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.

Human Rights Guidance for Corporate Lawyers

Last week, the International Bar Association (IBA) issued guidance — the first of its kind — to bar associations, private lawyers and law firms about how to integrate the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business & Human Rights into their work.

Why Rwanda’s Youth Are ‘Wired’ to Lead Africa

A shift is underway across young Africa. According to a 2012 survey by Jacana Partners, a pan-African private equity firm, 70 percent of African students studying at top 10 American and European business schools plan to work in Africa following graduation. No place does the yearning for home seem greater than in Rwanda.

SPECIAL SERIES: Carbon Offsetting

The Business Guide to Talking About Carbon

Despite these changes in the marketplace, some companies may hesitate to incorporate offset decisions into their sustainability communications. We sat down with Nancy Bsales, manager of carbon solutions for TerraPass, to get her top tips for sharing your offset decisions effectively — and making them a highlight rather than an afterthought in your sustainability communications.

More Brands Join Responsible Down Standard

The Responsible Down Standard announced 10 more brands, including the North Face and Eddie Bauer, have committed to more responsibly sourced down.

Let’s Change the Way We Talk About Energy

Two-thirds of people say there is not very much they can do to reduce household energy bills. This lack of awareness presents a massive opportunity.

BP Op-Ed: Gulf Impacts Not So Bad!

BP is in hot water for publishing an “op/ed” from senior vice president of U.S. communications and external affairs, Geoff Morrell.