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.

The Economics of Natural Capital

Most businesses are dependent on Mother Nature to extract natural resources and most businesses benefit from ecosystem services. However it is becoming clear that these assets are finite and we simply don’t have enough natural materials to meet the linear supply and demand economy.

Volkswagen Scandal Ripples Through Entire Auto Industry

EPA is “upping its game” in response to the Volkswagen scandal and “putting manufacturers on notice” that the agency will be looking specifically for defeat devices. He wouldn’t give away any specifics, except to let manufacturers know that “we will be keeping your car longer.”

Japan Smart Cities Project Wraps Up With Impressive Results

Smart cities are expected to be an $8 trillion market by 2030, with primary sectors including energy, public service, home network, and healthcare. A recent pilot in Japan showed impressive results, especially when combined with behavior change initiatives.

Be Part of a Movement: The Biomimicry Track at SXSW Eco

What if biomimicry influenced as many areas of human endeavor as possible, from urban renaissance, to food security, to CO2 drawdown? Janine Benyus shares some highlights from the upcoming SXSWeco biomimicry track.

Five Strategies to Promote Diversity in Tech

Diversity in the tech community is a hot topic these days as several industry giants like Facebook, Twitter, and Google try to shed the unfavorable public perception of being a boys club. It’s no secret that Silicon Valley is made up predominately of straight, white, men. However, there are several tech companies who are aware of the lack of diversity and have made a commitment to undergo significant changes. These five strategies will help tech companies build more diverse, inclusive and resilient organizations.

XPrize to Pay $20M for Successful Carbon Capture + Conversion

Always wanted to win $20 million? Well, now’s your chance. Figure out how, and what to convert the world’s carbon emissions to, and you’ll have the attention of scientists all over the world. Oh, and you may just solve one of the biggest challenges yet facing our battle against climate change.

Volkswagen, Audi Return 2009 & 2010 Green Car of the Year Awards

Volkswagen and Audi agreed to return “Green Car of the Year” awards bestowed upon them in 2009 and 2010 for “clean diesel” models in the wake of the unfolding emissions scandal that could cost the company up to $18 billion in fines and penalties.

17 Goals to Rule Them All: How the SDGs Can Benefit Organizations

Ultimately, the SDGs will affect organizations and institutions of all shapes and sizes, from the European Union to municipalities and corporations, and engagement from a wide scale of actors will be crucial in shaping the future agenda. The playing field and the adoption of the SDGs marks a new era for both the public and private sector to deepen and broaden their sustainability efforts.

Honest Tea: It Ain’t Easy Being Mission-Based

Honest Tea, based in Bethesda, Maryland, recently issued its annual sustainability report, touting the achievements and challenges faced by the 17-year-old tea and infusion bottler.

Why America Needs Worker Co-Ops More Than Ever

America was meant to be a land of endless possibilities and self-determination. This country was established to give religious and economic freedom to its citizenry. Adams, Jefferson, Franklin, and other signers of the Declaration of Independence knew their proclamations would mean very little without economic freedom. Money is and always has been a major part of the “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” that was promised to Americans. Worker-owned companies can fulfill that promise.

For the SDGs to Succeed, Combine Old and New Power

Many of us have heard about public-private partnerships and other multi-stakeholder initiatives. But what if we looked at a new type of partnership- between large organizations and a generation of grassroots change-makers looking to make a difference?

Companies, Communities Step Up to Inspire Nations to Help Syrian Refugees

If Nova Scotia’s Mi’kaq First Nations are successful in their petition to the Canadian government, the island of Cape Breton will be a new home for Syrian refugees. And if the Israeli company SodaStream gets its way, it will be able to provide jobs for 1,000 refugees – in Israel. A variety of companies and communities are stepping up to help the burgeoning flow of refugees – in some cases, to the consternation of their governments. Is this the new humanitarian movement, or just a gentle encouragement for governments to help? Either way, they are committed to making a difference in Syria’s humanitarian crisis.