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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Ceres: Bumper Harvests Mask Serious Threats to U.S. Corn Production

The USDA expects a second consecutive record corn harvest in 2014, but climate change, wasteful water practices and overuse of fertilizers pose real and present threats to the sustainability of U.S. corn production, according to a Ceres report.

Corporate giving can take many forms, from staff volunteer days (like this tree-planting initiative at Yahoo!) to charitable donations. This post details five tips for getting involved.

5 Tips for Introducing a Charitable Giving Program to Your Company

However nice a corporate social responsibility initiative might sound on paper, you may find that your employees are reluctant to embrace charitable giving. They might worry company profits will be taken from other valuable areas — such as employee salaries and bonuses — or they may disagree about the best cause to support. With these concerns in mind, you need to think carefully about how you introduce the idea to your team.

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Interview: Margaret Morey-Reuner, Timberland

Nick Aster talks to Timberland’s Margaret Morey-Reuner about sustainability at TImberland. In particular we talk about the Higg Index and the sustainable apparel coalition.

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Elon Musk (Again) Demonstrates Sustainable CEO Leadership

Tesla Motors founder Elon Musk has once again demonstrated business leadership by offering a business solution to climate change. Musk’s act of leadership is to open-source his company’s invaluable intellectual property for building world-class electric cars to the global auto industry.

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3p Weekend: 10 Companies Committed to Sustainable Palm Oil

As consumers become more aware of palm oil-related deforestation, a select few companies are leading the charge and making bold commitments to sustainable sourcing. There’s still more work to be done, but this week we’re happy to give these 10 companies a well-deserved pat on the back.

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Heinz and Ford to Team Up on Rolling Green Tomatoes

In what appears to be a marriage made in heaven, Heinz was looking for an innovative way to recycle and repurpose peels, stems and seeds from the more than 2 million tons of tomatoes the company uses annually to produce its best-selling ketchup.

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A ‘How-to’ Guide for Successful Supply Chain Collaboration

Corporate sustainability strategies are evolving and it is no longer enough to get our own house in order. We must look beyond the boundaries of our own operations and consider the social and environmental impacts of the entire value chain from material sourcing through to recycling.

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Oceana: Traceability Is Key to Fighting Seafood Fraud

Seafood is one of the most popular food choices for Americans, with the United States coming in only behind China as the largest consumer of seafood in the world. What many people don’t know, however, is how complex of a path our seafood travels in the supply chain, with little to no information making it to the final point of sale.

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Raising Dough: Two Bakery Chains Drive Social Innovation

The Social Innovation Summit in NYC brings together organizations that aim to scale their social impact, such as the two large bakery chains Greyston Bakery and Panera Bread. Both are utilizing their core competencies in order to drive positive social change and community development.