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.

The High Cost of Cheap Shrimp

Environmental degradation, land grabs, fair treatment of workers –participants all along the shrimp value chain need to address 10 key challenges to assure the sustainability of their businesses. Carrying out inclusive business strategies can help, according to CSR Asia.

Bill’s Passage Boosts California Distributed Energy and Storage

With energy storage poised to make a real impact on California’s emerging distributed clean energy ecosystem, SB 861 funds the Self-Generation Incentive Program for 5 years. SGIP has been receiving more in the way of rebate requests for energy storage system installations than any other category of distributed clean energy technology.

Target Pushes ‘Long-Term Value’ in 2013 Sustainability Report

“It’s about making sure the partnerships we take, the processes we follow and the products we sell are helping us create long-term value that goes beyond Target and into the communities we see,” said John Mulligan, interim president and CEO of Target.

Starting Up So We Can Stick Around

In the emerging economy, we can’t trade merely on our brawn, or even on our brains. For our startups to make a difference over the long haul, we’re going have to take much a wider view than our spreadsheets will allow.

Big Food Battles Vermont Over GMO-Labeling Law

‘Big Food’ — as four food manufacturing associations are being called — has launched a lawsuit against Vermont in an effort to stop GMO labeling laws from going into effect. Will they win? Nothing is for certain, but this time both sides have a lot riding on the outcome.

What Do People Want From the ISO 14001:2015 Standard?

Used in supply chains throughout the world, the International Organization of Standardization (ISO) review their standards on an ongoing basis to ensure they are still relevant and effective in a rapidly evolving world. In 2013, ISO conducted the ‘ISO 14001 Continual Improvement Survey,’ the results of which helped form the basis of a draft of the new, updated standard.

Retailers Play Increased Role in Moving Markets Away from Toxic Chemicals

In response to market campaigns and consumer pressure, major retailers are playing an increased role in moving the market away from toxic chemicals. Target and Walmart have taken first steps to rid the supply chain from toxic chemicals, while other retailers like Walgreens have stayed silent.