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.


The Latest in Foundation Funding

With last week’s release of its 2014 Annual Report, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation announced plans to ‘retool’ its grant-making efforts in order to better ensure that its $6.4 billion in assets produce “transformative” change.

Is Spectra Energy's planned natural gas pipeline just what Greater Boston needs for more energy, or is it a wolf in sheep's clothing?

Spectra Energy’s Pipeline: A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing

New England’s energy needs are rising as major metro areas grow, with only a few gas, hydro and biomass plants to meet demand. This was the perfect storm that allowed Spectra Energy to come onto the scene in Massachusetts undetected and stay under the radar screen of many local media outlets. This is despite the fact that the proposed location of its high-pressure transfer station will be on property adjacent to the only active rock quarry in the city of Boston.


Costco Slapped with Suit for ‘Slave Labor’ Shrimp

It’s tough running a globally-sourced retail corporation these days, especially when you rely on a gray market for your merchandise, as Costco already found out. Now it faces a class-action suit that alleges it has been selling prawns harvested by slave labor in Thailand. But the real victims likely don’t know anything about the suit, as they aren’t named as plaintiffs.


New York Times Gives Unilever a Mister Softee

The story on the relationship between Unilever and Ben & Jerry’s that ran in Thursday’s New York Times isn’t really hard news. It’s the Mister Softee version of what really happened.


Energy Storage is Coming Home

A recent GTM research report predicts behind-the-meter storage (residential, commercial, education, military or nonprofit) will account for 45 percent of the market by 2019. With residential storage poised for a boon, companies are pulling out all the stops to bring their solutions to market.

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Marine Stewardship Council Develops a New Chain-of-Custody Monitor

With seafood stocks rapidly declining in many sectors of the industry, the push is on to find ways to improve sustainable fishing methods and make it easier for consumers to purchase wisely. Offering a potential solution, the Marine Stewardship Council’s new sustainability monitor is primed, tested and ready for industry stakeholders’ critical input.


How the Extractives Industry Hurts Indigenous Women

Extractive industry projects may not be created to victimize women, but violence against women has become a major by-product of these project operations. It’s time for the industry to take responsibility for its impact on indigenous women and their communities, argues economist Rebecca Adamson.


Why Partnerships are Key to Water Security

This year’s annual World Water Week in Stockholm is happening at a unique moment. In just a few weeks’ time, member states of the United Nations will adopt a set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that will define global development priorities for the next 15 years. In Stockholm, SABMiller will argue that businesses must be innovative in forging partnerships with NGOs to support international goals like improving water security.


The Evolution of Eco-Friendly Packaging

There is no way to avoid packaging in modern society and yet, with today’s environmental concerns, reducing waste and energy usage while increasing overall product sustainability should be top priority.


The Political Balancing Game: Obama Okays Arctic Drilling

Why did President Obama give the green flag to arctic drilling in the Chukchi Sea? And what does it mean for the environment? There’s a million theories about why the president, who has made climate change solutions his administration’s legacy, has opened the door to Shell’s petition. But could we expect anything different in a region defined by human nature and geopolitical competition for world resources?


The E-Waste Stream is Growing: What Can We Do?

Electronic waste is the fastest growing waste stream. How can recyclers, retailers and governments make it easier and simpler for consumers to recycle their electronic devices?


Sprint Introduces Paper Bills Made from Wheat Straw

If you are a Sprint customer, this month your statement might be printed on a tree-based paper alternative. To learn more about the company’s groundbreaking use of wheat straw byproduct-based paper, we talked to Keanon Swan, strategic partner of relationships and postal alliances for Sprint.