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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5 Innovators That Transformed the Climate Change Battle in 2014

Climate change warriors come in all sizes this year. From inspired scientists to committed corporations that see another way to track and minimize climate change and carbon footprints — the numbers of innovators that took up the challenge this year far exceeds our room for print. So, we’ve picked five of the most interesting. Judging from these accomplishments, 2015 should be a very interesting year.

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Has the Global Trade Engine Stalled?

Global trade may have reached its peak, and some economist are suggesting peak trade is why we’ve had a sluggish economic recovery.

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PG&E Smart Grid Lab Tests Battery Storage

Leading private- and public-sector energy players are joining to install and test a grid-scale battery storage system at PG&E’s Smart Grid Lab. Eos Energy Storage’s Aurora advanced battery storage technology will be at the test system’s core.

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SPECIAL SERIES: Sustainably Attired

Manufacture NY: The New Model for Sustainable Innovation

New York City’s apparel manufacturing sector is about to get a makeover: To reignite local fashion manufacturing and spur economic development, the city recently announced it will invest $3.5 million to help launch the fashion incubator Manufacture New York, a co-location center with sustainability in its DNA.

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Western New York: 2030

Western New York in 2030: People are realizing that intangibles, like the richness of one’s social network, meaningful employment and the depth of sharing, are far stronger drivers of happiness and well-being than material wealth.

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How Toms Shoes and Warby Parker Give Differently

Companies typically execute one of two corporate social responsibility strategies: vertical or horizontal. Find out how Toms Shoes and Warby Parker use these two giving strategies to make a difference.

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Upsolar Promotes Energy Freedom with New Home Solar Loans

Upsolar is offering homeowners a path to “Energy Freedom” with a comprehensive, lifelong solar loan program. For zero-down, homeowners can take out a 20-year, 5.99 percent fixed rate loan that covers installation, operations and maintenance over a home PV system’s entire life.

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The Street Store: A Lesson for the Sharing Economy?

The South Africa-based Street Store may be less than a year old, but its brand name is already recognized in cities across the globe. Its secret? It isn’t trying to sell anything. And best of all, it’s the communities its principles touch that are getting the message out. Pure sharing economy ethics 101.

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Contingency Planning for the Supply Chain

Responding to unplanned events is the core of contingency planning. Learn how a contingency plan can prevent your business from a major setback.