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.

Social Sustainability: How Well is Your Organization Doing?

Many organizations in the developed world struggle to understand what social sustainability has to do with them. Use this diagnostic, based on Max-Neef’s Human Needs, to uncover your areas for improvement: First, do no harm. Second, make a positive difference.

Toxic Lead: Nestle’s $100M Pot of Troubles in India

The Maggi brand is big business for Nestle, especially in India, where it is considered the go-to, inexpensive staple for many households. But the world’s biggest food manufacturer is in trouble with the government of India, which launched a suit for $100 million against Nestle for excessive lead levels in popular packaged noodles. Many of Maggi’s loyal consumers, however, could care less about the battle — they just want their noodles on the shelves.

Brazil Ups Arrests as Timber-Laundering Sweeps the Nation

More than 30 officials were arrested in Brazil after an investigation revealed local businessmen and sawmill owners were illegally tampering with documents, allowing them to increase the amount of timber harvested from their land.

Sustainable Aid: The Long-Term Solution to Poverty

Poverty has decreased very slightly over the past 30 years. In order for this issue to be solved, a new method of action needs to be taken. Using sustainable aid is the long-term solution to the issue of poverty. Not only does this approach provide a new beginning for families, but it also a brighter future for their communities.

Interface Dives In For New Belgium Brewing

A group of Interface employees are pictured on the company’s blog site in bathing suits in the Chattahoochee River in Atlanta holding carpet tiles that spell out, “We’re with you.” Why? They’re voicing support for New Belgium Brewing Co., which is facing a boycott in a Colorado town over donations to environmental groups.

Craft Breweries Support Sustainability

Craft breweries offer a sustainable alternative to Big Brewing. The craft brew industry is thriving, but the big boys are fighting back. Here’s a look at America’s exciting craft brew movement as it stands, and how small brewers contribute to local economies.

Time for Snack Food Companies to Commit to Ethical Palm Oil

Rainforest Action Network (RAN) is calling out 20 laggards that are, by refusing to enact strong palm oil procurement policies, allowing for social and environmental violations to spread on the other side of the world.

#NowTrending: Enlightened Brands

Enlightened brands are brands that have evolved to a higher state of consciousness. They take real, meaningful, sometimes even painful, action to make the world we share better. And they’re winning consumers over with their authentic messaging.

SmartHalo Exceeds Kickstarter Goal on Day One

Smart bike tools are smart marketing concepts these days, as Cyclelabs’ new Kickstarter project, SmartHalo, proved this week. It took less than 24 hours to make its goal of $50,000. (And the funding is still rising.) Intelligent planning, deep research and a lot of careful marketing put the campaign into overdrive. Oh, and a global love for cycling concepts.

H&M Launches Global Change Award To Further Textile Recycling

When it comes to Swedish clothing retailer H&M, the news just gets better. Earlier this week, we covered the company’s new denim clothing line made from recycled materials. On August 25, H&M Conscious Foundation, a nonprofit global foundation, announced the launch of its Global Change Award for textile recycling innovation.

What’s Reporting Without Culture?

Sustainability reporting as a process should involve employees and inspire them. Rather than being the headache it often is, it can be a tool to create elevated levels of empowerment and engagement of employees.

The Latest in Foundation Funding

With last week’s release of its 2014 Annual Report, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation announced plans to ‘retool’ its grant-making efforts in order to better ensure that its $6.4 billion in assets produce “transformative” change.