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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With Thrive Coffee, Chick-fil-A Puts Profit In Farmers’ Pockets

Specialty coffee retailers are a dime a dozen, but Thrive Farmers has managed to stand out from the crowd, both in terms of the quality of the brew and its relationship with the farmers in its network. Its first corporate customer may surprise you.

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MillerCoors Announces Zero Waste-to-Landfill Brewery and Campus

MillerCoors brewing company announced today that both its corporate headquarters and its Milwaukee brewery are now landfill free. This is the seventh of the company’s eight major breweries to achieve this status and the first complete campus (brewery plus offices) to get there.

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Six New Companies are Making Your World Better

Six hot new companies are making your world better and you didn’t even know it. Here’s a rundown of the businesses that are shaking things up and making people smile and dance. Babies, yoga, carbon waste, and restaurants… it’s a crazy assortment that covers it all.

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Newsweek Ranks Environmental Performance of Top 500 Corporations

The 2015 Newsweek Green Rankings evaluates the environmental and social performance of the largest publicly listed U.S. and global corporations based on eight criteria. Corporations in the telecommunications, technology, and healthcare sectors scored the highest.

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Diversity: The Shaping of Modern-Day Leadership

The qualities of today’s business manager must be broad-ranging: able to navigate complex, often changing definitions of the labor force, capable of staying abreast of technological challenges in small business settings and managing an increasingly diverse workforce. It’s not a job for the faint of heart.

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Ikea Pledges $1.1 Billion for Climate Change Action

There are no missing screws about the Ikea’s commitments to renewable energy, from wind power investments to solar panels atop its stores — the latter of which are available for purchase at some stores, too. Now the company says it is ratcheting up its pledge to the tune of €1 billion ($1.1 billion) in new projects.

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Biodegradable Computer Chip: E-Waste No More?

If wood-derived, inexpensive microchips are our first step in widely adopting environmentally friendly electronic materials, we could be on the road to removing the burden of e-waste.

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3p Weekend: Six Oddest Corporate Mission Statements

Even the most nefarious corporation thinks highly of itself. After all, it is adding value for someone, somewhere — even if its operations have negative impacts as well. That’s why most mission statements make the company’s work sound truly important. However these corporate mission statements have us scratching our heads…

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Fashion Brands Tackle Community Development

Have you ever thought about how far your clothing traveled to reach you? Some big brands are trying to bring the locavore movement to your closet.

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Trapped by Success: Thoughts on Sustainability in Business Following SB’15 San Diego

Sustainable Brands founder and CEO, KoAnn Skrzyniarz, kicked off the SB’15 conference, and among the issues she addressed was the pace of change. She told the audience how she’s still surprised to hear in some circles that nothing is been done when it comes to sustainability in business and that things are going too slow. To figure out how to change this state, we need to understand the problem, and the problem I believe is that business is “trapped by success.”

Rebecca (far right), who won second place in the 2014 Adobe Youth Voices Awards for her short documentary film "International Boulevard," now inspires social change on an even bigger stage: the Oakland Youth Council.

Creativity, Education and the Changemakers of Tomorrow

An estimated 85 percent of teens and 20-somethings will ultimately work in careers that don’t exist today. That’s a pretty staggering statistic, and it begs the question: How are we preparing young people to become the problem-solvers and change-makers of tomorrow?