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.

California’s Unexpected Water Conservation Leaders: Commercial Property Owners

California Gov. Jerry Brown recently issued a 25 percent water-use reduction mandate. One group that’s not concerned: corporate property owners. Many corporations and commercial property investors are already leaders in water conservation measures for office, industrial and other commercial facilities. However, if the rules become even stricter, conserving even more water could present a challenge.

France Bans Roundup, While Monsanto Eyes U.K. as New Home

The Europeans’ love-hate relationship with Monsanto can be dizzying at times. While the American agrichemical company is courting (or trying to court) its Swiss competitor Syngenta, Monsanto is also reportedly looking for a home in the U.K., an area not historically known for its enthusiasm for the GMO industry. Meanwhile, in a move that seems suspiciously coincidental, France took rapid steps to ban the sale of Roundup on Sunday. And Syngenta’s stockholders? Still unimpressed with American brashness.

Pressure Builds on Amazon to Clean Up Data Center Energy Use

Amazon Web Services is investing in what is to be the largest solar energy farm in Virginia, a step on the path toward 100 percent renewable power for its cloud-data centers. The 80 megawatt solar farm will amount to only a drop in the bucket, however, environmental and green economy advocates say.

3p Weekend: 8 Simple Ideas That Save Lives

When it comes to life-changing solutions — and life in general, if you ask us — it’s often the simple things that make the biggest impact. This week we tip our hats to eight simple ideas that save lives.

Volkswagen Puts Forests on the Ledger

The Garcia River Forest, a 24,000 acre tract in Northern California, is under restoration thanks to carbon offsets purchased by Volkswagen and its customers.

The Rise of the For-Profit, Socially-Responsible Corporation in Canada

Traditionally, for-profit corporations have one mandate — to maximize shareholder value. Several jurisdictions in the United States have recognized the market for a new type of for-profit corporation, the benefit corporation, which has a triple bottom line: profit, people, and the planet. It’s time for Canada to do the same, these two lawyers argue.

Multinational Businesses and the Plight of the Rohingya

Even in a more open and democratic Burma, the Rohingya, an ethnic Muslim minority, continue to suffer. And there isn’t a single actor — governmental, corporate or otherwise — willing to take responsibility.

Trust, Brand Value and Fossil Fuel Companies

Anyone who watched the Boston Red Sox get blown out by the Los Angeles Angels last week may have noticed a billboard behind home plate that read something to the effect of “because you trusted Gulf Oil at the pump … You can trust Gulf (Electricity) in your home.” Trust – it’s a big word in the world of branding, one which becomes all the more large and loaded when used by a fossil fuel company.

STEM Students Study Abroad for Social Good

A STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education is needed to solve rapidly increasing problems related to climate change, contamination, and food and water shortages. These students are getting a head start on understanding how they can use their degrees to solve some of the world’s biggest challenges.