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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How Sustainable Consumerism Might Change the World

One could argue that the marketplace is become more democratic than it’s ever been. All of the awareness that the Occupy movement brought forth, might just be ready to “trickle down” into the marketplace.

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Proctor & Gamble Sets High Sourcing Goals

The Procter & Gamble (P&G) Company, the largest consumer packaged goods company in the world, announced new goals last week for sourcing fiber for the pulp it uses to manufacture some of its products.

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Refrigerant Revolution: The Policy Backdrop

In this week’s installment, we cover how governments and businesses around the world have approached the problem through regulatory and other policy measures, and what is on the horizon.

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Walmart Attempts to Halt Black Friday Strikes

In response to numerous strikes at stores and warehouses around the country recently, and in anticipation of more on Black Friday, Walmart asks the National Labor Relations Board to halt the strikes. But it might be too late.

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How Sharing Makes Life Better

Is working excessive hours to acquire more the key to happiness? Sharing is the way to connect with people in the community and access things you need without ownership.

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The Black Friday Guide for the Responsible Company

What is a responsible company supposed to do on Black Friday? This day is actually a great opportunity for companies to show how responsible they are and differentiate themselves from the rest of the pack. How they do it? Here are 10 ways to start:

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Patagonia’s Answer to Black Friday: A Green Wetsuit

Patagonia’s new wetsuit represents a real breakthrough for high performance products made from renewable materials. Developed with the company Yulex, it uses a natural biorubber called guayule to substitute for the petroleum-based neoprene used in conventional wetsuits.

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BP to Pay Record Fines for Deepwater Disaster

BP has reached an agreement with the federal government to accept criminal responsibility for the Deepwater Horizon oil rig disaster and to pay over $4.5 billion in fines. Still, BP’s legal troubles are far from over. The company faces heavy civil penalties for the pollution unleashed during the most severe offshore oil spill in U.S. history.

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Black Friday: What We Buy Defines Us

Seventy percent of the United States’ Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is based on household consumption. In comparison, household consumption in China represents only 35 percent of GDP. For the United States, what we buy truly defines who we are

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The Black Friday Guide for the Responsible Shopper

Even if you are a responsible shopper, there are some deals your tight budget might not be able to ignore on Black Friday. So, what to do? We’re here to help with 10 tips for responsible consumers just like you on how to shop this upcoming Friday, aka Black Friday.