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.

Ikea (Almost) Goes to Mars

Ikea sent some of its designers to the Mars Desert Research Station in Utah in an attempt to inspire new design innovations.

Businesses Move from “License to Operate” to “License to Thrive”

The federal withdrawal from the Paris accord is putting companies in the spotlight. Who will step up? The ownership of responsibility is shifting away from “license to operate,” in which companies seek the passive acceptance of communities, toward “license to thrive,” where companies actively partner with communities to address critical challenges.

Paint the Town Green: Greenwashing Still Alive and Well

A 2010 analysis of nearly 5,300 home and family products found that 95 percent made problematic green claims. Daniel Daggett from SealedAir explains why this is problematic for the product manufacturers.

A U.S. Carbon Club to Meet Paris Commitment — Without the Feds

Oregon-based nonprofit calls for establishment of U.S. Carbon Club to meet Paris commitment. The bold effort of a carbon club will advance the U.S. towards its Paris goals, put a price on carbon nationally, and stimulate climate-friendly projects.

Kabul Bombing Claims Over 30 Employees of Telecomm B Corp

A telecommunications company in Afghanistan that is also a leading global B Corp, Roshan, is seeking assistance after over 30 of its employees were killed in a bombing last week. Ironically, one of Roshan’s service is its specialization in telecomms repair needed after similar bombings occur.

NPR and Starbucks: Polarizing Brands that Still Succeed

The brand consultancy Enso ranked 150 top U.S. brands, and found Starbucks and NPR to be the most “polarizing.” Yet both organizations have shown that they can be controversial, popular and successful.

There Are Climate Change Refugees in the U.S. Right Now

The time for those climate change relocations we’ve speculated about is here, folks. Three communities on opposite ends of the country explore how to weather the expensive challenges of being “climate change refugees.” And interestingly, each has a different challenge and a different answer to the problem.

Rainforest Alliance and Europe’s UTZ Announce Merger

Rainforest Alliance and UTZ have announced they will merge by the end of this year. The new Rainforest Alliance will eliminate double certifications and aims to expand more responsible and sustainable farming worldwide.

Breaking: American Solar Direct Files for Bankruptcy

Yet another home solar installer has bit the dust. This one, however, has analysts scratching their heads. Why did American Solar Direct simply fall off the grid long before it quietly filed for bankruptcy? And what’s with all of the failed home solar companies? We talk to one homeowner hit by the failure and a solar expert to get a picture of how players in a booming industry may be missing the cue when it comes to sustainability.

21 Percent of Palm Oil Now Responsibly Sourced

The RSPO recently announced that 21 percent of the world’s palm oil supply is now certified as sustainably sourced. NGOs reply, however, that there is still plenty of room for improvement.

Unilever’s Sustainable Food Manifesto

The way we produce, manufacture and distribute food must change, says Unilever, if we are going to meet critical 2050 targets to ensure everyone on the planet has nutritional food. To increase dialogue and innovation in that quarter, Unilever is launching a new manifesto, calling for companies big and small, to take initiative in changing the way we address the world’s need for adequate food.