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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California Dreaming: You Can’t Have Cheap Water Forever

For the better part of a century, we’ve used reasonably static thinking: first believing in the infinite elasticity of scarce resources like cheap fresh water, and then hoping that feel-good initiatives like shorter showers create the quantum of water-smart impacts we need. California is, unfortunately, becoming perhaps our planet’s first poster-child for the outcomes of this type of uninspired thinking about water. That’s a Sigalert for a better water policy, bro.

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Ben & Jerry’s Tesla Road Trip for Climate Change

Ben & Jerry’s is criss-crossing the U.S. for its Save Our Swirled tour in a tricked-out Tesla serving free ice cream and encouraging people to get involved in the fight against climate change.

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Concentrated Solar Producer Abengoa Gets Serious about CSR

In addition to being added to the NASDAQ Clean Edge Green Energy Index, Abengoa has earned an IDB Infrastructure 360 Award for its Atacama 1 solar-storage project in Chile. Reporting on progress to date and the challenges it faces going forward, Abengoa management also sets out new targets for 2020 in its recently-released corporate social responsibility (CSR) report.

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Lionfish Jewelry: A Market Solution to an Invasive Species

The overwhelming lionfish population in the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean has become a top-tier threat to the environment, economy and sustainability efforts in countries like Belize. But nonprofits are working on a solution: In addition to encouraging people to target the lionfish for food, a new social movement is teaching women how to use the tails of the lionfish to create jewelry.

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Back to Basics: When Ben & Jerry’s Dropped rBGH

Ben & Jerry’s began in a Burlington, Vermont, gas station and is now one of the most iconic mission-driven companies in the world. But its mission didn’t always boost the bottom line. In this article, we examine the frozen treat makers’ decision to skip milk from cows treated with growth hormones.

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Ikea Partners with the UN to Provide Pop-up Shelters for Refugees

In an effort to provide better, safer and more durable homes for refugee children and their families, the Ikea Foundation in collaboration with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) launched Better Shelter, a social enterprise committed to developing innovative housing solutions for people displaced by conflict and natural disasters.

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Yum! Brands Commits to 100 Percent Responsible Palm Oil

The purveyor of KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell says it will ensure its suppliers meet guidelines set by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO). Yum! Brands’ announcement comes fresh off yet another report that showed large companies have a long way to go when it comes to sustainable palm oil.

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Etsy Takes Its Social Mission to Wall Street

The Internet is buzzing with speculation as Etsy prepares for its initial public offering. It is only the second certified B Corp to go public on Wall Street, and some in its buyer and seller community aren’t exactly excited. So, is the socially-minded online marketplace really ready for an IPO?

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3p Weekend: 5 Signs American Food is Changing For the Better

American eating habits have been the joke of the world for years. The fat, lazy American filling up on junk food and soda proved to be both a punchline and an unfortunate reality. But if recent trends are any indication, the American food industry may be changing for the better.

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McDonald’s Needs More Than a Pay Raise to Win Over Millennials

You’ve probably heard the good news, and if you didn’t let me repeat it: McDonald’s will raise wages by more than 10 percent and offer new benefits to 90,000 employees working in the 1,500 U.S. restaurants it operates. Will it help win over millennials? We have our doubts.

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Who Owns Private Prisons? Most Likely, You!

Some foundations have been criticized for investing in corrections facilities, but it is not always easy to know what is hidden in large opaque investment vehicles. In fact, anyone with broad passive exposure to the U.S. equity market through his or her pension or 401(k) plan is likely to have ownership of America’s largest private prison companies.

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California Imposes Statewide Mandatory Water Restrictions

Yesterday Gov. Jerry Brown issued an executive order that he said is necessary in order to make California drought-resistant after the lowest snowpack on record. The executive order calls for increased water conservation, increased enforcement, a streamlined state government response and investment in new water technologies.