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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Report: How Organizations Can Turn Slacktivism into Clicktivism

The stereotype of a slacktivist may have to change, according to the “2014 Cone Communications Digital Activism Study” that examines the ways technology and social media are altering Americans’ engagement with social and environmental causes.

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Patagonia Launches Black Friday Worn Wear Swap with Yerdle

Patagonia continues its Black Friday tradition of defying the consumer spirit by launching another Worn Wear event — this time in concert with the sharing economy app Yerdle. Patagonia customers can bring in their worn gear and swap it for another Worn Wear item — or swap it using Yerdle online.

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Ikea Joins the Crowd and Heads for Greener Palm Oil Sources

With so many food producers stepping up to support sustainable palm oil sourcing, it’s a refreshing surprise when a company that has a relatively small footprint in the industry joins the crowd. But Ikea says it has been working on ways to increase its support of sustainable sources for some years.

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Talking Turkey and Family Values

In my quest for a more sustainable Thanksgiving meal this year, I decided take a values-based investing approach. Why not apply the same ESG (environmental, social and governance) principles that I write about in sustainability reports to this marquis meal?

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Does a Company’s LGBT Policies Apply to Its Workers Abroad?

Most leading U.S. corporations now have LGBT nondiscrimination policies in place for their American gay and lesbian employees, but it’s unclear if these policies extend to the companies’ employees in countries outside the U.S. – an issue that becomes particularly important in parts of the world that are culturally and legally hostile to LGBT individuals.

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SPECIAL SERIES: Carbon Offsetting

Carbon Offsets: Start with the Footprint

As part of our ongoing series on carbon offsets, it’s time to peel back another layer and look at how entities determine exactly what their carbon footprint is, so that they know how much they want to offset.

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Could Sportswear Be the Tipping Point for Sustainable Apparel?

With leading brands such as Nike incorporating sustainable fabrics and manufacturing practices into their products, the average consumer is probably unaware of the environmental performance of the products they are buying. But it sure matters.