industry. They are offering improved conditions and pay for the people in developing countries who produce clothing and accessories for the West, but even laying the right groundwork for the new, ethical standard can take time.

From quality […]

Five Ways Social Media Is Driving Corporate Social Responsibility

With key sustainability credentials often hidden deep within long annual reports, businesses are increasingly embracing the likes of Facebook, Twitter and YouTube to communicate directly with their customer base.

Global brands have long purported to place sustainability at the heart of their business plans, but actually getting customers on your side over big sustainability issues has become crucial for business survival […]

What the Advertisements Aren’t Telling you About Natural Gas

Natural gas has been touted as a clean, green alternative to coal and oil, especially in recent advertisements such as the America’s Natural Gas Alliance’s “Think About It” campaign with TV ads that feature the Denver International Airport, L.A. transit and TOTE container ships as being “green” and “environmentally sustainable” because they are powered by natural gas. However, there is […]

Corporate Social Responsibility’s Relationship to Social Enterprise

We did not delve into the efficacy of the initiatives. But from the description, most of the initiatives seem like one of projects which do not necessarily have an impact sustainable over the longer term.

I believe that with the push from the government, corporations big and small have an opportunity to make a phenomenal difference to our society and environment, […]

Shell and High Water: Seattle Takes a Stand

The Port of Seattle has accused citizen groups of playing politics for opposing a plan to use Seattle’s waterfront as a homeport for Shell’s Arctic oil drilling fleet.

Do they mean that this is “political” in the same sense that science-denying reactionaries suggest that global warming is a liberal conspiracy – a stalking horse for big government, limiting freedoms, social engineering, […]

Female Eco-Activists Are Not Dumb Sluts

It is not an uncommon phenomena for media to appeal to our stereotypes for the sake of positive effect and laughs.

I get it! If you don’t like a good joke about stereotypes and generalizations, well then you’re probably semi-dead inside. I love to laugh (seriously, it’s good for the soul) and, for whatever reason, stereotypes are often hilarious. We all […]

Wells Fargo Donates $1.1 Billion to Nonprofits Over the Past Four Years

In 2011, Wells Fargo set a goal to donate $1 billion to nonprofit groups by 2017. The company achieved that goal three years early.

“Caring for our communities and helping individuals and families is one of the most important things we do at Wells Fargo and is a strong part of our culture,” said Jon Campbell, head of Wells Fargo Government […]

Beyond Corporate Citizenship

The concept of Corporate Citizenship – the positive roll of a company in the community and society in general has been evolving over the years.In the past, being a good corporate citizen was about environmental issues and green initiatives. Not anymore. Today good corporate citizenship is much more holistic and integrated into the company culture and includes not only environmental […]

Why It’s Cool to Invest in Girls

Could positive investments in girls be game-changing?

We think so. Harnessing the power and potential of girls is the aim of SPRING, a new project from the U.K. Department for International Development (DFID), Nike Foundation and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). SPRING will accelerate early to mid-stage ventures with products and services that improve the lives of girls in […]