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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Reinvention Comes Through Collaboration

To achieve net positive goals, businesses must collaborate and share their expertise, says Ian Cheshire, the Group Chief Executive of Kingfisher.

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BSR’s Bold Climate Change Commitment

BSR’s President Aron Cramer made a big commitment at this week’s conference in San Francisco. He and the BSR team are doubling down on 2 degrees Celsius, drawing a line in the sand and committing to use the power of their network to avoid breaching a global temperature rise above it. Two degrees is, of … Continued

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American Idol Kelly Clarkson Rallies Support for Fair Trade Coffee

For most Americans, our morning cup of coffee is the requisite first step before anything else that may occupy our to-do list for the day. It’s unlikely, while groping bleary-eyed for the coffee pot or the $5 bill for the local barista, that our thoughts are focused on the origins of our daily brew. In our … Continued

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Sustainability Needs a Broccoli-Style Extreme Makeover

New York Times’ Michael Moss posed a challenge to the ad agency Victors & Spoils: How would you get people to want to buy and eat more broccoli? The result was a great campaign that gave broccoli an extreme makeover this vegetable could only dream about. This made me wonder – if it can work for broccoli, could it also work for sustainability?

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Microsoft Signs Twenty Year Wind Power Agreement in Texas

Last year, Microsoft committed to become carbon neutral. The mechanism for achieving this is an internal carbon fee charged to each business group and department for the amount of carbon emissions associated with their operations. These fees are treated as real money so that the cost of doing business effectively gets higher, particularly for those divisions … Continued

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Greenpeace: Positive Progress Report On APP’s Forest Conservation Policy

“Our view, nine months in, is that the company is serious about its FCP plans and its key senior staff are genuinely committed to driving the delivery of these new commitments. The risk of APP again reneging on its promises appears limited at this time.” – Greenpeace. Formerly at odds, now Greenpeace is wholeheartedly supporting Asia Pulp and Paper’s efforts to fulfill its Forest Conservation Policy (FCP) goals.

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Aiming for CSR Awards Can Benefit CSR Programs

With so many demands on a sustainability professional’s time, some may question the value of preparing applications for awards programs, but the process of applying for a sustainability award can be an important stimulus to a program and the time is well spent.

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Can Fair Trade Chocolate Curb the Looming Cocoa Shortage?

First it’s wine, now it’s chocolate. What’s this world coming to? Experts are sounding the alarms: it may be all over for the American chocolate bar in just a few years. But is it true? Two sources suggest it’s all a matter of how you look at your chocolate.

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Women in CSR: Jennifer Silberman, Hilton Worldwide

Jennifer Silberman, Vice President of Corporate Responsibility, Hilton Worldwide, talks about her career, inspiration and recent accomplishments in our Women in CSR series.