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What Happens When Big Business Media Reports on CSR

The WSJ has published a downbeat assessment of CSR. The article cited a study showing that CEOs exiting Fortune 500 companies were 84% more likely to be fired if they invested strongly in good corporate citizenry yet recorded below par financial results than CEOs at poor performing companies that spent less on “do-good” initiatives. This decidedly defensive claim was offset by an upbeat article in the Financial Times. It notes that a survey of 500 pension funds, foundations, endowments, and sovereign wealth funds found that two-thirds of big investors believe sustainable investing will grow in significance by 2022. Further, studies show a “remarkable correlation” between responsible investing and outperforming results. Who to believe? The wise CSR/sustainability professional will collate carefully from such “mainstream” sources to ensure an accurate reading of the pluses and minuses of CSR—and stay tuned to this space, which curates the CSR news.

John Howell, Editorial Director

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News & Blogs

3 weeks 3 days ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) This hurricane season has proven to be an extremely active—and destructive—one. Hurricane Harvey devastated the Houston area, causing an estimated $180 billion in damages. Then Hurricane Irma hit the Caribbean and Florida, wreaking havoc in those areas. And Hurricane Maria has caused tremendous devastation in Puerto Rico, knocking out power across the entire island.

Communities affected by hurricanes need much help, and many companies have pledged funds to help.


3 weeks 5 days ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) - One of the UN's Sustainable Development goals is to end poverty, the root cause of many of the world's problems. The good news is that extreme poverty rates have been cut by more than half since 1990, ​the ​UN says. Despite that, one in five people in ​the ​developing part of the world still need​s​ to make ends meet with $1.25 a day ​while​ many millions more are not better off.


3 weeks 6 days ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – HP Inc. (NYSE:HPQ) has a long commitment to improving education for those in the developing world. In 2016, it improved learning for over four million students. It has now announced the new HP School Cloud, featuring the HP Open Learning Platform that will provide access to educational resources and apps to students, teachers and adult learners in rural and poor communities globally.


3 weeks 6 days ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – In 2016, 64 percent of CEOs said they were increasing their investment in CSR. A more recent study from Babson points to a demonstrable positive effect of CSR on businesses. CSR today goes way beyond dollar signs. Companies are increasingly willing to invest man hours from their entry-level and executives alike to better communities.


4 weeks 1 day ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Companies with foresight increasingly recognize the need to adapt to a changing world where purpose draws and motivates customers, employees and investors. Such companies are transforming their strategy and operations to replace unsustainable businesses with more sustainable ones.


1 month 20 min ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – According to the UN, we waste one third of all the food produced in the world. Embedded in all the food that goes to waste is water, electricity and natural habitats flattened out for food production. The latter has an impact on biodiversity, a marker of planetary health.


1 month 1 day ago

(3BL Media) — The carpet industry has traditionally been a large source of emissions. First, most of the fibers used, such as nylon are derived from fossil fuels.


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