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.

iPhone Trade-In Program Heats Up, Casting a Spotlight on Illegal Tin Sourcing

Got an old, over-used iPhone kicking around? Chances are, you won’t for long. Apple’s well-timed announcement that it would take old phones for trade-in is now being challenged by a whole slew of competitors including Walmart and Amazon. But is Apple’s answer really sustainable? It depends upon the importance of your cell phone versus the value of the environment and children’s lives.

Mexican Court Suspends All Planting of GM Corn

Judge Jaime Eduardo Verdugo of the Twelfth Federal District Court for Civil Matters of Mexico City, ruled that GM corn posed ”the risk of imminent harm to the environment.” He ordered the Mexico’s Secretary of Agriculture to “suspend all activities involving the planting of transgenic corn in the country and end the granting of permission for experimental and pilot commercial plantings” immediately.

Climate Earth Announces First Online Natural Capital Management System

Earlier this month, Berkeley, Calif.-based company Climate Earth unveiled a cloud-based Natural Capital Management System to enable companies to know what natural assets they depend on most, where they are being consumed, and establish processes to manage these natural assets both internally and in collaboration with suppliers.

Patagonia Goes Fair Trade

The outdoor apparel company makes a bold new commitment to worker protections.

Walmart Opens First 100 Percent LED-Lit Store in Ohio

Shortly after launching a line of Great Value LED lightbulbs for less than $10 at all U.S. stores, Walmart announced last week that it will open its first 100 percent LED-lit store in South Euclid, Ohio.

Women in CSR: Kathy Mulvany, Cisco

Kathy Mulvany, Senior Director, Corporate Affairs, Cisco, talks about her career, inspiration and recent accomplishments in our Women in CSR series.

20 Inspiring Quotes from SXSWeco 2013

SXSWeco 2013 had business leaders, nonprofit leaders and some people who were both. Benefit corporations, municipalities, the media, disruptors and even a celebrity or two. Here are 20 inspiring quotes.

Sustainable Business Leaders Call on Obama to Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline

Last week over 150 American companies signed a letter calling President Obama to approve the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. In addition to the usual suspects (aka oil and gas companies), you can find there companies like GE, AT&T, PwC, Siemens, KPMG and Waste Management, which are among the leaders in the business community when it comes to sustainability, and frankly you would expect them to make the case against the pipeline, not lobby for its approval.

Why International Paper Says It’s OK to Print Your Emails

International Paper’s James McDonald reminds us that countering deforestation isn’t print out their emails, that the true destruction of forests comes from other use, and above all, it is most important to practice responsible, sustainable forestry.