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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Baxter Reduces GHG Emissions by 7%, Water Use by 6%

Baxter International Inc., a true sustainability game-changer in the healthcare industry, issued its 2011 (and 13th consecutive) Sustainability Report about its social, environmental and economic performance. The report features the company’s progress toward its 2015 sustainability priorities and goals as well as its commitment to addressing the needs of stakeholders worldwide.

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Landscape Architecture is Not Just Decoration

Sometimes sustainability occurs without fanfare. Some industries are so “green” that people within them take advances in sustainability for granted. Landscape architecture is one such industry.

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5 Lessons from the Fiasco of Toshiba’s No-Print Day Campaign

Toshiba’s first annual National No-Print Day was supposed to be “a nationwide campaign to encourage, educate and challenge individuals and companies to commit to one day of no printing to raise awareness of the impact printing has on our planet.” Yet, sometimes good intentions are not enough, and after the campaign generated furious response from the printing industry, Toshiba canceled the campaign. Here are five lessons to be learned.

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OpEd: Leveraging Sports as a CSR & Sustainability Platform

The growing importance of major sports events in the world today from an engagement perspective is a reality. The reach and impact that major sports events have on the lives of billions of people around the world is undisputed. Sport represents an unparalleled platform for driving sustainability mainstream.

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The Truth Will Out: A Distinct and Fast-Growing Market

According to a 2011 study by OgilvyEarth of US consumers, about 16 percent of those surveyed are deeply committed to purchasing green and think of themselves as sustainability-oriented. Facilitating the green consumer’s purchasing decisions, the rise in online transparency tools, like GoodGuide is helping a consumer quickly understand and rate a company’s health, environmental and social practices and impacts.

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CSR in the Early Days of Capitalism

Nancy Koehn, Harvard Business School professor and historian explains how we can find examples of corporate responsibility, especially with regards to companies’ social footprint, as early as the foundation era of capitalism.

Book Review: The New Sustainability Advantage, by Bob Willard

Bob Willard’s 10th Anniversary book, The New Sustainability Advantage, is an update of the old with new and relevant examples. For sustainability non-believers, his book is a great first guide. It succinctly summarizes bottom-line benefits of sustainable practices in relevant business terms.

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Four Top Corporate Giving Programs

Did you know that thousands of companies offer corporate employee giving programs? These charitable programs are setup by corporations as a way to give back to local organizations where employees are donating either their time or money. In 2010, U.S. corporations gave $15 billion to charities with about 20-25% of that coming from employee giving programs.

NRDC Website Tracks Rio+20 Commitments

The National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) created a website to track the commitments made at the Rio+20 Earth Summit.

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Supreme Court Reaffirms Corporations’ Right to Spend Unlimited Money to Influence Elections

Montana’s Supreme Court challenged corporations’ rights to give unlimited contributions to affect elections. The U.S. Supreme Court overturned this ruling, with all five conservative justices in support, reconfirming its original ruling in the Citizens United case that corporations can enact unlimited influence over elections through financial contributions.

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National Bank of Abu Dhabi Meets Some Environmental Goals But Misses Others

The National Bank of Abu Dhabi (NBAD) wants to be the leading sustainable bank in the region. With 119 branches in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and 51 international branches in 12 other countries, NBAD could influence other banks in the Middle East to become more sustainable. However, its recently released 2011 CSR report shows … Continued

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“Rising Sea Levels” … an Inflammatory Term?

Can using comparable conservative language get environmental climate change bills passed? When results were parsed by political party, the study counted 42 percent Republicans among the “believers” in rising temperatures. Of course, that still leaves the majority of Republicans that either don’t believe or are still unsure.

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The New McJobs – Is Apple Exploiting Its Store Employees?

A 6-page New York Times article last weekend uncovered what was known so far mostly to Apple’s current and former employees – the fact that the company pays its store employees a modest wage without commission or meaningful career opportunities. The article leaves the reader with the uncomfortable thought that just Apple has created a new version of McJobs in order to maximize profits. But is it fair to present Apple as a sort of employee exploiter, or is the New York Times picking on a company that doesn’t really behave differently from any other retailer?