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.

Human Rights and Professional Wrongs

The effect of the Rana Plaza factory collapse one year ago was to push into the public domain the question of whether social compliance programs are achieving their stated objectives and, maybe more importantly, driving substantive improvements.

Intel, High-Tech Leaders Rank High On Green Power Partnership Top 100

Proving it’s possible to power U.S. industry and commerce with renewable energy, high-tech industry giants rank among the EPA top 10 in U.S. green power usage. Intel, Microsoft, Google and Apple, as well as retailers, government departments and U.S. colleges and universities, are all making growing use of clean, renewable energy resources and technology.

Is Crowdfunding an Answer for Ethical Fashion?

Consumers of mass fashion aren’t yet sold on the need for change. They are hard to reach, and unless you have major name brand appeal, they rarely notice a small, ethical company’s existence. Could crowdfunding provide a solution to these and other challenges in the sustainable fashion industry?

3p Interview: Recyclebank Goes Retail With OneTwine

This week, Recyclebank is taking another step towards its its mission to “realize a world where nothing is wasted,” with the launch of OneTwine, an online retail shop that allows customers to redeem their Recyclebank points, pay cash, or any combination of the two. I spoke with Recyclebank CEO Javier Flaim by phone, a few days before the OneTwine launch announcement.

The Link Between Walmart, Food Stamps and CSR

A recent report from Americans for Tax Fairness estimates that Walmart workers relying on public assistance programs due to low wages cost American taxpayers $6.2 billion a year. Another interesting figure presented in the report was that Walmart has captured 18 percent of the SNAP (food stamps program) market. It got me thinking that if a substantial number of Walmart’s employees in the U.S. (1.3 million in total) receive food stamps, then the company actually profits twice from paying low-wages.

Why Corporate Philanthropy Is a Key to Employee Engagement

Companies with engaged employees outperform those without by as much as 200 percent. There are many reasons why a workforce is engaged; one of the key drivers of engagement is pride in their company’s values. Corporate philanthropy programs go a long way towards keeping your employees happy.

Should Citibank Bail Out Citi Bike?

Citibank’s namesake bike-share program is about to hit the skids and is struggling to attract new sponsors. Should the bank pony up some more cash?

Fighting the Descent Into Oligarchy with Corporate Social Responsibility

A recent study from political science professors at Princeton and Northwestern concludes that America is, as the incomparable Hamilton Nolan put it, actually more like an oligarchy than a democracy. In other words, it is corporations and wealthy individuals — not unions, public interest organizations or regular humans — who control the levers of power in America.