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.

Crawl-Walk-Run: Gaining Sustainability Momentum

In the U.S., consumer awareness, the demand for more transparency and continued compression on margins are providing an opportunity for private brands to look at value and innovation through a different lens.

Ford the Latest Company to Dump ALEC

Last fall, Ford Motor Co. revealed it was a financial contributor to ALEC. Following backlash, this week it became the latest company to cut ties with the lobbying group.

Doctors: Microcephaly in Brazil Caused by Larvicide, Not Zika?

Brazil is facing an epidemic of the birth defect microcephaly. The government says it’s due to the Zika virus. So does the World Health Organization. But physicians in Brazil and Argentina are insisting that the answer is in the water — and due to Brazil’s controversial use of larvicide.

What Do the SDGs Mean for Your Employees?

We might have heard a lot about the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals since their launch late last year. But Marianne Hughes and GivingForce still find themselves discussing how to best apply them to business. Could the answer be through your people?

Simple, Transparent Fashion: 3 Brands to Watch

Transparency, especially in the fashion industry, seems like a vulnerable business tactic, unless, of course, you have nothing to hide. These three fashion brands make transparency their business.

H&M Wants to Revolutionize the Apparel Industry

Last week I went to Stockholm to learn more about H&M’s sustainability program. Over my three days with the company, I found its culture imbued an unusual mix of candor, understatement and delight. It’s a mix that is key to the company’s leading fashion empire: 3,900 stores and 142,000 employees. It is also key to its sustainability performance – a performance which, humbly, appears to be seriously kicking sustainability ass.

Paving the Way for a Circular Economy

We must remember that as stakeholders, we have the unique ability to create the strong pull needed to incentivize our institutions and businesses to make decisions that are tied to circular-economy principles.