(3BL Media/Justmeans) Can an industry that creates products from trees be sustainable? The US forest products industry proves it is possible. Accounting for 6 percent of the country’s total manufacturing GDP, the industry places a premium on recycling and using renewable energy. Over 66 percent of the paper consumed in 2011 was recovered. Consisting of about 250 companies, the industry is the leading generator and user of renewable energy.
FROM THE EDITOR
What Happens When Big Business Media Reports on CSR
The WSJ has published a downbeat assessment of CSR. The article cited a study showing that CEOs exiting Fortune 500 companies were 84% more likely to be fired if they invested strongly in good corporate citizenry yet recorded below par financial results than CEOs at poor performing companies that spent less on “do-good” initiatives. This decidedly defensive claim was offset by an upbeat article in the Financial Times. It notes that a survey of 500 pension funds, foundations, endowments, and sovereign wealth funds found that two-thirds of big investors believe sustainable investing will grow in significance by 2022. Further, studies show a “remarkable correlation” between responsible investing and outperforming results. Who to believe? The wise CSR/sustainability professional will collate carefully from such “mainstream” sources to ensure an accurate reading of the pluses and minuses of CSR—and stay tuned to this space, which curates the CSR news.
John Howell, Editorial Director
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News & Blogs
(3BL Media/Justmeans) - Fact: humanity wastes a huge amount of food and this need to change. According to the USDA, in the U.S. alone approximately 2.7 billion pounds of meat, poultry and fish are lost, totaling $8.8 billion.
With all that food, huge amounts of resources are also wasted. When we remember that to make one pound of beef it takes more than 600 gallons of water, 1.8 pounds of grain and 50 pounds of CO2, we get an idea of how devastating food waste is.
(3BL Media/Justmeans) – In the past two decades, there has been a lot of talk about the transformative power of technology in society, yet little attention has been paid to an emerging digital gap.