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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Mars & 360 More U.S. Businesses Sign Climate Declaration

Ahead of a major President Obama climate speech, Mars and 360 small businesses join with GM and other major companies to sign the BICEP Climate Declaration, a project of the sustainable business organization Ceres.

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Women in CSR: Joanne Howard, Spectra Energy

Joanne Howard, Manager, Sustainability, Spectra Energy, talks about her career, inspiration and recent accomplishments in our Women in CSR series.

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Supreme Court Slaps L.A. Clean Truck Program

The Supreme Court has ruled in favor—at least in part—of a trucking industry group’s challenge to the Port of Los Angeles Clean Truck Program, which features a comprehensive licensing program on the port’s freight truck traffic.


Can a Bottled Water Company Create “Shared Value”?

When a company labels its Annual CSR Report as Creating Shared Value, you have to stop and wonder if they’re responding to the latest buzzword in the market or leveraging its potential by truly embedding it into their reporting and cultural framework.

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Sir Richard Branson’s Plan B For Sustainable Business

Sir Richard Branson and Jochen Zeitz have partnered with Unilever and other key stakeholders to launch The B Team’s Plan B agenda for sustainable business, but companies like TransCanada and Exxon present enormous obstacles to the Plan B mission.


Why the Carbon Bubble Will Burst

The economic consequences of a warming world will be severe, but there’s still time to lessen them despite a carbon bubble, says Forum for the Future.

Is There Any Hope for Sustainable Investing?

This post looks at the different ways to pick sustainable companies to invest in, potential flaws in existing models, and if sustainable companies will produce long term results that are better than the market average.


Interview: How Labor Link Plans to Get Companies Caring About Suppliers

What if instead of trying to improve these periodic audits and inspections companies would focus their efforts on establishing direct communication lines with the workers to learn firsthand in real time on problems that need to be fixed or how well offered solutions are working?

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Sustainability Reporting: What Does “Good” Look Like?

Sustainability reporting is becoming commonplace for businesses that want to communicate with and engage their stakeholders. However, amidst the deluge of information available, it can be difficult to determine what makes a report relevant and valuable.