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.

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.

SPECIAL SERIES: Sustainable Seafood

Seafood Traceability: The Business Case for Better Data

The deep, underlying problems in the seafood supply chain can’t be fixed simply by the decision of a few consumers to “eat local.” We need to rebuild the systems and behaviors of the global interconnected brokers, corporations and governments that touch your food before it hits your plate. Pulling that off will require better data.

Video Interview: Peter Graf, CSO EVP at SAP

I had a chance to sit down with Peter and talk about SAP’s recently released integrated report, the process for putting it together and how it has benefitted the company. We also talked about some of the company’s recent accomplishments in committing to 100% renewable energy and a new foray into free online sustainable business education.