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.

Novo Nordisk Adds Environmental P&L to Their Sustainable Toolset

It’s an old management truism that says you can’t manage what you can’t measure. Certainly if companies hope to manage their impact on the planet, then they’d best start measuring it. Novo Nordisk, the Danish pharmaceutical giant that was named the world’s most sustainable company in Davos 2012, just announced another step in that direction, by publishing their first Environmental Profit & Loss (EP&L) account. This, for a company that has steadily been reducing their carbon footprint and water use, and who’s CEO pay is already tied to sustainability indicators, further integrates sustainability into its core business practice

Seven Companies with the Most Unique Matching Gift Programs for Employees

With competition for top employees at an all-time high, companies are looking for ways to stand out. Many have implemented corporate giving programs, such as matching gifts, which allow their employees to contribute to causes close to their hearts. Here are seven with unique matching gift programs.

Asia Pulp and Paper: One Year After the Forest-Clearing Moratorium

Feb. 5 marked the anniversary of APP’s announcement by company Chairman Teguh Ganda Wijaya that it had stopped the destruction of natural forest lands in Indonesia, and in marking this milestone, the company has announced further areas of focus going forward.

Women in CSR: Tina Morefield, DIRECTV

Tina Morefield, Director of Corporate Citizenship, DIRECTV, talks about her career, inspiration and recent accomplishments in our Women in CSR series.

SPECIAL SERIES: Sustainably Attired

The Higg 2.0 Index and the Journey to an Industry-Wide Sustainable Apparel Standard

Late last year, the Sustainable Apparel Coalition–a trade group representing nearly 40 percent of the apparel and footwear market–announced an updated version of the Higg Index reflecting 18 months of development effort. As more companies jump on board, can the index inspire industry-wide sustainability standards? And what would this mean for the future of sustainable apparel?

If In-N-Out Can Pay (a Lot) More Than Minimum Wage, Why Can’t McDonald’s?

In-N-Out Burger, a fast food chain in California and the Southwest, starts its employees off at a wage of $10.50 an hour. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez makes a good point. If In-N-Out Burger can do it–remain profitable and still provide what has arguably been deemed a superior product–why can’t McDonald’s?

Pioneering Women at the Forefront of an Authentic Organic Beauty Revolution

When Spiezia Organics founder Amanda Barlow stood in front of a conference hall full of skincare industry delegates and ate a mouthful of one of her own beauty creams, it was to make a salient point: If what you put on your skin is not clean and natural enough to eat, then you shouldn’t be putting it on your skin–the body’s largest organ.

Coca-Cola and Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Challenge SodaStream

In a move that some might find surprising, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters (GMCR) and The Coca-Cola Co. announced a major strategic partnership last week. According to the announcement, the “companies have signed a 10-year agreement to collaborate on the development and introduction of The Coca-Cola Co.’s global brand portfolio for use in GMCR’s forthcoming Keurig Cold at-home beverage system. Under the global strategic agreement, GMCR and The Coca-Cola Co. will cooperate to bring the Keurig Cold beverage system to consumers around the world.”

Chocolate, Human Rights and Access to Justice

Consumer chocolate may be the product of severe human rights abuses, including child slave labor in West Africa. Are multinational corporations liable in U.S. courts, to the extent their supply chains are implicated in such abuses?

Long John Silver’s Hoists Jolly Roger for Sustainable Seafood

A new set of ads from Long John Silver’s raise the Jolly Roger in honor of sustainable food and more environmentally sound eating, citing the lower methane and greenhouse gas footprint of fish compared to livestock, and real free-range food from “the final frontier,” otherwise known as the North Pacific.