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.

After a visit to Patagonia's headquarters in Ventura, California, one special employee stuck out. He not only represented the brand, but also underscored how important engaged employees are to a sustainable company.

Patagonia: The Incomparable Authentic Brand

Authenticity is the brand term du jour. When you look past all the hype, it just comes down to creating a company that attracts people who personify your brand.

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4 Reasons a National Methane Policy is Good for Business

After months of anticipation, the Obama administration last month released its new methane emissions strategy. Here are four reasons the new methane emissions strategy is a boon, rather than bane, for America’s $1.2-trillion oil and gas sector.

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Keurig Helps Farmers Cope with ‘Coffee Rust’

Climate change and other factors have made the recent outbreak of La Roya, or “coffee leaf rust,” particularly devastating. What is the industry doing to support small-holder farmers?

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MillerCoors Adds Solar Power to the Brew

MillerCoors is now a step closer to its energy reduction goals, with the announcement of a 3.2-megawatt solar array completed at its Irwindale, California, brewery.

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Corporate Sustainability Practices for Small Manufacturing Firms

What is corporate sustainability for small- to medium-sized manufacturing enterprises? A report by Vestal Tutterow, of the Virginia Tech Executive Master of Natural Resources (XMNR) program, explores the gaps and challenges.

As of October 2014, more than 3.3 billion square feet of building space were LEED certified. This achievement was only possible because leading businesses came together to drive change with measurable results.

Signed, Sealed, Committed: Why We Signed the Ceres Climate Declaration

A signature seals a deal, backs a promise and commits you to action. Whether signing a receipt at a restaurant or closing on the mortgage of a new home, your signature is your bond. The commitment and responsibility connoted by a signature has been on the forefront of my mind since my company, Andersen Corp., signed on to the Climate Declaration.

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The Key to Marketing Sustainability: Make It Sexy

We need to get sustainability out of the goodness ghetto. We need to make it sexy. Not underwear-model sexy, but magnetically attractive sexy — cool, fun, desirable. The HELIX code (Humor, Emotion or Empathy, Looks, Intelligence and the X factor) can get us there.

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A Sustainable Supply Chain “Race to the Top”

Levi Strauss & Co. is hoping that, by incentivizing its worldwide web of suppliers to operate more responsibly, it can create what it is calling a sustainability “race to the top” in its supply chain.

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New Investment Fund Finds Promising Startups in Sustainable Fish Farming

This week, a new investment fund focused exclusively on sustainable aquaculture announced its first two investments. Aqua-Spark, which launched in 2013 and has since raised $10 million, will award capital to an American feed company and a fish farm based in Mozambique.

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BP: Back in the Picture

Elaine Cohen recently navigated to BP’s sustainability and reporting site after several years of not paying close attention. The corporate social responsibility expert was pleasantly surprised.