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.

Is ‘Purpose’ the New Greenwashy Buzzword?

Purpose certainly has become a buzzword; one sees it almost as often as catchphrases including “collaboration” and “innovation.” Naturally, one could only ask, is “purpose” simply another fancy term that really is only another way to indulge in “greenwashing?”

To Hire STEM-Literate Graduates, Companies Must Help Develop Them

As more industries become reliant on STEM and tech-savvy talent, the disconnect between our students’ STEM education and hiring managers’ expectations becomes more worrisome: 67 percent of U.S. executives expect to choose job candidates with data skills over those without, yet only 23 percent of educators believe their students will graduate with these essential tech and analytical skills. Perhaps the sector best poised to positively impact today’s young people is the business community.

Can We Leverage the SDGs to Improve the Value of Reporting?

With the adoption of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), we enter the age of sustainable development where every organization, regardless of geography, industry or size, takes on a shared responsibility. Some fear that this may add to the reporting burden since we all grapple with the process of identifying material topics, others see potential benefits from latching onto the SDGs. With an estimated $12 trillion USD resulting from revenue and saving associated with achieving the SDGs by 2030, realizing the vision for sustainable development could also make for a great business case.

London’s Mayor Urges German Automakers to Contribute to Air Quality Fund

Last week, Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, called out Germany’s leading automakers, urging them to contribute to the city’s air quality programs. Khan has argued that diesel vehicles manufactured by BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Volkswagen have been contributing to London’s worsening air pollution and as a result, increased public health problems.

Encouraging Healthy Habits in Employees

There are many straightforward ways that businesses can become sustainable, but one of the best ways is to invest in employees. Employee health is a major cost for most companies, and as that cost keeps rising, more businesses are seeking more sustainable alternatives like employee wellness programs. According to one study, every dollar spent on employee wellness can lead to a six-dollar reduction in healthcare costs (including costs of health insurance and productivity lost due to illness). Fortunately, businesses don’t need to spend much money to see a substantial impact.

Danish Renewables Giant Dong Energy Rebrands, Ditches Oil and Gas Portfolio

The energy sector is slowly but surely undergoing a transformation, and a decision by Denmark’s Dong Energy sums up how this sector will look and operate during the 21st century. In shifting from “black to green” energy, Dong’s executives have decided to rebrand and name itself Ørsted.

Ben & Jerry’s Leads on Migrant Dairy Worker Rights

A new dairy standards council is taking shape in Vermont that will oversee dairy worker rights. And not surprisingly, it’s been launched with the help of Ben & Jerry’s, the ice cream company with a conscience.

Target Commits to 100 Percent Sustainable Cotton by 2022

Target announced that by 2020, it will only source cotton from sustainable sources for its national brands in apparel, home products and other goods. The retailer said it will work with suppliers to improve their performance on water, chemical use, labor issues and soil health.