Vol. 8 No. 3 – May/June 2017

Places to be: The most sustainable corporate hospitality chains around the world

Sheraton Grand Phoenix By the Editors CR professionals know that every venue they utilize should meet certain sustainable standards. To help companies with future event planning, CR Magazine has compiled a list of the most sustainable corporate hospitality chains, ensuring that the facility chosen is dedicated to corporate responsibility. The following corporate chains were researched by the editorial staff and are in unranked alphabetical order. Company name: Caesars Entertainment, Inc. Website: http://caesarscorporate.com Overview: Environmental stewardship is one of the four pillars of Caesars’ Code of Commitment. The company created a “CodeGreen” program in 2008, dedicated to environmental sustainability. Company name: Carnival Corp. Website: www.carnivalcorp.com Overview: The 10 cruise brands are committed to reducing their emissions and improving air quality by evaluating new and established technology solutions.

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Executive Director’s Report – Social Responsibility in a Time of Change

AW headshot Many companies are dedicated to social responsibility—they have social responsibility programs, advertise and market their efforts, form task forces and working groups and reach out to the local and global communities to “do good” in their respective areas. But like those wooden labyrinth ball games, moving the levers to adjust the board and getting the silver ball through the end of the maze, the path to “social responsibility” is not a direct one, and it’s one that is navigated in an environment that is constantly shifting. So how should a company achieve social responsibility in a situation that is buffeted by change—like political upheavals in the United States and abroad; regulatory changes of the like not seen since the New Deal; trade and economic relationships shifting with multinational agreements like NAFTA and Paris environmental agreements being laid bare or laid aside. How can companies cope? The short answer is, they can’t. That is, if you see “social responsibility” as a destination.

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CEO’s Letter – A New Home for CR

Dave headshot resized Our logo hasn’t changed and the masthead contains familiar names like Belinda Sharr and Allie Williams. But this is my first issue as publisher. And it’s an honor. In April, the company I have called home for the past several years, 3BL Media, acquired four assets from SharedXpertise Media. The transaction included the Corporate Responsibility Association (CRA), CR Magazine, COMMIT!Forum and the 100 Best Corporate Citizens ranking. For those unfamiliar with 3BL Media, the name refers to the Triple Bottom Line and the company was formed in 2009 in Northampton, Massachusetts, as a corporate communications software platform for brands and non-profits to distribute blogs, articles, videos, infographics, photos and press releases concerning sustainability and social impact topics. 3BL Media now serves 1,000 companies globally and has grown through the acquisition of Justmeans, Social Earth, CSRwire, Ethical Performance and ReportAlert. We formed a new entity, the Corporate Responsibility Board, to house CR Magazine and the CRA, whose board of advisors will continue to set the programming agenda.

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Editor’s Letter – Changing yet Staying the Course

Belinda headshot As I’m sure you have already read in the recent press release, CR Magazine has been acquired by 3BL Media from SharedXpertise Media. While we acknowledge that this will be a bit of a change, we are excited to transition to the new company and further improve on our dedication to corporate responsibility. 3BL Media is a great fit for CR Magazine. The news distribution company specializes in all things CR, and has an impressive group of platforms like CSRwire, Ethical Performance and Report Alert. Topics like sustainability, philanthropy and the environment are crucial, and 3BL seeks to deliver information that readers like you need to be aware of. We look forward to continuing to bring you CR Magazine, the COMMIT!Forum and the Corporate Responsibility Association as you know them, but even better. The 100 Best Corporate Citizens is the most important feature that CR publishes every year. For 2017, we have decided to break down each sector of the list to further acknowledge good companies doing great things.

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Better Alternatives

Solar power plant What major power providers are doing with their efficient operations and how companies can utilize renewable energy solutions By Belinda Sharr Editor's Note: On June 1, 2017, President Trump announced that the United States will withdraw from the Paris climate accord. CR Magazine asked companies we interviewed for this story to comment. Click here to read their statements. Legacy energy producers and distributors have been the target of disruptive business models and technology for decades. Adapting to competition and increased demand for low-carbon power, even the largest electric utilities and multinational gas and oil giants are behaving like innovative startups in today’s economy, engaging with one-time foes and leaning on corporate responsibility and sustainability practitioners in an increasingly chaotic political atmosphere.

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