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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Chinese Investment Props Up US Real Estate Market

Recently, the news reported a prosperous real estate market in the South Bay in the area around Millbrae, Palo Alto and Cupertino. Investments in homes over $300,000 coming from Asia, especially from China, increased significantly during 2011. There are also travel agents taking this opportunity to organize large expensive trips, charging lots of money for Chinese people to come to the U.S. to see houses.

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Mother Nature Occupies Wall Street

Mother Nature had her day in the spotlight when she hit New York City with the first October blizzard in recorded history– on the same day Occupy Wall Street’s Environmental Action Group scheduled its first Climate Justice day.

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The Story of Broke: Where Do All Our Tax Dollars Go?

A great deal of discussion these days centers around change and how to achieve it. We need better schools, green technology, more public transportation, and more comprehensive health care, among other things. Meanwhile, state and federal budgets are stretched thin and it seems like finding money for these programs is a pipe dream. Annie Leonard, … Continued

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Moving from Stakeholder Engagement to True Collaboration

For many companies, stakeholder engagement is no longer looked at as just a way to placate stakeholders or balance their competing interests. Stakeholder engagement work has evolved into a core strategic tool for sustainability practitioners trying to make progress on a variety of issues for their organizations. By collaborating with NGO’s, governments, customers, and competitors, companies can address sustainability challenges on a larger scale and in a more systemic way. This idea was the topic of the “New Art of Collaboration” panel discussion at Opportunity Green 2011.

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Yves Béhar’s 7 Principles of Holistic Product Design

At the 2011 Opportunity Green Conference, Yves Béhar, founder of fuseproject, presented his seven principles of holistic design. This post examines these principles as they relate to sustainable product design and solving the sustainability challenges of businesses.

Open Letter to the CFTC on Oil Speculation

We are writing to commend your vote on Oct. 18, 2011, to implement position limits on commodities speculators, including oil speculators. Further, we would like to voice some of our concerns regarding the regulation of oil price speculation and the affects on the general well-being of the American people in response to the CFTC’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking RIN 3038-AD15 and RIN-AD16 on the topic of Position Limit for Commodity Derivatives, dated January 26, 2011.

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Keystone XL Pipeline Delayed

In an epic case of stakeholder engagement fail, the Canadian company TransCanada has just seen its signature Keystone XL Pipeline project go down in flames. Yesterday, the State Department announced that it would delay approval of the project pending further review. While this development did not kill  the Keystone pipeline outright, you might as well … Continued

Sustainable America Part 1: Ancient Architecture and Town Planning

All across America, archaeologists and anthropologists, along with geneticists, linguists, geologists, and some of America’s native peoples, are assembling new data, reassessing older data, and generating new models that shed new light on much of what has been written in our history books to-date about how pre-Columbian Americans lived. This new information provides valuable insight … Continued

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GRI’s New Database Makes Sustainability Reports More Valuable

Want to learn more? Consider a GRI-certified course in sustainability reporting. Click here to see upcoming cities! One of the most difficult things when it comes to sustainability reports and sustainability in general is to compare between companies. Not only that sustainability metrics are lagging behind, but you also don’t have websites like Yahoo! Finance … Continued

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Volcom’s Give Jeans a Chance Campaign Sparks Charitable Youth

We talked to Derek Sabori about Volcom’s Give Jeans a Chance program, which is specifically focused on donating jeans to youth in need — since as much as 40 percent of the homeless have been under the age of 18 in recent years — and Volcom’s overall New Future sustainability platform.

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Why DARPA is Researching Storytelling

Why you should use storytelling to better reach an audience, effectively communicating complex ideas, and unify a message across divergent groups.

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Another City Says Good Bye to Plastic Bags

The environment is starting to get a lot more time in the proverbial spotlight. We are learning that our actions have had an immensely negative impact on our environment, and continuing to live as we do might threaten our very survival.

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Victoria’s Secret to Greener Catalogs

If you’re receiving Victoria’s Secret catalogs there’s a good chance the paper they’re printed on will not be the part you’ll be most interested with. Yet, I’m sure even those who are more interested in the latest bra models will be happy to know that these catalogs, which for years were a symbol of unsustainability, … Continued