The race is on to find new, greener refrigerants and refrigerant standards that combine low global warming potential (GWP) and zero ozone depletion even as countries around the world work to eradicate use of chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) and hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs). Large, rapidly industrializing countries have been pushing back against initiatives to phase out HFCs, saying they are economically and technologically overambitious and threaten ongoing economic growth and development.
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 Buddhist-like shift in consciousness and intentions that the authors prescribe in their profoundly optimistic and hopeful new book is the right way, maybe the only way, to approach our evolving relationship with the world around us.
In exactly one month’s time, we will all have our answers as to what the changes will actually be! Are we ready to take sustainability reporting to the next level?
Marc Engel, Unilever’s Chief Procurement Officer talks about the company’s progress in sourcing agricultural raw materials sustainably.
Over the course of the last few years, Walmart has continued to strengthen its commitment to environmental stewardship and sustainability. Ambitious improvements to its global supply chain, the widespread adoption of the Walmart sustainability index and major investments in renewable energy as well as a commitment to locally sourced food have propelled Walmart to a leadership position in … Continued
Last week, H&M hosted a panel at Vogue Headquarters in Times Square on the efforts within the fashion industry to become more sustainable. Can a fast fashion company be sustainable? How it can promote sustainability among consumers that don’t care too much about it in the first place?
Voluntary corporate sustainability initiatives and social enterprises are essential, but are not game changers by themselves. In addition, we need laws and regulations that guide our economy toward sound, long-term decision-making, with full recognition of social and environmental externalities.
A recent poll conducted by the American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC) and Main Street Alliance (MSA) found some 85 percent of small business owners oppose a territorial tax system, which would permanently exempt offshore profits from U.S. taxation.
Reading Tim Mohin’s book “Changing Business from the Inside Out: A Treehugger’s Guide to Working in Corporations” was a refreshing experience. There are many great books that discuss every possible element of CSR and sustainability, but this is the first one I am familiar with that is written from the perspective of a CSR practitioner.
“Everyone in the [supply] chain should be paid a livable wage and live a dignified life. Fair Trade is our principle. We pay a fair wage for ingredients. Is it perfect? No. Is it better than non-Fair Trade? Yes.” – Jostein Solheim, Ben & Jerry’s CEO.
Next month, the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) will host its global conference in Amsterdam, a three-day event that will round up the top sustainability professionals and corporate social responsibility thinkers across the globe. Among the key topics under discussion is the upcoming rollout of the G4 guidelines.