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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What Women Signal with Designer Handbags and How Can We Make It More Sustainable?

A new study suggests some women also seek these luxury items to prevent other women from stealing their man. The researchers found that “women’s luxury products often function as a signaling system directed at other women who pose a threat to their romantic relationships.” What its these findings mean for the future of sustainable consumption?

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The Art of Story-Selling and Why Social Enterprises Need to Master It

A great entrepreneur once told me that the key to his success was getting the voice of his business just right. Fifteen degrees in one direction and the tone of the conversation might sound too salesy. Twenty degrees in the other direction and there is a risk of losing the interest of the target audience. How many attempts would he have to tell his story and peak the interest of potential consumers? Not many. It had to be right.

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5 Lessons from Kering, the Sustainability Dark Horse

If I asked you to name some of the companies leading the way in sustainability you’d probably think of companies like Unilever, Nike, Marks & Spencer, GE or Ford. Now, how about Kering?

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The Business Case for Strategic Philanthropy

SAP’s work around the world is an example of making the business case for strategic philanthropy as part of a firm’s program of CSR in emerging markets.

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Women in CSR: Lauren Moore, eBay

Lauren Moore, Head of Global Social Innovation, eBay Inc., talks about her career, inspiration and recent accomplishments in our Women in CSR series.

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Mars Raises the Bar in CSR

In its third CSR report, 2012 Principles in Action, Mars underscores its dedication to putting the Five Principles into action to make a difference to people and the planet through performance.

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Women in CSR: Gabi Zedlmayer, HP

Gabi Zedlmayer, Vice President of Sustainability and Social Innovation, HP, talks about her career, inspiration and recent accomplishments in our Women in CSR series.

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Is Your Portfolio Melting the Polar Caps?

Vote with your investments. You determine whether a company that is polluting the water or treating its employees poorly is in your list of stocks or your fund. Align your investments with your principles and in due time, sustainable and responsible investing will be the norm.

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How Waste Management Got Proactive on Environmental Justice

Waste Management’s Sue Briggum talks about how important understanding and discussing environmental justice issues with communities and companies has been for developing their best practices and innovating in the areas of recycling and waste reduction.

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Keystone XL Pipeline: How Long Will the Jobs Last?

TransCanada says there will be tens of thousands of jobs for Americans after the Keystone XL pipeline goes in, and that President Obama’s doubtful comment on that is just partisan politics, not the real scoop. So just how does a good investigator know who has the right numbers?