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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Improving Ethics in the Insurance Industry

Insurance companies are striving to appear ethical in their approach, a perception not shared by many people. Can this situation be improved?

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Multinationals Collaborate to Halve Food Waste

At its annual Global Summit in New York City last week, the Consumer Goods Forum announced a bold resolution to tackle food waste. Members of the Forum, which include 400 multinational consumer companies like Unilever, Pepsico and General Mills, pledged to halve food waste in all retail and manufacturing operations by 2025.

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Whole Foods vs. ‘Whole Paycheck’

Whole Foods, often jokingly referred to as “Whole Paycheck,” faces a probe from the city of New York after investigators nabbed the upscale food purveyor for routinely overcharging customers. Inspectors called it the “worst case of overcharges that they’ve ever seen,” but Whole Foods isn’t the only culprit.

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Hormel Develops Targeted Nutrition Solution for Guatemalan Children

After collaborating with partners, Hormel Foods released a targeted nutrition solution to children in Guatemala. While Guatemalan children generally receive enough calories, they lack protein and other nutrients. So, Hormel created an original product for use as a supplemental ingredient that provides a protein boost and other essential vitamins and minerals.

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Breaking the Consumer Cycle: Netting Revenue Through Waste

As the world’s population increases, so does demand – which is great for business but bad for the environment. There is not a never-ending supply of raw materials from which to draw, so the manufacturing industry will need to adapt to meet growing demand for synthetic consumer products. Fortunately, there is a solution in the most unlikely of places – waste.

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Kendall Jackson Goes for Sustainability Gold

While producing America’s best-selling Chardonnay, Jackson Family Wines is gunning for sustainability glory with an aggressive plan to manage water use and adopt renewables. Is it enough?

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Funding Latin American Watershed Replenishment

Three sustainability leaders — Carlos Hurtado of FEMSA Foundation, Hugo Contreras of the Nature Conservancy, and Tod Christenson of Antea Group — share their insights on how a watershed restoration project’s funds are being put to good use.

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Water and Corporate Culture at Golden State Foods

Golden State Foods has grown alongside California agriculture to become a multinational business. And it made water conservation a focal point for the organization long before the drought began.

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Lumber Liquidators Caught Selling Illegal Wood

Lumber Liquidators, one of the nation’s largest hardwood flooring retailers, needs be held accountable for selling timber harvested from illegal sources and putting endangered species at risk.

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Monsanto Tests the Waters with Reddit ‘Ask Me Anything’ Session

Monsanto took to the Web in an unusual question-and-answer session last week, as part of Reddit’s “Ask Me Anything” (AMA) platform. The questions were fast and furious, and the answers were, for the most part, revealing. Did we learn anything? Yes.

JetBlue’s CSR Report Proves It’s a Leader in the Industry

JetBlue Airways’ aptly-named report, The Blue Review, outlines the company’s values and progress on its corporate social responsibility (CSR) goals. The report, issued this month, highlights major developments made by the airline in 2014, including a 6 percent cut in emissions. While that may not sound very impressive, it’s a significant improvement in this industry — and that’s not all JetBlue is doing that sets it apart.