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.

Bay Area Delegates at Rio+20 Launch Global Urban Innovation Exchange

While many delegates left the Rio+20 Earth Summit disappointed by failed negotiations at the United Nations level, a small group of international entrepreneurs and innovators developed a collaborative vision for how sustainable innovation can be implemented in our local communities with the launch of Global Urban Innovation Exchange (UIX Global).

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Do the Tobacco and Beverage Industries Share the Same CSR Playbook?

New research warns that public health advocates must continue to monitor the CSR activities of soda companies and remind the public and policymakers that, similar to Big Tobacco, soda industry CSR aims to position the companies, and their products, as socially acceptable rather than contributing to a social ill. But is it talking about CSR or cause marketing?

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Deconstructing Rio+20 and Finding Some Inspiration

The diagnosis of the formal negotiated outcome of Rio+20 delivered by governments June 20th is nearly universally downbeat, while the assessment of the contribution made by business, civil society and some emerging economies is, in many quarters, quite positive. SustainAbility’s Mark Lee deconstructs the summit and concedes there is still much work to be done, yet finds some inspiration, as well.

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Is Avon’s New CSR Blog Ready to Come Calling?

Avon has just started a new CR blog, Avon’s Calling, as the latest effort in its goal to be transparent and to offer a dialogue with their many stakeholders. What does Avon need to do to meet these goals?

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10 Marketing Tips to Address Green Building’s New Expectations

In recent years, green building projects and resulting LEED certified buildings have grown in number. Now that so many firms have this once-unique experience, what can green construction and design firms do now to distinguish themselves from the competition?

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Baxter Reduces GHG Emissions by 7%, Water Use by 6%

Baxter International Inc., a true sustainability game-changer in the healthcare industry, issued its 2011 (and 13th consecutive) Sustainability Report about its social, environmental and economic performance. The report features the company’s progress toward its 2015 sustainability priorities and goals as well as its commitment to addressing the needs of stakeholders worldwide.

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Landscape Architecture is Not Just Decoration

Sometimes sustainability occurs without fanfare. Some industries are so “green” that people within them take advances in sustainability for granted. Landscape architecture is one such industry.

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5 Lessons from the Fiasco of Toshiba’s No-Print Day Campaign

Toshiba’s first annual National No-Print Day was supposed to be “a nationwide campaign to encourage, educate and challenge individuals and companies to commit to one day of no printing to raise awareness of the impact printing has on our planet.” Yet, sometimes good intentions are not enough, and after the campaign generated furious response from the printing industry, Toshiba canceled the campaign. Here are five lessons to be learned.

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OpEd: Leveraging Sports as a CSR & Sustainability Platform

The growing importance of major sports events in the world today from an engagement perspective is a reality. The reach and impact that major sports events have on the lives of billions of people around the world is undisputed. Sport represents an unparalleled platform for driving sustainability mainstream.

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The Truth Will Out: A Distinct and Fast-Growing Market

According to a 2011 study by OgilvyEarth of US consumers, about 16 percent of those surveyed are deeply committed to purchasing green and think of themselves as sustainability-oriented. Facilitating the green consumer’s purchasing decisions, the rise in online transparency tools, like GoodGuide is helping a consumer quickly understand and rate a company’s health, environmental and social practices and impacts.

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CSR in the Early Days of Capitalism

Nancy Koehn, Harvard Business School professor and historian explains how we can find examples of corporate responsibility, especially with regards to companies’ social footprint, as early as the foundation era of capitalism.