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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Poll Shows Most Small Business Owners Oppose Offshore Tax Havens

A recent poll conducted by the American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC) and Main Street Alliance (MSA) found some 85 percent of small business owners oppose a territorial tax system, which would permanently exempt offshore profits from U.S. taxation.

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Book Review: Changing Business from the Inside Out by Tim Mohin

Reading Tim Mohin’s book “Changing Business from the Inside Out: A Treehugger’s Guide to Working in Corporations” was a refreshing experience. There are many great books that discuss every possible element of CSR and sustainability, but this is the first one I am familiar with that is written from the perspective of a CSR practitioner.

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Could the GRI G4 Guidelines Become Too Burdensome For Business?

Next month, the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) will host its global conference in Amsterdam, a three-day event that will round up the top sustainability professionals and corporate social responsibility thinkers across the globe. Among the key topics under discussion is the upcoming rollout of the G4 guidelines.

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Corporations Can’t Ignore Climate Change

When it comes to climate-related challenges, it’s in the long-term interest of corporations, investors and other major economic players to adjust business-as-usual models in favor of new, more sustainable models that ensure future prosperity.

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Verizon is Dialing in to Shared Success

Last week, Verizon issued their 2012 Annual Report. For the second year in a row, the company used an integrated reporting format which includes their CSR report alongside the traditional financials. Verizon saw revenues of $115.8 billion, up from $110.9 billion last year. Two-thirds of that came from their wireless business.

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Conscious Capitalism: Changing the Narrative of Business

John Mackey, co-author of Conscious Capitalism, wants us to move away from a narrative that declares corporations to be sociopathic villains that need to be controlled. Instead, we should recognize business and capitalism as a powerful force for good in the world, one that deserves credit for having “lifted humanity up out of the dirt.”

How eco-conscious are most luxury brands?

Gucci Launches Deforestation-Free Handbag Line

The renowned Italian brand Gucci recently made a giant leap into sustainability. They chose to partner with Livia Firth and the Rainforest Alliance to produce the world’s first handbag line using leather from Rainforest Alliance Certified ranches.

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Go Ahead, Tax My Bag

If you bring your own bags to the grocery store, you’re in a growing majority. Studies show 54% of American consumers bring their own bags. That’s the good news, but here’s the rub: those who bring their own bags subsidize the cost of “free” bags for those who do not, essentially punishing behavior that benefits us all.

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High School Students Learn What ‘Green’ Means in Detroit

WARM Training Center’s Detroit Youth Energy Squad (DYES) held a panel discussion highlighting what “green” and sustainability in Detroit mean from a variety of perspectives. The panel was organized to enrich and contextualize the experience of students participating in DYES after-school programs across the city.