Archive for CSR SmartBlogs

Disney has many businesses, but one of its most successful is in cruise ships. They’re popular and make money. Cruise ships in general are also problematic when it comes to environmental impact, as they are not fuel-efficient and create pollution in the air and water. How much? The Environmental Protection Agency in 2008 estimated that a single cruise ship, each day, produced the following pollution, according to The Daily Green:

“21,000 gallons of sewage
One ton of garbage
170,000 gallons of wastewater from sinks, showers and laundry
More than 25 pounds of batteries, fluorescent lights, medical wastes and expired chemicals
Up to 6,400 gallons of oily bilge water from engines”

Cruise ships haven’t lost favor with consumers, they won’t be outlawed, and they won’t voluntarily quit.[…] Continue Reading »

What do Salesforce.com, Foot Locker, Disney, Whole Foods and Knowledge Universe U.S. have in common? A commitment to success through corporate philosophies that emphasize the value of satisfied employees and customers, and the importance of the long term over the short term, according to C-suite leaders on Monday at the Milken Institute Global Conference.

The session, “Value and Values: Building a High-Performance Company,” was a relatively rare showcase for the value of corporate social responsibility, or CSR, from the perspective of the C-suite.[…] Continue Reading »

Human social organizations are created and guided by leaders — people who see a path and inspire others to travel along it with them. Leaders set the tone, direction and culture for their companies.

A “Conscious Leader” is someone who leads with “Conscious Awareness,” which is a process of recognizing what is going on inside and out, the effects of decisions and actions, and the interaction between a complex array of factors and forces.[…] Continue Reading »

Something’s stinking up corporate America. On Friday, a 3% decline in shares of Wal-Mart drove the Dow Jones Industrial Average into negative territory. This was driven by leaked internal e-mails about dismal February sales at Wal-Mart, one saying, “Where are all the customers? And where’s their money?”

And then there is the issue of Wal-Mart’s European arm Asda discovering horse meat in a “beef” pasta sauce it sells.[…] Continue Reading »

There have been many conversations recently around the efficacy of recycling as an environmentally beneficial behavior, including Alina Tugend’s New York Times article, “Recycling Helps, but It’s Not All You Can Do for the Environment,” which includes perspectives from the Environmental Defense Fund, Center for Research on Environmental Decisions and other respected voices in the industry.[…] Continue Reading »