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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Interview: Asia Pulp and Paper’s Aida Greenbury on APP’s Forest Conservation Policy

Phil Covington interviews Aida Greenbury, Managing Director, Sustainability & Stakeholder Engagement at APP after having seen the company’s plantation forests in Riau Province, on Sumatra, and after having met with the NGO organizations (including Greenpeace) that are helping the company to conduct assessments of the forest concession lands which supply the pulp wood to their paper mills.

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Business Case for Sustainability Reporting in India

While sustainability reporting remains a tool for companies to communicate their performance to stakeholders, the process itself calls for internalizing sustainability controls – to address the larger business objective of sustainable growth.

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Clorox Releases Third Annual Integrated Report

The Clorox Company, a multinational manufacturer of consumer and professional products such as bleach, recently launched its third annual integrated report, which reveals the company’s environmental goals.

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iPhone Trade-In Program Heats Up, Casting a Spotlight on Illegal Tin Sourcing

Got an old, over-used iPhone kicking around? Chances are, you won’t for long. Apple’s well-timed announcement that it would take old phones for trade-in is now being challenged by a whole slew of competitors including Walmart and Amazon. But is Apple’s answer really sustainable? It depends upon the importance of your cell phone versus the value of the environment and children’s lives.

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Mexican Court Suspends All Planting of GM Corn

Judge Jaime Eduardo Verdugo of the Twelfth Federal District Court for Civil Matters of Mexico City, ruled that GM corn posed ”the risk of imminent harm to the environment.” He ordered the Mexico’s Secretary of Agriculture to “suspend all activities involving the planting of transgenic corn in the country and end the granting of permission for experimental and pilot commercial plantings” immediately.

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Climate Earth Announces First Online Natural Capital Management System

Earlier this month, Berkeley, Calif.-based company Climate Earth unveiled a cloud-based Natural Capital Management System to enable companies to know what natural assets they depend on most, where they are being consumed, and establish processes to manage these natural assets both internally and in collaboration with suppliers.

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Certification: Building Standards for Sustainable Forests

There are numerous sustainable forestry programs these days, but they all start from the same vantage point: solid certification standards that encourage sustainable practices and a legacy of success for today’s foresters.

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Patagonia Goes Fair Trade

The outdoor apparel company makes a bold new commitment to worker protections.

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Walmart Opens First 100 Percent LED-Lit Store in Ohio

Shortly after launching a line of Great Value LED lightbulbs for less than $10 at all U.S. stores, Walmart announced last week that it will open its first 100 percent LED-lit store in South Euclid, Ohio.

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Women in CSR: Kathy Mulvany, Cisco

Kathy Mulvany, Senior Director, Corporate Affairs, Cisco, talks about her career, inspiration and recent accomplishments in our Women in CSR series.

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20 Inspiring Quotes from SXSWeco 2013

SXSWeco 2013 had business leaders, nonprofit leaders and some people who were both. Benefit corporations, municipalities, the media, disruptors and even a celebrity or two. Here are 20 inspiring quotes.