Industry Market Trends

How Does an Oil Company Rank Tops in Corporate Social Responsibility?

August 28, 2013

With Big Oil having effectively replaced Big Tobacco as one of America's biggest "bogeymen" to the general public, it would seem downright incongruous for a major petroleum company to be looked upon as a model of corporate behavior. In truth, however, it's really not that far-fetched. After the Deepwater Horizon spill, BP flooded the airwaves, showing people all the good work they have done to clean up the region, and the good works they do all over the world as an upstanding corporate citizen. And now, in a survey conducted this year by the global research and advisory firm Universum, an oil company has come out on top when it comes to corporate social responsibility (CSR).  Read More

Industry Market Trends

Lifecycle Analysis Takes the Long View

August 28, 2013

These days, companies are being swept up, willingly or otherwise, into the concepts of corporate social responsibility (CSR) and environmental sustainability. For financial, practical, and even brand-image reasons, they are taking the long-term view of their operations and products -- that their activities shouldn’t be borrowing from the future or placing an undue burden on future generations.  Read More