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.

2014

A Year in CSR: The Top 10 Trends of 2014

2014 was a landmark year for CSR. In the past 365 days we saw more than 2.4 million people willingly douse themselves in ice-cold water, a football stadium-sized clothing recycling effort and ketchup turned into cars. As the year comes to a close, Cone Communications has evaluated a year’s-worth of CSR tracking to share the top 10 trends of 2014.

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The Avian Flu: The Low-Down for the New Year

British Columbia, Canada, Washington state and now Oregon — it’s been a breathtaking few weeks for the ag industry, as it wrestles with the implications of avian flu infections. Here’s our short overview of what’s happened this month and what it may mean for the poultry industry – and the consumer – next year.

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5 Innovators That Transformed the Climate Change Battle in 2014

Climate change warriors come in all sizes this year. From inspired scientists to committed corporations that see another way to track and minimize climate change and carbon footprints — the numbers of innovators that took up the challenge this year far exceeds our room for print. So, we’ve picked five of the most interesting. Judging from these accomplishments, 2015 should be a very interesting year.

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Has the Global Trade Engine Stalled?

Global trade may have reached its peak, and some economist are suggesting peak trade is why we’ve had a sluggish economic recovery.

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PG&E Smart Grid Lab Tests Battery Storage

Leading private- and public-sector energy players are joining to install and test a grid-scale battery storage system at PG&E’s Smart Grid Lab. Eos Energy Storage’s Aurora advanced battery storage technology will be at the test system’s core.

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Manufacture NY: The New Model for Sustainable Innovation

New York City’s apparel manufacturing sector is about to get a makeover: To reignite local fashion manufacturing and spur economic development, the city recently announced it will invest $3.5 million to help launch the fashion incubator Manufacture New York, a co-location center with sustainability in its DNA.

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Western New York: 2030

Western New York in 2030: People are realizing that intangibles, like the richness of one’s social network, meaningful employment and the depth of sharing, are far stronger drivers of happiness and well-being than material wealth.

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How Toms Shoes and Warby Parker Give Differently

Companies typically execute one of two corporate social responsibility strategies: vertical or horizontal. Find out how Toms Shoes and Warby Parker use these two giving strategies to make a difference.