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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Joule Assets Sees Outsized Returns Investing in Negawatts

Joule Assets’ co-founders and Energy Reduction Assets Fund portfolio managers Mike Gordon and Dennis Quinn see above-market returns for investors in an industry first: a demand response fund that monetizes energy savings. They’ve raised $100 million and intend to raise another $200 million – $300 million.


The Leadership Battle Among Sustainability Transparency Organizations

The battle is being played out on the respective turfs of the IIRC, SASB and the GRI, where IIRC and SASB are focused on what investors want to know in order to make more money and GRI is focused on what companies are doing to the world that makes it more or less sustainable.

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When Regulation Serves Business Interests

The Executive Director of the Center for Environmental Health explains that when businesses and health advocates collaborate for better government regulations, everyone wins.

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Women in CSR: Kathy Hannan, KPMG

Kathy Hannan, National Managing Partner, Diversity and Corporate Responsibility, KPMG, talks about her career, inspiration and recent accomplishments in our Women in CSR series.


Why Collaboration is the Foundation of a Sustainable Future

Public-private partnerships are addressing societal challenges. If we want to halt climate change, ensure future access to water, develop technologies to maintain food security and mitigate disease by 2050, we need more collaboration and initiatives that advance broader collective impact.


EPA’s New Greenhouse Gas Emission Standards Now Open for Public Comment

After a three-month delay, the EPA has published its proposed new carbon and GHG emsissions performance standards for new power plants in the Federal Register. Staunchly opposed by coal, fossil fuel and utility industry interests, the proposed new performance standards conform with “EPA’s original factual and legal rationale for selecting CCS (carbon capture and storage) technology as the basis for the emission standards.”


Finding Gooey Goodness in Nutella’s Huge Supply Chain

These days, what with the focus on carbon emissions, we’re prompted to think of large supply chains as detractors to a company’s success. But curiously, Nutella has turned that image problem to a benefit. You tell us: Will it work?

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How Entrepreneurs Are Helping the UN Solve Social Problems

Through its Global Entrepreneurs Council, the UN Foundation is engaging entrepreneurs in public-private partnerships to solve global social problems. Every two years, 10 leading entrepreneurs are recruited to be part of the council and provide their innovative thinking to problems that, as a group, they decide to focus on. The latest council is focused on women and girls, among other issues.


Newlight Makes Plastic Out of Thin Air (Not Oil)

What if we could pull CO2 out of the air and convert it into something useful, something that requires the generation of CO2 to produce today? That is exactly what a company called Newlight Technologies is doing. Its patented technology extracts carbon from the air and converts it into long-chain polymers that can be used as substitutes for oil-based plastics.