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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Fiat-Chrysler’s ‘Blue Album’ Charts Path to Sustainability

As its 2013 report shows, the multinational automaker is taking social and environmental sustainability very seriously. Over 300,000 people are involved in Fiat-Chrsyler’s sustainability initiatives worldwide. In 2013, group companies reused 99 percent of the water they required and reduced energy consumption a massive 730 gigawatt-hours, and have cut carbon emissions 15 percent over the past four years. And thinking about mobility, transportation and sustainability is also having an impact on engine and vehicle design.

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Women in CSR: Andrea Learned, Learned On

Andrea Learned, thought leadership and business development consultant, Learned On, talks about her career, inspiration and recent accomplishments in our Women in CSR series.

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‘Fair Play': Adidas Reports Progress Across Four Pillars of Sustainability

The Adidas Group has long been recognized for its leadership when it comes to corporate social and environmental responsibility and sustainability. Framing its ongoing initiatives within the context of four pillars — People, Product, Planet and Partnerships — Adidas takes a new approach to sustainability reporting in its “Sustainability Progress Report 2013.”

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Strategic Sustainability: Five Steps to Create Abundance

If you experience discord between the importance of sustainability to your business and the seemingly haphazard efforts to implement sustainable initiatives, you are not alone. The Abundance Cycle bridges the gap and makes sustainability strategic. With the Abundance Cycle and a five-step process, companies can innovate to simultaneously create abundance for shareholders, society and the environment.

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Grassroots ‘Solarize’ Campaigns Spread Across the U.S.

U.S. PV manufacturers are looking to expand in emerging solar states by participating in community-led “Solarize” campaigns. The U.S.’ largest PV manufacturer for many years, SolarWorld Industries America is supplying high-performance solar PV panels made here in the U.S. to two newly launched community solar programs, one in Charlotte and the other in Salt Lake City.

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Is H&M Serious About Making Fashion Sustainable?

A couple of weeks ago, H&M released its 2013 sustainability report. We took a look inside to find out whether the company is serious about making fashion sustainable.

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Coke, Timberland Reduce Manufacturing Costs With Product Sustainability

Sustainability skeptics often claim that companies invest in product sustainability primarily to “look good” in the eyes of consumers. To them, sustainability is just another form of brand marketing. But they are wrong, according to a new report by sustainability consulting firm Pure Strategies. Companies that invest in product sustainability actually see the most benefit from reduced manufacturing costs — ahead of brand enhancement and even risk reduction.

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Twitter Chat Recap: #GenMillsSusty with General Mills

What does sustainable sourcing involve for a global company like General Mills, and how can food companies source their ingredients most sustainably to protect the resources and communities upon which their businesses depend?