Month: November 2012
More than 800 million people around the world start their day without adequate access to clean, potable water. Water.org is partnering with Zynga, the creator of the social networking game FarmVille2, to change this.
After Dr. Gilles-Eric Séralini came out to blow the whistle on the many corporate scientists in bed with Monsanto, Kaiser Permanente, the largest managed care organization in the United States, published an item in their newsletter citing the health risks associated with GMO-based foods and warning the public to avoid them.
The Humane Society of the U.S. (HSUS) filed a complaint with USDA’s Office of the Inspector General asking them to investigate the National Pork Board’s (NPB) potential use of federal checkoff money to support the National Pork Producer Council’s (NPPC) lobbying efforts.
The National Council of Chain Restaurants claims the EPA’s Renewable Fuel Standard and corn ethanol production cost restaurants billions annually.
Ghana must generate 10 percent of its electricity from alternative sources by 2020, and it has cast an eye on quite an unorthodox, yet plentifully available resource: human excrement.
Alex Bogusky doesn’t rest for a minute. After advocating for Proposition 37 and making “The Real Bears” video for the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), he’s back in the news again. This time with an ad he did for SodaStream, the maker of home carbonation systems. The ad was rejected in the UK because it constituted “denigration of the bottled-drinks market.”
Trust Across America has led an ambitious effort to describe what is causing trust to break down and how to rebuild it. This group has screened 2,500 publicly-traded companies and has identified the ten it considers most trust-worthy. Their work gives us great examples to learn from, but does not help us diagnose and fix the problems faced by the companies who lag behind.
The brilliance of Gangnam Style, and PSY, is not the horse dance; it resonates with many across the world, and more are spoofing it to seek social change.
A Seattle-based law firm has filed suit against Dole Food Company for making proclamations about corporate responsibility while sourcing bananas from an environmentally destructive supplier in Guatemala.
The lawsuit, filed on Nov. 13, 2012, claims that despite Dole’s best efforts to convince consumers of its social and environmental responsibility, the company knowingly purchased 290 million pounds of bananas from a Guatemalan plantation whose operations have destroyed wetlands and poisoned water sources with pesticides.
The Hertz Corporation and Liberty Tire Recycling recently teamed tup to launch the first nationwide tire recycling program in the U.S. car rental industry.
The Global Impact Investment Network defines impact investments as “investments made into companies, organizations, and funds with the intention to generate measurable social and environmental impact alongside a financial return.” Few people understand that concept better than Jed Emerson.