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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How Autodesk Helps Design a Better World

Autodesk’s 2012 sustainability report offers a compelling case of how its products can help build a more sustainable world and mitigate a company’s impact on the planet.

5 Sustainability Reporting Issues on CSR Executives’ Minds

One of the main issues that came up at the Responsible Business Summit was sustainability reporting. Even with all the progress we have seen so far in, reporting continues to be one of the most challenging issues for CSR executives. Still, just like CSR in general, reporting has become more focused, strategic and smart, and there’s even a continuous search after its business value. Here are five issues that dominated the conversation about reporting at the summit:

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Clif Bar Gives Every Employee a 20th Anniversary Bike

While most companies reward employees with things like pizza parties, bonus casual days or time off, Clif Bar went a different route, giving all of its employees a custom bicycle. Why you may want to consider the same.

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Socially Responsible Crowdsourcing

Crowdsourcing is all the rage – how can your company use this new technique to solve social and environmental problems?

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Corporate Philanthropy: The Benefits of Volunteer Grant Programs

By Adam Weinger Has your company considered instituting a volunteer grant program? These charitable programs, which are also known as Dollars for Doers programs, are offered by companies as a way to encourage and support volunteerism among employees. Volunteer grants are just one of the many types of corporate giving programs, but over the last … Continued

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Oscar Mayer Confirms Plan to Eliminate Pig Gestation Crates

This past weekend, Oscar Mayer, one of the biggest names in pork products, announced its plan to eliminate the gestation crate system that confines female pigs in cages. The transition is planned to reach completion by 2022. “At Oscar Mayer, we believe quality meat begins with quality animal care.  We are committed to finding better … Continued

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Work Smarter: Your Guide to Paper and Sustainability

With consumers’ growing awareness of sustainability issues, manufacturers have sharpened their focus on delivering products and services that deliver social, economic and environmental sustainability value. But it might surprise you to know that these values have been a part of the paper industry for decades.

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5 CSR Executive Trends

At the Responsible Business Summit that took place in New York two weeks ago it was interesting to learn about some of the trends that shape the CSR space from the people that actually practice it every day. Here are five of them (not including CSR reporting, which will be discussed in a separate article):

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Facebook Advertising: Stellar or Stalking?

Facebook and its advertising have been loved about as much as Monsanto and ExxonMobil, but FB advertising still reigns even with its dubious results.

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The Truth Will Out: The Tide Is Turning

If you’ve ever watched the tide turn, you know that there is a long period where nothing seems to happen then the water suddenly rushes in. The same thing is happening with sustainability as companies rush to take advantage of a surge of interest from consumers, employees and other stakeholders.

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Can Ford Become The New Nike?

Ford has become much more than an automobile manufacturing giant: it is a design firm, a technology company and a lifestyle brand that is driving sustainability in industry.