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.

The Link Between Walmart, Food Stamps and CSR

A recent report from Americans for Tax Fairness estimates that Walmart workers relying on public assistance programs due to low wages cost American taxpayers $6.2 billion a year. Another interesting figure presented in the report was that Walmart has captured 18 percent of the SNAP (food stamps program) market. It got me thinking that if a substantial number of Walmart’s employees in the U.S. (1.3 million in total) receive food stamps, then the company actually profits twice from paying low-wages.

Why Corporate Philanthropy Is a Key to Employee Engagement

Companies with engaged employees outperform those without by as much as 200 percent. There are many reasons why a workforce is engaged; one of the key drivers of engagement is pride in their company’s values. Corporate philanthropy programs go a long way towards keeping your employees happy.

Should Citibank Bail Out Citi Bike?

Citibank’s namesake bike-share program is about to hit the skids and is struggling to attract new sponsors. Should the bank pony up some more cash?

Fighting the Descent Into Oligarchy with Corporate Social Responsibility

A recent study from political science professors at Princeton and Northwestern concludes that America is, as the incomparable Hamilton Nolan put it, actually more like an oligarchy than a democracy. In other words, it is corporations and wealthy individuals — not unions, public interest organizations or regular humans — who control the levers of power in America.

SPECIAL SERIES: Sustainable Seafood

Seafood Traceability Makes for Better Products and a Healthy Bottom Line

The environmental benefits of seafood traceability are obvious: By tracking a fish through the entire supply chain –- from capture to plate –- you can ensure the fish wasn’t caught using illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing practices. But many companies, like Norpac Fisheries Export, are discovering that traceability is also good for their bottom line.

Coal and the Role of Multi-Stakeholderism

There’s little doubt that multi-stakeholderism is crucial to elements of the business and human rights movement, but is this type of collaboration always the best strategy? Or, more to the point, is it even realistic? A look at the behavior of the major stakeholders in the coal industry is illustrative and sobering.

UPS Backs Down—Cancels Move to Fire 250 Drivers

Teamsters Local 804 announced on its website last week that UPS agreed to abandon plans to pink slip drivers who had walked off the job to protest the firing of an employee, Jairo Reyes — although the company asserts that the walkout violated the drivers’ contract.

All Eyes on the Forests: The New Norm of Zero-Deforestation

The new norm of zero-deforestation implies we are entering a new phase, transitioning into a modern approach to global forest management and conservation to match recent commitments from industry leaders. So, what does the 21st century model look like?

Beyond Sustainable: A Call for Transparency

Along with the demand for more green goods and services comes a shift in consumer awareness that will extend to every industry. Business strategist Jeffrey Hollender calls this Radical Transparency and explains how it can be used as a powerful tool to transform ordinary businesses into responsible and profitable entities.