Making Employee Financial Education A Priority within Corporate Social Responsibility

In a 2014 survey by PricewaterhouseCoopers, nearly one in four employees admitted that financial issues have been a distraction at work, and 39% had spent three hours or more per week thinking about or dealing with their personal finances, with basic personal financial management and not being able to pay for college being among those concerns.

As reported by Time.com writer, […]

Hawaiian Resort Serves Fresh Fare through Hydroponics

The Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa in Hawaii has all the amenities you would expect at a Hawaiian resort: a golf course, a pool, scenic ocean views. But there is also one amenity you wouldn’t expect— a hydroponic garden.

The garden, which was started through a collaboration between the resort and the University of Hawaii’s College of Tropical Agriculture, is […]

6 Urban Farms Revolutionizing Where Food Is Grown

Urban agriculture has really made a comeback in the U.S. in recent years. The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization reports that 800 million people worldwide grow fruits or vegetables or raise animals in cities, producing an impressive 15 to 20 percent of the world’s food. The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization notes that while many city dwellers in the developing […]

Emeryville Votes for The Highest Minimum Wage in The Country

The Emeryville City Council voted Tuesday night to raise the city’s minimum wage to nearly $16 per hour by 2019, the highest specified level in the country. The vote came despite concerns from some small business owners that they won’t be able to compete with neighboring businesses in other cities.

The ordinance will go into effect on July 1 when small […]

Apple Partnering with WWF on Chinese Forests

Apple is following through on its commitment to sustainability with a new partnership announced today between the company and the World Wildlife Fund. The deal will put the WWF in charge of managing as much as 1 million acres of forest in China as Apple works to achieve a net zero impact on the environment for all of the virgin […]

Two Keys to Sustainable Social Enterprise

Social entrepreneurship has emerged over the past several decades as a way to identify and bring about potentially transformative societal change. A hybrid of government intervention and pure business
entrepreneurship, social ventures can address problems that are too narrow in scope to spark legislative activism or to attract private capital.

To succeed, these ventures must adhere to both social goals and stiff […]

How Corporate Social Responsibility Is Moving From Optional To Mandatory

“Sustainability for a business today is not a nice-to-do thing,” said Arif Naqvi, founder and group chief executive of the Abraaj Group. “It’s a have-to-do thing. Naqvi, a key participant in the 2015 Oslo Business for Peace Summit and keynote speaker at the subsequent Business for Peace Award Ceremony, described a
new, urgent corporate pragmatism that goes beyond idealism or kind […]

BP Seeks To Regain A Progressive Role on Climate Change

At the BP AGM, the company’s board supported a resolution calling for greater transparency on the company’s responses to the move to a low-carbon economy required by climate change. The rationale for the motion was that it was all about the long-term success of the company. With the support of the board secured, the motion was assured of success, and […]

Is Good Corporate Citizenship Also Good for the Bottom Line?

Our latest Freakonomics Radio on Marketplace podcast is called “Is Good Corporate Citizenship Also Good for the Bottom Line?”

 
The short answer: yes. That’s the finding of Robert G. Eccles, Ioannis Ioannou and George Serafeim from their recent paper “The Impact of a Corporate Culture of Sustainability on Corporate Behavior and Performance” :

“We show that there is significant variation in future […]

Steering Clear of The Sustainability Reporting Trap

Companies get stuck in box-checking when it comes to sustainability. But there is substantial value to be found in making sustainability a strategy.

Over the last few decades, the business world has had to face up to significant resource constraints beyond access to capital. This is being felt in the increasingly damaging effects of climate change and the diminishing availability of […]

Redefining Sustainability

Sustainability must be reframed as an opportunity if it is to take hold.

We’ve heard the word sustainability a lot lately. Climate change scientists warn countries and companies of the dangers of current levels of carbon emissions. Board directors are being called upon to be more transparent and punish bad behaviour. NGOs and social groups want companies to earn a licence […]

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 […]

A Big-Hearted Man Manufacturing Tiny Houses for Oakland’s Homeless

To date, Kloehn has built 35 miniature homes for the homeless in Oakland and San Francisco. All construction materials (except for the wheels and a few other odds and ends), are sourced from garbage. He also runs workshops and gives lectures, teaching other artists and handypeople the tricks of the trade. Following his lead, other builders have made homes for […]

Urban Farms Now Produce One Fifth of The World’s Food

Leadley is a key player in Detroit’s vibrant communal and commercial farming community, which in 2014 produced nearly 400,000 pounds of produce — enough to feed more than 600 people — in its more than 1,300 community, market, family and school gardens.

Other farms in postindustrial cities are also prolific: In 2008, Philadelphia’s 226 community and squatter gardens grew roughly 2 […]

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 […]