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.


Why Food Waste is an Urgent Global Problem

It’s a never-ending cycle: An over-plentiful food production that exists to satiate our needs and preferences — and which, in its abundance, also feeds landfills instead of families in economic need … all the while creating increasing fuel for climate change. We speak with Mathy Stanislaus of the EPA to get the straight skinny on this burgeoning problem and what the U.S. government, businesses and consumers are doing to help break the cycle.


Victory in the Arctic: Obama Cancels Lease Sales

A few months ago, it seemed inevitable that the world’s most pristine ocean would be drilled. Today, after a massive, months-long grassroots and social media mobilization, the Arctic will be preserved, from now to the foreseeable future.


Climate Leadership Index Selects Best Performing Companies

Now you can look at companies through an objective lens that compares their climate impact relative to others in their same line of business. Companies at the top of that list are not only behaving responsibly, but are also consistently outperforming their peers when it comes to financial returns.

Rice comes in many shapes, colors and varieties. In Thailand, a girl holds sticky rice in one hand and long-grained basmati in the other.

Saving Basmati and Other Endangered Grains

If you think you’re buying basmati rice, think again. “Most of the rice sold as basmati in the United States is not the traditional variety,” said Caryl Levine, co-owner of Lotus Foods, which recently announced a plan to import organic, heirloom basmati to promote rice biodiversity.


Alleviating Food Recall Madness: Key Methods to Boost Food Safety Measures

Food recalls are still highly prevalent in America, causing many consumers to be hospitalized. In severe cases, some even lose their lives to foodborne illnesses as a result. Here are some key methods to help food production companies provide safer products for their consumers.


5 Companies Engaging Their Employees Around Sustainability

Sustainability helps to create a more positive brand and increases a company’s leadership role within the industry. These five companies are well-known for training their employees to care about sustainability — creating this key engagement point into bottom-line results.

Martina Nole, 39, holds her two-year old son Gustavo, next to a cacao tree where a gender equality workshop is held by CEPICAFE employees for any community member interested in attending.

3 Things to Know for Fair Trade Month

Fair Trade Month is a time to spread the word about who and where our products come from. This means putting the spotlight on challenges like child labor in cocoa and slavery in seafood, and also celebrating the farms, factories, brands and retailers that are doing things differently. As we dive into the second half of October, there are three important things to know about Fair Trade Month.


How to Rock the Pants Off Social Media for Climate Change

Sustainability has an image problem. It’s big, scary and boring. People feel powerless and disconnected. Most stories about the environment deal with facts, figures and scientific terminology. It all feels a little bit over people’s heads. They feel a little lost. Instead of dealing with numbers and science, we need to tell stories about people and values.

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Forever 21 Suit Highlights Retail’s Unfair Scheduling Practices

The suit contends that Forever 21 required employees to be available for on-call shifts, but didn’t compensate them in accordance with state laws. Class-action lawsuits often highlight systemic problems, and this one is no exception.

A garment worker at Morelos, Mexico, ironing at preparing final products before delivery. Photo by Erick Astudillo for Fundación C&A

Workers’ Wellbeing Can Create a More Sustainable Apparel Industry — and Boost Profits

Workers’ wellbeing doesn’t have to be at odds with profitability. In fact, workers enabled with life skills are more productive at work, make fewer mistakes and have lower rates of absenteeism. Moreover, investing in workers’ wellbeing unlocks multiple societal benefits and would be a key step toward reversing the garment industry’s humanitarian crisis.

A growing number of small- and medium-sized businesses, like this pizza shop in Tucson, Arizona, are opting for renewable energy.

3 Trends Shaping the Future of Business Sustainability

For those of us involved with the small business, not-for-profit, and startup world, the future of sustainability is here, whether we realize it or not. Here are three ways that sustainability is changing for the business world — small, medium and large companies alike.


7 Ways to Build Trust With Your Clients

These seven strategies will help you foster trust with your clients and put them in the best position to succeed — personally and professionally.