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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The Patron Saint of Petén

Guatemala’s Petén region is home to the Maya Biosphere reserve, one of the world’s largest rainforests. The reserve’s status as protected land hangs in the balance as corrupt politicians push to mine it for oil and drug traffickers slash and burn. José Román Carrera is on track to beat them all and transform the region into the world’s largest network of sustainable community collectives. Will it cost him his life?

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SCOTUS to Foreign Victims of Corporate Human Rights Abuse: Stay Away

Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear plaintiffs’ appeal in Cardona v. Chiquita Brands International, a lawsuit brought by victims of terrorism and crimes against humanity in Colombia. The Court may also have, once and for all, shut the door to the American courts for individuals harmed by American corporations abroad.

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Etsy and the B Corp IPO: Sustainability Meets Wall Street

While Boulder, Colorado-based Rally Software broke the barrier as the first B Corp to go public in April 2013, last week, the much larger Etsy took the baton in an IPO valuing the company at $3.38 billion. It may only be the second B Corp IPO, but if you take a closer look, some of the hottest IPOs in recent years have been openly purpose-driven companies.

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Tips to Keep Your Sensitive Organizational Assets Secure

Many companies think that their assets and data are secure, only to find at some point that they too have fallen victim to a hacker. Don’t let your company be the next data-breach victim. Follow these four steps to ensure optimal security for your organizational assets.

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Rana Plaza Two Years Later: Fast Fashion, Fast Destruction

On April 24, 2013, the Rana Plaza factory building collapsed in the city of Dhaka, Bangladesh. That day at 8:57 a.m. local time, 1,134 people died and over 2,500 were injured in the name of fast fashion. Two years later, has anything changed?

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Social Media Campaign Calls for Fashion Supply Chain Transparency

In support of Fashion Revolution Day, people around the world are taking to social media today, snapping selfies, tagging brands and asking them “#whomademyclothes. The campaign marks the second anniversary of the Rana Plaza factory collapse, and seeks to use the tragedy “to shed light and bring some transparency to what has become a really hidden and secretive industry.”

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Nestlé USA Announces Factories Now Landfill-Free

In recognition of Earth Day 2015, Nestlé USA has announced its latest accomplishment: All of its U.S.-based manufacturing centers are now landfill-free. The news is the latest stage in the U.S. company’s efforts to retool the way it does business. But changing consumer behavior when it comes to packaging disposal can be a lot harder: More than 80 percent of the water bottles manufactured by today’s water companies still end up in the landfill.

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Unilever’s Handwashing Campaign Goes Beyond CSR and Saves Lives

For several years running, India’s Unilever and Lifebuoy employees have been instrumental in running one of the country’s most successful social responsibility programs. The brilliance of this handwashing campaign is in its simplicity: It teaches and reinforces a task that takes about 20 seconds.

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Sustainability Professionals Need to Be Weird to Grow Revenues

Getting creative is the next maturation step in sustainability leadership and for winning enhanced CEO commitment. For sustainability leaders, the creative path for winning customers (and CEOs) is to act weird. For example, being “weird,” or outside the product design norm, defines Apple and its success. So, how can leaders get outside the mainstream and deliver a compelling business case for sustainability?

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‘Organic Ready’ Corn: The Fight to Stop GMO Cross-Pollination

Frank Kutka, the maker of Organic Ready, is out to save organic corn. Oddly enough, he is doing it by an old-fashioned, home-grown method that has been around for at least a couple of centuries: meticulous genetic breeding that takes advantage of Mother Nature’s best traits of self-preservation and doesn’t artificially modify the plant’s genes. Can he succeed? Farmers in Argentina, Poland, Chile and a growing list of U.S. states think so.

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Why Gender Matters to Investors

Despite the powerful business case for women’s advancement, gender inequality stubbornly persists. Today only 12 percent of board seats and 11 percent of senior management positions globally are held by women. Joseph F. Keefe, president and CEO of Pax World Funds, and Sallie L. Krawcheck, chair of Pax Ellevate Management, explain why gender diversity should really matter to investors.