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.

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Mobility in a Net-Zero World

Prominent thought leaders discuss autonomous vehicles, smart cities and mobility in a net-zero world.

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People, Profits and Pounds in the American Candy Market

From a health and sustainability perspective, the problem isn’t with having a sweet treat now and then. It’s with the artificial ingredients found in most mass-produced candy and the quantity that people are eating.

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The Global Effort to Make Beef More Sustainable

Oft maligned for its hefty environmental impact, the beef industry is finally taking notice of the shifting marketplace. Companies across the value chain formed a coalition, the Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef, to improve sustainability — but many advocates aren’t buying it. To learn more about the organization’s aims and the future of the beef industry, 3p spoke with its new executive director, Ruaraidh Petre.

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The Business Sector Needs to Act on the Global Water Shortage

Approximately 700 million people suffer from water scarcity, and researchers estimate the situation will only grow worse. It’s vital for businesses to not only step up as water stewards, but indeed to push the envelope. Internal water targets are a step in the right direction, but they can set too low a bar.

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Unilever’s Toxic, 15-Year Legacy in India

Unilever likes to paint itself as the model corporate citizen. But when the media spotlight is off, the company reverts to using its power to skirt responsibility for its actions. That’s how it avoided cleaning up the toxic remnants of a former thermometer factory in Kodaikanal, South India, for 15 years.

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A Peek Into the Future of Mobility

A recent event hosted by Shell gathered leaders from across the mobility sector — from academics to auto industry execs — for a conversation on the future of transportation.

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When Creating Shared Value Causes Value Destruction: The Case of Nespresso

Earlier this year, the city-state of Hamburg, Germany banned the purchase of products that are hard to recycle or create unnecessary pollution, including coffee capsules. Antonio Vives takes a closer look in light of the controversy between the creating shared value (CSV) and corporate social responsibility (CSR) strategies.

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Our Crumbling Infrastructure

Our national and state roads, dams, bridges, and airports are in such disrepair that they’ve even garnered the attention of this year’s presidential candidates. Yet none seem to have a comprehensive answer as to how to come up with the $3 trillion that engineers say it will take to upgrade our national infrastructure. The problem, says author Parag Khanna, isn’t that it can’t be done, but that we aren’t thinking big enough.

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Report: C-Suites and Board Rooms Still Lacking in Women

In 2015, the share of incoming female CEOs fell to 2.8 percent, the lowest since 2011. In North America, the news is even worse news — where only one of 87 CEO slots to vacate last year was filled by a woman.

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Timberland Announces Bold Sustainability Goals for 2020

Timberland sets long-term goals every five years and just announced its agenda leading to 2020. The mantra is 100 percent . . . as much as possible within its supply chain. We spoke with Colleen Vien, Timberland’s director of sustainability, to find out more.

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As Corporations Fade, A Search For What’s Next

Many publicly-traded corporations are like dinosaurs, says author Gerald Davis. They cannot keep up with changes in hiring, sourcing and technology. They are becoming obsolete, he argues, and it’s time to think about what’s next.

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SPECIAL SERIES: Fostering Diversity and Purpose at Work

Businesses Grow By Turning Disability into Accessibility

Accessibility is no longer defined by the concrete ramp that leads up to your office door. It’s defined by how your business represents and reflects the society outside its doors. A growing number of businesses are embracing that recognition, including PwC. The tax and consulting firm is leading the charge to ensure that accessibility and inclusiveness aren’t just workplace policies, but the very platform on which its growth is built.

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A Year After Quake, Relief Efforts Continue in Nepal

As nonprofits and governments go back and forth on how best to rebuild affected communities, the need emerges for the private sector step in and fill the gaps. REI Adventures provides a case study on public-private partnership in the wake of disaster.