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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Women in CSR: Tina Morefield, DIRECTV

Tina Morefield, Director of Corporate Citizenship, DIRECTV, talks about her career, inspiration and recent accomplishments in our Women in CSR series.

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The Higg 2.0 Index and the Journey to an Industry-Wide Sustainable Apparel Standard

Late last year, the Sustainable Apparel Coalition–a trade group representing nearly 40 percent of the apparel and footwear market–announced an updated version of the Higg Index reflecting 18 months of development effort. As more companies jump on board, can the index inspire industry-wide sustainability standards? And what would this mean for the future of sustainable apparel?

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If In-N-Out Can Pay (a Lot) More Than Minimum Wage, Why Can’t McDonald’s?

In-N-Out Burger, a fast food chain in California and the Southwest, starts its employees off at a wage of $10.50 an hour. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez makes a good point. If In-N-Out Burger can do it–remain profitable and still provide what has arguably been deemed a superior product–why can’t McDonald’s?

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Pioneering Women at the Forefront of an Authentic Organic Beauty Revolution

When Spiezia Organics founder Amanda Barlow stood in front of a conference hall full of skincare industry delegates and ate a mouthful of one of her own beauty creams, it was to make a salient point: If what you put on your skin is not clean and natural enough to eat, then you shouldn’t be putting it on your skin–the body’s largest organ.

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Coca-Cola and Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Challenge SodaStream

In a move that some might find surprising, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters (GMCR) and The Coca-Cola Co. announced a major strategic partnership last week. According to the announcement, the “companies have signed a 10-year agreement to collaborate on the development and introduction of The Coca-Cola Co.’s global brand portfolio for use in GMCR’s forthcoming Keurig Cold at-home beverage system. Under the global strategic agreement, GMCR and The Coca-Cola Co. will cooperate to bring the Keurig Cold beverage system to consumers around the world.”

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Chocolate, Human Rights and Access to Justice

Consumer chocolate may be the product of severe human rights abuses, including child slave labor in West Africa. Are multinational corporations liable in U.S. courts, to the extent their supply chains are implicated in such abuses?

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Long John Silver’s Hoists Jolly Roger for Sustainable Seafood

A new set of ads from Long John Silver’s raise the Jolly Roger in honor of sustainable food and more environmentally sound eating, citing the lower methane and greenhouse gas footprint of fish compared to livestock, and real free-range food from “the final frontier,” otherwise known as the North Pacific.

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Why We’re Saying No to Dirty Gold

Behind the sparkle of Valentine’s Day lies the reality of gold mining, one of the most polluting industries on Earth.

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Help Save the Cocoa Industry – Buy Fair Trade Chocolate This Valentine’s Day

It’s Valentine’s Day, and in supermarkets, drug stores and specialty shops across the country, shelves are lined with chocolates of every shape, size and variety. As you browse through endless heart-shaped boxes, consider this: The chocolate industry is in jeopardy, and if things don’t change, there could be a worldwide cocoa deficit by the year 2020.