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.

Industrial Farming’s Food for Thought

On a cold night last January, stakeholders made the trek to Austin, Minnesota, for the annual shareholder meeting of Hormel Foods. Among the issues to be voted on that night was a shareholder proposal asking Hormel to disclose the risks associated with allowing producers to lock breeding pigs in tiny cages called gestation crates.

EDF: Green Supply Chains a Priority for Major Companies

Greening the supply chain is a common thread and a “key priority” for companies, including Kellogg’s, Walmart, Anheuser-Busch, Apple, Adidas, General Mills, H&M, Lowes, CVS and Hershey, wrote Jason Mathers on the Environmental Defense Fund business blog.

Apple Talks Corporate Social Responsibility

Get an inside glimpse of Apple’s corporate responsibility effort from Jacky Haynes, senior director of supplier responsibility for the tech giant.

Why Sacred Places Should Matter, Even to Business Folks

The PR-push to proclaim national parks as “America’s Best Idea” missed an important historic fact: Sacred places are the oldest protected areas on the planet. These places protect biodiversity and old ways of life.

Why We Should Teach Everyone Character

Character, also known as emotional intelligence, doesn’t need to come from blood, sweat, tears and a stint in Outward Bound. It can be taught.

SPECIAL SERIES: The ROI of Sustainability

Collaborative Conservation: Taking the Lead on Climate Resilience

As we confront the fact that we’ve long since surpassed greenhouse gas concentrations that will irrevocably change the climate, we have to ask: What can “sustainability” achieve for future generations at this point? How will business lead on critical environmental issues in the coming decades? McGee Young, CEO of MeterHero, addresses these questions and more.

The Green Sports Movement’s Next Horizon: Game-Day Food

The green sports movement’s next great horizon lies in the lifecycle of food, the environmental impact of producing it and fans’ relationship to it. Now is the time to engage fans in a conversation about the impact of their food consumption habits. There is just too much at “steak” not to!

When Toxic Flame Retardants Were Good For You

For five years, companies that make toxic flame retardant chemicals told us that they had hard science to show that their products save lives. Without flame retardants in all of our furniture, they’d say, thousands of children would die in house fires every year. That’s untrue. Here’s the story of the man who crafted the message.