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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Taking a Stance on Sustainability: Start Internally

Companies need to move beyond nominal, local sustainability efforts and embed sustainability into the global company culture to create meaningful change. Here are some suggestions on how to make internal progress.

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Obama’s Carbon Emissions Plan is Good News for Business

By E. Freya Williams As President Obama unveiled his plan to curb carbon emissions from America’s power plants this week, opposition ranged from West Virginia’s attorney general Patrick Morrisey who said the plan will “severely harm…the US economy” to Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker who labeled it “bad for business.” The President anticipated these objections, and … Continued


Better Know a Deal: A First for Benefit Corporations

What will be the next public Benefit Corporation or B Corp? This spring Etsy went from private B Corporation to public. Now there’s talk of global consumer packaged goods giant Unilever taking the plunge. Whichever firm it is will benefit from the experience of Plum Organics, a B Corporation purchased last year by Campbell Soup Co.


Shell Battles for Drilling Amid Plummeting Profits in Second Quarter

It’s been a rough week for Royal Dutch Shell. Profits are down, angst about its Arctic oil-drilling operations are way up, and costs for previous oil spill fiascos are still on the books. There’s a lot riding on the oil and gas giant’s rep, and it doesn’t seem to be getting a lot of sympathy from the shoreline.

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Why Unpaid Internships Are Immoral BS

There’s a dirty secret in the sustainability startup world. A lot of small startups — even those that purport to be sustainable from the ground up — offer unpaid internships. They justify this practice to themselves, but I think it’s flat-out wrong.

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Tiffany: Sustainable Mining and Stakeholder Collaboration

“At Tiffany, we believe that sustainability is a critical element of our business strategy, and that sustainable principles should be practiced in every part of our company,” says Frédéric Cumenal, CEO of Tiffany & Co.


3p Weekend: These 10 Social Innovators Are Sure to Inspire

A group of innovative thinkers from India and East Africa joined the SAP Social Entrepreneur Fellowship program in Silicon Valley earlier this month. The CEOs represent social enterprises working in agriculture, education, energy, health care, and water and sanitation. This week we learned more about these innovative thought leaders. Read on to be inspired.

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Waste Management Helps Businesses Turn Waste into Opportunity

Waste Management sustainability services is proof that sustainability pays. Since 2003, the company has delivered more than 157 million in direct cost-savings to customers. It works across all industries to turn waste, a traditional cost center, into solutions that benefit businesses, their customers and the environment.

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Will Amazon Dash Buttons Kill Sustainable Consumption?

Amazon announced earlier this week that its Dash buttons are available now for all of its Amazon Prime members. For $4.99, members can buy a button connected to a specific brand and use it to reorder products of that brand. The Dash mantra is as simple as the service: Just press and never run out. But before you start daydreaming of an effortless future, where smart devices make your life so much easier, I’d like you to ask yourself – is this utopia or dystopia?

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A Safety Net for the Sharing Economy

As more companies join in this disruptive business model, they must ask, “How will we keep our workers and contractors safe?”

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Shopping for Furniture? Check the Labels

It is now possible to buy new furniture made without toxic flame retardants, but some furniture on the market may still contain these chemicals. Luckily, new labeling systems can help customers decide. Judy Levin of the Center for Environmental Health wanted to test the marketplace, so she conducted an unscientific review at Bay Area outlets of three major national retailers.


The First Malaria Vaccine in History is Now Not-for-Profit

Scientists have been working to significantly lower child mortality in the Sub-Sahara for years, where disease and malnutrition kill millions each year. The new malaria vaccine, the first to successfully target a parasite, is a collaborative effort that could lead the way to lowering the cost of that humanitarian goal.