Yet another home solar installer has bit the dust. This one, however, has analysts scratching their heads. Why did American Solar Direct simply fall off the grid long before it quietly filed for bankruptcy? And what’s with all of the failed home solar companies? We talk to one homeowner hit by the failure and a solar expert to get a picture of how players in a booming industry may be missing the cue when it comes to sustainability.
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.
Interface carpet’s new Proof Positive carpet tile prototype sequesters carbon through a mix of materials science and renewable power — not carbon offsets.
The RSPO recently announced that 21 percent of the world’s palm oil supply is now certified as sustainably sourced. NGOs reply, however, that there is still plenty of room for improvement.
We’ll Always Have Paris: Why U.S. Withdrawal from the Agreement Won’t Stop Us from Meeting Its Goals
Biomethane, or renewable energy gas (RNG) is already cost competitive and climate-positive. It and other off-the-shelf technologies can help U.S. entities meet the commitments of the Paris Accord without the support of the federal government.
The way we produce, manufacture and distribute food must change, says Unilever, if we are going to meet critical 2050 targets to ensure everyone on the planet has nutritional food. To increase dialogue and innovation in that quarter, Unilever is launching a new manifesto, calling for companies big and small, to take initiative in changing the way we address the world’s need for adequate food.
President Trump’s massive border wall project has yet to start, but according to the Center for Biological Diversity, he’s already in violation of federal law (again). The administration has OK’ed the construction of “up to 20” 30-foot-tall prototypes in the critical habitat of the Otay Mesa, Calif., where one-of-a-kind species live. “Trump’s wall threatens to cut through the heart of the borderlands, among the most biologically and culturally diverse areas in North America. It will be a blight of epic proportions,” a representative explained.
This week is the Ocean Conference, the high-level United Nations Conference to support the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14 which covers ocean preservation. While NGOs and governments set the rules, Tom Szaky explains who local communities will be key actors in ocean protection.
Marks & Spencer (M&S) has long been a first mover in the retail sector on supply chain sustainability, garment recycling and human rights. Now the venerable United Kingdom department store chain, which operates about 1,000 locations across Europe, Asia and the Middle East, says it is pushing even more boundaries. A decade after its first “Plan A” sustainability commitments, M&S is setting 100 new targets to be reached by 2025.
Ten percent of the plastic refuse that ends up in the ocean comprise fishing nets. In the past, finding a way to recycle that plastic was challenging. But Pokonobe Associate, the maker of Jenga blocks, has developed a way to recycle that stringy mess for commercial products, It’s also joining companies and organizations in the effort to change the mindset when it comes to plastic refuse.
This week ExxonMobil joined an elite group: a growing list of oil and gas companies that are under pressure by shareholders to actually talk about climate change risk in their portfolios. And despite President Donald Trump’s decision to pull the U.S. out of Paris talks and effort to roll back climate legislation, that pressure will probably continue.
SPECIAL SERIES: Your Corporate Guide to Responsible Waste Management
Waste implies squandered resources, be they time, money or materials. Managing money and time are core competencies of any successful business. But somehow, trash and garbage have gotten a free pass.
Fortunately, that is changing. As companies embrace one form or other of “zero waste” commitments, the business-case for efficient and sustainable resource flow management is catching on.
The Ivanka Trump fashion brand has weathered a series of crises by withdrawing from public comment. How much longer can that strategy last?
Mindy Lubber of Ceres and Bob Keefe of E2 explain why President Trump’s decision to pull out of the Paris agreement will hamper job growth.
Facing fire for promoting a debunked conspiracy, Fox’s Sean Hannity attempts to stem the tide of advertiser defections by attacking MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow.
Greenpeace and As You Sow are among the organizations challenging ExxonMobil’s stance on climate change as the company convenes its annual shareholder meeting today in Dallas, Texas.