On January 1st, 2012, a couple of weeks from now, the minimum wage in Guangdong, the center of China’s automotive, electronics and textile industries will increase by 20%. What does that mean to us? Is it a good thing or a bad thing, and what, if anything, does it have to do with sustainability? Let’s … Continued
Category: Policy & Government
The Occupy Wall Street protests now dwindling in most states look pretty tame in comparison to the kinds of riots sweeping across Europe. Few would argue this point. The real fear is that the Occupy movement may be just the beginning, and that violent responses to severe fiscal austerity measures may not be far off in some American cities, either. After all, while the Eurozone debt crisis is absorbing the lion’s share of media attention these days, there is a similar crisis quietly brewing right here in the U.S. that is just now beginning to surface.
By Piper Kujac Since the crowdfunding bill, officially called the HR-2930 Entrepreneur Access to Capital Act, was accepted by the House on November 2nd, and is expected to pass in the Senate any day now, we’re all wondering what this really means for small business fundraising. Is this the access to fundraising start-ups need from … Continued
It’s been nearly two years since an intensely divided Supreme Court solidified the idea of corporate personhood by ruling that political spending by corporations is protected as a form of free speech under the First Amendment. Since then, that landmark decision in Citizens United vs. Federal Election Committee has allowed for unrestricted and undisclosed campaign spending by corporations, a … Continued
Building a sustainable city – you can’t manage what you don’t measure The nonprofit Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) is home to the world’s largest database of corporate climate change information. CDP provides thousands of organizations and some of the largest international companies a standardized platform to measure, analyze and report greenhouse gas emissions, water use, … Continued
The Occupy Wall Street (OWS) movement is often seen as the idealogical counterpart to the Tea Party movement (TPM). Occupy wants to raise taxes, the Tea Party thinks we are “Taxed Enough Already.” Occupy thinks corporations are too powerful, the Tea Party thinks government is too powerful. Despite their differences, these two seemingly opposing … Continued
As the bankrupt solar panel manufacturer Solyndra scrambled to find bidders for the company’s assets, the U.S. Department of Commerce’s investigates the true cause of Solyndra’s untimely demise.
We have teamed up with Abbott to produce an article series on the future of corporate philanthropy. Please read the rest of the series here. By Mike Hannigan To speculate on the future of corporate philanthropy, it helps to first consider the recent past. In the early 1990s, while corporate profits reached an all-time high, there … Continued
The United States Navy will use a biofuel blend to fuel both aircraft and warship during a Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise, the globe’s largest naval war games, next year near Hawaii.
This video clip and commentary originally appeared on globalwarmingisreal.com UNFCCC Chairperson Christiana Figueres gave a brief comment to ClimateProgress at COP17 on the negotiating position of the US at the climate conference now at its midway point in Durban, South Africa. Figueres characterized the US as “hamstrung” on its inaction on climate change, saying that … Continued
This week in Doha, Qatar, over 12,000 attendees will gather for the triennial World Petroleum Congress (WPC), which promises to be carbon neutral.
Bottleneck was the word of the day at the recently held Distributed Solar Summit. The good news is that solar panel prices are at historically low levels. The increasing price competitiveness of solar is attracting a growing number of customers. However, the potential for explosive growth in solar installations is bottlenecked by regulation, rule-making and … Continued
Since 2007, B Lab has been certifying companies that pledged to meet comprehensive standards for social and environmental performance (in addition to running viable businesses, of course). Through a vetting and auditing process, B Lab began certifying some applicant companies as “B Corps” and today there are more than 475 of these firms, across 60 different industries.
Credit union membership continues to surge after the successful ‘Move Your Money’ campaign. The opportunity now exists to better articulate the connection between credit unions as cooperative businesses owned by the members and the need for them to invest more heavily in the growing cooperative business sector.