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.

Green Energy Options Get a Boost Through Electric Choice Programs

One of the stumbling blocks for ecologically sustainable and newer alternative energy sources is that they’re not yet developed to their full capacity, and when they’re not fully funded the same way that more established sources are–such as petroleum–it’s hard to get them up to speed.

Avon Helps Pass Domestic Violence Legislation

Beginning in 2004, the Avon Foundation has made great strides in the fight against domestic violence. Their latest victory is a big one – in the fall of 2012, Avon Hungary helped native NGOs pass legislation outlawing domestic violence in that country.

The New Solution That Makes Crops “Invisible” to Pests

One of the biggest problems facing farmers worldwide is pests, which can destroy entire crops and are often resistant to pesticides. Israeli startup EdenShield is working on a product that tricks insects into believing that the crops simply aren’t there.

Unpacking Global 100’s World’s Most Sustainable Companies Ranking

Earlier this week Corporate Knights announced its Global 100 list of the world’s most sustainable corporations for 2013. Is it possible to compare companies from different sectors like the Global 100 does? Can we learn anything from this ranking on the current state of sustainability in business? And who reads it anyway? Today we will answer all of these questions and some more.

Non-Profit or For-Profit: The Social Entrepreneurs Dilemma

The choice between setting up as a non-profit and a for-profit is especially difficult for social entrepreneurs who aspire to do well by doing good. But the difference between the two structures may not be as stark as it first appears.

The Next 20 Years of Impact Investing

Looking forward to the next 20 years, there are many who are convinced that we are experiencing a paradigm shift. A change in cultural norms and expectations that will result in all investors — individual and institutional — committing at least some portion of their investable assets to social impact and making investments that are in harmony with their values.

It’s Time For a New Cargo Culture

The world shoulders a heavy burden when it comes to shifting our stuff. Could new approaches lighten the load? Michael Ashcroft investigates.

Europe Increases Its Use of Dirty Coal

Being European, living in the US, I often credit myself for being from a more climate change savvy continent. However, since 2010, carbon prices have leveled off, emissions started to rise and coal has entered the European energy markets. What happened, and what needs to be done?