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.

New GMOs Kicked Out of U.S. Organics Guidelines

The National Organic Standards Board voted unanimously last week to update its U.S. standards to ban ingredients derived from new genetic engineering techniques from certified organic products.

How to Wean A State Off Oil

With its rural landscape and cold climate, Maine is among America’s most oil-dependent and energy-intensive states. Sustainability professionals came together at E2Tech to discuss solutions, but there was no clear path forward.

What Wells Fargo Can Learn from Microfinance

There’s a reason large banks routinely make the list of America’s least liked companies: they treat their customers with remarkable disregard. But banks across the developing world are demonstrating that simple, transparent, well-designed products allow their clients to thrive, while still earning banks a healthy profit.

New Balance Tripped Up in Trump Controversies

Some customers are burning their New Balance shoes following an executive’s pro-Trump comments. Things only got worse for New Balance when an alt-right website endorsed the company as “the official shoes of white people.” Now, the company is quickly trying to clarify its position in a hairy political climate.

Volkswagen Plans Massive Job Cuts

VW plans to cover fines related to its emissions fiasco with the money it’ll save on employment and pensions. The move also signals a new direction for the company with heavy investment in electric vehicles and other emerging technologies.

Scaling Responsible Retail Supply Chains

By evaluating supply chain operations, small retailers are uncovering cost-savings, sustainability opportunities and chances to increase employee engagement, says Joe Carpenter of the Climate Action Business Association.

Ford Sets Aggressive Goals For Water Savings

Back in 2000, Ford invested in a fact-finding mission to save water — and money along with it. The automaker saved 10.6 billion gallons of water between 2000 and 2015. And that’s just a start.

SPECIAL SERIES: Black Lives Matter and Beyond: Corporate Leaders Respond

The Business Case for Black Lives

For the last 18 months, minorities in this country have endured collective trauma over this arduous and agonizing presidential campaign and the racist rhetoric that accompanied it. President-elect Trump’s success leaves our value as citizens under question, but if our actual lives don’t matter, our sheer buying power should mean something.