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.

Time for Snack Food Companies to Commit to Ethical Palm Oil

Rainforest Action Network (RAN) is calling out 20 laggards that are, by refusing to enact strong palm oil procurement policies, allowing for social and environmental violations to spread on the other side of the world.

#NowTrending: Enlightened Brands

Enlightened brands are brands that have evolved to a higher state of consciousness. They take real, meaningful, sometimes even painful, action to make the world we share better. And they’re winning consumers over with their authentic messaging.

SmartHalo Exceeds Kickstarter Goal on Day One

Smart bike tools are smart marketing concepts these days, as Cyclelabs’ new Kickstarter project, SmartHalo, proved this week. It took less than 24 hours to make its goal of $50,000. (And the funding is still rising.) Intelligent planning, deep research and a lot of careful marketing put the campaign into overdrive. Oh, and a global love for cycling concepts.

H&M Launches Global Change Award To Further Textile Recycling

When it comes to Swedish clothing retailer H&M, the news just gets better. Earlier this week, we covered the company’s new denim clothing line made from recycled materials. On August 25, H&M Conscious Foundation, a nonprofit global foundation, announced the launch of its Global Change Award for textile recycling innovation.

What’s Reporting Without Culture?

Sustainability reporting as a process should involve employees and inspire them. Rather than being the headache it often is, it can be a tool to create elevated levels of empowerment and engagement of employees.

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.

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.

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.