CSR Blogs

If only sustainability and corporate social responsibility (CSR) were simple and easy to execute. On the contrary, their very complexity is shifting and shaping the current and global professional landscape. And with these changes come a host of new questions, a bevy of new challenges, countless creative successes, and even more demoralizing failures as businesses, nonprofits, governments, and individuals attempt to embrace sustainability and CSR on both the professional and personal levels.

In this everchanging space, Justmeans Staff writers use their knowledge and expertise to bring you the leading stories and facts to help readers stay current on all these issues. As the business world continues to grapple with sustainability and CSR, Justmeans will continue to write about it.

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Responsible Business & Employee Engagement

The Essential Role of Logistics in a Growing Circular Economy
In today’s world, the basic model for the production of goods is linear: natural resources are extracted and turned into products that are used for a limited time. While some of these products are recycled, most eventually end up in the world’s landfills. This model is becoming increasingly unsustainable and expensive for businesses.

Health & Healthcare

M&S Wants Us to Get Active for 30 Minutes a Day to Help Cut the Risks pf Breast Cancer
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month (BCAM), and UK high-street retailer M&S has launched a campaign, ‘Spark Something Good,’ by teaming up with seven women, all of whom have been affected by breast cancer, to help get customers active to prevent the disease. During this month, the store will be donating 10 per cent of all women’s fitness clothing and sports bra sales to the charity, Breast Cancer Now.

Innovation & Technology

Japanese Companies Improve ESG Performance: MSCI Report
Following decades of recession and slow growth, Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe introduced a revitalization plan in 2012 – dubbed Abenomics – to address the key barriers of economic growth. One of the initiatives impacting corporations and capital markets was the establishment of Japan’s Stewardship Code and Corporate Governance Code. Implementation of these codes has led to greater attention among Japanese companies and investors on sustainable corporate earning capabilities.

Energy

Germany to Increase Storage on Its Renewable Grid
Last week, grid storage provider Younicos, in partnership with the German utility WEMAG, broke ground on a new facility to increase grid storage capacity at the Schwerin battery park. The Schwerin facility was Europe’s first battery storage facility, commissioned in 2014 with a capacity of 5MW. The primary function of the storage facility is to level out momentary dips in output coming from the grid, which is mostly powered by wind turbines.

Responsible Production & Consumption

Empowering India’s Women Cotton Workers Reduces the Use of Water and Chemicals
The UK gender pay gap will not close for more than fifty years unless action is taken to tackle it now, according to Deloitte. Current inequalities between pay rates for men and women may not be eradicated before 2069. So, if in the West we are so far behind on this issue, what chances do women cotton workers have in India? Here, women have few rights and are often underpaid, despite their vital role in cotton production. The average income for women in rural India is just 77 percent of the men’s income.

Environment

Big Companies are Taking Climate Change Very Seriously
Big companies are taking climate change very seriously.

Innovation & Technology

Best for the World 2016: Doing Good for the World and Your Wallet
Environmentalism and social activism are sometimes considered to be all doom and gloom, but the first annual Best for The World conference refused to comply with such stereotypes.

Events, Media & Communications

Cheers! Friday the 16th ​i​s Global Beer Responsibility Day
Friday evenings are traditionally a​ time​ when in alcohol-friendly cultures people get together with their workmates for a beer or two (well, maybe more than that…). For that reason, it’s also a good ​moment​ to promote responsible drinking. United around that common goal, globally famous brewers Anheuser-Busch InBev, Carlsberg and Heineken have joined hands with a range of stakeholders to promote responsible drinking to help advance the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals to prevent alcohol-related harm.

Environment

On World Elephant Day, a Victory for Wildlife
Elephant populations across the globe are threatened due to habit loss and poaching, but on World Elephant Day, celebrated last week on August 12, the beleaguered giants​ and other animals​ have something to celebrate as leading e-commerce and social media companies came together to take action on the sale of illegal wildlife products all over the world.

Research, Reports & Publications

E-government Key to Implementing Sustainable Development Goals: UN Survey

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