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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Design as an Agent of World Benefit

Autodesk is well-positioned to help creative types tackle sustainable design with tools that provide the electronic equivalent of a sustainability guru looking over their shoulders and guiding them as they produce their solutions.

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Method Opens LEED Platinum Factory in Chicago

One year after announcing its plan, Method opened its South Side Soapbox factory last week in the Pullman Park district of Chicago. Cradle-to-Cradle pioneer William McDonough + Partners designed the factory, the first such LEED Platinum certified facility within this sector.

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Making a Market Deep in the Rainforest

Rainforest Alliance is betting a true triple-bottom-line project can protect the Guatemalan rainforest. Can they pull it off?

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The Quick & Dirty: Minimum Wage … Hold the Applause

It seems as if every company is finding a few extra spare pennies to show us how deeply they care about their workers. Yes, it is time to rejoice! Minimum wages are hitting new highs! Let’s just back off slowly and take a closer look at this. Is it really all that good?

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Where Do Mobile Phones Go When They Die?

As a society, we need to ask the hard questions about whether the e-waste we create is handled in a manner that we would find acceptable in terms of human and environmental impacts, wherever it ends up. If we don’t like the answers, then we should take action.

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Earth, Inc. in Turnaround

The case for Earth, Inc.’s insolvency is clear: Earth regenerates its reserves of natural capital – cash inflow – slower than humanity draws against it, the cash outflow. A company with negative cash flow cannot cover its bills. Is our home planet a candidate for a corporate turnaround?

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The State of Green Electronics: Where We Are Now

The electronics of tomorrow hold both great technological promise and the potential for environmental peril, says Robert Frisbee, CEO of the Green Electronics Council. Things like 3-D printers, wearables, converged devices and the cloud will continue to revolutionize how we interact with the world and with one another. Underlying that innovation are new challenges that need to be addressed.

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Is Mass Balance Pushing Your Chocolate Bar Too Far?

Big chocolate is jumping in the fair trade movement — thanks to mass balance. Commodities are difficult to track and mass balance makes it easier. But critics argue to pushes the chocolate bar past the point of fair trade recognition. Two industry experts share their perspectives on whether mass balance helps or hinders the fair trade movement.

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Three-Point Strategy to Tackle Public Trust: Why It Matters

Overall public confidence in business has hit a five-year low, sitting below 50 percent, according to the Edelman 2015 Global Trust Barometer. These results have major implications for those of us pushing sustainability agendas within our companies and to our customers. Trust is the cornerstone of an effective sustainability strategy. The study, however, suggests that globally companies are losing trust by underperforming in two key areas: integrity and engagement.

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General Mills Tracks Its Impact Across the Value Chain

In its 45th annual Global Responsibility Report, released last week, General Mills tracks its impact across the value chain and calculates its progress. From sustainable sourcing to energy made from Greek yogurt leftovers, check out how the food giant is embracing sustainability.

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The Patron Saint of Petén

Guatemala’s Petén region is home to the Maya Biosphere reserve, one of the world’s largest rainforests. The reserve’s status as protected land hangs in the balance as corrupt politicians push to mine it for oil and drug traffickers slash and burn. José Román Carrera is on track to beat them all and transform the region into the world’s largest network of sustainable community collectives. Will it cost him his life?

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SCOTUS to Foreign Victims of Corporate Human Rights Abuse: Stay Away

Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear plaintiffs’ appeal in Cardona v. Chiquita Brands International, a lawsuit brought by victims of terrorism and crimes against humanity in Colombia. The Court may also have, once and for all, shut the door to the American courts for individuals harmed by American corporations abroad.