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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Forced Labor Continues in Uzbek, Turkmen Cotton Fields

Once again this year, the government of Uzbekistan forcibly mobilized its citizens to the cotton fields to prepare carry out the 2015 harvest of the country’s “white gold.” Worse still, according to the Cotton Campaign and other observers, the forced labor practices of Uzbekistan are now being employed by the government in neighboring Turkmenistan as well.

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Top Secret: Kraft Mac-N-Cheese Ditches Artificial Flavors

Kraft ditched the artificial yellow colorings in its original Macaroni & Cheese product in favor of dyes derived from annatto, paprika and turmeric. It used the new ingredients quietly for three months, without making any public announcement until last week.

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The Power of Transparency

Despite honest intentions, transparency is rarely easy. It’s one thing to promise it — and another thing entirely to deliver on that promise.

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DARK Act Threatens Consumers’ Right to Know Food Content

TriplePundit asked the chairman of the Just Label It initiative and founder of organic dairy company Stonyfield Farm to explain why the DARK Act looms so large in the food debate these days. Here’s what Gary Hirshberg had to say.

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Adidas Surpasses 2015 Better Cotton Target

Adidas announced it exceeded its 2015 target of sourcing “Better Cotton.” The company said 43 percent of all cotton it purchased last year was from BCI growers, exceeding its original goal of 40 percent.

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Safer Products For All Children

Parents who purchased some Orbit Baby car seats recently found out that they weren’t getting what they paid for.

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Policy Points: How Business Can Influence Paid Leave, Taxes and Climate Issues

By Zach Bernstein Voluntary corporate sustainability initiatives and social enterprises are essential but are not game-changers by themselves. In addition, we need laws and regulations that guide our economy toward sound, long-term decision-making, with full recognition of social and environmental externalities. As business leaders, we must support policy changes to help make the economy more … Continued