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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Detroit Public Schools’ Go Green Program Makes Progress

The Detroit Public Schools Go Green program began in November, but participation has been enthusiastic and widespread. Midyear awards recognized schools that went beyond energy reduction and initiated their own bonus green projects.

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Spotlight on the Sharing Economy: Q&A with Couchsurfing

Couchsurfing is a free service that connects a global community of more than 5.5 million members in 97,000 cities across the world. The community is made up of people who are eager to share their homes and their lives to promote tolerance, create new experiences and simply have fun together.

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Single Mums Lead in Global Green Spending

Women control nearly two-thirds of consumer spending, causing one marketing agency to identify mums as “the most powerful audience on the planet.”

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Does Materiality Serve Regulators or Stakeholders?

A panel of experts disagreed about exactly how materiality should be used in sustainability reporting. One camp felt that sustainability reporting should be centered around a legal/regulatory view of materiality. The other group felt that sustainability reporting should focus on what matters to a company’s stakeholder groups.

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A Dose of Reality at the New York GreenBiz Forum

When Jeff Rice, Senior Director of Sustainability at Walmart, confesses that consumer response to their progressive environmental strategy is virtually non-existent, the reality becomes clear that, more than 10 years into the modern sustainability movement, we are pedaling uphill, against the wind.

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SEC Allows Shareholders to Challenge Banks’ Climate Policies

Earlier this month the SEC allowed a climate change proposal to remain on PNC’s proxy ballots. This decision reversed an earlier approach the SEC had, where it allowed financial services and insurance companies to exclude similar climate change resolutions from their shareholder because they concerned what the SEC called “ordinary business.”

LCA, Life Cycle Assessment, Nutrition

How Using Life Cycle Assessment Is Like Trying To Eat Healthy

Companies often face trade-offs when evaluating the environmental impacts of a product. Whereas a nutritional label reports calories, fat content, and the like, LCA reports deal in climate change impacts, acidification, ozone depletion, and so on. Trade-offs are inherent, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.