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.

SPECIAL SERIES: Sustainably Attired

Can Fast Fashion Really be Sustainable?

“If a positive can be found, it’s that Rana Plaza has been a turning point – the 21st Century equivalent of New York’s 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist factory fire which killed 146 but led to a unionized, safe garment industry,” Dolly Jones wrote on Vogue earlier this month.

SPECIAL SERIES: Sustainably Attired

Factory45: An Accelerator Program for Sustainable Fashion Entrepreneurs

Sustainable fashion entrepreneur and apparel consultant Shannon Whitehead had a great idea for a new product. But with few connections and limited knowledge of the U.S. manufacturing landscape, Whitehead and her co-founder burned through thousands of dollars and spent countless hours of research before launching their brand. But what if it didn’t have to be this way? Now with Factory45, an accelerator program for sustainable fashion entrepreneurs, it doesn’t have to be.

Commercial and Industrial Project Developers Sign Up For SaaS Energy-Efficiency Platform

Pioneering startups, such as Austin’s Noesis Energy, see a multi-billion dollar opportunity in expanding the market for energy-efficiency projects. Spurred on by the success of innovative, alternative financing options for solar energy, Noesis launched a $30-million energy efficiency fund and is providing commercial and industrial project developers access to its Saas energy efficiency project development platform.

Human Rights and Professional Wrongs

The effect of the Rana Plaza factory collapse one year ago was to push into the public domain the question of whether social compliance programs are achieving their stated objectives and, maybe more importantly, driving substantive improvements.

Intel, High-Tech Leaders Rank High On Green Power Partnership Top 100

Proving it’s possible to power U.S. industry and commerce with renewable energy, high-tech industry giants rank among the EPA top 10 in U.S. green power usage. Intel, Microsoft, Google and Apple, as well as retailers, government departments and U.S. colleges and universities, are all making growing use of clean, renewable energy resources and technology.

Is Crowdfunding an Answer for Ethical Fashion?

Consumers of mass fashion aren’t yet sold on the need for change. They are hard to reach, and unless you have major name brand appeal, they rarely notice a small, ethical company’s existence. Could crowdfunding provide a solution to these and other challenges in the sustainable fashion industry?

3p Interview: Recyclebank Goes Retail With OneTwine

This week, Recyclebank is taking another step towards its its mission to “realize a world where nothing is wasted,” with the launch of OneTwine, an online retail shop that allows customers to redeem their Recyclebank points, pay cash, or any combination of the two. I spoke with Recyclebank CEO Javier Flaim by phone, a few days before the OneTwine launch announcement.

The Link Between Walmart, Food Stamps and CSR

A recent report from Americans for Tax Fairness estimates that Walmart workers relying on public assistance programs due to low wages cost American taxpayers $6.2 billion a year. Another interesting figure presented in the report was that Walmart has captured 18 percent of the SNAP (food stamps program) market. It got me thinking that if a substantial number of Walmart’s employees in the U.S. (1.3 million in total) receive food stamps, then the company actually profits twice from paying low-wages.