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 Recycling Industry is Losing Money — and Fast

Waste Management and other leading recycling companies recently admitted that more than 2,000 towns and cities are paying to dispose of their recyclables. The Houston-based company has pointed to closures for the temporary solution, with 1 in 10 of its biggest recycling facilities shut down as a result of the losses.

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The United Nations Invites You to ‘Lever Up’ Your Social Impact

The United Nations recently gave a preview of its global goals for 2030, slated to be formally unveiled at their Social Good Summit in September. At the annual Cause Marketing Forum, U.N. Foundation’s Aaron Sherinian laid out 17 (wow!) global goals.

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Sustainability Reporting: From Routine to Strategic

The last 20 years has seen a massive explosion in the number of non-financial reports being produced. But who actually reads them? What difference do they really make? This article will show you how to take the reporting process from routine to strategic, exploring why and how some companies are moving away from the status quo of tried-and-tested, technical reports to using reporting as a strategic means of connecting with audiences.

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6 Solutions to the Water Shortage Crisis

When faced with a crisis, history shows us that humanity has an amazing ability to conquer it resourcefully, and that’s exactly what many environmental innovators are seeking to do by introducing new technology that helps businesses and individuals alike cut down on their water usage without compromising their quality of life.

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Sustainability & Innovation: Arlan Peters, Nozozymes

At SB15, we asked how innovation may or may not drive advancements in sustainability. We got a terrific range of responses, which we’ve got documented in a series of short video interviews.

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Why Kickstarter Should Come With a Warning

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission recently settled a case against Erik Chevalier, who started a Kickstarter campaign to produce a board game. Chevalier never completed the project, despite rising over $122,000, and never issue a refund to backers.

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General Mills Releases First Public Policy Statement On Human Rights

General Mills announced its human rights policy earlier this month. Although the policy does not contain anything new, it is the first time the company has released a public statement on the topic. We spoke with Catherine Gunsbury, director of sustainability and transparency for General Mills, to learn more.

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Want to Create Real Change? Start By Making Sustainability Cool

Futerra recently co-published a guide for Selling Sustainability, offering a framework for marketers struggling with the challenge of making sustainability desirable. That’s nice and all. But as Raz Godelnik recently asked in a post on TriplePundit, is this the answer? Futerra responds in this 3p op/ed.

Are your employees this excited to come to work? If not, maybe you should try these five tips.

5 Steps to Create Meaning and Purpose at Your Company

Often I hear people say, “Oh, I wish I did something meaningful like you do, helping the world.” Working in philanthropy is a wonderful way to serve. But social workers, teachers or philanthropists don’t corner the market on meaning. If you want to create meaning and a core purpose at your company, here are the top five inspiring — and practical — steps.

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How Childhood Play Fosters the Creative Workforce of Tomorrow

There is a critical connection between play and 21st-century skills like creativity, problem-solving and collaboration. When corporate employees volunteer to build playgrounds in their communities, they might just be participating in long range workforce development.

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Interfaith Power & Light Gets a Charge from Pope’s Encyclical

Bridging political and economic divides as well as religious faiths, Interfaith Power & Light sees Pope Francis’s climate change encyclical as a powerful call for stronger climate change action and greater renewable energy use. 3p spoke with IPL president and founder, Rev. Canon Sally Bingham, about the Pope’s message and its possible ramifications.

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First Green’s ‘Regenerative Banking’ Reaches Beyond Sustainability

First Green Bank is employing a new business model in building a community-focused “green” bank in the heart of Florida. The winner of Ernst & Young’s 2015 “Entrepreneur of the Year” award, CEO Ken LaRoe and First Green’s bankers are intent on going beyond sustainability to regenerate central Florida environmentally and socially, as well as economically.

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Hormel Cuts Coal Emissions in China Plant

Beijing’s notorious air pollution problem stems not only from the city’s 5 million cars, but also from extensive coal use. Sustainability was the leading driver that prompted the Hormel Foods Beijing plant to replace its coal boiler with a cleaner natural gas-fired boiler. The switch was integral to meeting Hormel’s corporate goal of cutting emissions by 45 percent.