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.

Women in CSR: Nicole Trimble, Outerwall

Nicole Trimble, Senior Director of Corporate Responsibility at Outerwall Inc., talks about her career, inspiration and recent accomplishments in our Women in CSR series.

How Sustainability is Growing Unilever’s Brand Equity and Profits

Unilever is working toward a new business model that “…enables responsible, equitable growth that is decoupled from environmental impacts.” This vision is the foundation of Unilever’s strategy for doubling revenues, reducing the company’s environmental impacts and increasing the company’s positive impacts upon society.

EPA Proposes Carbon Emissions Limits on New U.S. Power Plants

Following through on the President’s historic National Climate Change Action Plan, the EPA proposed precedent-setting new rules limiting carbon emissions for new power plants. The EPA isn’t stopping there: work on proposed new rules for existing power plants is already under way.

Professional Sports Teams Win Big on Sustainability

Thirteen percent of people follow science, while over 63 percent follow sports. The sports industry has a unique opportunity to influence trends in sustainability through its significant fan base across all types of sports. Additionally, the sports industry’s unique facilities and operations present significant opportunity for long-term cost savings through investments in environmental sustainability.

VW Earns Top Honors for Sustainability & Carbon Disclosure

Volkswagen AG’s “green cred” got a big boost recently. The global automotive group earned top rankings in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index and the 2013 CDP Global Climate Change Report. It also signed a 20-year contract with Mexico Power Group to bring in 130-MW of wind power for its manufacturing facilities in Silao and Puebla.

SPECIAL SERIES: The Business Of Biking

Why Cities are Supporting Bike Sharing Programs

It’s a quiet revolution. More than 400 communities across the globe have endorsed bike sharing programs, and the numbers are continuing to climb. Cyclists can attest to the personal benefits of using a shared biking program, which are numerous. But what’s the appeal for cities? According to two experts we spoke to in Seattle, there is lots.

Women in CSR: Shannon Schuyler, PwC

Shannon Schuyler, a principal and the U.S. Corporate Responsibility (CR) leader for PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC), talks about her career, inspiration and recent accomplishments in our Women in CSR series.

Disney Upgrades 2013 Carbon Offsetting Goals

The Walt Disney Company has been steadily working at reducing its greenhouse gas emissions since 2006. It’s one of only a handful of corporations on the planet that sets its own internal carbon emissions pricing system, and according to Disney, doing so is not only helping to curb carbon emissions, but fund new conservation strategies.

Google Buys 240MW of Wind Power in Texas

In its latest renewable energy buy, Google announced Tuesday that it will purchase the entire 240-megawatt output of a wind farm in the Texas Panhandle.

UN Global Compact Launches Stock Index

The UN Global Compact released a stock index of key signatories. What does this really mean from a sustainability standpoint?

Women in CSR: Alison DaSilva, Cone Communications

Alison DaSilva, executive vice president of Cone Communications’ Research & Insights group, talks about her career, inspiration and recent accomplishments in our Women in CSR series.

Walking the Tightrope: How to Avoid Green Marketing Nightmares

Promoting the environmental or sustainability improvements of a product or service can be a tricky high-wire act that can give marketing professionals nightmares. One must balance the need for easy-to-understand, consumer-friendly messages with the complex legal and scientific requirements necessary to validate the green marketing claims.