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Renegotiating value and values – do we have a choice?

Last month I read about the death of corporate social responsibility. Now, I’ve come across the concept of “shared value”, which seems like a more thorough expression of the promise of CSR.

 

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Environmental responsibility: Is extended product responsibility inevitable?

On Earth Day, Ontario’s Environment Minister delivered a speech in which he stated his government’s intention to shift the entire cost of the provincial household Blue Box recycling program onto the backs of the companies that produce the recyclables (they currently pay 50 percent).

 

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Social responsibility, social media – can’t I just run my business how I used to? (Part 2)

Of course, you can certainly still run your business as you always have, and wait to see if corporate social responsibility and social media turn out to be passing trends. What’s more, maybe you don’t want to be on the cutting edge of marketing strategy—or don’t need to be. It is absolutely up to you.

 

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Social responsibility, social media – can’t I just run my business how I used to? (Part 1)

Do companies really need to implement and integrate social responsibility and social media strategies in order to succeed in today’s business world? These ideas didn’t even exist until relatively recently, and most businesses appeared to run smoothly before. But in the last couple of years, rarely a day has gone by without some mention in the news of companies taking on the role of social or environmental steward or engaging their customers and creating communities on the Internet. With all the talk, it seems businesses that don’t incorporate these strategies will look like obsolete outcasts, soon to disappear from the market.

 

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Does your company have environmental policies?

Although sceptics might characterize environmental policies as “greenwashing”, there’s no question that these policies have moved into the mainstream. Companies are not making this move for altruistic reasons; the fact is that responsible environmental policies can make a company more competitive—more attractive to customers and other stakeholders, less expensive to operate, and more compliant with […]

 

Economy vs. the environment

When discussing the environment; it´s often presented as the flip side of the economy, and people are presented with a black and white choice of which they´d rather have – a healthier planet or more jobs.

 

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