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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Grassroots ‘Solarize’ Campaigns Spread Across the U.S.

U.S. PV manufacturers are looking to expand in emerging solar states by participating in community-led “Solarize” campaigns. The U.S.’ largest PV manufacturer for many years, SolarWorld Industries America is supplying high-performance solar PV panels made here in the U.S. to two newly launched community solar programs, one in Charlotte and the other in Salt Lake City.

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Is H&M Serious About Making Fashion Sustainable?

A couple of weeks ago, H&M released its 2013 sustainability report. We took a look inside to find out whether the company is serious about making fashion sustainable.

Coke, Timberland Reduce Manufacturing Costs With Product Sustainability

Sustainability skeptics often claim that companies invest in product sustainability primarily to “look good” in the eyes of consumers. To them, sustainability is just another form of brand marketing. But they are wrong, according to a new report by sustainability consulting firm Pure Strategies. Companies that invest in product sustainability actually see the most benefit from reduced manufacturing costs — ahead of brand enhancement and even risk reduction.

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Twitter Chat Recap: #GenMillsSusty with General Mills

What does sustainable sourcing involve for a global company like General Mills, and how can food companies source their ingredients most sustainably to protect the resources and communities upon which their businesses depend?

Modeled after a community supported agriculture (CSA) program, Dock to Dish provides customers in Long Island, N.Y. with freshly-caught seafood every day.

SPECIAL SERIES: Sustainable Seafood

Dock to Dish: A Community Supported Fishery

Modeled after a community supported agriculture (CSA) program, Long Island, N.Y.-based Dock to Dish provides members with access to premium, locally caught and sustainable seafood every day. TriplePundit recently spoke with founder Sean Barrett about how the fledgling community supported fisheries movement got started.

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Ford’s Corporate Responsibility Continues Under New Leadership

David Berdish recently turned over his seat as social sustainability manager at Ford to fellow company veteran Thomas Niemann. Having served in the seat since 1999, Berdish leaves a vast legacy behind, but Neimann told us he plans to keep the momentum going.

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SPECIAL SERIES: Sustainably Attired

Can Fast Fashion Really be Sustainable?

“If a positive can be found, it’s that Rana Plaza has been a turning point – the 21st Century equivalent of New York’s 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist factory fire which killed 146 but led to a unionized, safe garment industry,” Dolly Jones wrote on Vogue earlier this month.

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SPECIAL SERIES: Sustainably Attired

Factory45: An Accelerator Program for Sustainable Fashion Entrepreneurs

Sustainable fashion entrepreneur and apparel consultant Shannon Whitehead had a great idea for a new product. But with few connections and limited knowledge of the U.S. manufacturing landscape, Whitehead and her co-founder burned through thousands of dollars and spent countless hours of research before launching their brand. But what if it didn’t have to be this way? Now with Factory45, an accelerator program for sustainable fashion entrepreneurs, it doesn’t have to be.

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Commercial and Industrial Project Developers Sign Up For SaaS Energy-Efficiency Platform

Pioneering startups, such as Austin’s Noesis Energy, see a multi-billion dollar opportunity in expanding the market for energy-efficiency projects. Spurred on by the success of innovative, alternative financing options for solar energy, Noesis launched a $30-million energy efficiency fund and is providing commercial and industrial project developers access to its Saas energy efficiency project development platform.

Protestors gather in support of garment worker rights on the anniversary of the Rana Plaza factory collapse, April 24, 2014 in Brussels, Belgium.

Human Rights and Professional Wrongs

The effect of the Rana Plaza factory collapse one year ago was to push into the public domain the question of whether social compliance programs are achieving their stated objectives and, maybe more importantly, driving substantive improvements.