Following through on President Barack Obama’s Climate Action Plan, the Department of Energy (DOE) on February 28 issued new energy efficiency standards for commercial refrigeration equipment. Over the ensuing 30 years, it’s projected that the new standards will reduce carbon pollution by 142 million tons – the equivalent of that produced by generating electricity for 14.3 million U.S. homes – while also saving businesses as much as $11.7 billion on energy bills.
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.
According to a recent CDP poll of 110 cities around the world, 98 percent of cities are reporting risk from climate change. But 71 percent of these cities are putting resilience plans in place to some extent, according to speakers at this year’s Climate Leadership Conference.
Meghna Tare, director of sustainability, University of Texas, Arlington, talks about her career, inspiration and recent accomplishments in our Women in CSR series.
SPECIAL SERIES: Sustainably Attired
From small-holder farms in the developing world to major brands like Levi Strauss & Co., the Better Cotton Initiative seeks to make sustainable cotton mainstream.
Mattel could have used the timely idea of Entrepreneur Barbie to break the mold and present a realistic role model, but it stayed within the same mold.
Biofuel critics have brought up that converting foodstuffs to biodiesel means less food in a world threatened with food insecurity. And converting wood to pellets and burnable resources for heating and boiler fuel has its downside as well. That’s where Bio-Bean comes in.
Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO and successor to Steve Jobs, is generally known as a man who, unlike his predecessor, has a cool head, and does not let his emotions influence his decisions or his behavior on the job. But that is apparently not the case when it comes to global warming. Nothing seems to get him steamed up more than a group of climate deniers, like the group that recently attended Apple’s annual shareholder meeting last Friday.
New Jersey became the 14th state to legalize gay marriage last October, and now Caesars Entertainment is joining in the festivities, offering one lucky couple an extravagant $50,000 wedding package at one of the company’s Caesars, Harrah’s, Bally’s and Showboat resorts and casinos in Atlantic City. Dubbed the “Love Is Love” giveaway, the prize features a wedding ceremony and reception for 100 guests, a cocktail hour, dinner, custom cake designed by celebrity chef Deb Pellegrino, two-hour open bar, photographers, flowers and entertainment.
On Feb. 10, as the 2014 Winter Olympics were about to kick off in Sochi, Russia, I wrote a post arguing that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) may have acted contrary to the U.N. Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs), flowing from the IOC’s decision to allow Russia to host the 2014 Winter Games. To my surprise, the IOC actually responded.
How can you provide social services or start a new business when your city doesn’t even show up on a map? That’s the reality for millions of Brazilians living in favelas, or shantytowns, in Rio de Janeiro: Less than 1 percent of these densely populated urban areas have been mapped, according to Microsoft search engine Bing.
But the Google competitor hopes it can put Rio’s favelas on the map, embarking on a long-term project to bring its computational power and mapping infrastructure to the city set to host this year’s World Cup and the 2016 Olympics.
The Forest Stewardship Council has pulled Ikea’s sustainable forestry certification for a variety of alleged violations that IKEA says it is already correcting. But according to several environmental organizations (and our own reporting in 2012), concerns about Ikea’s logging practices in the protected forests of Karelia, Russia have been going on for years. And Ikea’s recent announcement that it is vacating its Karelia factory has environmental advocates worried about the future of the controversial plant.
Unilever and IFAD ink an agreement to bring small farmers into the corporations supply chain. Is this more than just a great marketing story in the making?
Dr. Jeana Wirtenberg, PhD, CEO, Transitioning to Green, talks about her career, inspiration and recent accomplishments in our Women in CSR series.