CSR Roundup – April 19, 2013

Source: Instagram

Source: Instagram

With everything going on in Boston this week, it’s hard to focus on other news. Here are just a few interesting stories on CSR.

  • In the wake of this week’s tragedy at the Boston, brands like Google and Air BnB sought to help lost and stranded people at the marathon.
  • Corporate Responsibility magazine has published its list of most improved companies in CSR. Big movers include Abercrombie & Fitch, Weight Watchers and Expedia.
  • After moving away from its Campaign for Real Beauty in 2011, Dove has reinvigorated the idea with the below Sketches video. The viral video focuses on self-image and is a very interesting watch.

CSR Roundup – April 11, 2013

Whole Foods

Source: FastCoExist

  • Talk about local produce – Whole Foods is building a greenhouse farm on the roof of its forthcoming Brooklyn store. The store will grow organic produce for the new store and others throughout the city, but some residents are worried it’s a sign of gentrification.
  • Here’s an interesting Q&A on Harvard’s sustainability office, which was established in 2008.
  • As part of Mary Kay’s Don’t Look Away campaign to end domestic violence, the 2013 Dallas International film festival will feature a Mary Kay pink carpet. The pink carpet event will feature celebrities, information about the mission to and a PSA produced by Mary Kay Inc. on the company’s campaign to end abuse.
  • Here are the top 10 CSR pros to follow on Twitter. (This college undergrad somehow didn’t make the list…)
  • In partnership with the University of Maryland, Google has developed a tool to help prevent deforestation. The real-time forest monitoring system will synthesize information to help provide information that could lead to better use of forests.
  • In case you missed it, here’s a great article on how millennials spur capitalism with a conscience—but it’s got to be about more than marketing and PR.

CSR Roundup – April 4, 2013

CSR Roundup – March 30, 2013

It’s a CSR roundup–Saturday edition!

CSR Roundup – March 6, 2013

It’s a video bonus! Check out one debate to find out what CSR has to do with charity. (Hint: it’s nothing.)


Meanwhile, in print:

  • It’s the era of “we, not me,” according to PRWeek. Employing a new buzzword, one expert says “corporate socialanthropy” defines the new era of reputation management for businesses big and small.
  • A case study discusses the international definition of a socially responsible company.
  • If today’s students are tomorrow’s CEOs, there are great things to come in socially responsible business! A high school entrepreneurship class challenges students to develop “for-purpose” business plans—breaking through the traditional for-profit model.
  • What do John Deere, Pfizer and PepsiCo have in common? They’re all contributing to development in emerging markets.
  • Ethispere released its ranking of the World’s Most Ethical Companies for 2013, with a record of 143 companies.

CSR Roundup – Feb. 27, 2013


CSR Roundup – Feb. 20, 2013

Photo: ABC News (Gerald Herbert/AP Photo)
  • From the Carnival cruise fiasco to horse meat “beef” in grocery stores, recent crises have highlighted the importance of consumer trust in businesses—or as Drake would call them, #trustissues.
  • Forbes lists six criteria for selecting a CSR consultant. Does a blog and a bachelor’s degree count…?
  • 3BL Media, a distributor of CSR and sustainability news, has signed a distribution agreement with the Associated Press.
  • For sustainability tidbits from the mouths (or thumbs) of experts, follow these 34 corporate sustainability execs on Twitter.
  • Next Monday, Feb. 25 is International Corporate Philanthropy Day and the 8th annual Board of Boards CEO Conference, hosted by CECP. CECP will also present its Excellence Awards in Corporate Philanthropy. For background on the organization’s past events, check out these takeaways from the CECP Corporate Philanthropy Summit, held last summer in New York.

CSR Roundup – Feb. 6, 2013