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.

Little Bets Can Have Big Impact in Corporate Philanthropy

In his book “Little Bets: How Breakthrough Ideas Emerge from Small Discoveries,” Charles Sims says these little bets — experimental, iterative, trial-and-error approaches — can gradually build up to a breakthrough. We’ve seen this approach achieve big results in business, science, technology and even entertainment, so why not philanthropy? Two execs from the AT&T Foundation take a closer look.

A Look Back: The Evolution of LCA and Life Cycle Impact Assessment

Although life cycle assessment is a new concept for many outside the sustainability community, it has a remarkably long history. Here’s a brief look at the evolution of LCA and LCIA, and the ongoing intellectual investment and refinement that make them such powerful tools today.

BP’s Failed Attempt to Go ‘Beyond Petroleum’

In an excerpt from his new book, Lord John Browne, former CEO of BP, explains the thought process behind the “Beyond Petroleum” campaign and why it didn’t work. The book covers his learnings from almost 30 years in the oil business.

Theranos, 23andMe and Zenefits: Why Medical Startups are Still Struggling

Innovative medical companies with the potential to transform the country’s healthcare system are itching to take advantage of Silicon Valley’s startup incubators. But are the healthcare system and government regulators ready for them? We examine three “unicorns” that shook up the healthcare market — and almost lost everything in the process.

Foreign-Owned Farms Could Cause Instability Across Africa

According to researchers at a Swedish university, foreign companies have already leased about 3 percent of land in Africa, which could have a long-term impact on communities as competition for resources such as water increase.

How a New Multi-Stakeholder Partnership Can Help Haitian Kids

Through partnerships with Timberland, HP, Team Tassy and ACOP (the Plastic Collectors Association), sustainable fabric manufacturer Thread plans to help improve the lives of about 300 Haitians, 200 of whom are children.