The growth, manufacturing, transporting, and washing of cotton uses huge amounts of water. Cotton farming is the largest consumer of water in the apparel supply chain, and is used in 40 percent of all clothing worldwide.
Category: Climate & Environment
This category is climate change in relation to sustainability and CSR and how these segments effect one another. This includes how climate change has started to cause a wide range of physical effects with serious implications for investors and businesses, and how the business sector discloses climate risks and manage them.
Last week, McDonald’s exhibited bold leadership by agreeing to shift their entire seafood supply-chain to Marine Stewardship Council-approved fish.
More than half of the world’s wetlands were lost in the 20th century. Marking the Ramsar Convention’s World Wetlands Day 2013, a host of leading international environmental organizations aim to change the economic calculus.
When fertilizer chemicals (phosphorus and nitrogen) escape farm boundaries and enter waterways, they can end up in protected biodiversity hotspots such as wetlands and estuarine environments, where they cause problems by disrupting natural nutrient cycles.
One potentially large source of renewable energy that has received very little attention is hydrokinetics, the production of energy from the flow of moving water. The term applies to both ocean tidal power systems as well as river flow systems. According to the EIA, this source of clean energy could produce as much as 23 GW by 2025 and 100 GW by the year 2050, and this just barely scratches the surface of its technically achievable potential.
The circular economy, a concept developed by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, offers a path to economic growth and environmental sustainability in a world of shrinking resources.
H&M’s sustainability efforts get a huge boost as the company partners with WWF on a worldwide water conservation initiative, covering the company’s entire supply chain, its 94,000 employees, and its operations in 48 national markets.
Purchasing Fair Trade quinoa can transform the market, ensuring rural farmers benefit from the Western food trend and socially-conscious consumers can enjoy their favorite grain without guilt.
Unilever’s ambitious Sustainable Living Plan reached an important milestone yesterday when the company announced half of its factories are now zero-waste.
When Cargill announced the closing of its Plainview, Texas, cattle operation, they cited a record low cattle supply as the result of the region’s severe drought. Though scientific models don’t yet have the precision to directly tie a particular weather event, be it a storm or a drought to global warming trends, there is plenty of evidence indicating that drought is increasing.
Coca-Cola is being sued over their advertising campaign that holds vitaminwater up as a healthy drink (which it isn’t). The beverage giant’s surprising defense is that “no consumer could reasonably be misled into thinking vitamin water was a healthy beverage.”