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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Why Partnerships are Key to Water Security

This year’s annual World Water Week in Stockholm is happening at a unique moment. In just a few weeks’ time, member states of the United Nations will adopt a set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that will define global development priorities for the next 15 years. In Stockholm, SABMiller will argue that businesses must be innovative in forging partnerships with NGOs to support international goals like improving water security.

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The Evolution of Eco-Friendly Packaging

There is no way to avoid packaging in modern society and yet, with today’s environmental concerns, reducing waste and energy usage while increasing overall product sustainability should be top priority.

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The Political Balancing Game: Obama Okays Arctic Drilling

Why did President Obama give the green flag to arctic drilling in the Chukchi Sea? And what does it mean for the environment? There’s a million theories about why the president, who has made climate change solutions his administration’s legacy, has opened the door to Shell’s petition. But could we expect anything different in a region defined by human nature and geopolitical competition for world resources?

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The E-Waste Stream is Growing: What Can We Do?

Electronic waste is the fastest growing waste stream. How can recyclers, retailers and governments make it easier and simpler for consumers to recycle their electronic devices?

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Sprint Introduces Paper Bills Made from Wheat Straw

If you are a Sprint customer, this month your statement might be printed on a tree-based paper alternative. To learn more about the company’s groundbreaking use of wheat straw byproduct-based paper, we talked to Keanon Swan, strategic partner of relationships and postal alliances for Sprint.

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How a Grocery Store Chain Collected Data, Saved Energy and Helped a Community

The grocery store industry has been making strides in setting and meeting sustainability goals, but Lisa Stanley, vice president of product management for the Washington, D.C.-based U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), told Grocery Headquarters that supermarkets have more work to do. This case study details an example of a grocery store doing it right.

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E-waste: The Nuts and Bolts of Why It Still Plagues our Landfills

We’re a recycling society these days. Wherever you live, chances are there’s a recycle program for a myriad of reusable items – even your electronics. But the most precious material that we use in our offices, homes and recreation still can’t be economically recycled. And it’s a looming problem for the environment, and for our evolving green economy.

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Finding the ROI of Sustainability

How can we measure the ROI of sustainability? Our series with MeterHero this summer explored that question by examining case studies of companies, organizations and communities that have successfully implemented sustainability programs. Is ROI simply a business calculation? Is the dollar value of sustainability — as defined by conventional business metrics — the best way to measure ROI? In this post, McGee Young, founder and CEO of MeterHero, shares his final thoughts on the subject.

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Dissecting the Farm-to-Table Fable

To hear some farmers tell it, the farm-to-table concept doesn’t work. There’s too much opportunity for restaurants to build on hype, and too little assurance the consumer is getting what is paid for. But one popular farm-to-table program is defying that statement, proving that farm-to-table partnerships can not only inspire consumers to come to the table, but sink valuable dollars into regional businesses as well.