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.

The ‘Metro Cable, Linea K' cable car in Colombia stretches 2 kilometers (1.2 miles) into the neighborhood of Santo Domingo -- creating a link directly from the city center into one of the city’s poorest areas.

Investor Ready Cities: From London to Rio de Janeiro

Yesterday, we went over a few success stories told in timely and valuable report from Siemens, PwC and Berwin Leighton Paisner. Here are three more inspiring snapshots that tell the story of cities moving towards a more sustainable future.

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StEP Initiative is Turning e-Waste Into an e-Resource

Posing a threat to health and ecosystems, urban mining of e-waste and cradle-to-cradle product life cycles could turn threat into opportunity. In partnership with a range of public and private sector e-waste experts, the UN University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability’s Solving the E-waste Program (StEP) recently held a training seminar in the Latin America-Caribbean region.

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Department of Commerce Widens Scope of Chinese Solar Import Duties

Aiming to close a loophole that Chinese silicon PV manufacturers have been exploiting, the Commerce Dept. issued preliminary countervailing duties from 18.56 percent to 35.21 percent on imports from Chinese manufacturers producing or assembling products via third-party countries.

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Corporate Activism on Display Against 3M at the Sustainable Brands Conference

At this week’s Sustainable Brands conference in San Diego, thousands of socially minded business leaders got a special taste of what the new activist climate can mean. Set against a backdrop of a pristine marina, ForestEthics waged a 3-day campaign against 3M, a major sponsor at the event.

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What If . . . Business Was Bio-inspired?

This week’s Sustainable Brands conference brings together some of the world’s most influential companies, to ask “what if…?” How are ants so efficient? Do they have a business plan? If not, why should we?

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3p Interview from #SB14sd: PwC on Resilience and Total Impact Measurement

Resilience to climate change and resource constraints was a trending topic at the 2014 Sustainable Brands conference in San Diego. In one of the many discussions on the issue, PwC led a panel on ‘building good growth’ in a brand by using breakthrough techniques like natural capital management and total impact measurement. I sat down with panelists Clinton Moloney and Amy Longsworth of PwC after the discussion to find out more.

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Procter & Gamble Doubles Down on Sustainability

There are some big changes afoot at consumer products giant Proctor & Gamble (P&G), though with little in the way of comments from the company, it’s anybody’s guess what’s behind it.

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Greenpeace Reviews Major Food Retailers for Sustainable Seafood Purchasing

Greenpeace just issued the eighth edition of its report entitled Carting Away the Oceans. The wide-ranging report covers everything from human-rights abuses in the industry, to GMO salmon, to protecting America’s fish basket in the Bering Sea, where roughly one-half of all seafood landed in the U.S. comes from. We sat down with the report’s author for a look inside.

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San Francisco Program Provides a Roadmap for Eliminating Textile Waste

More than 25 billion pounds of textiles are discarded in the U.S. annually, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which equates to about 70 pounds per person, per year. But San Francisco is out to change all that through a partnership with closed loop textile recycler I:CO.