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.


Unpacking Global 100’s World’s Most Sustainable Companies Ranking

Earlier this week Corporate Knights announced its Global 100 list of the world’s most sustainable corporations for 2013. Is it possible to compare companies from different sectors like the Global 100 does? Can we learn anything from this ranking on the current state of sustainability in business? And who reads it anyway? Today we will answer all of these questions and some more.

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Non-Profit or For-Profit: The Social Entrepreneurs Dilemma

The choice between setting up as a non-profit and a for-profit is especially difficult for social entrepreneurs who aspire to do well by doing good. But the difference between the two structures may not be as stark as it first appears.


The Next 20 Years of Impact Investing

Looking forward to the next 20 years, there are many who are convinced that we are experiencing a paradigm shift. A change in cultural norms and expectations that will result in all investors — individual and institutional — committing at least some portion of their investable assets to social impact and making investments that are in harmony with their values.

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It’s Time For a New Cargo Culture

The world shoulders a heavy burden when it comes to shifting our stuff. Could new approaches lighten the load? Michael Ashcroft investigates.

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Europe Increases Its Use of Dirty Coal

Being European, living in the US, I often credit myself for being from a more climate change savvy continent. However, since 2010, carbon prices have leveled off, emissions started to rise and coal has entered the European energy markets. What happened, and what needs to be done?


Stonyfield’s Gary Hirshberg: The Next 20 Years of Organics

As we look back, we can see that the organic industry and movement is one of the most positive and hopeful growth engines in the U.S. economy. As we look forward, to the next 20 years and beyond, I believe that the organic business sector can show America and the world how to create an economically successful food system based on true transparency and public trust.

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The C-Suite Sees the Importance of CSR

Data shows that the c-suite is heavily invested in corporate social responsibility. It seems to be my fate to explain corporate social responsibility (CSR) to all of my friends (and to a number of strangers!). I suspect that my eyes sometimes glaze with messianic fervor and that some of my listeners start looking for the nearest exit.