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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Big Food Battles Vermont Over GMO-Labeling Law

‘Big Food’ — as four food manufacturing associations are being called — has launched a lawsuit against Vermont in an effort to stop GMO labeling laws from going into effect. Will they win? Nothing is for certain, but this time both sides have a lot riding on the outcome.

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What Do People Want From the ISO 14001:2015 Standard?

Used in supply chains throughout the world, the International Organization of Standardization (ISO) review their standards on an ongoing basis to ensure they are still relevant and effective in a rapidly evolving world. In 2013, ISO conducted the ‘ISO 14001 Continual Improvement Survey,’ the results of which helped form the basis of a draft of the new, updated standard.

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Retailers Play Increased Role in Moving Markets Away from Toxic Chemicals

In response to market campaigns and consumer pressure, major retailers are playing an increased role in moving the market away from toxic chemicals. Target and Walmart have taken first steps to rid the supply chain from toxic chemicals, while other retailers like Walgreens have stayed silent.

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Levi’s: The Value of Jiu Jitsu Sustainability

Sustainability doesn’t have to be dry, and it’s really not about dogma, says Levi Strauss’ VP of Global Sustainability, Michael Kobori. It’s about engaging the heart. And Levi’s jiu jitsu sustainability concept proves the point.

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How International Paper Cuts Greenhouse Gas Emissions

The American Forest and Paper Association (AF&PA) has set a goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the forest products industry by 15 percent by 2020, but one of the Association’s members, International Paper, is aiming for a more ambitious target: 20 percent by 2020. And the paper and pulp company is making progress towards its objective, cutting companywide emissions by 5.8 percent last year, according to International Paper’s recently released sustainability report.

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The Race to Build a National Fleet of EV Charging Stations

Tesla isn’t the only market innovator looking to build a cross-country fleet of EV charging stations, and it’s not the largest. That title is held by Miami’s CarCharging Group, which is in the process of assimilating a string of acquisitions made during the past year and more.

Speakers share their thoughts at the U.N. Private Sector Focal Points Meeting, Africa: Advancing Partnerships & Responsible Business Leadership in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on June 10.

U.N. Global Compact Addresses Sustainable Development in Africa

The event was part of “Africa: Advancing Partnerships and Responsible Business Leadership,” a week-long conference co-sponsored by the U.N. Global Compact. Held in Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa, it aims to promote corporate social responsibility (CSR) in Africa and explore partnerships between the U.N. and the public and private sectors to advance sustainable development in the region.

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Ethical Tea Partnership, Oxfam Lead Campaign for a Living Wage

Finding systemic issues that effectively trap tea workers into earning below living wages, ETP, Oxfam and GIZ intend to improve the situation. They have launched a strategic campaign that will work to implement changes in Malawi, India, Indonesia, and Kenya.

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The Difference Between Market-Driven and Sustainable Seafood

Because of the state of the fishing industry today, small fishermen find themselves squeezed between massive international fleets and heavily depleted stocks. I spoke with two fishermen on the New England coast (on different days), who both wear multiple hats.