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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Sustainability at PepsiCo Generated $375 Million in Cost Savings

PepsiCo’s recent claim that since 2010, it has reaped $375 million in savings due to its sustainability initiatives, is encouraging news. Improved water efficiency, packaging efficiency and waste diversion are amongst the reasons PepsiCo has been able to reduce its expenses the past several years.

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The Sustainable Development Goals Need a Can-Do Attitude

Global Reporting Initiative’s Deputy Chief pushes back on all the Sustainable Development Goal pessimism that passed around last week. She sees hope, opportunity and a technical path forward, all outlined here.

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Closed Loop Fund Reveals First Recycling Investments, But Will There Be Impact?

The Closed Loop Fund announced the first three investments that it claims will increase recycling rates and reduce the annual $5 billion that cash-strapped cities and counties currently spend on trash collection and landfills. But some critics are not buying into what companies such as Walmart and P&G say is a bold initiative to divert waste from America’s landfills.

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Do You Know Your Soy Footprint?

The Paris-based Consumer Goods Forum (CGF), an international coalition of retailers and consumer goods manufacturers, says it is taking steps to solve the problems of soy and deforestation–hence, we may soon start hearing about a “soy footprint.”

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Zero to 100: Companies Double-Down on Climate Action

Adding to the growing momentum at Climate Week, five global companies pledged to achieve net zero emissions by 2050. It’s a goal they call bold but necessary if we are to limit temperature rise to 2 degrees Celsius.

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How Two Dogged Clean Air Sleuths Exposed Massive VW Deceit

Two eco-experts smelled a rat – actually, nitrogen oxide, a sugary-smelling but dangerous air pollutant – belching out of Volkswagen diesel engines made for the European market. Here’s how it all went down.

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Voluntary Mechanisms to Mandatory Action

The $250 trillion firepower of the world’s capital markets needs actionable information to decarbonize their portfolios. Regulators need to make this mandatory.

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Global Fossil Fuel Divestment Assets Reach $2.6 Trillion

Yesterday’s announcement at Climate Week NYC by Divest-Invest blows the lid off last year’s goals to urge companies, organizations and private investors to divest from fossil fuels. Conservative estimates were aimed at tripling last year’s divestment numbers of $50 billion. This year’s divestment of $2.6 trillion is 50 times last year’s record.

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VW Scandal Exposes What Has Gone Awry with ‘CSR’

Those indulging in Schadenfreude over VW’s woes need to take a step back and see the ramifications of this embarrassing ‘defeat device’ snafu. It will reverberate within the automotive industry, the German economy and the corporate responsibility movement as well.

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NGO: 45 Percent of Corporations Obstruct Climate Change Policy

Corporate influence over the climate change debate and policy process is often cited as a key reason for the relatively slow progress of both the U.N. COP process and national-level climate legislation, nonprofit NGO InfluenceMap noted. According to the group, nearly half of the world’s 100 largest companies engage in tactics to obstruct climate change action.