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.

Women in CSR: Catherine Gunsbury, General Mills

Catherine Gunsbury, Director of Corporate Social Responsibility at General Mills, talks about her career, inspiration and recent accomplishments in our Women in CSR series.

SBIO 2013 Semi-finalist Interview: Ecopia

Using the starch from tapioca, social enterprise Ecopia produces a fully degradable, recyclable, and non-GMO bio-plastic, referred to as ECOPLAS®, while also seeking to drive social value within the communities that create its product.

Women in CSR: Trisa Thompson, Dell

Trisa Thompson, Vice President of Corporate Responsibility, Dell, talks about her career, inspiration and recent accomplishments in our Women in CSR series.

4 Lessons in Green Product Development from the Failure of Better Place

The failure of Better Place is a very sad event for anyone who believed in Agassi’s vision and in Better Place’s ability to disrupt the car market. Still, this is also an opportunity to learn some valuable lessons that might help other green innovators struggling with similar challenges. We looked at the failure of Better Place from a new product development perspective, and have identified four key lessons.

How FedEx is Reducing Fuel Use and Emissions

A transportation fleet is essential to FedEx and the services it provides, so reducing its fuel consumption and the emissions from its aircraft and vehicle fleet are key areas of focus for the company, as its recently released CSR report shows.

Key Changes in Global Reporting Initiative’s G4

This is the final post in our series on the countdown to the G4. Previous iterations of the Global Reporting Initiative’s standards have been all-inclusive, encouraging reporters to report widely on their environmental, social and governance issues.  Some critics of the G3.1 and G3 standards complained that they rewarded breadth over depth by categorizing reports into three … Continued

Women in CSR: Ginny Cassidy, Medtronic

Ginny Cassidy, Program Leader, 
Collective Investment & Corporate Citizenship Strategy, Medtronic, talks about her career, inspiration and recent accomplishments in our Women in CSR series.

Detroit Public Schools Students Go Green and Save $130,000

Detroit Public Schools (DPS) launched the district’s first-ever Go Green Challenge in October 2012 as a starting point for implementation of its Sustainability Management Plan. On May 15, 2013–six months and nearly $130,000 in energy savings later–thirty-four DPS schools celebrated the close of the first year of this inaugural program at the DPS Go Green Awards Ceremony at Cass Technical High School.

Symantec Decreases Its Emissions by Four Percent from 2011

Symantec, the global leader in security, storage and systems management solutions, recently unveiled its 2012 corporate social responsibility report, which included achieving a four percent greenhouse gas emissions reduction.

H&M’s Efforts in Bangladesh Show Why We Need Systemic Change in CSR

The efforts of H&M in Bangladesh show that no matter what type of CSR a company is pursuing, whether it’s ethical, altruistic or strategic, there are inherent flaws in the current corporate responsibility system that we need to address if we want to see real changes in the business landscape.