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.

Why Does Long-Termism Matter?

What does the focus on the future of our people, planet, and profits ultimately boil down to? Long-termism. We’ve seen an accelerated interest in the impact of long-termism on business and sustainability – inextricably linked as they are – through a number of different investor-focused efforts, like Larry Fink’s letter to BlackRock portfolio companies, the recommendations of the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD), and Nasdaq’s voluntary ESG reporting guidelines for the Nordic and Baltic markets, to name a few examples of many.

Canada’s NAFTA Upgrade Calls for Improved Worker Rights in U.S. and Mexico

The Trump administration may have high hopes for “modernizing” NAFTA, but so do Canada and Mexico. For Canada it starts with a lofty list of social improvements, including getting rid of US “right-to-work laws” and bringing Mexico’s labor rights in line with its northern neighbors.

Black Girls Code and General Motors Partner for STEM Opportunities in Detroit

San Francisco-based Black Girls Code has announced it will be partnering with General Motors as it moves ahead to build educational opportunities for girls of color in Detroit. Self-driving and electric cars will pave the way for more jobs for women, and both the not-for-profit and GM are getting ready.

How to Conceal with Flair: NRA Hosts First-Ever ‘Fashion Show’

The catwalk sported a new image this August, as the NRA unveiled its first-ever fashion show. The point on this runway, however, wasn’t what you could see on the models, but what you couldn’t. Paris couturiers, meet the American concealed weapon industry.

Gulf Flood Waters — Breeding Grounds For Mosquitoes, Raising Zika Concerns

For decades governments have been using insecticide spray and other chemicals to reduce the spread of mosquito-borne diseases. But now scientists have come up with another method, thanks to help from Nature — oh, and about 50 years of plodding through tropical jungles. The answer all along, was in the soil …

Baby Food for the 1%

It was really only a matter of time before the cold-pressed, cold-packed, hand-selected direct-to-your-door meal movement made its way to baby food. But is this start-up from Jennifer Garner and the former CEO of Annie’s Homegrown solving a real problem?

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Apparel Industry Stands by the Higg Index

It’s hard to imagine two brands more different  than Walmart and Patagonia, yet in 2009 they aligned their unique strengths and issued a call to the industry. In an invitation to some of the world’s largest retailers, then Walmart chief merchandising officer, John Fleming, and Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard proposed an industry collaboration unlike any attempted before. The idea was to join competitors together to develop an index to measure the environmental impact of their products.

NYC as a Zero Waste City: Implications for Businesses

Across the globe, cities are taking aggressive action to support reduction in trash to landfill, with important implications for businesses and residents. New York City has announced a goal of 90 percent diversion from landfill by the year 2030 in its One New York or OneNYC plan.