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.

‘Forest Heroes’ Campaign Urges Dunkin’ Donuts to Use Responsible Palm Oil

Forest Heroes, a group campaigning to prevent global deforestation, has urged Dunkin’ Donuts to adopt a responsible palm oil policy. Palm oil is primarily grown on land that has been deforested of ecologically rich rainforests – and it’s one of the primary ingredients in Dunkin’s doughnuts.

Fiat-Chrysler’s ‘Blue Album’ Charts Path to Sustainability

As its 2013 report shows, the multinational automaker is taking social and environmental sustainability very seriously. Over 300,000 people are involved in Fiat-Chrsyler’s sustainability initiatives worldwide. In 2013, group companies reused 99 percent of the water they required and reduced energy consumption a massive 730 gigawatt-hours, and have cut carbon emissions 15 percent over the past four years. And thinking about mobility, transportation and sustainability is also having an impact on engine and vehicle design.

Women in CSR: Andrea Learned, Learned On

Andrea Learned, thought leadership and business development consultant, Learned On, talks about her career, inspiration and recent accomplishments in our Women in CSR series.

‘Fair Play’: Adidas Reports Progress Across Four Pillars of Sustainability

The Adidas Group has long been recognized for its leadership when it comes to corporate social and environmental responsibility and sustainability. Framing its ongoing initiatives within the context of four pillars — People, Product, Planet and Partnerships — Adidas takes a new approach to sustainability reporting in its “Sustainability Progress Report 2013.”

Strategic Sustainability: Five Steps to Create Abundance

If you experience discord between the importance of sustainability to your business and the seemingly haphazard efforts to implement sustainable initiatives, you are not alone. The Abundance Cycle bridges the gap and makes sustainability strategic. With the Abundance Cycle and a five-step process, companies can innovate to simultaneously create abundance for shareholders, society and the environment.

Grassroots ‘Solarize’ Campaigns Spread Across the U.S.

U.S. PV manufacturers are looking to expand in emerging solar states by participating in community-led “Solarize” campaigns. The U.S.’ largest PV manufacturer for many years, SolarWorld Industries America is supplying high-performance solar PV panels made here in the U.S. to two newly launched community solar programs, one in Charlotte and the other in Salt Lake City.

Coke, Timberland Reduce Manufacturing Costs With Product Sustainability

Sustainability skeptics often claim that companies invest in product sustainability primarily to “look good” in the eyes of consumers. To them, sustainability is just another form of brand marketing. But they are wrong, according to a new report by sustainability consulting firm Pure Strategies. Companies that invest in product sustainability actually see the most benefit from reduced manufacturing costs — ahead of brand enhancement and even risk reduction.