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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New E-waste Disposal Solution: Just in Time for iPhone 5?

Yesterday, InnoCentive, EDF and EMC announced the winner of a challenge aimed at finding solutions for tracking shipments of used electronic components and subsystems and ensuring that they are disposed of responsibly.

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PUMA Launches First “Sustainable Store” in India

PUMA has been the frontrunner in sustainability innovation for many years now. They have been working towards a toxin-free line of products, compostable clothing and, have been using interesting methods to get consumer base involved with their sustainability efforts. They are also the first company to put a financial value on their environmental impact which has put them in a league of their own when it comes to industry best practices.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil is one of several cities benefiting from Marriott's heightened involvement with the Youth Career Initiative.

Marriott International Spotlights Planet and Youth Unemployment

Here’s one hotel chain, or rather, family of hotel chains, you can feel proud to support while on your future travels. Marriott International, Inc., where the Ritz-Carltons, Fairfield Inns, and Courtyards of the world call home, released its second annual full scale Sustainability Report for 2011-2012 (using  the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) guidelines no less) … Continued

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Merck Donates Cervical Cancer Vaccine to Uganda

Global healthcare leader, Merck, has recently partnered with the Republic of Uganda to distribute free vaccines for cervical cancer. Cervical cancer is the most common type of cancer, affecting up to 3,500 women in Uganda.

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The Top 10 Bay Area CSR Reporters and Performers

We decided it’s time to check if San Francisco, Palo Alto, Oakland, San Jose and other cities around the Bay, which is the home of 30 Fortune 500 companies, including many well known-brands such as Apple, Google, Chevron, Cisco, Clorox and eBay, are also a stronghold of CSR reporters and performers.

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A Caffeinated Adventure Through Two Sustainable Guatemalan Coffee Farms

The following article is part of a series on the Rainforest Alliance’s effort to bring fair and sustainable trade to coffee growers in Guatemala. Read the rest of the Guatemalan coffee series here. By Bonnie Hulkower Guatemala is a country of colonial architecture, exotic jungle ruins, cloud forests, beaches, active volcanoes and a rich indigenous Mayan … Continued

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3 Software Cornerstones for Successful Sustainability Initiatives

In order to impact the Triple Bottom Line–people, planet, profit–executives must ensure that they have focused on improving data collection and automation, analysis of sustainability data, and sustainability leadership that is data-driven and accountable.

In Defense of Increasing Profits as the Social Responsibility of Business

The social responsibility of business is to increase profits by meeting the wants and needs of individuals in society, without the initiation of force. The only way a business can increase profit is if a business, small, medium, or large is providing something of value to other individuals.