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.

Dakota Access Pipeline: Should Business Investment Define Tribal Sovereignty and Safety?

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said it plans to close down the Standing Rock Sioux water protectors’ camp next month. The protesters insist they are staying put, despite the advance of North Dakota’s hard winter season. With months of clashes between local officials and protestors, however, the winter may be the least of concerns for a people who feel their sovereign rights are now at increasing risk from big business and governments that appear to turn a blind eye to laws in favor of the energy sector.

Apathy or Action? Corporate America, It’s Time to Choose

Post-election, we are all contemplating how a new administration will impact our lives and work. More than ever before, American companies will choose their path between apathy and action.The next four years will be an era of increased complexity and opportunity.

Emissions from Coal Flatten But Don’t Reflect Planned Increases in Use

The 2016 Global Carbon Project’s annual analysis of carbon emissions showed that contributions from coal declined by 0.28 percent during the last year. While this is a hopeful statistic and part of a flattening trend prevalent for the last three years, it does not reflect predictions for coal use globally.

New GMOs Kicked Out of U.S. Organics Guidelines

The National Organic Standards Board voted unanimously last week to update its U.S. standards to ban ingredients derived from new genetic engineering techniques from certified organic products.

How to Wean A State Off Oil

With its rural landscape and cold climate, Maine is among America’s most oil-dependent and energy-intensive states. Sustainability professionals came together at E2Tech to discuss solutions, but there was no clear path forward.

What Wells Fargo Can Learn from Microfinance

There’s a reason large banks routinely make the list of America’s least liked companies: they treat their customers with remarkable disregard. But banks across the developing world are demonstrating that simple, transparent, well-designed products allow their clients to thrive, while still earning banks a healthy profit.

New Balance Tripped Up in Trump Controversies

Some customers are burning their New Balance shoes following an executive’s pro-Trump comments. Things only got worse for New Balance when an alt-right website endorsed the company as “the official shoes of white people.” Now, the company is quickly trying to clarify its position in a hairy political climate.

Volkswagen Plans Massive Job Cuts

VW plans to cover fines related to its emissions fiasco with the money it’ll save on employment and pensions. The move also signals a new direction for the company with heavy investment in electric vehicles and other emerging technologies.