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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4 Ways to Tell If a Company Is Really ‘Green’

Walk down the aisle of any grocery store, and it’ll be easy to see that there’s a growing trend toward eco-friendly practices and products. Then look online and you’ll see the same thing. But, how can you tell if a company is truly committed to environmental sustainability, or if it’s just trying to cash in on the ever-growing eco-friendly market? Read on to find out.

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Why Isn’t That Recruiter Getting Me a Job?

Sorry for the disappointing news but recruiters work for companies, not candidates. If you want to land your dream sustainability job, you need to understand these mechanisms to make the recruitment process work for you rather than against you.

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The Quick & Dirty: The Future of Business is in the Past

Businesses somehow lost their reason to exist, and now people are starting to look for the values they share with your company because it is mostly absent. Back in the “good old days,” it wasn’t a question to ask. It wasn’t something to look for. It was right there – expressed by the handshake of the store owner, in the active role that a business took to ensure that community’s overall welfare and progression.

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The Sufficiency Economy Philosophy: Corporate Sustainability Meets Karma

Many people benefit from a “more is better” outlook on the corporate economy. Jobs are created, prices drop as competition increases and futures for those involved with the economy are secured. But what if there was a better way? The sufficiency economy philosophy brings karma into corporate sustainability.

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Building Successful Coalitions for Greater Social Impact

Building coalitions for greater social impact requires that parties align their core goals, interests and priorities. It requires agreement on measurements of success, finding the right partners to complement the work, open and transparent communication, and a strong supporting organization. With these fundamentals, the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety and other like-minded coalitions have made real social impact for the betterment of all.

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Beyond the PDF: 5 Tips to Leverage CSR Reports for Greatest ROI

With three-quarters of S&P 500 companies creating corporate social responsibility (CSR) reports, most major businesses recognize it is a “must-do” communications strategy. However, the return on this sometimes significant investment is falling short. New research shows only 17 percent of Americans said they have read a CSR report in the last 12 months, according to the 2015 Cone Communications/Ebiquity Global CSR Study.

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5 Ways to Bring Out the Best in Your Team

Teju Ravilochan, co-founder and CEO of the Unreasonable Institute recently received the best advice of his life: “You’re intelligent. But your job is not to be the smartest person in the room. It’s to bring out the best in your team.” This advice resonated deeply because he knew she was right. This is the No. 1 thing that most leaders need to work on.

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From Addis Ababa: Sustainable Development Goals Within Reach

Taking place now in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, the third International Conference on Financing Development has received relatively little attention — despite its importance in terms of creating a global funding structure for sustainable development efforts. The benefits of a solid sustainability reporting structure took center stage at the event. Teresa Fogelberg, Deputy Chief Executive for the Global Reporting Initiative, brings you the details.

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Prison Phone Calls Prove Costly for Family Members

The private phone business going on in American prisons leaves family members and friends of the incarcerated emptying their pockets for just minutes of conversation. In some states, like Pennsylvania, a 15-minute call to certain prisons can cost an upward of $12 — it would be around 60 cents for a similar non-prison call.

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General Mills Writes an Animals’ Declaration of Freedom

General Mills, the company behind brands like Betty Crocker, Pillsbury, Bisquick, Progresso and Hamburger Helper, announced it’s going to start requiring its egg, dairy and meat farmers to treat animals better.