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.


Ben & Jerry’s CEO: How to Get Your Social Impact Game On

If you ever want to one-up someone in a conversation about corporate social responsibility, all you have to do is toss in the words “Unilever” or “Paul Polman,” and it’s over. But you know what would even be an even bigger win? Becoming a company like Unilever or a CEO like Polman. So, I interviewed the CEO of everyone’s favorite Unilever brand, Ben & Jerry’s. Part man, part dessert god, Jostein Solheim shares how to integrate social good into your business model, measure impact and recruit more brand fans.


Exxon Could be Guilty of Big-Tobacco Racketeering

Tobacco is, ironically, bringing Exxon closer to an investigation. A former Department of Justice lawyer has alluded to a parallel between the racketeering investigations against cigarette companies in 2006, and the discovery that Exxon knew decades ago that climate change would be exacerbated by the company’s carbon emissions. Meanwhile, the Heartland Institute put out an op-ed charging that this is all a political maneuver being used by Bernie Sanders to win the presidency. Nothing, however, is said about the fact that Sanders is only one of the many calling for an investigation of Exxon.


The Quick & Dirty: Climate Change — Rinse and Repeat

When it comes to climate change negotiations, we’ve been repeating the same thing since 2009: We have the science to show we need to do something serious right now, but treat it like fiction when it comes to the actual agreement and commitments. Rinse and repeat. The life of climate change. Loud voices make big claims, but nothing will happen to slow down what is killing us.


4 Ways to Empower Tomorrow’s Entrepreneurs

Creativity, hard work and the Internet have helped turn young people with radical ideas — from Mark Zuckerberg with Facebook to Brian Chesky with Airbnb — into some of the most influential figures in the world. This is why companies should actively participate in a bottom-up approach to entrepreneurship education. To assist and involve your company with one of these programs, Erin Shipley of Karlin Ventures suggests the following.


Subway To Phase Out Antibiotics

Another fast-food chain will phase antibiotics out of its meat supply chain in response to pressure from consumers and NGOs.


How Can Public-Private Partnerships Achieve Sustainable Change?

We’ve just witnessed the member countries of the U.N. agree to 17 Global Goals that will, all going well, transform our world by 2030. No one individual, organization or government is able to tackle the SDGs. But effective partnerships can.


Consumers to the U.N.: Kick Big Polluters Out of Climate Negotiations

As the world turns its attention to Paris in advance of the United Nations climate negotiations in December, hundreds of thousands of people are also unifying around a common cause: kicking the very polluters that have caused the climate crisis out of those negotiations.


Macy’s Makes a Turn-Around on Flame Retardants

On Oct. 21, the Center for Environmental Health planned to join with Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families in national demonstrations outside of Macy’s stores. Their beef? The department-store chain has been too slow to offer home furnishings made without toxic flame retardants. But the demonstrations were replaced with a victory celebration.


More Innovation is Needed in Sustainability Reporting: Consider ‘4-D’

Caterina Camerani, a sustainability expert at AkzoNobel, recently attended the New Metrics’15 conference in Boston, where she gave a keynote address and presented results from a unique pilot project called 4-D reporting. This article represents her observations of the state of sustainability reporting in the corporate world, the value of such reporting and the difficulties companies have with measurement along the entire value chain.

West Elm

West Elm Shifts Strategy Toward Fair Trade

“It was all machine-made, all very clean and simple, and all very soulless,” West Elm CEO James Brett said of the company’s product lineup when he came on-board in 2010. Over the last five years, West Elm has humanized its products, and its relationships throughout the supply chain — entering uncharted territory in the process.


How Some Long-Term Investors are Fighting for Sustainability

Last week, Ceres released an illuminating analysis of how some major companies are responding to shareholder engagement on environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues. It shows that many long-term investors are fighting for sustainability — and companies are, for the most part, responding in kind.