While global political leaders lurch to a conclusion at the COP21 Paris climate talks, 114 global companies take a stronger position on carbon emissions.
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.
Caring for Climate, a joint initiative from UNEP, UN Global Compact and UNFCCC, has issued a report that urges companies to view climate adaptation not only through the lens of risk management, but also as a moral imperative.
Yesterday, at COP21, dozens of silent protesters stood along the entryway to Engie’s talk, holding up signs and voicing their opposition to the company’s presence at the climate negotiations.
A report by Greenpeace adds more evidence to a pattern of climate deception from fossil fuel companies, prompting calls for a systematic investigation.
While some countries quibble over the expenses and the responsibility, business leaders look to clean energy, energy efficiency and sustainability as the drivers of innovation and economic growth. By showing up in Paris to lobby for action, businesses send a message to global policy leaders that climate action doesn’t have to mean negative economic impacts.
Benevity, Google, Giving Tuesday, and 3p hosted a chat to explore how companies can lead a culture of goodness through employee giving all year round.
On Tuesday morning in Paris, Oxfam Australia’s executive director, Helen Szok, issued the following statement about the ongoing COP21 negotiations: “Developing countries are at risk of being squeezed out of critical negotiations as the pace of talks intensifies. The small delegations of the poorest countries are being stretched, and it is vital that ministers ensure their voices are heard on critical issues like climate funding as the deadline for the Paris deal looms.” TriplePundit sat down with Heather Coleman, who manages Oxfam America’s climate policy work, to find out more.
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“The purpose of our company IS sustainability,” said Claus Stig Pedersen, head of corporate sustainability at Novozymes. That’s why the organization has decided to use the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals as a test to determine if new projects are a good fit.
Israel’s arduous journey to water independence is a fascinating story full of gutsy characters, big dreamers and amazing accomplishments. But for today’s global challenges, it’s more than a good read, as author Seth Siegel explains in his book, “Let There Be Water: Israel’s Solution to a Water-Starved World.”
Protecting our beautiful world and environment for future generations is the responsibility of all of us. We the people, the companies and the government all live on the planet — and we all have a role to play.
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It’s been more than a half-century since Bubble Wrap was created and we’re still fascinated with it. Its creator, Sealed Air is too, but these days the company has even bigger goals, and one of them is to enhance the world’s food security by stopping cross-contamination and reducing global food waste.
The world is coming together to try to build a clean energy future, but the UNFCC COP21 Paris climate talks themselves are being bankrolled by the very companies that got us into this mess.