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.

Addressing the Cost of Home Heating for Working Families

Nearly a fifth of American wage earners face a real struggle paying their home heating bills. Fortunately, there are programs in place in every state to help. But are they enough? Researchers say low-income heating energy assistance is vital, but it’s only part of the answer: more needs to be done to ensure the country’s working families have access to energy efficient homes and services, too.

Global Food Companies Neglect Water — And It’s Hurting the Bottom Line

Among global food companies, there is a “drought” of water-aware boards of directors. And for an industry that uses 70 percent of the world’s fresh water, on a warming planet with scarcer resources, that lack of awareness is a concern. Investors are zeroing in on how companies are tackling water and sustainability risks, and increasingly they’re focusing on the board room.

Climate Inaction is Fiscally Irresponsible, Says GAO

“The Government Accountability Office — if you will, the chief bean counter — is basically telling us that this is costing us a lot of money,” Sen. Maria Cantwell of Washington told the New York Times. “We need to understand that as stewards of the taxpayer that climate is a fiscal issue.”

Cargill and WRI Map Out a Global Cocoa Footprint

According to a recent update from Cargill, its work with World Resources Institute has resulted in the mapping of 2.3 million acres of its cocoa supply chain across three continents – a step in preventing additional deforestation tied to the global chocolate industry.

A Year in CSR: The Top 10 Trends of 2017

In the past year, we’ve seen companies take this challenge and run – with compelling campaigns standing up for social justice issues, companies tackling disaster relief in new and effective ways and organizations sparking conversations on sometimes uncomfortable topics. We believe we will look back at 2017 not as the year of inaction, but the moment business took the plunge – going all in on comprehensive and compelling corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives.

Beyond Meat Joins the Burger Bar at TGI Fridays

Beyond Meat’s vegan burgers are now in thousands of grocery stores across the nation, a testament to their success on the grocery isle. In January, they make their debut in a major restaurant chain. What does the brand’s expansion say about the future of the iconic American hamburger? One major meat producer has already decided. This week it increased its investment in the growing success of plant-based technology.

CEOs Showed Backbone in 2017; How More Can Step up Next Year

Over and over – from the proposed ban on transgender military services members to the proposal to end DACA protections for America’s DREAMers – CEO activism made 2017 a year when business leaders moved out of their comfort zones to take public stands for causes they believe in and issues they care about.

A Gift Guide for Social Entrepreneurs

This list includes top picks for impressing the socially conscious entrepreneurs in your life with gifts that serve a higher purpose: transforming business into a force for good.