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.

Lumber Liquidators Caught Selling Illegal Wood

Lumber Liquidators, one of the nation’s largest hardwood flooring retailers, needs be held accountable for selling timber harvested from illegal sources and putting endangered species at risk.

Monsanto Tests the Waters with Reddit ‘Ask Me Anything’ Session

Monsanto took to the Web in an unusual question-and-answer session last week, as part of Reddit’s “Ask Me Anything” (AMA) platform. The questions were fast and furious, and the answers were, for the most part, revealing. Did we learn anything? Yes.

JetBlue’s CSR Report Proves It’s a Leader in the Industry

JetBlue Airways’ aptly-named report, The Blue Review, outlines the company’s values and progress on its corporate social responsibility (CSR) goals. The report, issued this month, highlights major developments made by the airline in 2014, including a 6 percent cut in emissions. While that may not sound very impressive, it’s a significant improvement in this industry — and that’s not all JetBlue is doing that sets it apart.

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Learn the Skills to Thrive as a Leader

“[Women] are still not in great numbers in leadership positions, including environmental leadership positions,” CNN news anchor Natalie Allen told TriplePundit. We picked her brain for words of wisdom for women wishing to advance as leaders.

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Investing in Water in Developing Countries: The Right (and Smart) Thing to Do

More than 700 million people around the world do not have access to clean water, and nearly 850,000 die annually from waterborne illnesses. Along with this tragic loss of life, lack of access to sanitation also comes with ill economic effects: $260 billion is lost each year as a result of limited or no access to clean water supplies and sanitation. The good news is that if the global community steps up and increases their focus on water, the economic benefits would be massive.

Who Knew Ben & Jerry’s Could Save the World Through Ice Cream?

Ben & Jerry’s believes that making ice cream and saving the world go together like their tasty flavors and your taste buds. Earlier this year, it asked: “How can we reduce our emissions?” It turned to CoClear, a New York consultancy that conducts lifecycle analyses (LCAs) on products.

Freedom with Benefits: Uber’s Drivers as Employees

Earlier this month, the California Labor Commission put forth a ruling that could change the sharing economy forever. While courts consider the employee status of sharing economy companies, Raz Godelnik weighs in on the impact on the movement as a whole.

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3p Weekend: 10 Ways for Women to Gain Leadership Experience

Despite data that shows having women in leadership positions improves a company’s financial returns, the number of women at the top of large companies remains astonishingly low. For women who hope to be part of the movement that turns those numbers around, the first step is to gain leadership experience. Here are 10 ideas on how to get started.

Helping Diverse Teams Function Well

There’s plenty of research to argue that diversity in the workplace is beneficial to businesses: heightening innovation, increasing revenue and dramatically improving the ability of businesses to capture new markets. But diversity can also bring well-documented problems: notably an increase in workplace tension.

The Recycling Industry is Losing Money — and Fast

Waste Management and other leading recycling companies recently admitted that more than 2,000 towns and cities are paying to dispose of their recyclables. The Houston-based company has pointed to closures for the temporary solution, with 1 in 10 of its biggest recycling facilities shut down as a result of the losses.