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.

How Yum! Brands Engages Local Communities Worldwide

Yum! Brands’ executives, managers and employees have implemented many forward-thinking community programs over the years, which include addressing challenges related to education, food scarcity, literacy and community engagement.

Building an Economy Worthy of Our Affection

Small-scale innovations in the sustainable economy abound. But how can we achieve changes in the global economy at scale? Perhaps these examples can inspire us to pursue an economy worthy of our affection.

Following Controversy, Airbnb Reviews Anti-Discrimination Policy

Airbnb is doing a poor job of educating its hosts about the Fair Housing Act, prompting lawsuits, social media backlash and even a hashtag: #AirbnbWhileBlack. In response, the company pledged to conduct a “comprehensive review” of its anti-discrimination policy.

WWF: Companies Still Have a Massive Soy Footprint

WWF released its most recent soy scorecard, and based on this NGO’s analysis, companies have a lot of work to do if they truly want to improve their sustainability performance.

The Big Idea For 2016: Service

The 2016 presidential candidates have yet to mention the most powerful idea for our country. But that idea is within reach.

Corporate Offset Purchase Programs: A Primer

Companies all over the world are now using carbon offsets to meet at least a portion of their greenhouse gas reduction goals. There are many reasons these corporate entities decide to engage in the carbon offset market—with some going so far as to commit to climate neutrality or being 100 percent renewable—but for those unfamiliar with the workings of environmental markets, a basic primer may prove useful in understanding the appeal of purchasing offsets, Elizabeth Hardee of the Climate Trust.

Why Social Entrepreneurship Seems So Much Harder

Launching a startup — commercial or social — requires a herculean effort to scale and sustain. Nonetheless, three key differences make business planning for a social enterprise even more difficult.

Why Social Media and Sustainability Should Go Hand in Hand

Over the last decade, we have seen social media and sustainability play an increasingly important role in the way that businesses conduct and talk about themselves. Together they’ve helped push corporations to new levels of transparency and aligned individuals, businesses and communities around shared purpose. But for all the common benefits, many companies still haven’t quite figured out how to put the two together effectively.