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.

Symbolic Rather than Substantive CSR Action to Maximize Financial Impact?

A new paper entitled “Do Actions Speak Louder Than Words? The case of CSR” explores not if CSR affects financial performance, but rather under what conditions. The paper covers the impact of symbolic and substantive CSR actions on the market value of firms. The results as you will see are quite surprising and even a bit troubling.

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Sustainability, a Strategic Imperative at Ford

Why sustainability is here to stay at Ford. By looking at the triple bottom line (environmental, social, and economic), we address the “root cause” of issues and make systemic, lasting change.

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How Global Warming Is Impacting Stock Prices

Heat waves and droughts magnified by global warming are exacting an economic tax on America’s middle class through higher prices and increased health care costs. Now this global warming tax is hitting the stock valuations of American companies. Global warming’s economic tax hits restaurant stocks The most visible evidence of how global warming could impact … Continued

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How to Choose Your “Fuel of the Future”

The vehicle fleet managers of today are dealing with a far more complicated fueling landscape than ever before, and that can throw an enormous roadblock in the way of companies seeking to improve the sustainability of their operations.

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Seals of Approval: Paper Certification Systems

Sustainable forestry practices are at the heart of the North American paper and pulp industry. Thanks to an ever-growing variety of consumer resources, it’s becoming easier to find responsibly sourced office paper you can feel good about purchasing.

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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.