A panel of experts disagreed about exactly how materiality should be used in sustainability reporting. One camp felt that sustainability reporting should be centered around a legal/regulatory view of materiality. The other group felt that sustainability reporting should focus on what matters to a company’s stakeholder groups.
Category: Corporate Responsibility
This category is about corporate social responsibility (CSR), a form of corporate self-regulation integrated into a business model. The goal of CSR is to embrace responsibility for the company’s actions and encourage a positive impact through its activities on the environment, consumers, employees, communities, stakeholders and all other members of the public sphere.
When Jeff Rice, Senior Director of Sustainability at Walmart, confesses that consumer response to their progressive environmental strategy is virtually non-existent, the reality becomes clear that, more than 10 years into the modern sustainability movement, we are pedaling uphill, against the wind.
Earlier this month the SEC allowed a climate change proposal to remain on PNC’s proxy ballots. This decision reversed an earlier approach the SEC had, where it allowed financial services and insurance companies to exclude similar climate change resolutions from their shareholder because they concerned what the SEC called “ordinary business.”
Companies often face trade-offs when evaluating the environmental impacts of a product. Whereas a nutritional label reports calories, fat content, and the like, LCA reports deal in climate change impacts, acidification, ozone depletion, and so on. Trade-offs are inherent, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.
Macy’s joins the Better Buildings Challenge to help motivate property owners to invest in energy efficient upgrades for older buildings by contributing its experience and data to a shared national knowledge pool.
There is a sustainability chasm between members of Carbon Disclosure Project’s (CDP) Supply Chain initiative, and the suppliers of those companies, as a report by CDP and Accenture shows.
Data is the biggest environmental pressure being placed on the world today as the emissions from massive data centers break new global restrictions and the power consumed to run these essential services spirals upwards at a time when power production is in a radical state of change.
Last week, NOAA announced the launch of their new smart phone app called mPING which invites thousands of people throughout the continental US to send in weather observations so as to compile a more complete picture of the weather. Why, you might ask, in this era of high technology, do we need such a thing?
The Go Forward on Climate rally held in front of the White House brought all ages of Americans together from shore to shore to send a message to President Obama to say no to the Keystone XL Pipeline project. The time to act is now, as the phrase goes, “on the right side of history.” Do you agree?
The apparent disconnect between the real, increased sustainability performance of top global companies and the public’s negative perception of same companies may lie in the global surveys data pointing to the public’s desire to see strong social sustainability as part of those companies’ sustainability efforts.
There are three important policies to consider supporting small- and medium-sized 3BL businesses: expanded Medicare, campaign finance reform and corporate tax reform.