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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Greenpeace Challenges Lego on Shell Gas Station Set

Greenpeace is an expert at raising awareness about critical environmental issues but the organization is not infallible, and it may have picked a loser with its latest target: the Lego Group. Last week, Greenpeace accused Lego of “keeping bad company” by renewing its longstanding brand co-promotion of Royal Dutch Shell LEGO® playsets.

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eBay Delivers on 2013 Social Innovation Goals

n their very first Social Innovation annual update, eBay has successfully demonstrated their commitment following a series of goals they made last June to fuel shareholder value and pursue a three-year long-term series of objectives to create positive societal and environmental change.

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LinkedIn, VolunteerMatch Team Up to Connect Nonprofits with Volunteers

How can nonprofit organizations seeking skilled volunteers and individuals with just the right expertise find each other? LinkedIn and volunteer engagement network VolunteerMatch aim to solve this challenge, announcing last month that the two organizations will partner to make it easier for nonprofits to successfully recruit experienced volunteers and board members.

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Waste Heat Recovery a Path for Cement Makers to Cut Costs and Emissions

Cement manufacturers have been reducing CO2 emissions. Deploying waste heat recovery (WHR) technology can spur additional reductions, as well as lower costs substantially and enhance their competitiveness, according to a report from the International Finance Corp. and Institute for Industrial Productivity.

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3p Weekend: 5 Reasons Businesses Should Care About Climate Change

It’s always tricky to ask: Why now? But, as recent research shows, not asking may prove even more costly. To get your mind going this Friday afternoon, we gathered up five reasons businesses should care about climate change — not tomorrow, not next year, but right in the here and now.

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Report Shows the Benefits of Cradle to Cradle Certification, But Is It Enough?

The Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute recently commissioned Trucost, a leading global environmental data and insight company, to determine the value of C2C certification for companies. The result is a 145-page report in which Trucost presents its analysis of 10 C2C-certified products from different companies (and industries), including Aveda, Desso, Ecover, PUMA, Shaw Industries, Steelcase and Van Houtum.

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The High Cost of Cheap Shrimp

Environmental degradation, land grabs, fair treatment of workers –participants all along the shrimp value chain need to address 10 key challenges to assure the sustainability of their businesses. Carrying out inclusive business strategies can help, according to CSR Asia.

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Bill’s Passage Boosts California Distributed Energy and Storage

With energy storage poised to make a real impact on California’s emerging distributed clean energy ecosystem, SB 861 funds the Self-Generation Incentive Program for 5 years. SGIP has been receiving more in the way of rebate requests for energy storage system installations than any other category of distributed clean energy technology.