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.

Merrill Lynch Says Money is the Root of All Good, Creates Sustainable Impact Portfolios

Merrill Lynch just added sustainable impact portfolios, making it easier for the average investor to use their 401(k) to make a positive impact. Financial advisors will receive reports that compare the impact investing portfolios with traditional we-don’t-care-if-we-kill-the-world portfolios and can advise clients on both.

Circular Economics: Thinking Outside the Box

Last month, a forum hosted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation focused on how organizations are bringing the concept of a circular economy to life. Having attended two days of discussions and workshops, two Edelman reps provide three ways to help get you started on retrofitting the elements of a circular economy.

5 Truths About Credible Labels

How does a company know the right questions to ask when developing an ethical label or claim? Companies need to dig deeply into what lies behind their claim and explore the five universal truths to a good sustainability claim.

California’s Unexpected Water Conservation Leaders: Commercial Property Owners

California Gov. Jerry Brown recently issued a 25 percent water-use reduction mandate. One group that’s not concerned: corporate property owners. Many corporations and commercial property investors are already leaders in water conservation measures for office, industrial and other commercial facilities. However, if the rules become even stricter, conserving even more water could present a challenge.

France Bans Roundup, While Monsanto Eyes U.K. as New Home

The Europeans’ love-hate relationship with Monsanto can be dizzying at times. While the American agrichemical company is courting (or trying to court) its Swiss competitor Syngenta, Monsanto is also reportedly looking for a home in the U.K., an area not historically known for its enthusiasm for the GMO industry. Meanwhile, in a move that seems suspiciously coincidental, France took rapid steps to ban the sale of Roundup on Sunday. And Syngenta’s stockholders? Still unimpressed with American brashness.

Pressure Builds on Amazon to Clean Up Data Center Energy Use

Amazon Web Services is investing in what is to be the largest solar energy farm in Virginia, a step on the path toward 100 percent renewable power for its cloud-data centers. The 80 megawatt solar farm will amount to only a drop in the bucket, however, environmental and green economy advocates say.

3p Weekend: 8 Simple Ideas That Save Lives

When it comes to life-changing solutions — and life in general, if you ask us — it’s often the simple things that make the biggest impact. This week we tip our hats to eight simple ideas that save lives.

Volkswagen Puts Forests on the Ledger

The Garcia River Forest, a 24,000 acre tract in Northern California, is under restoration thanks to carbon offsets purchased by Volkswagen and its customers.

The Rise of the For-Profit, Socially-Responsible Corporation in Canada

Traditionally, for-profit corporations have one mandate — to maximize shareholder value. Several jurisdictions in the United States have recognized the market for a new type of for-profit corporation, the benefit corporation, which has a triple bottom line: profit, people, and the planet. It’s time for Canada to do the same, these two lawyers argue.