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.

Harvard Business School's Michael E. Porter delivers the keynote at the 2014 Shared Value Leadership Summit.

Can Shared Value Successfully Connect ‘Davos Men’ with the ‘Square People’?

Earlier this month Thomas Friedman wrote on the New York Times about two very different groups trying to shape the economic environment worldwide. The first was “Davos men”–the “transnational, cosmopolitan elite drawn from high-tech, finance, multinationals, academics and NGOs,” who regularly attend the Davos World Economic Forum. The second group was the “square people”–according to Friedman, it includes mostly young people, who are aspiring to a higher standard of living and more liberty, seeking either reform or revolution in their country (depending on their existing government) and “demanding a new social contract.”

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Sustainable Brands ‘14 Preview: Arrow Electronics on CSR Metrics

At the upcoming Sustainable Brands ’14 San Diego conference (June 2-5), Rich Kylberg, Vice President of Global Marketing and Communications at Arrow, will discuss the convergence of the company’s rebranding and CSR program. I caught up with him for a quick preview conversation about CSR metrics.

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Stories & Beer on Zero Deforestation

Join 3p ONLINE or IN PERSON for May’s “Stories & Beer” where Nick Aster will speak to Sara Santiago and Phil Covington on the issue of deforestation.

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New Syngas Production Partnership Coming for Western Canada

What do you get when you combine the resources of a forward-thinking Canadian petroleum company and an innovative American syngas company? The answer brings new fuel production possibilities to Canada’s methane-rich western provinces, and according to one source, a cheaper way to produce biogas.

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Women in CSR: Leah Seligmann, NRG Energy

Leah Seligmann, Director of Sustainability, NRG Energy, talks about her career, inspiration and recent accomplishments in our Women in CSR series.

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Solazyme Produces Algae-Based Lubricant for Cleaner Drilling and Fracking

Solazyme’s latest announcement brings the versatile the company into the oilfield services market. It features Encapso, a highly effective, encapsulated lubricant that is far cleaner than its predecessors and can also be used to enhance drilling performance and production rates.

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Green is the New Black: How Consumers Feel About Sustainable Apparel

From the beginning of civil societies, people have expressed their history, traditions, culture and occupations through clothing. From the humble beginnings of homemade garments to the fast fashion world, styles created in the sketchbooks of designers have been embraced across the globe. There is tremendous room for improving the elemental features of the fashion industry that can reinforce the relation between the maker and the user.