UPS Becomes One of USA’s Largest User of Renewable Natural Gas

New Agreement with Clean Energy Will Help Grow Market for Use of Methane Gas from Landfills As Fuel
UPS (NYSE:UPS) today announced it has entered into an agreement to purchase renewable natural gas (RNG) for its delivery vehicle fleet from Clean Energy Fuels Corp. (NASDAQ: CLNE). The deal signifies UPS’s plan to significantly expand its use of renewable natural gas for […]

Pennsylvania’s Fracked-Up Water Wells

A new study has found that shale drilling and fracking contaminated drinking water wells in Pennsylvania. The study represents the first peer-reviewed paper confirming that fracking can and does contaminate drinking water supplies.

The study discovered that the whitish foam seeping from the faucets and hoses in Bradford county homes was the drilling chemical 2-BE a “foaming agent” known to cause […]

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 […]

How To Achieve Staff Diversity

In order to make the widest impact possible, your organization needs to appeal to a wide audience. This audience should include people from all backgrounds, including race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, income level, and so on. Otherwise, it may appear that your organization is being exclusive with one particular group and perhaps even discriminatory toward others. In order to create […]

Conflict of Interest in Nonprofit Engagement

Given a nonprofit’s purpose to fulfill a community need, it is essential to remain in touch with evolving needs of the community.  The most direct touch point is engagement with clients and constituents. But experience has taught that this is easier said than done.

Is the nonprofit looking just for information? For engagement? For partnership? For ownership and control? It is […]

Want To Succeed? Listen To Those You Serve

Social enterprises need to put customer satisfaction and beneficiary feedback at the center of everything they do. Making what beneficiaries think the most important metric of success is both good management and the right thing to do. My research for REDF this summer as a graduate student intern started with two basic truths. First, the business community recognizes that focusing […]

Are You Guilty of Trickle-Down Community Engagement?

In Seattle, if you’re a person of color and you walk down a dark alley late at night and you feel like you’re being followed, it’s probably someone trying to do some community engagement: “Psst…hey buddy—Go Hawks!—you want to attend a summit? It’s about economic inequity. We need your voice.” “Daddy, I’m scared!” “Stay calm, Timmy; don’t look him in […]

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, […]

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 […]

Is Whole Foods Unethical for Selling Tilapia Raised by Prison Labor?

A Pacific Standard Magazine article that highlights the farming of tilapia by prison labor, some of which ends up in Whole Foods, is inspiring or infuriating depending on your point of view.

Some commentators describe the company’s sourcing of fish from a Colorado prison as rife with ethical issues. Whole Foods, meanwhile, has long touted its “something great” tilapia but is […]

How ‘Dumb Phones’ Can Help Stop The Spread Of Ebola

A basic cell phone may not be able to snap the best selfies, but it can be a vital tool in preventing the spread of deadly viruses.

In Ebola-stricken West Africa — a region where a lack of resources makes spreading information more challenging — UNICEF is helping young people stay safe through its U-Report initiative.

The free social tool, accessible through […]

From Oxycontin To Fast Food: The Ethics of Selling Not-Too-Much

Business is about sales. From a business point of view, your mission is to make a product that people want, and to sell a lot of it. The drive to sell a lot is what motivates cleverness in product design, efficiency in production, and consumer-friendly low prices.

Sure, the idea of selling more-more-more has its critics. There’s a strain of anti-consumerism […]

Net Neutrality Will Strengthen Corporate Social Responsibility

According to a 2012 Internet Society survey, 83 percent of people consider Internet access a basic human right. The Federal Communications Commission (F.C.C.) has now approved the net neutrality rules, which classify broadband Internet service as a utility. The objective behind this landmark move is to preserve the Internet’s role as a “core of free expression and democratic principles,” according […]