Policy & Government
A catch all category for government, politics and initiatives to influence either.
By Zach Bernstein 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. As business leaders, we must support policy changes to help make the economy more … Continued
Ammon Bundy and his gang of armed thugs face new charges over the Oregon takeover, and his father Cliven is finally called to account for the 2014 Nevada standoff.
Four weeks ago, in a highly unusual 5-4 ruling, the Supreme Court imposed a stay on the Clean Power Plan, temporarily blocking progress on the Obama administration’s landmark climate legislation. Now, the tide appears to be turning in the highest court in the land.
The Costa Rican government says it is now serious about taking on the social and environmental concerns that have swirled around its pineapple industry, one valued as much as $800 million annually.
New energy development, spurred by the recently passed Electrify Africa Act, is set to significantly increase access to affordable power for millions throughout sub-Saharan Africa.
In a bi-partisan vote that brought together utilities, consumers and environmentalists, Oregon’s legislature has passed the most ambitious, anti-coal, pro-renewables legislation in the country.
Many have wondered how the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality could fail Flint citizens so utterly and completely, and not only that, act annoyed and dismissive in the face of their concerns and the muddy-colored tap water that backed them up.
Last year’s horrendous Southeast Asian forest fires should have been a wake-up call to companies to ensure their supply chains were free of unsustainable palm oil, the primary cause of deforestation in Indonesia. Yet, Greenpeace finds that, out of 14 major U.S. brands, only one can trace its palm oil, and few have made any discernible action in light of last year’s tragedy.
The first inklings of international labor standards were hammered out almost a century ago, with the optimism that human rights abuses could be managed through international consensus. Today, those concepts seem far less realistic, especially when it comes to the growing garment industry and the profitable cotton trade. But organizations, consumers and businesses are making strides at lessening the social impact of forced labor and child labor in the cotton supply chain.
Cronyism isn’t new in politics, and given that there are no rules against it in Michigan, Gov. Rick Snyder’s administration is crisscrossed with close ties.
Along with the emergency manager law, Michigan government’s lack of accountability and transparency contributed to the conditions that facilitated the Flint water crisis.
Oklahoma regulators are trying to catch up with swarms of earthquakes linked to oil and gas wastewater disposal. But the quakes are popping up in new areas.
A group of activists and artists will travel across Flint this morning to call attention to the ongoing water crisis. Participants include billionaire philanthropist Tom Steyer and actor Mark Ruffalo.