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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SPECIAL SERIES: The Circular Economy and Green Electronics

The State of Green Electronics: Where We Are Now

The electronics of tomorrow hold both great technological promise and the potential for environmental peril, says Robert Frisbee, CEO of the Green Electronics Council. Things like 3-D printers, wearables, converged devices and the cloud will continue to revolutionize how we interact with the world and with one another. Underlying that innovation are new challenges that need to be addressed.

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Is Mass Balance Pushing Your Chocolate Bar Too Far?

Big chocolate is jumping in the fair trade movement — thanks to mass balance. Commodities are difficult to track and mass balance makes it easier. But critics argue to pushes the chocolate bar past the point of fair trade recognition. Two industry experts share their perspectives on whether mass balance helps or hinders the fair trade movement.

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Three-Point Strategy to Tackle Public Trust: Why It Matters

Overall public confidence in business has hit a five-year low, sitting below 50 percent, according to the Edelman 2015 Global Trust Barometer. These results have major implications for those of us pushing sustainability agendas within our companies and to our customers. Trust is the cornerstone of an effective sustainability strategy. The study, however, suggests that globally companies are losing trust by underperforming in two key areas: integrity and engagement.

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General Mills Tracks Its Impact Across the Value Chain

In its 45th annual Global Responsibility Report, released last week, General Mills tracks its impact across the value chain and calculates its progress. From sustainable sourcing to energy made from Greek yogurt leftovers, check out how the food giant is embracing sustainability.

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The Patron Saint of Petén

Guatemala’s Petén region is home to the Maya Biosphere reserve, one of the world’s largest rainforests. The reserve’s status as protected land hangs in the balance as corrupt politicians push to mine it for oil and drug traffickers slash and burn. José Román Carrera is on track to beat them all and transform the region into the world’s largest network of sustainable community collectives. Will it cost him his life?

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SCOTUS to Foreign Victims of Corporate Human Rights Abuse: Stay Away

Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear plaintiffs’ appeal in Cardona v. Chiquita Brands International, a lawsuit brought by victims of terrorism and crimes against humanity in Colombia. The Court may also have, once and for all, shut the door to the American courts for individuals harmed by American corporations abroad.

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Etsy and the B Corp IPO: Sustainability Meets Wall Street

While Boulder, Colorado-based Rally Software broke the barrier as the first B Corp to go public in April 2013, last week, the much larger Etsy took the baton in an IPO valuing the company at $3.38 billion. It may only be the second B Corp IPO, but if you take a closer look, some of the hottest IPOs in recent years have been openly purpose-driven companies.

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Tips to Keep Your Sensitive Organizational Assets Secure

Many companies think that their assets and data are secure, only to find at some point that they too have fallen victim to a hacker. Don’t let your company be the next data-breach victim. Follow these four steps to ensure optimal security for your organizational assets.

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Rana Plaza Two Years Later: Fast Fashion, Fast Destruction

On April 24, 2013, the Rana Plaza factory building collapsed in the city of Dhaka, Bangladesh. That day at 8:57 a.m. local time, 1,134 people died and over 2,500 were injured in the name of fast fashion. Two years later, has anything changed?

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SPECIAL SERIES: Sustainably Attired

Social Media Campaign Calls for Fashion Supply Chain Transparency

In support of Fashion Revolution Day, people around the world are taking to social media today, snapping selfies, tagging brands and asking them “#whomademyclothes. The campaign marks the second anniversary of the Rana Plaza factory collapse, and seeks to use the tragedy “to shed light and bring some transparency to what has become a really hidden and secretive industry.”