Up to 60 percent, and sometimes more, of a manufacturing company’s energy and carbon footprint can reside upstream in its supply chain — from raw materials, transport and packaging, to the energy consumed in intermediate manufacturing processes. By sharing energy efficiency knowledge with suppliers, manufacturers have the ability to influence the efficiency of the entire supply chain — and further lessen the overall carbon footprint of the goods they produce.
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.
Mondelez, the world’s second largest coffee company, says the arrangement with the independent third-party organization, the Committee on Sustainability Assessment (COSA), will “provide unprecedented transparency on large scale” along the coffee supply chain.
Global Zero Net Diversification initiatives would benefit greatly from greater communications and collaboration, according to PwC. The multinational management consultancy aims to help make the necessary connections.
The market for biobased and compostable plastics, known as bioplastics, is expected to be worth over $5 billion by 2018. While these plastics reduce dependence on fossil fuels, how compostable are they? This post examines the issues that arise in composting and recycling of bioplastics.
The stereotype of a slacktivist may have to change, according to the “2014 Cone Communications Digital Activism Study” that examines the ways technology and social media are altering Americans’ engagement with social and environmental causes.
Patagonia continues its Black Friday tradition of defying the consumer spirit by launching another Worn Wear event — this time in concert with the sharing economy app Yerdle. Patagonia customers can bring in their worn gear and swap it for another Worn Wear item — or swap it using Yerdle online.
As retailers debate whether to jumpstart holiday shopping by opening on Thanksgiving, 44 of my students have a new perspective on consumption – they just completed their first “Buy Nothing New” challenge.
With so many food producers stepping up to support sustainable palm oil sourcing, it’s a refreshing surprise when a company that has a relatively small footprint in the industry joins the crowd. But Ikea says it has been working on ways to increase its support of sustainable sources for some years.