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.

Empowering Women: Reaching a Helping Hand Across the ‘Pioneer Gap’

Women’s financial empowerment has been a hot topic in recent months. There’s a definite buzz around gender-lens investing and its potential to make more of impact capital. Yet, while the gender lens approach is an exciting step forward for women’s financial empowerment, it isn’t the whole story.

North Face Revamps Its Down Supply Chain

The North Face rolls out its new down supply standard in just a few months, after years of searching, testing and probing the global supply chain of one of the most precious ingredients used in its industry. 2014 will be a big year for The North Face and its premier line of cold weather equipment and clothing.

Cambridge, Leading Global Brands Launch Natural Capital Toolkit

The web-based E.Valu.A.Te natural capital toolkit aims to plug a gaping flaw in conventional economic thinking by internalizing environmental externalities. Eigtheen months in the making, leading U.K. and multinational businesses developed the online toolkit under the banner of the University of Cambridge Natural Capital Leaders Platform.

Cisco CSR Report: Creating Global Value Through Connections

Cisco Systems released their 9th Annual Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Report. The company has met and exceeded many environmental goals and especially social ones, looking for opportunities everywhere to make life better by making connections.

Beastie Boys and GoldieBlox Tussle Over Fair Use in ‘Girls’ Video

GoldieBlox created a catchy video set to the tune of the mid-1980s song, “Girls,” for the Intuit Super Bowl ad competition. However, now the Beastie Boys are protesting the use of the song, leading to the beginnings of a legal war between the toy company and the band.

Forget Sustainable Consumption. Focus on Sustainable Citizenship

While the sustainable business world keeps focusing on ways to increase sustainable consumption as a path to a more sustainable future, when we look at reality we see a clear pattern – systemic changes that make or will make a difference are derived by sustainable citizenship, not sustainable consumption.

Women in CSR: Molly Cartmill, Sempra Energy

Molly Cartmill, Director, Corporate Social Responsibility, Sempra Energy, talks about her career, inspiration and recent accomplishments in our Women in CSR series.

Strategic Sustainability: Introducing the Value Web

The Value Web is a framework that makes sustainability strategic and surrounds an enterprise with an interlocking and self-reinforcing web of value, generating wins for stakeholders across all of the activities of a business. In doing so, the Value Web offers companies a route to a sustainable competitive advantage.