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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Unilever Improves Supply Chain, Faces Challenges with Customer Behavior

Unilever released on Tuesday its first year’s progress report on the progress it made against its Sustainable Living Plan targets. The results so far are mixed – the report shows significant progress in many of the targets as well as real difficulties to move the needle in others. Yet, taking into account the high bar Unilever set up in this plan, with goals like doubling its sales while halving its carbon footprint by 2020, my impression is that the Sustainable Living Plan is so far a success story.

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4 Fast Steps to Put a Price Tag on Ecosystem Services

What’s business if not value creation? Take something that doesn’t cost very much, add value, and create a profit. It’s only natural that many businesses do so using natural resources like land, trees, water, air, and fossil fuels as their inputs. So what’s the problem?

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Green Data Centers: Is It Worth Running a “Losing” Race?

Explosive growth in mobile computing and cloud services has industry players, public and private sector organizations focused on greening the data center. But with investments and data center facilities growing exponentially, it’s more than likely that electricity demand will far outstrip energy savings and renewable energy gains.

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Human Rights Lose Out at Bahrain Grand Prix

If you’re a Formula One Fan, you are well aware that Sebastian Vettel won last weekend’s Grand Prix in Manama, Bahrain. But human rights was a huge loser last weekend.

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Geothermal Gives Missouri Bragging Rights to “Hottest School”

If Missouri University of Science and Technology wasn’t already on your list of hot schools, now its day has come. Missouri S&T has just broken ground on a new geothermal energy project that will replace three decades-old power plants that currently burn coal and wood chips. The new system will reduce the school’s carbon dioxide … Continued

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Interview: Hunter Lovins at Fortune Brainstorm Green

At this week’s Fortune Brainstorm Green conference, I had a chance to talk briefly with a long time colleague and inspiration, Hunter Lovins. Hunter and I reflected on the nature of the conference and how the business case for sustainability is finally hitting home.