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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SPECIAL SERIES: The Rise Of The Sharing Economy

Top 10 Crowdfunding Sites

Up until now, it’s been illegal for private businesses to offer equity to anyone other than accredited investors in exchange for funding. The passing of the JOBS Act is about to change all of that. Once the rules are in place early next year, private businesses and startups will be able to use crowdfunding to give equity to investors who will get an actual monetary return instead of a sticker or T-shirt. This shift is expected to attract a huge influx of capital from regular Joes looking for better ways to invest.

Better Air Uses Probiotics to Clean the Air We Breathe

Israeli company Better Air has created a system that improves air quality in homes, offices and hospitals using probiotics, – millions of “good bacteria” – to fight harmful bacteria.

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American Airlines and Boeing Test the Future of Green Aviation

If you happen to look up into the skies over Montana in the next few months, you might catch a glimpse of the ecoDemonstrator. This  Next-Generation  737-800 is on loan from American Airlines to Boeing, which is modding it out to serve as a test bed for new sustainable aviation technologies including fuel efficiency,  noise … Continued

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The Truth Will Out: CSR is a Profession

The growth of sustainability and corporate social responsibility roles or functions that have these responsibilities has grown to encompass a fledgling professional field. People want to do sustainability work and are willing to pay to be trained in the area – are there jobs out there waiting for them?

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A New Campaign Claims Paperless Billing is Not That Green

While a new campaign initiated by Two Sides, an organization representing members of the “graphic communications value chain,” wants to educate companies in the U.S. that electronic billing is not necessarily greener than paper billing, two life cycle analyses shows the paperless option is actually greener.

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How Autodesk Helps Design a Better World

Autodesk’s 2012 sustainability report offers a compelling case of how its products can help build a more sustainable world and mitigate a company’s impact on the planet.

5 Sustainability Reporting Issues on CSR Executives’ Minds

One of the main issues that came up at the Responsible Business Summit was sustainability reporting. Even with all the progress we have seen so far in, reporting continues to be one of the most challenging issues for CSR executives. Still, just like CSR in general, reporting has become more focused, strategic and smart, and there’s even a continuous search after its business value. Here are five issues that dominated the conversation about reporting at the summit:

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Clif Bar Gives Every Employee a 20th Anniversary Bike

While most companies reward employees with things like pizza parties, bonus casual days or time off, Clif Bar went a different route, giving all of its employees a custom bicycle. Why you may want to consider the same.

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Socially Responsible Crowdsourcing

Crowdsourcing is all the rage – how can your company use this new technique to solve social and environmental problems?