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.

Interview: How Labor Link Plans to Get Companies Caring About Suppliers

What if instead of trying to improve these periodic audits and inspections companies would focus their efforts on establishing direct communication lines with the workers to learn firsthand in real time on problems that need to be fixed or how well offered solutions are working?

Sustainability Reporting: What Does “Good” Look Like?

Sustainability reporting is becoming commonplace for businesses that want to communicate with and engage their stakeholders. However, amidst the deluge of information available, it can be difficult to determine what makes a report relevant and valuable.

Cape Town Restaurant Uses Aquaponics and Solar Energy

In 1998, founder Jason Lurie had the idea to combine his love for African art, music, design, cuisine and crafts into a unique dining experience. Moyo worked closely with New Southern Energy (NSE) and other collaborators in taking a bold step to becoming the first-of-its-kind, fully sustainable organic food market. NSE installed a solar array over the outdoor arcade to provide the food market with renewable energy. Urban Farm designed the unique aquaponics micro-ecosystem that grows organic vegetables for use in the main kitchen and food stalls.

Green Sells: Meaningful Brands Outperform the Stock Market

New research proves that green products and meaningful brands generate increased sales and financial performance that outperforms the stock market. Best practices are emerging on how to build a brand that will grow sales by connecting with the customer search for “me and we” solutions.

Women in CSR: Victoria Wood, Reckitt Benckiser

Victoria Wood, Global Sustainability Manager, Reckitt Benckiser, talks about her career, inspiration and recent accomplishments in our Women in CSR series.

Women in CSR: Jennifer Dudgeon, CA Technologies

Jennifer Dudgeon, Principal, Office of Sustainability at CA Technologies, talks about her career, inspiration and recent accomplishments in our Women in CSR series.

Women in CSR: Catherine Gunsbury, General Mills

Catherine Gunsbury, Director of Corporate Social Responsibility at General Mills, talks about her career, inspiration and recent accomplishments in our Women in CSR series.

SBIO 2013 Semi-finalist Interview: Ecopia

Using the starch from tapioca, social enterprise Ecopia produces a fully degradable, recyclable, and non-GMO bio-plastic, referred to as ECOPLAS®, while also seeking to drive social value within the communities that create its product.