This category is about corporate social responsibility (CSR), a form of corporate self-regulation integrated into a business model. The goal of CSR is to embrace responsibility for the company’s actions and encourage a positive impact through its activities on the environment, consumers, employees, communities, stakeholders and all other members of the public sphere.

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Nature’s Cranky Banker Has Foreclosure on Her Mind

If nature is like a bank, then we are borrowing without understanding the terms or planning a repayment schedule. In many ways, the impacts associated with our global sustainability challenge might be explained as penalties for default, or even foreclosure. Is Nature too big to fail?

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Is There a Business Case for Product Take-Back?

There are many environmental and financial benefits to extended producer responsibility (EPR): the idea that a product’s manufacturers and retailers should assume responsibility for the environmental and social impacts of the product throughout its lifecycle, from sourcing the material and production to consumer use and disposal. But can EPR – and taking responsibility for a product’s waste management, in particular – augment a company’s bottom-line, or is it always a loss leader?

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Employee Engagement Helps Drive Business

sk anyone who’s led corporate environmental or social responsibility initiatives and they will tell you that employees can make or break any sustainability program. The success of other aspects of the business – from internal innovation to customer satisfaction – can also hinge upon how well a company engages its employees.

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Twitter Chat Follow-Up: Leveraging Technology for Sustainability

During our recent Twitter chat with HP, one participant asked, “What are the greatest areas of opportunity for sustainability and technology?” Gabi Zedlmayer, Vice President and Chief Progress Officer for HP, answered in 140 characters. Now, she responds in depth.

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What’s a ‘Mad Man’ Doing at a Global Humanitarianism Conference?

After speaking at the SwitchPoint conference, John Newall of McKinney Advertising Agency confessed that he couldn’t help but ponder his own attendance: “I run an advertising agency for a living. We’re not global. We don’t put on conferences. I guess we’re sort of innovative, only not in a humanitarian sense,” Newall said. “I wasn’t in Syria or Africa yesterday. In fact, I was in Cleveland.”

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Sustainability’s Missing Stakeholders: Nature and the Future

The definition of stakeholders in materiality is broadening beyond people. Let’s ask Nature or the Future whether our current sustainability challenges constitute a crisis, since both have a stake in the outcomes. It’s not as crazy as it sounds, has precedent and could be a way to engage in more effective sustainability.

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‘Alternative’ History of Nokia Shines a Light on Globalization’s Dark Side

Executives and investors benefited, and labor suffered, as Nokia experienced its ups and downs, according to an “alternative corporate history” of the company. Aimed at presenting the workers’ perspective, the report was released GoodElectronics Network the day before Nokia’s annual shareholders meeting in Helsinki.

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Design as an Agent of World Benefit

Autodesk is well-positioned to help creative types tackle sustainable design with tools that provide the electronic equivalent of a sustainability guru looking over their shoulders and guiding them as they produce their solutions.

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Method Opens LEED Platinum Factory in Chicago

One year after announcing its plan, Method opened its South Side Soapbox factory last week in the Pullman Park district of Chicago. Cradle-to-Cradle pioneer William McDonough + Partners designed the factory, the first such LEED Platinum certified facility within this sector.

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Making a Market Deep in the Rainforest

Rainforest Alliance is betting a true triple-bottom-line project can protect the Guatemalan rainforest. Can they pull it off?

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The Quick & Dirty: Minimum Wage … Hold the Applause

It seems as if every company is finding a few extra spare pennies to show us how deeply they care about their workers. Yes, it is time to rejoice! Minimum wages are hitting new highs! Let’s just back off slowly and take a closer look at this. Is it really all that good?

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Where Do Mobile Phones Go When They Die?

As a society, we need to ask the hard questions about whether the e-waste we create is handled in a manner that we would find acceptable in terms of human and environmental impacts, wherever it ends up. If we don’t like the answers, then we should take action.