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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5 Reasons CSR Should Be on a CEO’s Radar

Why would a CEO care about CSR? CSRHub’s Bahar Gidwani explains why. One of the smartest folks I know—one of my directors when I was at McKinsey—had time to have a cup of coffee with me last week. During a chat that covered topics ranging from board practices to roof leaks, I told him a bit about CSRHub and our efforts to encourage corporate social responsibility (CSR) and sustainability.

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Will 2013 Be the Year to Invest in Africa?

“Africa is the world’s most underappreciated, undervalued growth story.” China sees its potential, but when will more businesses in the west take the investment plunge in Africa?

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Naser Al Marzooqi: How Masdar City is Influencing the Building Supply Chain

In the couple of years during which I’ve gotten to know Masdar and Masdar City, I’ve been looking for signs that it has begun to influence the building community beyond its borders. This afternoon I had a chance to sit down with Masdar City’s Head of Facilities Management, Nasar Al Marqoozi, to ask him in person.

End Climate Silence - 350.org

The Top 10 Stakeholder Issues in 2013

Future 500 has identified the Top 10 issues that activists and corporations will likely contend with this year. A growing number of consumer and activist groups is working on each issue demanding more sustainable solutions.

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GRI Reporting in Public Agencies

Nancy Mancilla of the ISOS Group tells the stories of different organizations that employed the GRI framework for sustainability reporting.

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Demystifying The Water-Energy Nexus

Although water and energy are intricately connected, this important relationship is poorly understood. While it is generally well known that water is essential to the production of energy, we nonetheless lack a detailed understanding of the quality and quantity of water used in this process.

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Notbox Sustainable Packaging Solution Coming to North America

The Notbox Company, a seven-year-old venture led by former Wall Street financier Thomas Hellman, has announced that it is bringing its “leaner, meaner and greener” packaging solution to North America. The London-based Notbox, which has been serving European clients for several years, offers reusable packaging products that provide alternatives to unsustainable cardboard packaging.

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Cars and Appliances Converge on Household Energy Savings

According to a new Ford-led collaboration called MyEnergi Lifestyle®, there are substantial opportunities to reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions by taking a big picture perspective of your household energy use that carefully manages not only what you use, but when you use it. The whole concept, which some are calling a domestic micro-grid, is a partnership between Ford, Eaton, Whirlpool and Sunpower. It is being unveiled this week at the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.

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Ann Taylor Loft Joins the Sustainable Apparel Coalition

ANN INC., the parent company of the leading women’s specialty retail fashion brands Ann Taylor and LOFT has joined the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC). What was the company’s record so far and was the company one of the leaders or the laggards before taking “a leadership position in joining the SAC”?

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Solutions at the Confluence of Energy and Water

Water is energy-intensive, and energy is water-intensive. This resource yin and yang is at the heart of both challenges and solutions. Planning for the future involves rethinking these parallels, and investing heavily in energy and water efficiency and in a fundamental transformation toward a distributed resource model.