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.

GRI Standards Push Momentum for Global Sustainable Development

On Wednesday, the GRI announced the launch of the world’s first Global Reporting Standards for sustainability reporting. These new standards give businesses large and small a common language for reporting non-financial information. They dovetail with recent global initiatives, including the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Agreement, in advancing integrated, un-siloed cooperation and transparency to … Continued

This Small Alabama Town Highlights CSR Shortcomings in Natural Gas

Residents of a small Alabama town are still complaining of foul odors eight years after a mercaptan spill at a Mobile Gas facility. Some stakeholders say mercaptan, a chemical added to natural gas to give it an odor, is nontoxic. But residents are complaining of health problems, and the company’s sluggish response highlights a trend of lax oversight.

The Case for Sourcing Beef from the Amazon

McDonald’s caught heat for its decision to once again source beef from some Amazon-based ranches in Brazil. The reversal, coming 27 years after the fast food giant said no to Amazon beef, deserves a closer look.

Certification and Eco-Labels: Alive and Kicking?

Over the last 20 years, sustainability standards have been used successfully across many industries. But now comes the hard part. All sustainability tools, including certification, need to engage late adopters, says Lara Koritzke of ISEAL Alliance.