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Study: Leading CSR Rankings Lack Consistency, Transparency

Study: Leading CSR Rankings Lack Consistency, Transparency

Although it may sound impressive, getting included in a well-known list of the most sustainable corporations in the world might not actually mean that much. An analysis in the current issue of The CPA Journal asks whether sustainability rankings are consistent across three leading publications that rank them. According to … Read more »

Consumers (Especially Millennials) Still Significantly Suspicious of CSR Motives: Harris Poll

Consumers (Especially Millennials) Still Significantly Suspicious of CSR Motives: Harris Poll

  With reputation a top concern among companies in terms of maintaining and increasing market share, it may come as an unpleasant surprise to find that a large portion of consumers say that when companies develop corporate social responsibility (CSR) programs, they only do so to bolster their image. According … Read more »

Hasbro, Intel, Microsoft Top List of 100 Best Corporate Citizens

Hasbro, Intel, Microsoft Top List of 100 Best Corporate Citizens

Hasbro, Intel and Microsoft top the new list of 100 Best Corporate Citizens released today by Corporate Responsibility Magazine. Altria Group, Campbell Soup Co., Cisco Systems, Accenture, Hormel Foods, Lockheed Martin, and Ecolab round out the top 10. The list was compiled by documenting 260 data points of disclosure and performance measures … Read more »

Aflac Says Recognition for CSR Is Good Business, but Not All Companies Agree

Aflac Says Recognition for CSR Is Good Business, but Not All Companies Agree

Aflac said its commitment to corporate social responsibility is “good for business,” but in a recent Aflac survey on CSR, the company found that fewer than half of CSR executives focus on using CSR to drive sales (38%), social media engagement (32%), or investor interest (26%).

Companies Are Responding to Shareholder Calls to be More Sustainable

Stakeholders want companies to disclose what they are doing to run their operations in a cleaner fashion and to benefit their communities, especially when it comes to things like carbon reductions and waste management.

Materiality Assessments in 4 Simple Steps

Materiality Assessments in 4 Simple Steps

Materiality plays a key role in corporate social responsibility (CSR) and sustainability programs. Materiality helps firms define and determine the business, social and environmental topics that matter most to its business and stakeholders, according to Intelex, an environmental, health and safety management software provider. Materiality is also something that 80 … Read more »

Google

The Best CSR Reputations in the World Ranked

Google has the best corporate social responsibility reputation, topping the Reputation Institute’s annual Global CSR RepTrak 100 ranking for the second year in a row. BMW took the no. 2 spot, with the Walt Disney Company coming in third, Microsoft ranking fourth and Daimler in fifth. Rounding out the top … Read more »

Dump CSR Departments, Says BP’s Ex-Chief

Companies should get rid of their corporate social responsibility and public relations departments, according to Lord Browne, the former chief executive of BP. As PR Week reports, Browne was promoting his soon-to-be published book, Connect, on Radio 4’s Today program. The book says managers should take responsibility for their companies … Read more »

Top Supply Chain Sustainability Trends

Industry collaboration and traceability are among the top supply chain sustainability trends, according to an Ethical Corporation whitepaper. Top Global Supply Chain Sustainability Trends 2015 includes responses from 415 corporate social responsibility and supply chain professionals from around the world. Key findings include: Industry collaboration is the biggest opportunity in … Read more »

CSR

No One’s Reading Your CSR Report — What Companies Can Do About It

Although 82 percent of Americans expect companies to report on the progress of their social and environmental efforts, only 17 percent of Americans say they have read a corporate social responsibility (CSR) report in the past 12 months, according to the 2015 Cone Communications/Ebiquity Global CSR Study. The study says … Read more »

Project ROI

CSR Programs Increase Revenue up to 20%, Says Verizon, Campbell Soup Study

Well-designed corporate social responsibility programs increase revenue by as much as 20 percent, command price premiums up to 20 percent and increase customer commitment by as much as 60 percent, according to a study commissioned by Verizon and Campbell Soup. Project ROI, conducted by IO Sustainability and Babson College, found … Read more »