The development to a sharing economy presents a huge chance for procurement and facility professionals. Why should we stay focused on buying while everybody else is sharing?
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.
The plastic microbeads used in many personal care products harm marine life and have already been banned in three states. Metabolix and Honeywell are working on manufacturing microbeads that biodegrade and release no toxins into the environment.
It’s been said that necessity breeds ingenuity. In this case, that accolade also belongs to the pesky mosquito — the inspiration for the Mozzie Box. The pesticide-infused box is the latest brainstorm for warding off mosquitoes in Papau New Guinea, where malaria at one time sickened one in five residents. SP Lager and the marketing firm GPY&R have come up with an ingenious way to introduce a mosquito repellant to outside gatherings, where mosquitoes often lurk. And the best part is the repellant is naturally produced.
Forward-thinking retail chains are accepting energy as a strategic asset. And, as such, they are finding ways to manage their energy consumption intelligently to minimize overconsumption.
As a follow-up to our recent story on Novo Nordisk’s annual sustainability report, we had the opportunity to chat with Susanne Stormer, Novo’s VP of corporate sustainability. Susanne was in Washington last week to attend the Partnering for a Healthier America summit, which featured Michelle Obama as keynote speaker. TriplePundit: Can you give us an … Continued
A new program from renewable energy development company SunEdison and nonprofit solar installer GRID Alternatives aims to build a more diverse solar workforce. Last month, the organizations announced the launch of the RISE (Realizing an Inclusive Solar Economy) initiative, which will provide women and members of underserved communities with solar job training and job placement through GRID Alternatives’ workforce development program.
Cool Planet’s enhanced biochar can help farmers reduce water use and increase crop yield, an important benefit in California’s current drought conditions.
KFC diners in the U.K. apparently love their desserts — and their coffee. That’s why the bustling fried chicken chain plans to serve Seattle’s Best Coffee — complete with edible, chocolate-rimmed coffee cups. With another 100+ stores planned for the U.K. and Ireland soon, the new confection will get lots of visibility.
The Detroit water shutoffs continue to grow each month, with the number surpassing 30,000 since January 2014. It’s given rise to international protests and criticism, but it has also spawned an awesome community network of volunteers and businesses working to ensure no one in Detroit goes without water.
Earlier this year, DTE Energy announced a rate hike for LED lights, while lowering rates on sodium lighting, which can use up to three times more electricity.