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.

Responsible Forestry: Can Certification Save Our Forests?

It’s tough not to feel a sense of sorrow when watching recent images of the California Rimfire, which scorched 370 square miles of the heavily-forested Sierra Nevadas. There is something about a forest that beckons us — an unspoken yet unmistakable connection that runs millions of years into our evolutionary past.

Throughout human history, cultures around the world have recognized the importance of trees to sustaining life. In Old Norse mythology, Yggdrasil, the World Tree, supported the heavens, connecting it with the earth and, through its roots, the underworld. Without it, the world would collapse and life would cease to be. Similar beliefs existed in ancient Siberia and Mesoamerica.

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Women in CSR: Deborah Holmes, EY

Deborah Holmes, Americas Director of Corporate Responsibility for EY, talks about her career, inspiration and recent accomplishments in our Women in CSR series.

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Wyndham Worldwide Slashes Carbon Footprint in 2012

In an industry that’s often carbon-intensive, Wyndham Worldwide – the hospitality giant that includes popular hotel chains like Ramada, Days Inn and Wyndham Garden – says it achieved a 12 percent reduction in carbon emissions per square foot of its operations last year.

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PhoneBloks Aims to Eliminate the Annual Upgrade

The idea behind Phonebloks, a phone that is made up of detachable blocks, each of which contains an upgradeable functional module, is that people would once again hang onto their phones, at least the main parts, for a long time. When you wanted a new feature, you could simply upgrade the appropriate module, keeping the rest of the phone intact.

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The New ISO 14001 Standard: What You Need to Know

A major criticism has often been that while achieving ISO 14001 certification portrays the image of a business that is taking responsibility for their impact on the environment, there is no guarantee the business will adopt the intended ethos of the standard.


Bombas Socks’ One-for-One Model Encourages Us To ‘Bee Better’

New York-based startup Bombas Socks is poised to revolutionize the sock industry while spreading its message of pushing yourself to “Bee Better.” Startups like Bombas Socks, who can contribute to a flourishing future economically, socially and environmentally, are invited to enter the Sustainable Brands Innovation Open by Sunday September 29th.


Is Chipotle’s Scarecrow Film an Example of ‘Disrupt and Delight’ or ‘Disrupt and Dislike’?

This debate over Chipotle’s new Scarecrow film got me thinking – while Chipotle’s campaign obviously tries to present a “disrupt and delight” approach, where the unsustainable status-quo is disrupted in a way that offers consumers delightful solutions, it’s not clear if the result is indeed “disrupt and delight” or “disrupt and dislike.” So which one is it?


General Mills’ Big Sustainable Sourcing Commitment

General Mills (GM) has announced that it will be making changes to how it harvests and packages 10 of the top ingredients that it uses in its cereals and other products in an ongoing effort to increase sustainability in its manufacturing process.


Women in CSR: Nicole Trimble, Outerwall

Nicole Trimble, Senior Director of Corporate Responsibility at Outerwall Inc., talks about her career, inspiration and recent accomplishments in our Women in CSR series.


How Sustainability is Growing Unilever’s Brand Equity and Profits

Unilever is working toward a new business model that “…enables responsible, equitable growth that is decoupled from environmental impacts.” This vision is the foundation of Unilever’s strategy for doubling revenues, reducing the company’s environmental impacts and increasing the company’s positive impacts upon society.


EPA Proposes Carbon Emissions Limits on New U.S. Power Plants

Following through on the President’s historic National Climate Change Action Plan, the EPA proposed precedent-setting new rules limiting carbon emissions for new power plants. The EPA isn’t stopping there: work on proposed new rules for existing power plants is already under way.