By Susan Arnot Heaney
Corporate Responsibility (CR), or whatever name you choose, has been recognized as a practice for less than a decade – for early practitioners like me, it has been like learning to drive in the middle of the Indy 500.
However, despite evolutions and iterations, the core imperatives remain unchanged: to focus on profit, people, planet and doing well without sacrificing doing good.
Since CR is the new kid on the block, and we are supposed to be the “good guy...
By Joe Wolk, VP of Finance, Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices & Diagnostics, Global Supply Chain
What do roof shingles, intravenous tubing, floor cleaners and heart catheters have in common? They’re all necessary to run a hospital.
The wide array of products needed in the health care setting, coupled with pressure on health care systems to meet the demands of an aging population and increases in chronic disease, have driven hospital purchasing to more than $200 billion annuall...
By Francesca Rheannon
Forty-four years after the first Earth Day, most humans on the planet have not woken up to the crisis of global warming. A recent poll by Gallup showed that, although a majority of Americans understand that climate change is happening now and is caused by human activity, they rate it dead last on a list of issues to take action on.
This, despite the fact that the IPCC reports we have 15 years (some climate scientists say five) to start decreasing carbon emissions or we...
By Niki Kelley King, Manager-CSR Program Office, Campbell Soup
We’ve just launched our 2014 Corporate Social Responsibility Report titled, What’s in a Name? This is Campbell’s fifth comprehensive CSR report and demonstrates the shift underway at our company.
Along with a new look and feel, the report outlines our priorities and showcases our progress against our 2020 CSR goals.
How Is This Report Different?
We're celebrating our 145th anniversary this year and we wanted...
By Laura Musikanski, Executive Director, The Happiness Initiative
On Wednesday, April 9th the Vermont House of Representatives opened the 93rd Day of the session with happiness.
It all started with a walk.
Two years ago, my friends Linda Wheatley and Paula Francis decided to walk from Vermont to Washington DC. They wanted to hear people’s reflections about the idea that we all have an “inalienable right to life, liberty and pursuit of happiness.” They called it the Pursui...
By Maha Tahiri, Chief Health & Wellness Officer, General Mills
General Mills – a company that produces staples in American kitchens like Cheerios, Green Giant and Yoplait, among others – recently celebrated more than 50 years of having a dedicated nutrition department. We were one of the first in the food industry to have a department devoted to health and nutrition.
The department has evolved into the Bell Institute of Health and Nutrition (BIHN), and continues to influence...
By Fergal Byrne, Social Venture Network
Highlighting Social Venture Network 2013 Innovation Award Winners who are working to bring their social enterprises to scale: One World Futbol Project Founder & Chief Innovation Officer Tim Jahnigen and Co-Founder and Chief Giving Officer Lisa Tarver
One World Futbol is a nearly indestructible soccer ball designed for youth to play with in areas of the world where traditional soccer balls easily become too damaged to play with or are quickly destr...
By Sarah Cahan
Americans generated more than 250 million tons of trash in 2012, according to the EPA’s most recent information. That’s nearly 4.5 pounds of trash per person, per day.
But we’re only recycling about a third (35 percent) of the waste we generate.
There’s no doubt about it – America should recycle more, and it seems consumers are trying to do their part. In fact, nearly three-quarters (72 percent) of Americans recycle consistently at home, accordi...
By Jayne Johnson, Vice President, Talent, Learning and Organizational Development
This is the third and final installment of a three-part blog series to take readers behind the scenes of Keurig Green Mountain, Inc.’s sustainability commitments. The series coincides with the launch of Keurig Green Mountain’s fiscal 2013 Sustainability Report and its 2020 sustainability targets. Today’s post is authored by Jayne Johnson, Vice President of Talent, Learning and Organizational D...
By Jane C. Luxton
If your social media circle hasn’t favored you with a less than glamorous photo of your face pasted atop some ridiculous character and posted online using the faceinhole app or website, count yourself lucky. Maybe it’s the crowd I hang around with, but trust me, some people find this hilarious, and it never seems to get old.
Businesses that are addressing conflict minerals issues don’t have to worry that they will look silly on Facebook with their corpora...
By John Perkins
The Ukraine-Crimea crisis marks the official beginning of a new period in geopolitics. The reign of one solitary superpower is over. The era we are entering is closer to the old Cold War than that of US hegemony that followed the collapse of the Soviet Union.
After Détente, Corporatocracy?
People in the US and most of Western Europe welcomed détente as a time of tranquility, but the corporatocracy saw it as an opportunity to expand its empire. Much of the worl...
By Rahul Mitra
At a recent talk I gave on sustainable organizing, someone in the audience asked me – predictably enough – that given the preponderance of cultural, structural and moral obstacles both in the U.S. and worldwide, what hope did I have for meaningful systemic change?
My response hinged around the very communicative concept of translation.
Going Back to Basics
I don’t mean translation in the sense of “dumbing down” the complicated scientific facts ...
By Ron Schultz
In Creating Good Work: The World's Leading Social Entrepreneurs Show How to Build a Healthy Economy, I brought together some of the world’s foremost social innovators to share with others how to make social entrepreneurship work. Needless to say, I was unable to include a whole cast of remarkable people and their extraordinary work.
There was one exclusion, however, that was inexcusable.
My stepsister Shari Levine has been running one of the finest examples of social e...
By Ryan Gerlach, Stakeholder Engagement Analyst, Future 500
Today’s business climate lauds “disruptive technology.” However, it is wise to keep in mind who and what we’re disrupting.
A case in point is the energy and utility sector. If you follow developments in renewable energy, you’re likely well aware that technological advancements, coupled with innovative financing and dramatic reductions in costs, are changing the future of power generation. This is maki...