There was a tangible excitement in the air last month as the international community gathered in New York to usher in the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – the ambitious new vision for ending poverty and protecting our planet. Beyond the audacious scope of the goals, something else is happening that is perhaps even more significant.
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.
Ikea recently announced that all of the 23 species of seafood sold in its stores now only come from sources certified by the Marine Stewardship Council or Aquaculture Stewardship Council.
From 2005 to 2012, the number of people who worked remotely rose by nearly 80 percent. This doesn’t mean workplace productivity has decreased. In fact, it’s done nearly the opposite.
Critics are asking why it took the EPA and California Air Resources Board 18 months to tell consumers that they were aware of serious emissions problems with some VW diesel vehicles. And while fed and state regulators say they will be looking more closely at other brands, a European advocacy group has already determined that VW is not alone in its problems, and that there needs to be greater oversight in testing by government regulators.
These politicians believe a hefty corporate tax break is key to gaining bipartisan support for an aggressive carbon tax. Will it provide Republicans with enough political cover to stand up to the fossil fuel industry?
The divestment campaign – a grassroots movement to get public pensions, university endowments, and other large funds to remove fossil fuels companies from their portfolios – has garnered some huge victories recently.
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The days of business push-back on environmental legislation are in the rearview mirror, at least for the food industry.
Most businesses are dependent on Mother Nature to extract natural resources and most businesses benefit from ecosystem services. However it is becoming clear that these assets are finite and we simply don’t have enough natural materials to meet the linear supply and demand economy.
EPA is “upping its game” in response to the Volkswagen scandal and “putting manufacturers on notice” that the agency will be looking specifically for defeat devices. He wouldn’t give away any specifics, except to let manufacturers know that “we will be keeping your car longer.”
This week, Walmart went into contract to buy 58 percent of the estimated output from Pattern Energy Group’s new Logan’s Gap Wind farm in Texas under a 10-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA).
Smart cities are expected to be an $8 trillion market by 2030, with primary sectors including energy, public service, home network, and healthcare. A recent pilot in Japan showed impressive results, especially when combined with behavior change initiatives.
What if biomimicry influenced as many areas of human endeavor as possible, from urban renaissance, to food security, to CO2 drawdown? Janine Benyus shares some highlights from the upcoming SXSWeco biomimicry track.
Diversity in the tech community is a hot topic these days as several industry giants like Facebook, Twitter, and Google try to shed the unfavorable public perception of being a boys club. It’s no secret that Silicon Valley is made up predominately of straight, white, men. However, there are several tech companies who are aware of the lack of diversity and have made a commitment to undergo significant changes. These five strategies will help tech companies build more diverse, inclusive and resilient organizations.
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