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.

5 Reasons to Move Corporate Responsibility Out of the CR Department

Through the presentations at the Nov. 26 CBSR Summit in Toronto, a number of smart business arguments emerged about making sure corporate responsibility (CR) gets out of the CR (or CSR or Sustainability or ESG or … ) department and into other parts of the company.

Energizing the Supply Chain

Up to 60 percent, and sometimes more, of a manufacturing company’s energy and carbon footprint can reside upstream in its supply chain — from raw materials, transport and packaging, to the energy consumed in intermediate manufacturing processes. By sharing energy efficiency knowledge with suppliers, manufacturers have the ability to influence the efficiency of the entire supply chain — and further lessen the overall carbon footprint of the goods they produce.

Mondelez Moves to Third-Party Sustainability Evaluation

Mondelez, the world’s second largest coffee company, says the arrangement with the independent third-party organization, the Committee on Sustainability Assessment (COSA), will “provide unprecedented transparency on large scale” along the coffee supply chain.

Huffpost Impact: CSR in Action

Interview with Brian Sirgutz, Senior Vice President of Social Impact at The Huffington Post on corporate underwriting and CSR.

The Illusion of Separation from Nature

This sense of separateness corrupts our basic need for intimate relationships. Enter the ethical and ecological corruption in our midst.

Breaking Down Bioplastics

The market for biobased and compostable plastics, known as bioplastics, is expected to be worth over $5 billion by 2018. While these plastics reduce dependence on fossil fuels, how compostable are they? This post examines the issues that arise in composting and recycling of bioplastics.

Report: How Organizations Can Turn Slacktivism into Clicktivism

The stereotype of a slacktivist may have to change, according to the “2014 Cone Communications Digital Activism Study” that examines the ways technology and social media are altering Americans’ engagement with social and environmental causes.

Patagonia Launches Black Friday Worn Wear Swap with Yerdle

Patagonia continues its Black Friday tradition of defying the consumer spirit by launching another Worn Wear event — this time in concert with the sharing economy app Yerdle. Patagonia customers can bring in their worn gear and swap it for another Worn Wear item — or swap it using Yerdle online.