Business & Industry

Is Corporate Social Responsibility Really Worth it?

Do companies really benefit from corporate social responsibility programs? Or is CSR simply a politically-correct drain on resources that does nothing for the bottom line? The justification for a corporate social responsibility (CSR) program is that it contributes to a company's public image. It offers a channel for board members, executives, and rank-and-file workers to express their interest in...

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How Road Warriors are Traveling this Year

Business travelers are spending more on trips this year but are traveling less. Who will rack up the miles in 2012, and what are the tricks of the trade? In December, data from professional services firm Deloitte indicated that approximately 85 percent of business travelers expected to take at least the same number of trips in 2012, if not more. Furthermore, in Deloitte's survey of 1,000...

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NASA to the Public: Get Us to Mars

Future Mars missions will reflect a creative, cost-conscious approach as a budget-wary NASA reformulates its exploration program and calls on the public for alternative strategies. Earlier this month, NASA's Mars Program Planning Group (MPPG) announced an initiative seeking the best and the brightest ideas for exploration of the Red Planet. The announcement came shortly after the agency's fiscal...

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BP Sees Soaring Profits Amidst Mutant Gulf Seafood

BP's 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico ranks as the worst man-made environmental disaster in U.S. history. At Green & Clean, we covered the spill extensively and were met with criticism when we brought to light simple, effective non-toxic ways to help clean-up efforts. So here we are two years after the spill, and BP's profits are soaring while the seafood ecosystem in the Gulf of Mexico is...

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2012 U.S. Aerospace and Defense Outlook

Aerospace and defense industry insiders indicate optimism for the U.S. commercial aircraft sector, but are cautious about defense because of expected Department of Defense budget cuts. The aerospace and defense (A&D) industry is the United States' largest net exporter and one of the largest contributors to the nation's gross exports at $89.6 billion. The industry's contribution to the nation's...

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Cure Your Work Addiction

Just because you're doing a lot of work doesn't necessarily mean you're doing it well. If you're a workaholic, kick the habit and improve your performance. Americans are some of the most productive people in the world, but an over-commitment to work can become a liability, hurting not only your personal life but also your performance. Although work hours in the United States have been trending...

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Weekly Industry Crib Sheet: Global NC Software Market Grew in 2011

Plus: Factory Output Climbs, Leading Economic Indicators Rise and Jobless Claims Edge Lower. Industrial Production Rises in Q1 Although industrial production in the United States remained flat for the second month in March, it increased at an annual rate of 5.4 percent in the first quarter of 2012, according to the Federal Reserve last week. Manufacturing output fell 0.2 percent in March, but...

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A Tiny Approach to Green: New Nanotechnology Applications

While it doesn't garner as many column inches as other industries - probably because it still seems like sci-fi to most people - the nanotechnology industry continues to expand out of the lab and into practical applications. Nanotechnology, the creation and use of devices that are between one and 100 nanometers wide (a nanometer is a billionth of a meter), is today worth an estimated $24 billion...

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Light Friday: Discovery's Last Flight

Plus: The World's Quietest Room, the Sweet Dreams App and a Stair-Climbing Robot. Discovery's Final Flight The space shuttle Discovery departed from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida for its final flight this week, marking the end of the space shuttle program as the iconic vehicle made its way to Virginia, where it will be retired and placed on display in the Smithsonian's National Air and...

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Greening the Business Landscape: 5 Eco-Pacts

Industry efforts for eco-change are making headlines as companies merge commercial and green practices. The newest eco-pacts featured here demonstrate a steady shift to sustainable business. Eco Initiatives Fuel Aviation Pact In aviation news: Three companies - Boeing Co, Airbus SAS and Brazil's Embraer - have signed an agreement to develop affordable aviation biofuels. Executives signed the...

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