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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3p Weekend: These 10 Social Innovators Are Sure to Inspire

A group of innovative thinkers from India and East Africa joined the SAP Social Entrepreneur Fellowship program in Silicon Valley earlier this month. The CEOs represent social enterprises working in agriculture, education, energy, health care, and water and sanitation. This week we learned more about these innovative thought leaders. Read on to be inspired.

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Waste Management Helps Businesses Turn Waste into Opportunity

Waste Management sustainability services is proof that sustainability pays. Since 2003, the company has delivered more than 157 million in direct cost-savings to customers. It works across all industries to turn waste, a traditional cost center, into solutions that benefit businesses, their customers and the environment.

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Will Amazon Dash Buttons Kill Sustainable Consumption?

Amazon announced earlier this week that its Dash buttons are available now for all of its Amazon Prime members. For $4.99, members can buy a button connected to a specific brand and use it to reorder products of that brand. The Dash mantra is as simple as the service: Just press and never run out. But before you start daydreaming of an effortless future, where smart devices make your life so much easier, I’d like you to ask yourself – is this utopia or dystopia?

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A Safety Net for the Sharing Economy

As more companies join in this disruptive business model, they must ask, “How will we keep our workers and contractors safe?”

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Shopping for Furniture? Check the Labels

It is now possible to buy new furniture made without toxic flame retardants, but some furniture on the market may still contain these chemicals. Luckily, new labeling systems can help customers decide. Judy Levin of the Center for Environmental Health wanted to test the marketplace, so she conducted an unscientific review at Bay Area outlets of three major national retailers.

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The First Malaria Vaccine in History is Now Not-for-Profit

Scientists have been working to significantly lower child mortality in the Sub-Sahara for years, where disease and malnutrition kill millions each year. The new malaria vaccine, the first to successfully target a parasite, is a collaborative effort that could lead the way to lowering the cost of that humanitarian goal.

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UPS Drives Toward 1 Billion Miles with Alternative Fuels

UPS CSO Rhonda Clark talks about their latest CSR report, driving toward 1 billion miles with alternative fuels and advanced technology vehicles, and the day-to-day challenges of CSR efforts at UPS.

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How Sports Are Influencing Sustainable Practices

We sat down with the Arizona Diamondbacks, Portland Timbers and San Diego Padres to talk sustainability, the position sports teams are in to influence their massive audience, and how we can all live more environmentally-conscious lives.

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Big-Time Companies Hop Aboard the Climate Pledge

Thirteen well-known companies have signed President Barack Obama’s climate pledge, each promising to tackle environmental issues in its particular field. Here are their commitments.

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Wendy’s Eases Into Antibiotic-Free Chicken

Wendy’s is testing antibiotic-free chicken products in Orlando and Gainesville, Florida, Kansas City, Missouri, and Austin, Texas. During the test period, the fast food chain will “gauge consumer perception and supply availability,” according to news reports.

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Groups Raise Concern Over Role of COP21 Sponsors

Environmental and social justice groups have raised a flag of concern, claiming that COP21 organizers have sold too many sponsorships to big polluters, who are “not so climate-friendly.” The groups are concerned that these sponsors could have a negative influence over the proceedings.

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P&G To Make 230 Million Bottles From Recycled Materials

P&G Fabric Care will manufacture 230 million bottles for select brands from 50 percent post-consumer recycled content. That’s the equivalent of the distance from the North Pole to the South Pole if the bottles were stretched from end-to-end.

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EPEAT: Moving the Electronics Market Toward Green Standards

Government regulation is often the go-to answer when it comes to environmental issues, like reducing waste in landfill. But when it came to developing standards to reduce e-waste and ensure that computers, monitors and other electronics were built ‘green,’ it was purely a matter of industry consensus. Oh, and lots and lots of hard work.

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7 Ways To Improve Animal Welfare

Temple Grandin, an animal scientist at Colorado State University, says that being autistic helps her do better work to improve animal welfare in slaughterhouses. There’s a stereotype that people with autism are cold and unfeeling. However, Grandin is empathetic toward animals. Here are her strategies.