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December 21, 2012
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Setting the Example 
  • Whole Foods is the top retailer for safe cosmetics
    Whole Foods is the best place in America to buy eco-friendly and nontoxic cosmetic products, according to a Campaign for Safe Cosmetics report. The grocery chain received a 9 out of 10 rating from the CSC, while no other major retailer scored better than a 5. Macy's was the worst-ranked company featured in the report, doing little to ensure customer safety beyond meeting its statutory obligations. SustainableBusiness.com (12/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Should conservationists be poisoning rhino horns?
    A South African rhinoceros conservation group has taken to lacing the animals' horns with a mild poison capable of causing nausea and convulsions in humans, in a bid to deter poachers who would otherwise be able to grind up the horns for use in traditional medicines. The strategy has drawn criticism from some green groups, but Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve officials argue that they have shown restraint by rejecting an earlier anti-poaching plan that called for injecting the horns with potentially lethal doses of cyanide. FastCoExist (12/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Creating Accountability 
  • Experts want Puma to help profit-and-loss copycats
    Puma's innovative environmental profit-and-loss accounting is effective but potentially too complex to catch on in the broader business community, according to an independent analysis. To maximize the accounting system's environmental impact, experts are calling on the sportswear company to publish a "cookbook" explaining how other businesses can replicate its approach. BusinessGreen (U.K.) (12/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Green Marketing 
  • 5 top green-marketing trends from 2012
    CSR marketing entered a new era in 2012, writes Alison DaSilva. Brands learned to make their green messaging more fashionable, lighthearted and emotionally engaging, while external stakeholders and government regulators found new ways to enforce transparency and hold companies accountable for their claims. "Further CSR opportunities abound in 2013 as companies look to deepen their impact on business, brand, and society," DaSilva writes. PR Week (subscription required) (12/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
The Responsible Leader 
  • How women can take sustainability mainstream
    Female entrepreneurs have a key role to play in furthering the spread of sustainable and responsible business practices, writes architect Milena Cvijanovich. Many women have roles in traditional businesses, and many more are at the cutting edge of new technological or financial enterprises, she writes. "Together, as a force of women leaders and entrepreneurs, we can grow a field of flowers in a barren desert." Forbes (12/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Powering Tomorrow 
  • Clean energy technologies are ready for prime time
    Recent years have seen huge investments in clean energy technologies, and the industry now needs policy shifts and business-model innovations to help bring those technologies to market, writes Maud Texier. "With most of the technologies now in place, we need to modulate and bundle them, so they meet the market's expectations," she explains. GigaOm (12/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Engage. Innovate. Discuss. 
  • How to coach people like a carpenter
    Coaching your workers should be something you do on a daily basis, and integrate into all your leadership activities, writes Mary Jo Asmus. "Like a carpenter who knows exactly what tool to use for each situation, your coaching can become one of the tools you call upon when needed," Asmus writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (12/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
SmartQuote 
Differentiation will no longer lie in simply claiming CSR goals -- driving return is what will unveil tomorrow's true CSR leaders."
--Alison DaSilva, executive at Cone Communications, writing in PR Week
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