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.

Many entrepreneurs and the enterprises they create have the potential to create beneficial social and environmental impacts as well as financial returns. Photo credit: Flickr/Engineering for Change

Accelerators: A Critical Component for Scaling Environmental Entrepreneurship

There needs to be enough entrepreneurs and small and growing businesses (SGBs) out there to address today’s complex, global challenges. These businesses must also have the capacity to take on the type of capital that impact investors have to offer. Accelerators and incubators are and will be increasingly critical to achieving these goals.

China's sprawling Baiyan Obo mine, which provides a substantial amount of today's rare earths.

New Technology for Hybrid Car Motors Leaves Rare Earth Behind

Researchers throughout North America have come up with possible prototypes for electric motors that get around the use of the precious and environmentally costly magnets that are produced from rare earth, and make the hybrid car more environmentally friendly.

Increased opportunities for local small businesses

Open Letter to Bank of America

An opportunity for an innovative banking program involving small business loans that will not only help strengthen the economy and increase your customer base, but also support your efforts in responsible business practices, community engagement, and customer retention.

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We Did It!

Our crowdfunding campaign experiment paid off.

Ryder: Collaboration is a Must for Natural Gas Expansion

Natural gas is cleaner than diesel, the fuel is cheaper, and supply is abundant and domestic. Yet significant challenges must be overcome before natural gas vehicle technology can become a bigger factor in transportation and our economy.

Bangkok wants Zara to Detox!

Zara Commits to Go Toxic-Free by 2020

On Saturday, Greenpeace announced that Zara has agreed to eliminate all discharge of hazardous chemicals from its supply chain and products by 2020. As always, the Greenpeace campaign provided not just impressive results, but also some valuable lessons. Here are five of them.

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Men vs. Women in Sustainability Shopping

When it comes to purchasing sustainable products are men or women more likely customers? Multiple studies have shown that women make 80 to 85% of consumer purchasing decisions, but does that hold true for sustainable goods and services, too?