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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The Quick & Dirty: We Are The 1 Percent

We in sustainability or even broader strategy or communications might not all be in the financial 1 percent (but close or very fast getting there), but we are almost all part of the intellectual 1 percent. That 1 percent who believe we see all the problems of the world very clearly and the answers almost as clearly.

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Climate Kids Challenge Federal Government

A federal judge in Oregon is deciding whether a group of children have the right to take the federal government to court over climate change and hold leaders accountable for squandering natural resources, including clean water and air.

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Arizona CEO: Benefit Corporation ‘A Big Competitive Advantage’

“We regularly get calls from highly qualified job applicants who have heard about us and want to work for us,” says Adam Goodman, the third-generation owner of Goodmans Interior Structures. “They don’t even know if we’re hiring. They just want to be part of what we’re doing”

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7 Ways Companies Can Engage Remote Employees in CSR Programs

In a way, when companies act responsibly and give back to their communities, they’re setting off a positive chain reaction much like smiling and waving at a neighbor. How do you get people who aren’t in the vicinity in on the positivity?

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Energy Storage Takes Off

A new report from GreenTechMedia finds that energy storage capacity in the United States grew an astounding 243 percent last year – another sign that the clean-energy revolution is here and now.

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International Giving: Challenges and Solutions

A panel of experts from the international giving and volunteering space detail challenges companies face when launching and expanding giving programs — and solutions that can be employed to make it work.

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Grocery Manufacturers of America Found Guilty of Money Laundering in GMO Campaign

A Washington state court ruled in a recent summary judgment that when the Grocery Manufacturers Association tried to conceal the identity of contributors to anti-GMO political campaign in 2013, it broke the state’s strict campaign finance laws. The question that is about to come before the court is whether the GMA intentionally broke the law in an effort to deceive voters. If so, in accordance with Washington’s campaign finance laws, the organization and its 300 member companies will pay some steep fines.

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Forced Labor Continues in Uzbek, Turkmen Cotton Fields

Once again this year, the government of Uzbekistan forcibly mobilized its citizens to the cotton fields to prepare carry out the 2015 harvest of the country’s “white gold.” Worse still, according to the Cotton Campaign and other observers, the forced labor practices of Uzbekistan are now being employed by the government in neighboring Turkmenistan as well.