Author: Gina-Marie Cheeseman
The world’s largest banks are the bankers to fossil fuel companies, providing them with hundreds of billions of dollars, a recent report finds. Specifically these large institutions are bankrolling fossil fuel activities NGOs call “extreme” — the most carbon-intensive sectors which such as coal mining and extreme oil (tar sands, Arctic oil, ultra-deep drilling).
Airbnb is doing a poor job of educating its hosts about the Fair Housing Act, prompting lawsuits, social media backlash and even a hashtag: #AirbnbWhileBlack. In response, the company pledged to conduct a “comprehensive review” of its anti-discrimination policy.
ExxonMobil and Chevron shot down every climate-related shareholder resolution put forth at their annual general meetings on Wednesday. But some came closer to success than others.
At the climate talks in Bonn, Germany, governments and civil-society groups announced a transparency initiative to help developing countries meet their climate goals.
In the apparel industry, a brand’s own buying practices can often impede its suppliers’ ability to comply with codes of conduct, research finds. Better Buying, an online dialogue and rating platform now under development, seeks to solve this problem.
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump says he would renegotiate the U.N. global climate deal, or at least America’s role in it. Meanwhile, Trump International applied for permits to build a sea wall to protect one of his golf courses from “global warming and its effects.”
The Hard Rock Cafe in London — which houses an Eric Clapton guitar and one of Madonna’s credit cards — is turning to tech to address its food waste problem. The iconic restaurant installed the Eco-Safe food waste digester by BioHiTech Global to cut costs and divert organic material from local landfills. The food waste digester not only … Continued
When workers rise to low-level management, they are often transitioned to a salary pay structure. For many, this means working 50 hours a week or more without being paid overtime. A new rule from the Department of Labor seeks to change that.
Starbucks issued $500 million worth of notes whose proceeds will benefit its sustainability programs in coffee-growing regions. Called Senior Notes, they include the first U.S. corporate sustainability bond.
Creators of the 3-D printer promised to deliver it for $100 to Kickstarter backers by March 2014. The Peachy Printer raised over $650,000. But backers never received their 3-D printers, and funds haven’t been returned to them.
“For a long time, we assumed that the poor could not be trusted to make decisions for themselves,” said Michael Faye, co-founder of GiveDirecty, an NGO guaranteeing a basic income to poor Kenyans through direct-cash transfers. “And we sent them goats, and we sent them cows and food stamps and so on. And as it turns out, the poor are quite good at making decisions for themselves.”