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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SPECIAL SERIES: Sustainably Attired

Why is Slow Fashion So Slow to Catch On?

The realized growth in the fast fashion market has been astounding – and it’s leaving conventional apparel retailers in the dust. Yet recent events have shed light on questionable aspects of fast fashion’s modus operandi that are prompting some consumers to think twice.

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How Green Businesses Can Avoid Misleading Consumers

When companies make claims about their environmentally friendly practices that aren’t backed by facts or that are downright false, their credibility takes a hit. But what can well-intentioned business owners do to make sure they avoid the pitfalls of greenwashing?

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Vancouver, BC Canada: 2030

What will Vancouver, Canada’s largest West Coast city look like in 2030? One writer takes us on an imagined journey, using technology already in the making and concepts designed for a sustainable city of the future.

2014

A Year in CSR: The Top 10 Trends of 2014

2014 was a landmark year for CSR. In the past 365 days we saw more than 2.4 million people willingly douse themselves in ice-cold water, a football stadium-sized clothing recycling effort and ketchup turned into cars. As the year comes to a close, Cone Communications has evaluated a year’s-worth of CSR tracking to share the top 10 trends of 2014.

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The Avian Flu: The Low-Down for the New Year

British Columbia, Canada, Washington state and now Oregon — it’s been a breathtaking few weeks for the ag industry, as it wrestles with the implications of avian flu infections. Here’s our short overview of what’s happened this month and what it may mean for the poultry industry – and the consumer – next year.

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5 Innovators That Transformed the Climate Change Battle in 2014

Climate change warriors come in all sizes this year. From inspired scientists to committed corporations that see another way to track and minimize climate change and carbon footprints — the numbers of innovators that took up the challenge this year far exceeds our room for print. So, we’ve picked five of the most interesting. Judging from these accomplishments, 2015 should be a very interesting year.