There are plenty of ways for business educators to incorporate sustainability into their curricula, writes Chelsea Hicks. Dedicated courses and lecture series work well, but it's also important to persuade teachers in other fields to bring CSR into their classrooms. "Use tact and diplomacy when proposing new ideas. If you are too direct in suggesting changes to faculty, you may shut down conversation," Hicks warns.
With the right tools and strategy, most companies can persuade 95% of their workers to get involved with CSR efforts, writes SmartBrief on Sustainability editor Jennifer Hicks. Software tools such as the AngelPoints platform can help companies integrate their CSR targets with employees' personal goals, generating near-unanimous buy-in. "Imagine the buy-in, the passion to work toward a common goal -- and the benefits that could result," Hicks writes.
Food retailers Sodexo and Costco have launched separate sustainable-seafood initiatives, with Sodexo pledging to sell only certified-sustainable fish by 2015 and Costco promising to discontinue sales of a dozen at-risk species. Still, experts say, consumers are generally confused about competing standards for seafood sustainability, and while individual plans are laudable, broader standards are needed.
Recruitment and CSR are two sides of the same coin, says AnnMarie Gulian, global hiring chief at Campbell Soup. Human resource teams need to adopt green-business practices that reflect their company's broader environmental efforts if they wish to attract workers capable of delivering on that commitment, Gulian explains. "If we continue to keep our people engaged, we should be able to advance our commitment to sustainability and corporate responsibility," she says.
New York's GreenX carbon exchange has plans to restart EU spot trading, says CEO Tom Lewis. The exchange suspended spot trading after hackers stole emissions permits worth up to $69.4 million from EU accounts. GreenX is willing to resume operations after the missing permits are returned, Lewis said.