Pet food companies are starting to get the message that if they do not clean up their acts and show improvement in how their products are manufactured, their most vocal critics could convince politicians to tighten the regulatory screws. Whether these moves will mollify their critics, however, is another story.
Author: Leon Kaye
Ammo Liao has designed the Bio-Knit shoe, which eschews the multi-faceted approach taken toward the manufacturing of athletic shoes by using only one material. For both the upper and the sole, Liao uses the exact same composite.
Coho salmon are making a comeback in Northern California, but if salmon species such as the Coho have a fighting chance of surviving in the Golden State, then the efforts of companies such as the Mendocino Redwood Company are important.
Last week Starbucks announced an agreement with Lyft that could be beneficial for Lyft drivers, riders and even for some Starbucks employees. Is this a victory for values-driven business?
For years the United Arab Emirates has had the lowest automobile fuel prices in the world. Thanks to the government’s long-standing policy of subsidizing gasoline (petrol) and diesel, current average gasoline prices are less than 1.7 dirhams (50 cents) a liter. But the elimination of fuel subsidies signals a huge shift in the UAE.
Michigan makes you think of cars instead of farms, but the truth is that the Wolverine State grows some of the best local produce in the U.S. Visit Eastern Market in Detroit, and you will be awed by the state’s bounty. But as in just about every other state, Michigan has its struggles with food access in rural and urban areas alike. Michigan Good Food Fund, a nonprofit affiliated with Michigan State University, is determined to boost Michigan’s farming sector while increasing food access.
There are no missing screws about the Ikea’s commitments to renewable energy, from wind power investments to solar panels atop its stores — the latter of which are available for purchase at some stores, too. Now the company says it is ratcheting up its pledge to the tune of €1 billion ($1.1 billion) in new projects.
Boyan Slat, a 20-year-old Dutch national, believes he has invented a system that can help confront the growing crisis of plastic trash in the oceans. Slat’s idea suggests that, instead of deploying resources into the oceans to remove the trash, we simply use the ocean’s currents to clean them instead.
BlackRock, the world’s largest asset manager, teamed up with Ceres to issue a guide for institutional investors seeking engagement on sustainability and corporate responsibility issues with companies. The resulting 68-page guide is certainly timely. More companies realize they have to consider the impacts that environmental and social issues have on their business, but the demands of Wall Street and the short-termism endemic in the U.S. means corporate social responsibility (or what our friends abroad designate as environment, social and governance — ESG) is still overlooked.
For those of us who are or have indulged in gardening, misshapen fruits and vegetables can be one of the joys of growing your own food. But as a society, something gets lost in translation when we go to the local supermarket or warehouse store: We expect our fruits and vegetables to be uniform in color, size and texture. To that end, the Oakland, California, startup Imperfect Foods is trying to change attitudes toward funny-looking fruits and vegetables while increasing waste diversion.
One year after announcing its plan, Method opened its South Side Soapbox factory last week in the Pullman Park district of Chicago. Cradle-to-Cradle pioneer William McDonough + Partners designed the factory, the first such LEED Platinum certified facility within this sector.
The powerful Church of England is putting its pounds and pence where its mouth is: The body that administers the worldwide Anglican Communion last week announced it is divesting from thermal coal and tar sands.
For several years running, India’s Unilever and Lifebuoy employees have been instrumental in running one of the country’s most successful social responsibility programs. The brilliance of this handwashing campaign is in its simplicity: It teaches and reinforces a task that takes about 20 seconds.
The global textile and garment industry is one of the world’s largest polluters due to its massive impacts on water, soil and of course, people. While consumers are becoming more aware that their fashion choices have on distant places such as Bangladesh, China and India, much work still needs to be done until the industry can be truly described as responsible and sustainable.
What began with appliance donations has become one of Whirlpool’s most successful corporate social responsibility programs. It is hard to argue with the numbers: over US$85 million in donations since 1999, 8,000-plus company employees who have volunteered with Habitat for Humanity, and a renewed lease on life for over 100,000 families.