SAP is a company that makes its living providing information tools for businesses to better understand their business through quantitative reporting (including sustainability reporting) and enterprise resource planning software. Hence, one would expect their Annual Sustainability Report to be a highly readable and information-rich document, which is exactly what it is.
Month: March 2012
Starbucks and Stonyfield are among the growing number of companies in the United States that are fronting more of the costs of their recycling efforts.
Colgate-Palmolive announced their sustainability objectives leading up to 2015 in a CSR report, Giving the World Reasons to Smile, which centers around the concepts of people, performance, and planet. Focus areas of improvement are stated as promoting health, contributing to communities, saving water, and reducing climate and environmental impact.
Realizing the pressure of a recent shareholder resolution, Goldman Sachs was able to get the largest public employee and health care workers’ union in the country, AFSCME, to pull their proposal regarding Lloyd Blankfein’s role as both CEO and chairman of the board. In lieu of yanking the proposal, Goldman will change its board structure and appoint a “lead director” to its board.
Kathrin WInkler, VP Corp. Sust. at EMC, talks about the role of women in the sustainability industry, whether energy efficiency is enough and quantifying sustainability efforts.
Expired food at supermarkets is a huge source of waste. Zero Gachis is an app that would allow merchants to set discounted prices on soon to expire product, that nearby app users would be alerted of, and in the process, accumulate points that will equal cash donations to area food banks.
A former ad-exec in North Carolina, Nancy Welsh wants to stop the tear-down epidemic and use the resource of America’s boarded up homes to help solve the housing crisis. Her group Builders of Hope has repeated the recipe in several US cities.
Two companies may have found a solution, creating drop-in jet fuel from biomass. Not only have the companies created the jet fuel, but the fuel has also passed rigorous military testing.
AeroFarms is state-of-the-art controlled growing environment that enables local communities and farmers to grow over 250 leafy greens without sun, or soil and with 90% less water.
In 1905 GE established its financial services business with the launch of a small utility finance company. Now as we face an uncertain 21st century, GE is now a global green business financier.
Bill Gates is dedicating an increasing amount of time and resources in pursuit of clean energy solutions. His goal is to get the world’s emissions to zero within 75 years.
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