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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Conscious Capitalism: Changing the Narrative of Business

John Mackey, co-author of Conscious Capitalism, wants us to move away from a narrative that declares corporations to be sociopathic villains that need to be controlled. Instead, we should recognize business and capitalism as a powerful force for good in the world, one that deserves credit for having “lifted humanity up out of the dirt.”

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Gucci Launches Deforestation-Free Handbag Line

The renowned Italian brand Gucci recently made a giant leap into sustainability. They chose to partner with Livia Firth and the Rainforest Alliance to produce the world’s first handbag line using leather from Rainforest Alliance Certified ranches.

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Go Ahead, Tax My Bag

If you bring your own bags to the grocery store, you’re in a growing majority. Studies show 54% of American consumers bring their own bags. That’s the good news, but here’s the rub: those who bring their own bags subsidize the cost of “free” bags for those who do not, essentially punishing behavior that benefits us all.

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High School Students Learn What ‘Green’ Means in Detroit

WARM Training Center’s Detroit Youth Energy Squad (DYES) held a panel discussion highlighting what “green” and sustainability in Detroit mean from a variety of perspectives. The panel was organized to enrich and contextualize the experience of students participating in DYES after-school programs across the city.

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Pork Producers Must Have ‘Rocks in Their Heads’ to Use Sow Crates

“You’d have to have rocks in your head to build a new sow barn with gestating sow stalls.” That’s how the Western Producer began a recent editorial. Yet a PR firm is imploring pork producers not give up on immobilizing sows, but rather to fight against The Humane Society of the United States by just saying “no” to improving animal welfare.

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Employee Engagement Key to Building Market for Green Goods

It’s been well documented that engaging employees in sustainability activities at work helps improve organizational productivity, employee satisfaction and talent retention. Now we find that engaging employees in sustainability also translates to more advocates of sustainability at home and in the community.

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Google Got Me Again

Find out the prank Google played this year on unsuspecting web publishers.

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Atlanta Women’s Shelter Starts Bioponics Farming Project

City of Refuge in Atlanta has partnered with Bioponica to develop a sustainable farming system that also results in zero waste. The project of waste recycling to support organic plants and fish will help COR reduce the costs of serving 20,000 meals per month. It will also provide hands-on jobs and skills training in the area of food and water self-sufficiency.

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Greening Packaging Most People Never See

Several tech and health care companies in Silicon Valley are saving time, space and materials by using reusable transport packaging.