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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How a Grocery Store Chain Collected Data, Saved Energy and Helped a Community

The grocery store industry has been making strides in setting and meeting sustainability goals, but Lisa Stanley, vice president of product management for the Washington, D.C.-based U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), told Grocery Headquarters that supermarkets have more work to do. This case study details an example of a grocery store doing it right.

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E-waste: The Nuts and Bolts of Why It Still Plagues our Landfills

We’re a recycling society these days. Wherever you live, chances are there’s a recycle program for a myriad of reusable items – even your electronics. But the most precious material that we use in our offices, homes and recreation still can’t be economically recycled. And it’s a looming problem for the environment, and for our evolving green economy.

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Finding the ROI of Sustainability

How can we measure the ROI of sustainability? Our series with MeterHero this summer explored that question by examining case studies of companies, organizations and communities that have successfully implemented sustainability programs. Is ROI simply a business calculation? Is the dollar value of sustainability — as defined by conventional business metrics — the best way to measure ROI? In this post, McGee Young, founder and CEO of MeterHero, shares his final thoughts on the subject.

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Dissecting the Farm-to-Table Fable

To hear some farmers tell it, the farm-to-table concept doesn’t work. There’s too much opportunity for restaurants to build on hype, and too little assurance the consumer is getting what is paid for. But one popular farm-to-table program is defying that statement, proving that farm-to-table partnerships can not only inspire consumers to come to the table, but sink valuable dollars into regional businesses as well.

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Not So Profitable: Who Lost Over $5 Billion On Fossil Fuels?

California’s largest public pension funds have lost over $5 billion on fossil fuel investments in the past fiscal year, according to a report by Trillium Asset Management. Can a new state bill provide the solution?

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Canadian Oil Sands: Lesser of Several Evils?

If Canada wants the oil sands industry to develop and thrive, and produce the economic value and benefits we all need, then we need to rethink both industry environmental regulation AND Canada’s overall approach to climate change and global environmental issues, 3p commentator Wayne Dunn argues.

If not, the industry risks losing an increasingly tenuous social license, and the Canadian economy risks losing tens of thousands of jobs and tens of billions in future investment. And the world risks trading carbon intensive energy for war, strife and human abuse intensive energy.

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Simple Ways Your Business Can Reduce Travel Emissions

Follow these simple suggestions to help your business cut down on its travel emissions. Doing so could not only boost employee morale, but also get some tax breaks for your business.

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What the State Department’s Human Trafficking Report Means for Business Supply Chains

For the first time, the State Department’s annual human trafficking report focused on forced labor in global supply chains, but controversial rankings of some countries have left some to question the integrity of the report. Kilian Moote, project director of KnowTheChain, explains what this means for businesses evaluating the risk of trafficking in their supply chains.

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Would You Wear a Pair of 100 Percent Recyclable Sneakers?

Ammo Liao has designed the Bio-Knit shoe, which eschews the multi-faceted approach taken toward the manufacturing of athletic shoes by using only one material. For both the upper and the sole, Liao uses the exact same composite.

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Why Your Sustainability Strategy Can Be Pivotal to Employee Engagement

A sense of purpose inspires confidence among employees which can translate into increased productivity, improved retention and decreased costs from reduced turnover rates, argues Elisabeth Comere, director of environment and government affairs for Tetra Pak.

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3p Weekend: 8 Unique Internships That Make Learning Fun

Internships are vital for any student thinking about their future, but choosing an internship can be tricky. They often range from the dull (think: picking up bagels for the morning meeting) to the downright exploitative (unpaid internships without college credit). But have no fear, eager employee-in-the-making. With a bit of digging, you can find an internship that provides real work experience — and a whole lot of fun.