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: Disrupting Short-Termism

SAP Develops Workforce of the Future

SAP has turned workforce management into a competitive advantage through some outside-the-box thinking. Programs that support employees with autism widen the hiring pool, and formal opportunities in “intrapreneurship” give high-energy employees the chance to give entrepreneurship a try.

Supply Chain Sustainability Takes Center Stage in Cannes

The Cannes red carpet is more about glitz than sustainable fashion. Kering, the official fashion partner of the annual international film festival, might change that. Parent to brands such as Volcom, Stella McCartney and Gucci, Kering is the first multinational company to publicly estimate the environmental costs of activities across its entire supply chain.

Chevron Called to Carpet for Trying to Buy Local Election

Ahead of Chevron’s shareholder meeting on May 27, community members from Richmond, California, delivered over 100,000 petition signatures in support of a shareholder resolution that calls on Chevron to end its spending to influence elections.

These Social Impact Ads Will Make You Smile

Studies show that millennials want to buy from companies that are interested in more than profit. They want to support brands that care. Here’s a lineup of the newest and most beautiful social impact ads from companies, a band and a city that care.

SPECIAL SERIES: Disrupting Short-Termism

CVS Wants to Help Cities Safely Dispose of Old Medications

Between 10 and 30 percent of all prescription and over-the-counter drugs sold are left unconsumed, and all those leftover medications pose significant risks to public health and the environment. But CVS Health has decided it wants to do its part to stem the tide of prescription and over-the-counter medications filling up our medicine cabinets and clogging our waterways.

Public Transit, Urban Density No Climate Panacea

A Boston University study maps carbon emissions over a period of more than 30 years. What is the outcome and how can we manage growth, decline and sprawl in metropolitan cities and suburbs? We discuss these issues with Anne M Krieg, AICP, former Boston resident and director of planning, economy and community development in Bridgton, Maine.

Momentum Builds for Sports Teams’ Transition to LED

Big-name sports teams in baseball, basketball, football and hockey are warming up to the idea of installing LED (light-emitting diode) technology in their stadiums to improve performance and save on electricity costs.

The Next Stage of Organizational Evolution

The current shift in business is what biomimicry expert Giles Hutchins refers to as a shift from ‘firms of the past’ to firms of the future: businesses inspired by nature, ones more akin to living ecosystems than machines, and resonating with a deeper ecological awareness birthing in us.

Industrial Farming’s Food for Thought

On a cold night last January, stakeholders made the trek to Austin, Minnesota, for the annual shareholder meeting of Hormel Foods. Among the issues to be voted on that night was a shareholder proposal asking Hormel to disclose the risks associated with allowing producers to lock breeding pigs in tiny cages called gestation crates.

EDF: Green Supply Chains a Priority for Major Companies

Greening the supply chain is a common thread and a “key priority” for companies, including Kellogg’s, Walmart, Anheuser-Busch, Apple, Adidas, General Mills, H&M, Lowes, CVS and Hershey, wrote Jason Mathers on the Environmental Defense Fund business blog.

Apple Talks Corporate Social Responsibility

Get an inside glimpse of Apple’s corporate responsibility effort from Jacky Haynes, senior director of supplier responsibility for the tech giant.