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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Jay-Z’s Got 99 Problems, But Prop 47 Aint One

If approved, Prop 47, known as the Reduced Penalties for Some Crimes Initiative, will reduce the penalty for most nonviolent crimes from a felony to a misdemeanor and direct the money saved from incarcerating fewer individuals — estimated to be between $150 million and $250 million each year — to a Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Fund.

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Community Engagement in the Gaming Industry

Gambling is fun – the rush, the bright colors, the chance to press your luck and win big money. But let’s be honest. Vegas is synonymous with excess – cash, sex, fashion, food and booze, which isn’t exactly sustainable.

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A Millennial’s Letter to Financial Services Industry

As millennials we want our work to have meaning for ourselves and the world, and we place a higher value on consumer goods that have some sort of beneficial social or environmental impact. Although we are generally more conservative in our investment decisions than previous generations (can you blame us?), we are willing to take on more financial risk if it increases exposure to ESG impact.

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3p Weekend: 10 Companies That Stand for LGBT Equality

As marriage equality legislation makes its way through courtrooms across the country, it’s clear that equality will soon be the norm rather than the exception. While some companies still hang on walls of shame across the blogosphere for their persistent opposition to LGBT equality, an ever-growing list of forward-thinking firms are turning up the volume in their support for diversity.

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Coal Companies Accused of Shortchanging Taxpayers on Export Royalties

It may come as a surprise to learn that much of the coal that is mined in this country is mined under lease arrangement on federal land. Because this land belongs to the American people, its commercial uses should be generating revenue to help offset taxes, in the form of rents and royalties. It does indeed do so, though some have questioned whether the amounts collected represent the true market value of the coal, or if, in fact, artificially low prices are not only depriving the American people of fair revenues, but also encouraging more coal mining and coal burning than might otherwise occur if the coal were priced fairly.

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VW Covers Sustainability Bases with Ultra Low-Carbon e-Golf

VW has elaborated the most complete vision yet of ultra low-carbon personal transportation with the introduction of the 2015 e-Golf. Besides funding conservation projects through the purchase of carbon offset credits, e-Golf ownership offers a home EV charging solution, access to a nationwide network of EV charging stations, and preferential terms on the purchase of a home solar-energy storage system.

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Millennials are Changing the Investment Conversation

Amidst all the talk about the trillions of dollars in wealth transfer and flood of stats coming out about millennials, I thought I’d spend some time talking about what I see millennial investors doing as it relates to investing. I do so from my role at Calvert Foundation, working with investors, their financial advisors, their brokerage firms, and the entrepreneurs and organizations creating local solutions in their communities.

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Redefining Gross Domestic Product to Account for Sustainability

GDP doesn’t actually tell us much about the value of natural capital, like clean air or healthy forests. Such natural goods and services, despite their great economic contributions, are largely viewed as free. We need a better metric that accounts for not only monetized economic wealth but, more importantly, includes vital environmental and social factors.

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Recycling is Built Into Bacardi

Recycling old materials is built into Bacardi Limited, the largest privately held spirits company in the world, and is part of the company’s history. Bacardi founder, Don Facundo Bacardi Masso, opened his first distillery in 1862, and repurposing old whiskey barrels was part of his original plan.