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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A New Psychology for Sustainability Leadership

The more we understand how psychology and worldviews drive sustainability leadership, the more effectively we will be able to cultivate them, especially during times of complexity and rapid change.

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Toms of Maine: Turning Hot Air into a Sustainable Resource

Today’s technology makes yesterday’s most basic, manual tasks — like cleaning an intricate set of pipes — a whiz. But it also creates its own challenges when it comes to recovering precious resources and reducing your carbon footprint. Tom’s of Maine, famous for natural personal care products, figured out a way to ensure that its manufacturing and sterilizing processes can still meet the demands of the company’s 2020 sustainability goals.

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Starbucks Pairs With Lyft for Shared Rides and Values

Last week Starbucks announced an agreement with Lyft that could be beneficial for Lyft drivers, riders and even for some Starbucks employees. Is this a victory for values-driven business?

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Why There Should Be One Name For One Fish

A fish by any name is still a fish. But sometimes names do matters, as a recent report by the ocean advocacy group Oceana reveals. The use of one name for one fish can help protect our oceans and the fish that swim in them.

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How to Structure Your Social Enterprise for Maximum Benefit

Even social enterprises often are focused solely on their external mission, overlooking their employees’ needs for empowerment and wealth creation that worker-owned co-ops and democratically-run businesses can offer. We need organizations designed to benefit society and employees at the same time! This article explains 5 innovative organizational forms that can maximize the benefit of your social enterprise for society and often forgotten, the employees.

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Vertical Farm Takes Food Production to New Heights

In the city of Newark, New Jersey, a company known as Aero Farms has decided to build a new $30 million corporate headquarters in an abandoned steel mill, which will include a vertical farm. When complete, the 69,000-square-foot facility will grow roughly 2 million pounds of baby greens and herbs, creating 78 new jobs in an area with an unemployment rate that is twice the national average.

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How Corporations Are Helping Curb the Global Water Footprint

The lack of awareness – let alone knowledge – of the global water shortage is dangerous. Can anyone wake up American consumers to this growing problem? You bet, and corporations are at the heart of efforts to curb the global water footprint.

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Practical Ways To Incorporate A Holistic Wellness Program into Your Organization

Many companies are incorporating holistic wellness programs into their work environments. These programs include many aspects of optimal health, including physical, emotional and spiritual. For small businesses with limited resources, here are some ideas to easily implement a holistic wellness program into your company.

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American Humane Association: The Challenges of Policing Animal Abuse

It’s been tough for Foster Farms. A year-long string of antibiotic-resistant salmonella cases, plant issues and now an animal cruelty complaint. But major animal welfare advocates really want to know how its certifying agency, the American Humane Association, could have missed the signs of abuse on the plant floor. According to one publication and a host of animal advocates from Hollywood, more questions need to be asked.

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Masdar’s Solar Hub Provides Unique Test Facility in the Middle East

Despite the obvious advantages of an ever-shining sun, the Middle East is actually less than ideal for solar power — explaining, at least in part, why its development of solar power has been slow. This is what motivated the folks at Masdar, Abu Dhabi’s renewable energy company, to establish the Masdar Solar Hub: a state-of-the art solar testing and R&D hub for photovoltaic and solar thermal technology.

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How Energy Regulations Actually Help Improve Organizations

Regulations, whether mandated by governments or by industries, are often scoffed at and belittled as an annoyance that hinders progress and innovation and harms business. When it comes to sustainable business practices, recent mandates and current regulations may also be viewed as stifling productivity, but they are actually here to disrupt our ways of thinking, acting and conducting business – for the better.