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.

Volkswagen CSR Reports were the Tip-Off, Say Analysts

We invest a lot of faith in companies’ CSR programs, especially when they are companies we have known for years. So apparently, does the EPA, which missed indications in Volkswagen’s sustainability reports that suggested there was an ongoing problem.

The Moral Ark of the Universe: The Pope, Paris and Power

The Pope’s visit to the U.S. last week focused the nation on a moral challenge of biblical scale. Like Noah, we are called now to build an ark. But our ark will be the entire earth itself—a world rewired soon with clean energy.

Sustainability at PepsiCo Generated $375 Million in Cost Savings

PepsiCo’s recent claim that since 2010, it has reaped $375 million in savings due to its sustainability initiatives, is encouraging news. Improved water efficiency, packaging efficiency and waste diversion are amongst the reasons PepsiCo has been able to reduce its expenses the past several years.

The Sustainable Development Goals Need a Can-Do Attitude

Global Reporting Initiative’s Deputy Chief pushes back on all the Sustainable Development Goal pessimism that passed around last week. She sees hope, opportunity and a technical path forward, all outlined here.

Closed Loop Fund Reveals First Recycling Investments, But Will There Be Impact?

The Closed Loop Fund announced the first three investments that it claims will increase recycling rates and reduce the annual $5 billion that cash-strapped cities and counties currently spend on trash collection and landfills. But some critics are not buying into what companies such as Walmart and P&G say is a bold initiative to divert waste from America’s landfills.

Do You Know Your Soy Footprint?

The Paris-based Consumer Goods Forum (CGF), an international coalition of retailers and consumer goods manufacturers, says it is taking steps to solve the problems of soy and deforestation–hence, we may soon start hearing about a “soy footprint.”

How Two Dogged Clean Air Sleuths Exposed Massive VW Deceit

Two eco-experts smelled a rat – actually, nitrogen oxide, a sugary-smelling but dangerous air pollutant – belching out of Volkswagen diesel engines made for the European market. Here’s how it all went down.

Voluntary Mechanisms to Mandatory Action

The $250 trillion firepower of the world’s capital markets needs actionable information to decarbonize their portfolios. Regulators need to make this mandatory.

SPECIAL SERIES: 3p Explores Climate Week NYC 2015

Global Fossil Fuel Divestment Assets Reach $2.6 Trillion

Yesterday’s announcement at Climate Week NYC by Divest-Invest blows the lid off last year’s goals to urge companies, organizations and private investors to divest from fossil fuels. Conservative estimates were aimed at tripling last year’s divestment numbers of $50 billion. This year’s divestment of $2.6 trillion is 50 times last year’s record.