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.

Flint Crisis Could Be A Game-Changer for Environmental Health

Earlier this month, Michigan’s Attorney General Bill Schuette’s office charged five high-ranking Department of Health officials with voluntary manslaughter for the deaths of 12 Flint residents who contracted Legionnaires’s from the polluted water. These rulings could set new precedence.

How Mindfulness Can Help You Be a Better Sustainability Leader

Given that the science is so clear on the beneficial impacts of practicing mindfulness, it’s easy to see why major corporations are charging down this route. After all, who doesn’t want to cultivate awareness, humanity and perspective in the workplace and encourage a low-stress, high-satisfaction collaborative team?

Chile’s Copper Mines: An Investment Hard-Wired for Climate Resilience?

Copper is one of the most useful metals – it has a role in construction, railways and heavy machinery to power transmission and telecommunications to semiconductors, microchips, photovoltaic cells for solar panels and other high-tech applications. But mining the red metal is energy intensive. Which is why Chile’s conversion of copper mines to renewable energy is getting climate folks talking.

Allergen Triggers Recall, Disposal of Millions of Pounds of Food

Big food manufacturers have found themselves faced with recalling millions of pounds of food intended for institutional settings, this time for an undocumented allergen. The problem raises a larger question about how the U.S. can guarantee a safe food supply if it isn’t closely monitoring the products in global supply chains.

TJ Maxx Accused of Shady Labor Practices

The parent company of TJ Maxx and Marshall’s has been accused of having far too many ties to garment factories in Los Angeles that pay their workers less the local minimum hourly wage – and in some cases, have even shorted them of their promised wages.

United Arab Emirates Pushes Private Sector to Embrace Corporate Responsibility

UAE’s Ministry of Economy recently held an event in Dubai to launch a “Corporate Social Responsibility Index” in order to boost such initiatives across this nation of 9.2 million people. The timing is prescient, considering Ramadan is underway; this month for many Muslims is a time for reflection, and companies are amongst the institutions that remind residents to “do good” during this month.

The Future of University Design Is Carbon-Neutral

Carbon neutrality is about to go primetime in college campuses across the country. Already, a handful of smaller-sized colleges like Colby College, Middlebury College, and Green Mountain College have become carbon-neutral, while many more have goals to reach neutrality in the near future, including large institutions like the University of Caliornia system, which plans to reach carbon neutrality by 2025.

U-Haul Invests in New England Wild Spaces

U-Haul and supermarket supplier C&S Wholesale Grocers announced a commitment to work with The Conservation Fund to offset their wood consumption by boosting the protection of a forest ecosystem in rural New Hampshire.

Uber CEO Kalanick Steps Down

The newswires have aligned with the company’s description as “taking leave” and an eventual “diminished” role, but for all intents and purposes, Travis Kalanick is out as CEO of Uber.

Ikea (Almost) Goes to Mars

Ikea sent some of its designers to the Mars Desert Research Station in Utah in an attempt to inspire new design innovations.