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Corporate illusionists: socially but not politically responsible

Corporate social responsibility has gone mainstream. Something once seen as the province of eco social warriors has in recent years become an established part of the corporate and commercial framework. An estimated 80 percent of Fortune 500 global companies issue sustainability reports and the word ‘sustainability’ has become something of a religious mantra. But is […]

When corporations take credit for green deeds their lobbying may tell another story

Today most large companies like Exxon Mobil, Ford and GM issue slick reports extolling their efforts to conserve resources, use renewable energy or fund clean water supplies in developing countries. This emphasis on efforts to curb environmental harm while benefiting society is called corporate sustainability. Once uncommon but now mainstream, this show of support for a greener and […]

Pruitt Is Wrong on Burning Forests for Energy

By William H. Schlesinger, Beverly Law, John Sterman and William R. Moomaw Scott Pruitt, the Environmental Protection Agency administrator, recently announced that his agency would classify the burning of wood from managed forests as “carbon neutral.”Alex Brandon/Associated Press As Scott Pruitt, the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, was preparing to defend himself before Congress last week against charges of extravagant spending […]

Green hush: Campaigns against sustainable businesses cause them to go silent, study finds

When nonprofit organizations target companies for environmental missteps, they often aim for industry leaders and household names — businesses likely to get attention from the press and the public. According to new research, that strategy may come with an unintended consequence: it could stop firms from communicating about their sustainability efforts. The paper, published recently […]

Big Investors Call for Company Attention to Social Purpose: What Next?

BlackRock CEO Larry Fink’s pro-CSR stance needs clarity and muscle. “To prosper over time, every company must not only deliver financial performance, but also show how it makes a positive contribution to society. Companies must benefit all of their stakeholders, including shareholders, employees, customers, and the communities in which they operate.” – Larry Fink, CEO […]

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