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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Women in CSR: Paige Goff, Domtar

Paige Goff, Vice President, Sustainability and Business Communications, talks about her career, inspiration and recent accomplishments in our Women in CSR series.


Business is Crucial to Effect Large-Scale Change

Businesses in all industries have the power to effect change, from Walmart to B Lab to Zipcar, each with its own approach. Some companies are showing huge numbers conserving energy, water and natural resources, while others are investing in their workers by treating them well. The more innovative ways businesses think to reach out to and motivate people, the more we will see change.

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Would 69% of Americans Turn Down a Job Due to a Company’s Poor Reputation?

New survey found that 69 percent of Americans would not take a job with a company that had a bad reputation, even if they were unemployed. Is it really possible that reputation has become such an important factor that 7 out of 10 people would actually say no to a new job just because they feel the company is not good enough? And if so, what does it mean exactly for companies, especially when it comes to sustainability?


USDA: Chicken Imported from China Is Now Safe

The USDA recently lifted a ban against chicken imported from China – well, sort of. In a quietly filed letter to Chinese inspection services, the USDA opened the doors to chicken imports from China. The catch? The chicken must originate in a country designated by the US – which won’t include China. The intriguing transportation and processing arrangements however open the door for more questions, including our role in promoting more opportunities for climate change.


Two Years Later, Attitudes Toward Green are Looking Up

During the first SXSWEco in 2011, there was frustration over not being able to convince people outside the “green” community to embrace green products or philosophies. Two years and the rise of the sharing economy later, the third SXSWEco conference is more upbeat and positive.

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Twitter IPO Controversy Over All-Male Board of Directors

Twitter is about to launch their initial public offering. This public event has brought new focus to the fact that Twitter’s Board of Directors is all male. When Twitter CEO Dick Costolo was challenged on this issue by Vivek Wadhwa, a Fellow at the Stanford University Arthur & Toni Rembe Rock Center for Corporate Governance, … Continued

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Women in CSR: Brittany Lothe, SAP

Brittany Lothe, Head of Corporate Social Responsibility, SAP, talks about her career, inspiration and recent accomplishments in our Women in CSR series.


General Mills Shareholders Reject Producer Responsibility Recycling Strategies

Environmental advocates say they are disappointed that General Mills shareholders have rejected a resolution that would have led to the company’s adoption of EPR (extended producer responsibility) practices. But what does General Mills have to say about this idea, and what does it think is the real missing piece in the national recycling arena?

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Can Aspirationals’ Idea of Sustainable Consumption Bring a Better Future?

The new Aspirational Consumer Index offers a fresh glimpse into the rise of the Aspirationals, more than a third of the consumers worldwide who are uniting style, social status and sustainability values to redefine consumption. But is the future shaped by the Aspirationals’ sustainable shopping habits necessarily a sustainable one?