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.

EPA’s New Greenhouse Gas Emission Standards Now Open for Public Comment

After a three-month delay, the EPA has published its proposed new carbon and GHG emsissions performance standards for new power plants in the Federal Register. Staunchly opposed by coal, fossil fuel and utility industry interests, the proposed new performance standards conform with “EPA’s original factual and legal rationale for selecting CCS (carbon capture and storage) technology as the basis for the emission standards.”

Finding Gooey Goodness in Nutella’s Huge Supply Chain

These days, what with the focus on carbon emissions, we’re prompted to think of large supply chains as detractors to a company’s success. But curiously, Nutella has turned that image problem to a benefit. You tell us: Will it work?

How Entrepreneurs Are Helping the UN Solve Social Problems

Through its Global Entrepreneurs Council, the UN Foundation is engaging entrepreneurs in public-private partnerships to solve global social problems. Every two years, 10 leading entrepreneurs are recruited to be part of the council and provide their innovative thinking to problems that, as a group, they decide to focus on. The latest council is focused on women and girls, among other issues.

Newlight Makes Plastic Out of Thin Air (Not Oil)

What if we could pull CO2 out of the air and convert it into something useful, something that requires the generation of CO2 to produce today? That is exactly what a company called Newlight Technologies is doing. Its patented technology extracts carbon from the air and converts it into long-chain polymers that can be used as substitutes for oil-based plastics.

Five 2014 CSR Game-Changers

In 2013 corporate social responsibility moved from “do good” actions to a business best practice. This year, these five CSR game-changers will accelerate the links between profits, environmental responsibility and social good.

Ethical Fashion: Can Beauty Be Benign?

In this four part series sustainability writer Tara Gould explores the position of the ethical fashion and skincare industry and asks whether, in our pursuit of beauty, we can ever entirely avoid damage to people and planet.

Great CSR Leadership Examples for 2014

Consumers really care about a company’s corporate social responsibility track record. According to research, only 17 percent of consumers surveyed would consider referring a company that doesn’t deliver on CSR promises. So what does that tell us about who will be leading our CSR values in 2014?

Women in CSR: Tessie Topol, Time Warner Cable

Tessie Topol, VP of Corporate Social Responsibility, Time Warner Cable, talks about her career, inspiration and recent accomplishments in our Women in CSR series.