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Corporate Social Responsibility

  • From Soap to Hope

    Simple solutions to complex problems
    • Elizabeth Rennie
    September/October 2017

    According to the World Health Organization, 2.4 billion people do not have access to clean sanitation, and 1.8 million children die every year because their immune systems are not strong enough to battle diseases — many of which could easily be prevented with soap. In fact, simple handwashing cuts morbidity rates by nearly 50 percent. Sicknesses related to contaminated water supplies and poor hygiene most often plague poor, war-torn regions or those in the wake of a natural disaster.......Read More

  • The Private Sector Continues to Change the Energy Discussion

    • Mike Dries
    • Antonio Galvao
    July/August 2017

    Clean air, transparent oceans, biodiversity, great coral reefs, rain forests — we used to take these things for granted. They were free and everlasting — or so we thought. After decades of abuse, our planet is showing signs of exhaustion. Furthermore the political climate and rhetoric in some countries have increased concerns that the transition to a decarbonized world powered by renewable energy could be at risk. If that proves true, the consequences would be devastating.......Read More

  • Encouraging Wholesome Leadership and Business Practices

    • Jennifer Storelli
    July/August 2017

    APICS magazine Associate Editor Jennifer Storelli had the opportunity to speak with John Mackey, cofounder and CEO of Whole Foods Market, about his mission and aspirations for Whole Foods Market, the business practices behind conscious capitalism, and how professionals can become conscious leaders.......Read More

  • Energy’s Future Is as Bright as Sunshine

    • Mike Dries
    • Antonio Galvao
    May/June 2017

    Renewable energy and fossil fuels are like two trains headed in opposite directions. The former is speeding toward the horizon, sleek and quiet, with a cool breeze in its wake. The latter is chugging toward the sunset, big, slow, and dirty, leaving behind a trail of smoke. There’s no question which one is the future.......Read More

  • Potential Energy Solutions Shine Bright

    • Mike Dries
    • Antonio Galvao
    March/April 2017

    In Uncommon Friends: Life with Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, Harvey Firestone, Alexis Carrel and Charles Lindbergh, author James Newton describes something Edison said to Ford and Firestone. Apparently, Edison began with a remark about natural resource depletion: “We are like tenant farmers, chopping down the fence around our house for fuel, when we should be using nature’s inexhaustible sources of energy—sun, wind, and tide.”......Read More

  • What Was Once Unthinkable Has Now Become Unstoppable

    • Mike Dries
    • Antonio Galvao
    January/February 2017

    Less than a generation ago, renewable energy sources were footnotes in energy reports. Today, they’re headlines. Demand for renewables is growing exponentially while costs are falling. Investors are pouring money into the sector, recognizing that governments—particularly in the wealthiest nations—are establishing aggressive timelines for weaning their countries off of environmentally hostile and politically dependent fossil fuels.......Read More

  • Shaking Up Supply Chain

    Essential corporate social responsibility industry upsets
    • Eric P. Jack
    • John P. Collins
    November/December 2016

    Since the industrial revolution, various forms of disruption have posed seemingly never-ending challenges for supply chain management professionals. Today, some of these challenges continue under the broad umbrella of corporate social responsibility (CSR). So, as we work together to take the necessary steps to address these important issues, perhaps it will offer some insight if we reflect for a moment on how we successfully addressed previous trials.......Read More

  • Real Progress with Emissions

    The United States and China ratify Paris climate agreement
    • Mike Dries
    • Antonio Galvao
    November/December 2016

    September 3, 2016, will be remembered as a major milestone in the world’s ongoing struggle to rein in the threat posed by climate change. On that day, in the picturesque lakefront city of Hangzhou, China, US President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping formally ratified the so-called Pari......Read More

  • Enterprise Asset Management for Enhanced Sustainability

    Real-world lessons in maximizing the methodology
    • Gary A. Smith
    November/December 2016

    Back in 2015, I wrote about how my organization, New York City Transit (NYCT), was implementing enterprise asset management as part of an initiative for the entire Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA). The goal was to apply enterprise asset management strategies to transit systems, the Metro-North and Long Island Railroads, and bridges and tunnels in order to comply with the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21). MAP-21 was signed into law in 2012 and mandated the development and use of enterprise asset management systems in order to receive federal funds.......Read More

  • Checks and Balances

    Looking ahead to the financial payoffs of corporate social responsibility
    • Dave Turbide
    November/December 2016

    Oftentimes, the reasons firms institute ecological sustainability programs come down to a few main motivators. Some companies go green for moral or regulatory reasons, but others opt in with hopes of achieving a long-term payoff or cost savings or to take advantage of a subsidy. In other cases, companies use their corporate social responsibility (CSR) efforts as a marketing advantage to attract sustainability-minded consumers.......Read More

  • Digging to the Root of the Issue

    Corporate social responsibility problems stem from economic divide
    • Richard E. Crandall
    November/December 2016

    There is a growing consensus that environmental sustainability is dependent on economic well-being. If businesses are not financially successful, they cannot afford to support the programs necessary to improve environmental sustainability. In addition, if businesses are to be successful, they must demonstrate corporate social responsibility (CSR). This idea applies to national populations too.......Read More

  • Balancing the Triple Bottom Line

    Real-world ways to support people, planet, and profit
    • Matthew Talbert
    November/December 2016

    In today’s world, corporate social responsibility (CSR) is important for protecting the environment, but its practices can come at a financial cost. Can you share some specific examples of initiatives that have proven beneficial to both the environment and the bottom line?......Read More

  • Tipping the Scales of Supply Chain Justice

    Slavery and human trafficking laws, regulations, and answers
    • Jessica DePinto
    November/December 2016

    In 2014, The Guardian uncovered forced labor in the supply chain of CP Foods, a tier-one supplier for major food retailers including Tesco, Costco Wholesale, Wal-Mart Stores, Carrefour, and Morrisons, among others. Reporters interviewed Burmese fisherman who were sold into slavery on Thai fishing boats.......Read More

  • Proven Remedies

    Pfizer's CSR initiatives foster healthier humans
    • Julie Jenson
    November/December 2016

    As the world becomes increasingly complex, so do people’s health care needs. This diversity of populations creates both numerous opportunities and as many challenges for today’s supply chains. In this dynamic health care landscape, New York City-based global pharmaceutical company Pfizer recognizes that innovation and collaboration are the best ways to ensure that individuals everywhere are able to live healthy lives.......Read More

  • Win the Logistics Race with Natural Gas

    Fueling the decision to make the switch
    • Scott Perry
    November/December 2016

    These days, most people at the pump are celebrating the continuation of inexpensive oil. However, many transportation and logistics professionals are cursing the low prices because they complicate the choice between diesel and natural gas as well as related fleet equipment-purchasing decisions.......Read More

  • Loose Threads

    Reinforcing human rights inside the fast-fashion industry
    • Jennifer Proctor
    November/December 2016

    Sarah Labowitz is cofounder, codirector, and a research scholar in business and society at the New York University Stern Center for Business and Human Rights. She is the coauthor of “Business as Usual is Not an Option: Supply Chains and Sourcing after Rana Plaza” in response to the factory collapse in Bangladesh that killed more than 1,100 workers and injured almost 2,000 others. She spoke to APICS magazine Editor in Chief Jennifer Proctor about how the Rana Plaza tragedy continues to influence supply chains in all sectors.......Read More

  • Sustainability Reminiscences and Reflections

    Learning from past efforts and looking to the future
    • Mike Dries
    • Antonio Galvao
    September/October 2016

    Since the inception of this department, the foremost challenge has been adding value to the discussion of sustainability, particularly in the context of what has turned out to be an ongoing avalanche of reports and commentary about this critically important subject. The focus has been on helping supply chain management professionals understand the sustainability issues that affect them and, whenever possible, identifying ways they can effectively and efficiently address those concerns.......Read More

  • Greening Our Governments

    Will consensus lead to action?
    • Mike Dries
    • Antonio Galvao
    May/June 2016

    Since the launch of this department eight years ago, our industry has witnessed a sea change regarding corporate attitudes about sustainability. At the outset, many were skeptical, viewing it as a nice to have that necessarily involved incremental costs. Today, more companies are validating the position I’ve espoused in “Working Green” from the very beginning: Sustainability does indeed make good business sense.......Read More

  • A World of Progress

    Recognizing the universal achievements in Paris
    • Mike Dries
    • Antonio Galvao
    March/April 2016

    Last December, representatives from nearly 200 countries came together in Paris to hammer out an agreement aimed at curtailing global warming. Specifically, the objective of the 21st Conference of Parties (COP 21) was to limit global warming to less than 2°C compared with pre-industrial levels. The stakes were high, with the prevailing view asserting that global warming in excess of 2°C would threaten the very existence of the planet. ......Read More

  • Balancing Law and Practice

    Legislation against forced labor invokes creative thinking
    • Jonathan Thatcher
    January/February 2016

    Reader K.R. writes: “In supply chain risk assessment work, we are trying to account for recent legislation such as the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act and the United Kingdom’s Modern Slavery Act. The intentions behind these laws are great, but they still feel like another responsibility that will create global sourcing risk and that lacks a clear solution. What advice do you have for handling this situation?”......Read More