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.

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The “ROI” of Employee Volunteering

When it comes to corporate social responsibility, and the desire on the part of companies to make a positive impact in the world, starting at home, there is a secret weapon that all companies possess, but few, if any, take full advantage of: employee passion. The power of this force cannot be overestimated.

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Boy Scouts Team with SFI in Forest Stewardship Program

The Boy Scouts of America has joined with the industry certification group Sustainable Forestry Initiative, Inc., in an effort that could see more SFI stakeholders volunteering to help scouts earn merit badges related to forestry and environmental science. The two organizations will partner up to “show scouts the value of our natural environment and how … Continued

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Interfaith Coalition Urges Walmart to “Take It Back”

It is proxy season, which means all kinds of shareholder resolutions and protests are targeting some of America’s largest companies for a host of reasons. One company in the crosshairs is Walmart, the focus of organizations including the Texas Campaign for the Environment and Take It Back Walmart.

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SPECIAL SERIES: The Future of Fair Trade

Why Fair Trade Matters to Working Women Everywhere

Fair Trade Certified farms empower women, not only through labor protections required by the Fair Trade standards, but also through opportunities for education, scholarships, leadership roles, and micro-finance programs. Fair Trade gives women a voice in a sector where many are invisible.

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Raytheon, the Diversity and Ethics Pacesetter

Diversity is not the only reason why Raytheon is a solid case study of corporate responsibility: ethics, environmental stewardship and community work are also an important part of this company’s CSR agenda.

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New Solar Program From SunEdison Aims to Eradicate Darkness in India

In rural India, more than 400 million go without electricity every day. SunEdison’s new program, Eradication of Darkness, will design, install and manage distributed-generation solar power plants to provide energy to Indian villages that have never before had access to electricity.

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Video Interview: Monkey Paw Pub and Brewery’s Scot Blair

Touted as America’s craft beer capital, San Diego is home to more than 30 craft breweries, a number which does not include the breweries in planning. Surprisingly it wasn’t until recently that the city could boast having a beer that was locally brewed and canned. That changed when Scot Blair, owner of Hamilton’s Tavern and Monkey Paw Pub and Brewery, decided to can his brews.

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$120 Million for New Energy Innovation Research Hub

The Obama Administration has just launched a $120 million research program for new energy materials called the Critical Materials Hub, which is designed to ensure that U.S. companies get a steady supply of rare earths and other resources needed for manufacturing solar cells, advanced batteries and other alternative energy technologies. The program also bears with … Continued

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A Sustainability Story: Black Star Co-Op Pub and Brewery

Co-operatives are businesses owned by the people who use its services or who work at it. You don’t have to be a member-owner to come to the brewpub, but supporting Black Star Co-op means supporting livable wages, democratic workplaces, local farms, and quality products from community brewpubs.

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Virgin Pure Plans to Transform UK Tap Water

Virgin Group’s Richard Branson and the Strauss Group’s Ofra Strauss headlined an event marking the launch of Virgin Pure, a water filtration system for UK homes.

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The Occupy Movement Takes Aim At Chevron

The Occupy movement came to Chevron’s annual shareholder meeting yesterday in San Ramon, California when over 150 people protested at the annual shareholder meeting.

McDonald’s UK New Stakeholder Engagement Website Shows Signs of Progress

Following the failures of McDonald’s twitter campaigns, which have brought a storm of protest against the company, McDonald’s UK decided to try another approach. Instead of using an open social media platform in campaigns that seems to be more about advertising, it decided to build a new platform that will actually be more about engagement. The result is What Makes McDonald’s?, where stakeholders are invited to find the facts, share their views and ask McDonald’s a question or two.