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.

A Greenpeace campaign pressures Nestle (successfully) to source sustainable palm oil.

The Messy Business of Sustainable Palm Oil

Palm oil supply chains span the globe, and palm oil is hidden in half of the packaged products at the grocery store. TriplePundit’s editor in chief Jen Boynton sheds some light on the complicated process of making palm oil more sustainable.


Congress: TSA Needs Transgender Sensitivity

The Transportation Security Agency serves as the front-line buffer against terrorism at U.S. airports. Last week it faced yet another stiff rebuke from Congressional members for inadequate and offensive screening procedures. It’s only one of many such criticisms that the agency has received recently. Is that because the screeners aren’t doing their jobs, or because they are? And is it always the TSA’s fault?

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VW Emissions Scandal Now Fueling Class-Action Lawsuits

A bevy of lawsuits are already underway over Volkswagen’s admission that the company installed software that allowed 500,000 of its diesel-powered automobiles skirt U.S. federal emissions rules.


Lipsticks, Burgers, Orangutans and Climate Change

Countless agricultural commodities form the building blocks of thousands of products that are manufactured and traded globally by corporations. Over the past decades, the demand for agricultural produce for feed, fuel and food purposes has been a key driver of degradation and deforestation and responsible for over 50 percent of it.

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Launch of U.K. B Corp Movement Prompts Debate About Future of Corporations

The B Corp movement focuses on embedding a social purpose within a company’s DNA. As this movement gathers momentum, it highlights the need for an open debate on the purpose of the corporation. What does it mean to be a responsible corporation? What is special about B Corps?

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Why We Need Science-Based Targets at COP21

In advance of COP21, countries have come forward with voluntary targets, known as Intended Nationally Determined Contributions. But by and large, those targets have not been sufficiently aggressive to achieve the overall levels of reduction needed. We might need the strong hand of mandates.


3p Weekend: Your Cheat-Sheet to the VW Emissions Scandal

What exactly is the Volkswagen emissions scandal, and why is it such a big deal? Spend a few minutes consulting our cheat-sheet, and you’ll have all the information you need to keep up with those conversations at the water cooler.


How Memes Can Help Save the World

A viral social media campaign, #ClimateChangeIsReal, launched on Earth Day this year and discussed at a SXSW Eco workshop this week, taps into people’s fascination with celebrity culture and memes to raise awareness about climate change and make climate action mainstream.

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Urban Outfitters Asks Employees to Work for Free

An Urban Outfitters email asking for “volunteers” that went out to employees at the firm’s corporate headquarters in Philadelphia is causing a ruckus on the internet.


Role Businesses Should Play in Social Change

With many companies dedicated to building solutions for everyday problems, others are increasingly focusing on tackling major societal issues. With proper investment strategies, such as impact investing, companies and tech startups in particular can be catalysts for solving some of the most pressing global social issues.