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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The Purposeful Office

The dream of a “paperless office” has given way to a “purposeful office” – an environment that embraces the responsible, sustainable selection, use, recovery and recycling of paper. Help your office work smarter and more efficiently by minimizing environmental impact and keeping paper out of landfills.

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Bringing the Impact of Fair Trade Back Home

Santiago Halty, founder and CEO of Senda Athletics, recently visited Sialkot, Pakistan, where he saw the impact that Fair Trade gave to his soccer ball factory. Now, he wants to show people the impact of their fair trade purchases through a documentary film.

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Method Turns Ocean Trash Into Packaging

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is an enormous ocean island of our trash, sitting between Japan and California. Up until now, nobody’s know what to do with all that waste. Method has now created recycled packaging that uses plastic waste collected in Hawaii, a frequent end point for GPGP waste.

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Positive Workplace Psychology Permeates the Community

A number of studies have shown that a workplace promoting positive psychology among employees and clients can increase innovation, loyalty and pride among those who work with the organization. The goodwill promoted when companies focus on their human capital as opposed to the cold, impersonal bottom line often creates conditions that allow businesses to grow profits and thrive for the long term.

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Video Interview: Mary Capozzi Sr. Director CSR, Best Buy

3p founder Nick Aster sat down with Mary Capozzi to discuss Best Buy’s commitment to sustainability, and in particular, a new program that trains teenagers in technological literacy and other related skills. This interview is part of a series of videos taken with CSR leaders at our GRI Training Course in Minneapolis last week. We have additional courses coming up all year, please click here to learn more.

Ecolibrium Solar: Cutting-Edge Simplicity for PV Solar Installation

Just as for any trade show, the recent Intersolar North America gathering in San Francisco displayed no shortage of high-impact marketing booths, pretty women dressed in matching corporate colors, and iPad giveaways for a smattering of lucky attendees. But there were fewer companies exhibiting their wares than at last year’s show, and beneath the surface of the … Continued

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U.S. Post Office On Track To Meet All But One Sustainability Target

The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) recently released its Sustainability and Energy Scorecard to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), a reporting tool that federal government agencies use to publicly report on the progress of their sustainability goals. The Scorecard shows that the USPS is on track to meet all of its goals, except a reducing vehicle petroleum fuel use by 20 percent by 2015.

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“Greening” Your Office Paper

Paper selection can have a big impact on efficiency, waste and contributing to sustainability goals. We’ve compiled some tips for making better paper choices.

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Utilities Provide 4 Lessons in Consumer Behavior Change

The latest heat wave provide one more incentive for utilities to take action to encourage customers to save energy. Their innovative efforts provide every industry looking to change customer behavior with valuable lessons. Here are four of them: