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.

SPECIAL SERIES: From Farm to Factory: A 3 Part Series on Social Impacts in Apparel

Addressing Forced Labor in the Garment Industry

The first inklings of international labor standards were hammered out almost a century ago, with the optimism that human rights abuses could be managed through international consensus. Today, those concepts seem far less realistic, especially when it comes to the growing garment industry and the profitable cotton trade. But organizations, consumers and businesses are making strides at lessening the social impact of forced labor and child labor in the cotton supply chain.

Top 4 International CSR Insights for Fortune 500 Companies

How can companies scale their corporate social responsibility programs internationally — without incurring extra risk? Founder and CEO of UniversalGiving, Pamela Hawley, provides four key ideas for companies to keep in mind as their CSR programs expand.

Fallout From the Oregon Takeover Continues

The Bundy net widens with 14 new arrests and indictments over the 2014 Nevada standoff and the recent takeover of the Malheur Wildlife Refuge in Oregon.

Social Enterprises: The Fourth Sector

The social enterprise is the end product of the public, private and social sectors meshing into each other; they are the new “fourth sector” of the economy.

Photos: What Wild Seaweed Teaches Us About Marine Ecosystems

Shilpi Chhotray, founder of Samudra Skin & Sea, describes the unique process of wild-harvesting seaweed on the California coastline. The process is conducted by hand, requires minimal resources and is an excellent example of ensuring vibrant marine ecosystems.