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.

21 Percent of Palm Oil Now Responsibly Sourced

The RSPO recently announced that 21 percent of the world’s palm oil supply is now certified as sustainably sourced. NGOs reply, however, that there is still plenty of room for improvement.

Unilever’s Sustainable Food Manifesto

The way we produce, manufacture and distribute food must change, says Unilever, if we are going to meet critical 2050 targets to ensure everyone on the planet has nutritional food. To increase dialogue and innovation in that quarter, Unilever is launching a new manifesto, calling for companies big and small, to take initiative in changing the way we address the world’s need for adequate food.

Center for Biological Diversity Says Border Wall Prototype Construction Illegal

President Trump’s massive border wall project has yet to start, but according to the Center for Biological Diversity, he’s already in violation of federal law (again). The administration has OK’ed the construction of “up to 20” 30-foot-tall prototypes in the critical habitat of the Otay Mesa, Calif., where one-of-a-kind species live. “Trump’s wall threatens to cut through the heart of the borderlands, among the most biologically and culturally diverse areas in North America. It will be a blight of epic proportions,” a representative explained.

Oceans: The Ultimate Common Good

This week is the Ocean Conference, the high-level United Nations Conference to support the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14 which covers ocean preservation. While NGOs and governments set the rules, Tom Szaky explains who local communities will be key actors in ocean protection.

Marks & Spencer Promises 100 New Sustainability Commitments

Marks & Spencer (M&S) has long been a first mover in the retail sector on supply chain sustainability, garment recycling and human rights. Now the venerable United Kingdom department store chain, which operates about 1,000 locations across Europe, Asia and the Middle East, says it is pushing even more boundaries. A decade after its first “Plan A” sustainability commitments, M&S is setting 100 new targets to be reached by 2025.

Now: Play Jenga With Ocean Plastic

Ten percent of the plastic refuse that ends up in the ocean comprise fishing nets. In the past, finding a way to recycle that plastic was challenging. But Pokonobe Associate, the maker of Jenga blocks, has developed a way to recycle that stringy mess for commercial products, It’s also joining companies and organizations in the effort to change the mindset when it comes to plastic refuse.

Global Shareholders to Big Oil: Address Climate Change Risk

This week ExxonMobil joined an elite group: a growing list of oil and gas companies that are under pressure by shareholders to actually talk about climate change risk in their portfolios. And despite President Donald Trump’s decision to pull the U.S. out of Paris talks and effort to roll back climate legislation, that pressure will probably continue.

SPECIAL SERIES: Your Corporate Guide to Responsible Waste Management

Tactics of Diversion: Measuring and Reporting Zero Waste Targets

Waste implies squandered resources, be they time, money or materials. Managing money and time are core competencies of any successful business. But somehow, trash and garbage have gotten a free pass.

Fortunately, that is changing. As companies embrace one form or other of “zero waste” commitments, the business-case for efficient and sustainable resource flow management is catching on.