Tag Archives: supply chain

Evolving the Supply Chain: From Slave Labor to Personal Transformation

. “What would you say to companies that see improving even one piece of their supply chains as too expensive?” I asked. Joe Sibilia had just shared one method to help companies become more sustainable: take one ingredient in the supply chain and use it to create a social benefit. This is what he had done […]

Has McDonald’s Gone Walmart on Us?

McDonald’s just penetrated my prejudice-painted blinders to score some points.  Like Walmart before, McDonald’s was once my favorite company to malign. Animal cruelty, lousy work conditions, rainforest destruction, supplier coercion, detrimental marketing and obesity (yes, I think McDonald’s has a responsibility for the products they sell) were some top offenses. But McDonald’s has been systematically […]

How Elemental Herbs Built a Social Mission Without Really Trying–With Caroline Duell

Sometimes, as social entrepreneurs, we’re reluctant to show our passion for the social side or our business. We get caught up in trying to appear soundly strategic or business-minded or we over think our messaging, “Will this look like cause-washing? Can customers get behind this? How will we measure and track our results?” There’s merit to the […]

The Future of CSR–10 Things You Should Start Now

What can U.S.-based businesses learn from Asian corporate social responsibility (CSR) programs? A lot and a little at the same time. My view is that businesses engaging in CSR at home and overseas face the same fundamental issues, with varying secondary issues (like governance, specific consumer behavior or local environmental standards).  So I’m turning to […]

A New Green Philosophy with the Glass Half Full: Interview with Yalmaz Siddiqui of Office Depot

Right click to download the audio. | Subscribe to Cause Capitalism in iTunes Yalmaz Siddiqui, Office Depot’s Director of Environmental Strategy, shares his glass-half-full view of environmental policy, calls for a new definition of “green” and talks about the legacy he’d like to leave. Siddiqui joined Office Depot in 2006. He’s since developed programs that […]