CSR Databases

Since I began blogging for Justmeans last January, I have posted pieces about a number of CSR databases which I have found to be helpful and interesting.  While no one database mentioned in this blog is without its faults (many can be criticized if nothing else for lack of completeness in the products and companies they review), each provides an excellent starting point for gaining insight into a specific aspect of corporate social responsibility.  I thought it would be helpful to recap some of these information resources, so here goes:

Product Databases

GoodGuide: CSR product database designed to help users find “non-toxic, environmentally-friendly products from companies with good social and safety records.”  GoodGuide rates products in the personal care, food, household chemicals, and toys categories based on environmental impact, social impact, and “ingredients that raise a health concern”.  GoodGuide is available to users free-of-charge.

Skin Deep: CSR database constructed as a “safety guide to cosmetics and personal care products brought to you by researchers at the Environmental Working Group.”  Categories of products rated in Skin Deep include makeup, skin, hair, eyes, nails, babies, oral care, and sun protection.  Products are graded based on whether their ingredients are linked to cancer, developmental/reproductive toxicity, restrictions & warnings, allergies and immunotoxicity.  Access to Skin Deep is available online  free-of-charge.

Energy Star: Provides information on products that “meet strict energy efficiency guidelines set by the US Environmental Protection Agency” and which as a result “help you save money on utility bills and protect the environment by reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the fight against climate change.”  Access to the Energy Star database is available online free-of-charge.

Company Databases

BankTrack: Bank database offering information about policies, “dodgy deals”, and specific companies of concern funded by more than 75 major financial institutions around the world.  Access to BankTrack is available to users free-of-charge.

Carbon Disclosure Project: Online resource providing information about how corporations and organizations manage climate risk and opportunities.  CDP is currently developing a second database focusing on water disclosure.  Individual questionnaires can be read online with free registration.

I recognize that this list is far from complete, and would encourage readers to write in with recommendations about product and company CSR databases that deserve recognition.  What free databases do you look to as information resources on corporate social responsibility?  And what types of information do you find most helpful in a CSR database?

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