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.

Did Amazon Acquire Conscious Capitalism Along with Whole Foods?

While speculation still unfolds over the reasons behind Amazon’s acquisition of Whole Foods, the founders of the “conscious capitalism” movement say this is a huge opportunity for Amazon to emerge as a responsible business leader.

How CSR Programs Benefit Employees

A good CSR program can be used by a company to recruit and retain employees. Almost three-quarters of respondents to a recent survey said work is more fulfilling when their employers provide them with opportunities to work on social and environmental causes.

Missouri Third U.S. State to Sue Opioid Manufacturers

Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley filed a lawsuit last week accusing opioid companies of fraud, and now three states are fighting back against pharmaceutical manufacturers in order to hold them accountable for the ongoing U.S. prescription drug epidemic.

Burger King Promises Path to Sustainability – Eventually

Burger King has announced that it will transition to antibiotic-free chicken by 2018 and is stepping up its effort to stop its support for deforestation in South America by 2030 where soy is grown for its products. But environmentalists say that a 13-year window to stop its use of deforestation is too long, calling in questions about its commitment to sustainable business practices.

Saving Brazil’s Amazon: A Job for Tiny Norway

It’s been a bad, bad month for Brazil’s President Michel Temer. First he is called on the carpet by Brazil’s supermodel, Gisele Bündchen, for efforts to open up more of the Amazon to deforestation. Then he’s told that he’s at risk of losing a $1.1 billion payment from Norway for the same concern. And if that’s not bad enough, the US is rejecting Brazil’s beef imports because of alleged bribes in the supply chain. What’s a president to do?

Flint Crisis and Environmental Health Liability

Earlier this month, Michigan’s Attorney General Bill Schuette’s office charged five high-ranking Department of Health officials with voluntary manslaughter for the deaths of 12 Flint residents who contracted Legionnaires’s from the polluted water. These rulings could set new precedent for culpability.

How Mindfulness Can Help You Be a Better Sustainability Leader

Given that the science is so clear on the beneficial impacts of practicing mindfulness, it’s easy to see why major corporations are charging down this route. After all, who doesn’t want to cultivate awareness, humanity and perspective in the workplace and encourage a low-stress, high-satisfaction collaborative team?

Chile’s Copper Mines: An Investment Hard-Wired for Climate Resilience?

Copper is one of the most useful metals – it has a role in construction, railways and heavy machinery to power transmission and telecommunications to semiconductors, microchips, photovoltaic cells for solar panels and other high-tech applications. But mining the red metal is energy intensive. Which is why Chile’s conversion of copper mines to renewable energy is getting climate folks talking.

Allergen Triggers Recall, Disposal of Millions of Pounds of Food

Big food manufacturers have found themselves faced with recalling millions of pounds of food intended for institutional settings, this time for an undocumented allergen. The problem raises a larger question about how the U.S. can guarantee a safe food supply if it isn’t closely monitoring the products in global supply chains.

TJ Maxx Accused of Shady Labor Practices

The parent company of TJ Maxx and Marshall’s has been accused of having far too many ties to garment factories in Los Angeles that pay their workers less the local minimum hourly wage – and in some cases, have even shorted them of their promised wages.

United Arab Emirates Pushes Private Sector to Embrace Corporate Responsibility

UAE’s Ministry of Economy recently held an event in Dubai to launch a “Corporate Social Responsibility Index” in order to boost such initiatives across this nation of 9.2 million people. The timing is prescient, considering Ramadan is underway; this month for many Muslims is a time for reflection, and companies are amongst the institutions that remind residents to “do good” during this month.