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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Proxy Season 2012: More Requests, More Engagement, More Results

The 2012 proxy season was busy as always – Ceres reported that investors successfully used shareholder resolutions to spur action on corporate sustainability challenges, such as climate change, hydraulic fracturing and supply chain risks.

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Big Idea + People + Action = [The Story of] Change

In Annie Leonard and The Story of Stuff’s latest film, The Story of Change, Leonard describes three steps to effect change – a big idea, believers, and action. With the formula, Leonard calls her audience to action.

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The Tale of Two Cities’ Solar Solutions

The solar installations in both Baltimore and Tulare demonstrate that local governments and organizations can generate their own clean power from the sun while helping protect the environment, ensure their energy security and save money. These municipalities are two prime examples of how, over multiple project phases, coupling energy efficiency with on-site renewable energy facilities can facilitate sustainability.

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Interview with Dell’s VP of Corporate Responsibility, Trisa Thompson

Dell’s 2012 CSR report provides the latest example that you don’t need to choose now between the economy and the environment. Innovation is the way you can have both. Already a leader in sustainability, Dell continues to utilize innovation to be more sustainable and competitive – from using biodegradable materials such as bamboo and mushrooms for packaging to developing fresh-air cooling solutions for an entire line of data center equipment.

Not All Of Sunny Delight’s Sustainability Progress Is So Sunny

Sunny Delight Beverages Company (SDBC), makers of the popular orange-flavored drink, recently released their fourth annual sustainability report. It is a proverbial mixed bag. While the company did not make overall progress towards meeting its 2015 goals of a 25 percent reduction in water use, energy use and carbon emissions, it did achieve reductions at … Continued

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The Fallibility of Sustainability Audits

By Daniel Hicks Barclays, the UK megabank, has been making waves recently in the mainstream press after allegations of wrongdoing surfaced with a hefty multi-million dollar fine for manipulating Libor, a key London benchmark for setting interest rates within international financial markets. While the full extent of alleged collusion within the financial industry remains under … Continued

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Rio+20 Session on the United Nations Higher Education Initiative

In the United Nations Higher Education Sustainability Initiative, moderated by Elizabeth Thompson, Executive Coordinator, UNCSD, university presidents and deans from Romania, China, and Brazil, along with local authorities from Nairobi and France, and student partner advocates for sustainability shared their views on the importance of this initiative and why they support it.

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How Does Pregnancy Impact Mayer’s Job as Yahoo CEO?

When the news first broke about Google exec Marissa Mayer’s appointment as Yahoo CEO, the conversation centered around her qualifications and skills, rather than her gender. A few hours later, Mayer broke the news she was six months pregnant prompting discussion around female leadership and working mothers.

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SHE Enterprises Creates Banana Fluff Pads and Businesses in Africa

Many Harvard Business School classmates went to hedge funds or Wall Street, but Elizabeth Scharpf works in Africa… with sanitary pads.

In 2007, Scharpf started Sustainable Health Enterprises (SHE) to manufacture and distribute menstrual pads from banana leaf fiber. The idea came about because, while working in Mozambique in grad school, she learned many women in factories were missing work because of their periods.

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How Much Money Do CSR Professionals Make?

How much do CSR professionals make? The answer to this question can be found in the new 2012 CR & Sustainability Salary Survey, which includes salary data and some very interesting information of the professional Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability landscape.

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Why Global Warming Is Now an Economic Tax on the Middle Class

Given its costs, global warming can now be thought of as an economic tax on the middle class. A recent NOAA report found that 56 percent of the continental U.S. is currently experiencing drought. Exaggerated by global warming, enhanced drought is reducing America’s corn crop and sending the futures price for corn soaring by 34 percent … Continued