(3BL Media/Just Means) - An app that can help blind and visually impaired people better navigate their surroundings more safely and confidently won first prize in the Next Generation Mobility Challenge, an initiative of Net Impact, Toyota and the Toyota Mobility Foundation.
FROM THE EDITOR
CSR is Dead. Long live CSR.
At a time of unprecedented upheaval in the political area, it’s hardly surprising that a parallel mood is evident in the CSR field. Multiple models that offer radical, disruptive strategies to make more positive change more quickly are competing to be the dominant idea of next generation CSR. One example is the “Social Purpose Company,” a concept floated by Coro Strandberg, that promises to “create social value and drive business results” through the “Virtuous Circle Business Model.” Beyond the well-argued logic that makes the idea seem enticing, her plan also promises an accelerated pace to greater scale—and much greater impact. It would, in fact, replace CSR, which she considers inadequate to today’s business environment in its traditional form. Whether it’s truly revolutionary or a natural evolution of CSR, well, read the full details and decide. You can hear Strandberg promote the theory at the Sustainable Brands Conference in San Diego, June 6-9.
John Howell, Editorial Director
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News & Blogs
(3BL Media/Justmeans) - Bioplastics is a booming business these days, especially in Europe, where the industry that brought us things like biogradable dishes and recyclable plastic is positioned to grow by more than 300 percent by 2018.
(3BL Media/Justmeans) – The issue of pay and gender equality is high on the international news agenda. Actress Robin Wright recently demanded to be paid the same as co-star Kevin Spacey for her work on Netflix’ hit series, ‘House of Cards’. Wright joins a growing group of women in Hollywood who are becoming more vocal on the issue of equal pay.
(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Many companies continue to be skeptical about the business viability of creating more sustainable products. Those who are less enthusiastic about the idea of achieving competitive advantage through sustainability can draw some inspiration from those who are reaping the benefits of building brands with a positive social and environmental impact.
(3BL Media/Just Means) - Animal welfare is an increasingly important CSR issue and it’s just moved even more to the center of the corporate conversation on the topic. 18 institutional investors, who represent £1.5 trillion in assets under management, have become the founding signatories to the first investor statement on farm animal welfare.
(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Leading companies increasingly recognize the importance of embedding sustainability into their business models. However, professionals seeking sustainability outcomes face certain barriers. Return-on-investment rules are a long-standing challenge, and overcoming them requires positive engagement with finance teams. Presenting a strong business case is another key challenge, requiring creative work across the organization and often with external stakeholders.
(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Millennials — the 20 and early 30-somethings that everyone is talking about; who are closely linked to technology’s rapid ascent; and who are expected to make up 50 percent of the workforce by 2020 — have become more than a demographic age group.