Launch of New Blog on Corporate Social Responsibility

Today marks the launch of the new blog News from CRD Analytics. I’ve been working with this company on corporate sustainability research and social media marketing thereof. It’s great to finally see the blog up and running, and I’m looking forward to seeing it grow into a go-to place for information on sustainable investing.

CRD Analytics has created an index to rank the relative merits of corporations according to their publicly available sustainability reports. This is making waves for impact investing and forcing the hand of large companies to be transparent regarding environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors. It’s a very exciting field to be involved in and particularly interesting for me on the heels of my graduate research in architectural science. My thesis work delved headfirst into the thorny territory of creating metrics for equating resrouces with behaviors in order to support the design of sustainable building systems. This process aligns directly with identifying and affecting the resources and behaviors required for sustainable business. In each case, material and energy needs meet with usage and behavioral patterns. The ultimate goal of both is to provide a structure that provides comfortably for stakeholders without diminishing the environment, social good, or the pocketbook.

Check out the inaugural posts, and of course feel free to leave a comment!

From Name-And-Shame to Collaboration: A New Methodology for CalPERS
CalPERS is changing its famous name-and-shame focus-list producing methodology to one that engages private, more nuanced, negotiations. Will this game changer be a win for social responsibility? Read on…

Integrated Reporting: Using Data to Drive Better Business
Business gets villainized for its focus on profits over people. Even Nitin Nohria, Dean of the Harvard Business School, admits that business leaders are trusted even less than politicians these days. Integrated reporting may just save the day. Read on…

Midterm Political Outlook Gloomy for Renewable Energy
The results of the midterm election suggest that the next two years will not be heavy on national renewable energy legislation. But economic pressures and energy independence may still coalesce as issues for bipartisan support. Read on…

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About Daniela

Daniela Morell holds a Masters in Architectural Science with a concentration in Built Ecologies from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute's Center for Architecture Science and Ecology in New York City. Her writing, research, and design work is guided by a value system for sustainability that includes both the responsible use of energy and material resources, as well as the social need for design to inspire more ecologically balanced living.
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