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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A Caffeinated Adventure Through Two Sustainable Guatemalan Coffee Farms

The following article is part of a series on the Rainforest Alliance’s effort to bring fair and sustainable trade to coffee growers in Guatemala. Read the rest of the Guatemalan coffee series here. By Bonnie Hulkower Guatemala is a country of colonial architecture, exotic jungle ruins, cloud forests, beaches, active volcanoes and a rich indigenous Mayan … Continued

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3 Software Cornerstones for Successful Sustainability Initiatives

In order to impact the Triple Bottom Line–people, planet, profit–executives must ensure that they have focused on improving data collection and automation, analysis of sustainability data, and sustainability leadership that is data-driven and accountable.

In Defense of Increasing Profits as the Social Responsibility of Business

The social responsibility of business is to increase profits by meeting the wants and needs of individuals in society, without the initiation of force. The only way a business can increase profit is if a business, small, medium, or large is providing something of value to other individuals.

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What is Sustainability Reporting? 8 Tips for the Casual Reader

Although sustainability reporting has become mainstream and more and more companies use a uniform set of guidelines (GRI), a casual reader might still have hard time to understand and asses these reports. To help casual readers we provide 8 tips on what to expect and not to expect when entering the galaxy of sustainability reporting:

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Five Problems with the Romney-Ryan Budget

A new Robert Reich video on YouTube breaks down the Paul Ryan budget plan, now known as the Romney-Ryan budget plan, point by point, explaining why it would be, in short, a disaster for this country.

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Office Conservation: Don’t Be A “Throwback”

Office waste and the absence of a recycling program is a throwback to the Mad Men era of workplace etiquette. It’s the efforts and attitudes of individual paper users who can help champion a monumental shift in the way Americans think about trash, recycling and sustainability.

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Grocers Demand Hershey Ethically Source Cocoa

If a group of 41 consumer-owned grocer cooperatives and natural food retailers operating 62 stores have their way, the largest chocolate company in the U.S., the Hershey Company, will not be producing chocolate tainted with child labor anymore. The group released a letter this week urging The Hershey Company to commit to sourcing cocoa which is produced under fair labor practices.