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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3p Twitter Chat: Walmart’s Global Responsibility Report, April 24th

Over the course of the last few years, Walmart has continued to strengthen its commitment to environmental stewardship and sustainability.  Ambitious improvements to its global supply chain, the widespread adoption of the Walmart sustainability index and major investments in renewable energy as well as a commitment to locally sourced food have propelled Walmart to a leadership position in … Continued

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Ben & Jerry’s Social Mission

Although Ben & Jerry’s is owned by Unilever, they continue to pursue their own social initiatives: Caring Dairy, fair trade and anti-GMO efforts.

An H&M Panel at Vogue Examines How to Make Fashion More Sustainable

Last week, H&M hosted a panel at Vogue Headquarters in Times Square on the efforts within the fashion industry to become more sustainable. Can a fast fashion company be sustainable? How it can promote sustainability among consumers that don’t care too much about it in the first place?

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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.