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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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.

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Why This Top College Apparel Company Pays Living Wages

In an industry that manufactures most of its apparel in developing countries at unlivable wages, Alta Gracia Apparel – a clothing factory in the Dominican Republic that pays employees 300 percent above the legal minimum wage – is a one-of-a-kind social enterprise.

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Marketing for Good: The (Often Overlooked) Power of Design

Good design makes complicated things simple. Great design does it while inspiring us. Think of the first time you spun an iPod thumb wheel and realized you wouldn’t need instructions to figure this thing out. These experiences stop us in our tracks with the realization there are smart people out there using their powers for good.

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A Metamorphosis in Our Midst

Economic and cultural shifts are metamorphosing our prevalent paradigm into something as different in look and feel as a butterfly is from a caterpillar.

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Telecoms, Data Center Trends Heighten Climate Risks, Vulnerability

Climate risks and vulnerability across telecoms, data centers and critical ICT supply chains are poorly understood. Recent trends in which companies are sharing IT resources — such as PaaS and IaaS — are compounding the risks, a report for the GSA concludes.