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.

Greenpeace: Positive Progress Report On APP’s Forest Conservation Policy

“Our view, nine months in, is that the company is serious about its FCP plans and its key senior staff are genuinely committed to driving the delivery of these new commitments. The risk of APP again reneging on its promises appears limited at this time.” – Greenpeace. Formerly at odds, now Greenpeace is wholeheartedly supporting Asia Pulp and Paper’s efforts to fulfill its Forest Conservation Policy (FCP) goals.

Aiming for CSR Awards Can Benefit CSR Programs

With so many demands on a sustainability professional’s time, some may question the value of preparing applications for awards programs, but the process of applying for a sustainability award can be an important stimulus to a program and the time is well spent.

Can Fair Trade Chocolate Curb the Looming Cocoa Shortage?

First it’s wine, now it’s chocolate. What’s this world coming to? Experts are sounding the alarms: it may be all over for the American chocolate bar in just a few years. But is it true? Two sources suggest it’s all a matter of how you look at your chocolate.

Women in CSR: Jennifer Silberman, Hilton Worldwide

Jennifer Silberman, Vice President of Corporate Responsibility, Hilton Worldwide, talks about her career, inspiration and recent accomplishments in our Women in CSR series.

Social Sustainability in Sports: Tackling Gay Intolerance for Sochi 2014

The 2014 Sochi Olympics have presented a sustainability challenge for corporate sponsors. In addition to the greening of sports, the social impacts of sports are also important, and sports as a platform for greater inclusion is driving sports organizations to reexamine their responsibility to fight intolerance.

Women in CSR: Cathy Benko, Deloitte LLP

Cathy Benko, Vice Chairman and Managing Principal, Deloitte LLP, talks about her career, inspiration and recent accomplishments in our Women in CSR series.

Interview: Asia Pulp and Paper’s Aida Greenbury on APP’s Forest Conservation Policy

Phil Covington interviews Aida Greenbury, Managing Director, Sustainability & Stakeholder Engagement at APP after having seen the company’s plantation forests in Riau Province, on Sumatra, and after having met with the NGO organizations (including Greenpeace) that are helping the company to conduct assessments of the forest concession lands which supply the pulp wood to their paper mills.

Business Case for Sustainability Reporting in India

While sustainability reporting remains a tool for companies to communicate their performance to stakeholders, the process itself calls for internalizing sustainability controls – to address the larger business objective of sustainable growth.

Clorox Releases Third Annual Integrated Report

The Clorox Company, a multinational manufacturer of consumer and professional products such as bleach, recently launched its third annual integrated report, which reveals the company’s environmental goals.

iPhone Trade-In Program Heats Up, Casting a Spotlight on Illegal Tin Sourcing

Got an old, over-used iPhone kicking around? Chances are, you won’t for long. Apple’s well-timed announcement that it would take old phones for trade-in is now being challenged by a whole slew of competitors including Walmart and Amazon. But is Apple’s answer really sustainable? It depends upon the importance of your cell phone versus the value of the environment and children’s lives.

Mexican Court Suspends All Planting of GM Corn

Judge Jaime Eduardo Verdugo of the Twelfth Federal District Court for Civil Matters of Mexico City, ruled that GM corn posed ”the risk of imminent harm to the environment.” He ordered the Mexico’s Secretary of Agriculture to “suspend all activities involving the planting of transgenic corn in the country and end the granting of permission for experimental and pilot commercial plantings” immediately.

Climate Earth Announces First Online Natural Capital Management System

Earlier this month, Berkeley, Calif.-based company Climate Earth unveiled a cloud-based Natural Capital Management System to enable companies to know what natural assets they depend on most, where they are being consumed, and establish processes to manage these natural assets both internally and in collaboration with suppliers.