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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GE Ecomagination Celebrates 10th Year, Launches Impact Partnership

I can remember when GE first came out with the Ecomagination initiative back in 2005. At the time it was considered a bold, and even somewhat risky, move to double up on its investment in clean tech and make it a strategic imperative for the company. CEO Jeffrey Immelt said there were two reasons for taking … Continued

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How to Make Scope-3 Carbon Accounting Less Scary

Truth be told, conducting a full inventory of Scope 3 (also referred to as value-chain emissions) is a significant task. But it’s not as scary as you may think, says Sustrana CEO Jennifer Anderson. She sat down with Scope-3 accounting expert Don Bain to learn more.

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Your Questions About Refurbished Electronics Answered

How much do you know about refurbished electronics? Would you buy them? Would you sell your company’s old equipment? Let’s take a look at some common questions people have about “refurb” products.

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SPECIAL SERIES: The Problem with Food Waste

Food Waste Numbers Improve, Slowly

The Natural Resources Defense Counsel shocked the nation in 2012 when it released its report, ‘Wasted: How America is Losing Up to 40 Percent of its Food from Farm to Fork to Landfill.’ How could we actually waste such a large amount of food, and have so little national awareness of the issue? Three years later, TriplePundit spoke with Dana Gunders, the author of the report, to find out what has changed.

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As Droughts Worsen, Food Companies Take Action on Water Risk

Food companies are feeling the pinch from worsening droughts in the U.S. Southwest, Australia and beyond. Firms like Cargill and Unilever reported drought-related losses over the past fiscal year. Yes, water risk is a pressing issue — and investors are demanding to know more about how food companies plan to tackle it. Now, six brands are stepping up to the plate.

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Ford Turns to the Gecko to Solve Its Stickiest Recycling Problem

The automaker Ford Motor Co. is turning to biomimicry to solve a challenge that stands in the way of its recycling efforts. It’s looking to the tiny gecko, which has sticky pads and the ability to support as much as 390 pounds with its grip, to answer the question.

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States Sue on Behalf of Big Coal to Stop the Clean Power Plan

Coal companies, which pollute our environment and destroy our mountains without paying the true costs of their impact on our planet, want to continue polluting for free. And they’re pushing 24 states to sue the Environmental Protection Agency and stop President Obama’s plan.

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CSR After the Volkswagen Scandal

In the weeks following the Volkswagen emissions scandal, critics have been queuing up to slam the whole concept of corporate social responsibility (CSR) as a “dangerous racket” built on false promises and unreliable self-assessment. But despite the criticism, CSR matters more than ever. Volkswagen illustrates that all companies must strive to avoid a gap between communications and performance.

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How to Tell Stories That Enhance Your Brand

If you are a corporate responsibility communicator, “you are your CFO’s best friend. Because 30 percent of a company’s stock value is intangible; it is the g-word: goodwill.” FedEx and Southwest share examples of how to tell a story to boost your brand.

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Campbell Soup and Smithfield Dish Out Transparency

What’s in my SpaghettiOs? Should I assume there’s no dog in my hot dog? We all want to know what’s buried in the food we eat. We also want to know about the welfare of any animals involved in the process. Sadly, food companies haven’t always been transparent, but Campbell Soup and Smithfield are plodding along toward the goal of complete transparency. Here are some of their recent initiatives and stances.

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Ben & Jerry’s CEO: How to Get Your Social Impact Game On

If you ever want to one-up someone in a conversation about corporate social responsibility, all you have to do is toss in the words “Unilever” or “Paul Polman,” and it’s over. But you know what would even be an even bigger win? Becoming a company like Unilever or a CEO like Polman. So, I interviewed the CEO of everyone’s favorite Unilever brand, Ben & Jerry’s. Part man, part dessert god, Jostein Solheim shares how to integrate social good into your business model, measure impact and recruit more brand fans.

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Exxon Could be Guilty of Big-Tobacco Racketeering

Tobacco is, ironically, bringing Exxon closer to an investigation. A former Department of Justice lawyer has alluded to a parallel between the racketeering investigations against cigarette companies in 2006, and the discovery that Exxon knew decades ago that climate change would be exacerbated by the company’s carbon emissions. Meanwhile, the Heartland Institute put out an op-ed charging that this is all a political maneuver being used by Bernie Sanders to win the presidency. Nothing, however, is said about the fact that Sanders is only one of the many calling for an investigation of Exxon.

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The Quick & Dirty: Climate Change — Rinse and Repeat

When it comes to climate change negotiations, we’ve been repeating the same thing since 2009: We have the science to show we need to do something serious right now, but treat it like fiction when it comes to the actual agreement and commitments. Rinse and repeat. The life of climate change. Loud voices make big claims, but nothing will happen to slow down what is killing us.