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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Canadian Oil Sands: Lesser of Several Evils?

If Canada wants the oil sands industry to develop and thrive, and produce the economic value and benefits we all need, then we need to rethink both industry environmental regulation AND Canada’s overall approach to climate change and global environmental issues, 3p commentator Wayne Dunn argues.

If not, the industry risks losing an increasingly tenuous social license, and the Canadian economy risks losing tens of thousands of jobs and tens of billions in future investment. And the world risks trading carbon intensive energy for war, strife and human abuse intensive energy.

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Simple Ways Your Business Can Reduce Travel Emissions

Follow these simple suggestions to help your business cut down on its travel emissions. Doing so could not only boost employee morale, but also get some tax breaks for your business.

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What the State Department’s Human Trafficking Report Means for Business Supply Chains

For the first time, the State Department’s annual human trafficking report focused on forced labor in global supply chains, but controversial rankings of some countries have left some to question the integrity of the report. Kilian Moote, project director of KnowTheChain, explains what this means for businesses evaluating the risk of trafficking in their supply chains.

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Would You Wear a Pair of 100 Percent Recyclable Sneakers?

Ammo Liao has designed the Bio-Knit shoe, which eschews the multi-faceted approach taken toward the manufacturing of athletic shoes by using only one material. For both the upper and the sole, Liao uses the exact same composite.

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Why Your Sustainability Strategy Can Be Pivotal to Employee Engagement

A sense of purpose inspires confidence among employees which can translate into increased productivity, improved retention and decreased costs from reduced turnover rates, argues Elisabeth Comere, director of environment and government affairs for Tetra Pak.

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3p Weekend: 8 Unique Internships That Make Learning Fun

Internships are vital for any student thinking about their future, but choosing an internship can be tricky. They often range from the dull (think: picking up bagels for the morning meeting) to the downright exploitative (unpaid internships without college credit). But have no fear, eager employee-in-the-making. With a bit of digging, you can find an internship that provides real work experience — and a whole lot of fun.

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Patagonia and Wild Ideas Buffalo Team Up for Ecology

The history of the Great Northern Grasslands tells a story of heartbreak. But they also reflect an enormous ecological legacy as the home of the buffalo. Two companies say that they can help nurture that relationship and the recovery of the grasslands with a new commercial venture that offers consumers better products and the grasslands and its residents a more sustainable existence.

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Simple Steps to an Engaged Office

This post highlights four quick and easy steps to encourage a culture of involvement in your office. From regular mini-updates to plant-growing competitions, you will be sure to find at least one you believe could work. All office involvement steps in this post have been proven to be successful, so why not try them all and become a family-like office?

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How Telecommuting Helps to Balance Work and Life

The advanced communication tools that have become available over the past few decades have made it possible for people to be far more productive in their professional lives than ever before.

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How Architecture and Landscaping Can Address Sustainability Goals

Sustainability features and employee engagement priorities are reflected in Zurich North America’s new Schaumburg, Illinois, headquarters. The 40-acre campus, which broke ground this June, is set to open in fall 2016 with an anticipated high level of LEED certification.

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SolarCity’s New GivePower Foundation Brings Light to Schools in Need

It’s been going on quietly, behind the scenes, for five years now. SolarCity’s board chairman, Elon Musk, said back in 2010 that the company needed to get involved in disaster relief and to be give as it grew. Its efforts became the GivePower Foundation in 2013. This week, the foundation was granted 501(c)3 status by the IRS and is now a public charity.

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Major U.K. Bank Bans All-Male Management Shortlists

The U.K.’s financial sector, much like North America’s tech industry, is still struggling to expand gender diversity in its ranks. But Lloyds Banking Group has come up with a novel answer: It’s banned shortlists that don’t include a certain percentage of eligible women candidates and warned headhunters that their services to Lloyds may be impacted if they can’t comply with the request. Ouch!

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Uber’s Unethical Astro-Turfing: A Sign of Things to Come?

Uber turns the users of its app into a lobbying tool against New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. Even though it is a multibillion-dollar company that is far, far bigger than any taxi company (many of which are independently-operated small businesses), Uber painted itself as a victim and told users to fight back against “special interests,” despite all the evidence that the biggest special interest in this fight is … none other than Uber itself.

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Sustainable Hangers Divert Waste from Landfills

Starting next month, billions of one-use, virgin plastic hangers now going into landfills each year will be replaced by greener hangers through a shipping and retailing program. Made from 100 percent FSC-certified recycled fiberboard and soy-based inks, the innovative new hangers are are recyclable, compostable and biodegradable.