This post was originally featured on the Zayed Future Energy Prize blog. By Roger Ballentine, President of Green Strategies There has been much-hyped talk about the massive growth of the Chinese economy in recent years and how it’s poised to overtake the world’s current largest economy, the United States. Nowhere is that talk at a … Continued
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.
The Clif Bar Company has always integrated CSR into its business model. The company only consists of 250 people, but it operates on a much larger scale in terms of CSR. Many of their ingredients are organically grown and their products do not contain high fructose corn syrup, additives, or hydrogenated oils. To take their food philosophy one … Continued
Oxfam has always been the front-runner when it comes to second-hand clothing, books, and music shopping in the UK. All Oxfam shops also have an excellent collection of Fairtrade goods. Oxfam has about 700 shops in the UK and donations of unwanted goods are resold to help support the charity’s work. Every year, Oxfam has … Continued
When Apple, Inc. – or for that matter, any other company – publishes the names of its suppliers, it’s a pretty good sign that the company is putting pressure on its supply chain to up the ante on sustainable practices. But the pressure doesn’t just come from the company alone. In effect, a supplier list … Continued
Last week the U.N. had finally the chance to see a day of discussions on climate change, focusing on the risks and opportunities and leaving the politics out of it. About 450 global investors controlling more than $20 trillion gathered last Thursday at the United Nations for the Investor Summit on climate risk & energy … Continued
I’m not sure if Steve Jobs was a fan of This American Life, the award-winning critically acclaimed radio program, but I bet that if he was still alive, he wouldn’t be too happy about last week’s show. It was dedicated to Mike Daisey’s show “The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs” and his journey to China to learn more about the people who make all his beloved Apple products.
If you’ve ever shopped at one of these stores, you know how easy it can be to get sucked in by the low commitment that comes with paying only ten bucks for a new shirt from a popular designer.
Anyone who is even the least bit conscious about where their purchases come from has to question the economics behind this business strategy. How can these stores afford to sell their products at such ridiculously low prices? Unfortunately for fashion lovers, the answer points to cheap labor and poor working conditions.
If you still don’t know much about Masdar City, I’ll have an in-depth photo essay and tour online in a day or two. Do your homework as it’s likely that the global audience will start to hear about progress at Masdar more regularly in the future. The (almost) entirely self-sustaining, carbon free experiment in the desert of … Continued
Last week we reported on Scotland’s ambitious target to achieve 100% renewable energy by 2020. It turns out a major component of the plan may derive from another ambitious development – a tight partnership with Abu Dhabi on technology development and investment. Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond outlined the agreement today at the World Future Energy Summit … Continued
At the highly anticipated Consumer Electronics Show (CES) taking place in Las Vegas this week, Sprint, who earned the No. 3 spot on Newsweek’s Green Rankings last year, revealed new evaluation criteria for its environmental scorecard. The scorecard is updated annually and is used to guide the design decisions of Sprint’s device manufacturers and vendors to ensure that … Continued
The greening of the supply chain is one of the economic engines of the global, $1 trillion revenue growth opportunity for companies selling sustainable products and services. KPMG reports that 95 percent of the world’s largest 250 companies now publish metrics on their environmental and social performance. This metrics-based focus upon environmental performance by the … Continued
Over the past year, the reputation of corporations has been dragged through the mud, with the global Occupy movement casting a skeptical, antagonistic view of such entities, and rightly so, in many cases. But quietly, a new, broader world-benefitting form of corporation has been emerging during the past several years – the B Corp, and more recently, Benefit … Continued
It’s that time of year again – when global thought leaders and politicians descend upon the desert emirate of Abu Dhabi to discuss the future of energy and all that relates to it. The World Future Energy Summit begins tomorrow and I’ll be here to cover it. This year’s theme ‘Powering Sustainable Innovation,’ will manifest … Continued
Within the cavernous halls at CES 2012 were plenty of energy efficient, “green” and eco-friendly products along with OLED and smart TVs. Panasonic and Samsung led the pack.
From the development of new urban mobility technologies, waste diversion to a commitment to greener cars, the new GM going forward is a new company as its CSR report reveals.