Antonio Pasolini

Antonio Pasolini
Corporate Social Responsibility writer for Justmeans, Antonio Pasolini is a journalist currently based in Berlin who writes about clean energy, green living and sustainability. He also works as a translator (Portuguese-English) and promotes animal rights and veganism in his spare time. He is the proud guardian of a dog called Dylan, who was rescued from a public shelter in Spain. Pasolini recently launched a book of short stories in Portuguese called Ponto de Fuga.

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6 years 10 months ago

This week saw one very pertinent question being raised by several writers across the web: is it possible for luxury brands to project corporate social responsibility when the product they sell is associated with power, glamour and consumerism?

The discussion was spawned by the release of a new McKinsey survey that found that most executives think CSR adds to shareholder value in the long-term. Fair enough.

But do consumers actually buy it? According a...

6 years 10 months ago

As an increasing number of people spend a good part of their days logged in social network websites, social responsibility initiatives are leveraging the immense potential to engage the public and achieve results through social websites.

The socially responsible social network landscape keeps growing. One of the latest additions is one website called Double Impact, which launched its beta version on June 16. Its aim is to help users raise funds for a charity of their choice and make their lives more sustainable with actions...

6 years 10 months ago

A little bit of celebrity dust goes a long way to promote social responsibility and generate press. And it should prove even more effective when the celebrity in question is as camp as Christmas and their name is tied up with a Christmas promotion.

Luxury retailer Barneys New York has announced that for its Holiday 2011 campaign the company recruited Lady Gaga, undoubtedly pop culture’s current biggest star.

Called Gaga’s Workshop, it will bring together the talents of the motley crew behind the arts collective Assume Vivid Astro Focus (AVAF) and Gaga’s own creative...

6 years 10 months ago

The Buckminster Fuller Institute is now accepting entries to the 2012 Buckminster Fuller Challenge. The annual global competition recognizes “bold, visionary, tangible initiatives that take a comprehensive, anticipatory, design science approach to radically advance human well being and the health of our planet's ecosystems.”

Metropolis Magazine has named it “socially-responsible design's highest award”. It’s also very generous as the winner gets a cool $100,000 money prize.

“No other public design competition...

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An increasing number of people are concerned with animal welfare and whether a company tests its products on animals is one of the sustainability criteria that many consumers watch out for.

Europe leads the way when it comes to replacing animal tests with humane, ethical alternatives. Since 2009 animal testing is banned for cosmetics in the EU. The UK, one of the countries with the highest standards of animal welfare in the world, recently announced it intends to introduce a legislation to ban tests for household products as well.

According to a recent BBC report...

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2010 was the year when the electric vehicle went closer to the mainstream with the launch of two models: Nissan’s Leaf and Chevrolet’s Volt. The Leaf has been the most successful of the two so far, with sales of 10,100 units while the Volt has sold 2,029 units.

Nissan is working hard to promote its electric vehicle offering as an icon of an emissions-free age. Last week, the Japanese automaker unveiled a charging system whereby the Leaf can feed power back to a house, effectively doubling as a backup storage battery. It can store enough electricity to power an average Japanese...

6 years 10 months ago

What do Sir Paul McCartney, Leonardo Dicaprio, Cameron Diaz, Helena Christensen, Sting, Gael Garcia Bernal, Angelique Kidjo, Rahul Bose, Don Cheadle and Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bündchen have in common?

Besides fame in their respective fields, these celebrities are also known for their work related to green issues and sustainability. And a new award called Green Awards has been created to highlight their example and inspire others.

Celebrities, with all their power and influence, can make a huge contribution to raise awareness of green issues and sustainability. In a world...

6 years 10 months ago

Information technology use is growing fast in Kenya. To make the most of it, the Eastern African country has moved to tap into technology to improve services by 2030 and tackle endemic corruption that plagues the country. As part of this plan, Kenya has counted on help from IBM, who put its social responsibility arm to work on this plan.

The Kenyan government recently launched an open data portal that provides essential information on government services, income and expenditure to increase transparency and promote best practices. IBM assigned a team of 12 employees from its Corporate Services...

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Natural products company Tom’s of Maine decided to embrace wholeheartedly the democratic ethos of the social media age. It has invited the public to help it make a decision as to which organizations should be getting financial support from its 50 States for Good initiative, which has arrived at its third edition. Each one of them will receive $20,000 as well and a single $50,000 award.

Voting started yesterday through a dedicated website and will run through September 13. All types of sustainable projects are on the...

6 years 10 months ago

A new initiative by German automaker BMW and the Guggenheim Foundation kicked off today in New York City. The BMW Guggenheim Lab, described as a mobile laboratory, will travel to nine major cities worldwide over six years.

The project is a multidisciplinary affair involving urbanism, architecture, art, design, science, technology, education, alternative energy, and sustainability. The...