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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

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(3BL Media/Justmeans) –Remanufacturing is an important subset of the circular economy – enabling products, components and valuable resources to be kept at their highest use for agreater period of time. The current value of global e-waste alone represents $52 billion worth of potentially reusable resources, apart from the significant savings possible in terms of energy, emissions, water and waste.


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(3BL Media/Justmeans) Water scarcity is a big problem for food production. Agriculture is the biggest water user on the planet, accounting for about 70 percent of global water withdrawals. About 40 percent of the global food supply is grown in irrigated areas, while 80 percent of the world’s cropland relies on rainfall for irrigation. Climate change can cause rainfall to vary.


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(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Ethiopia contains rugged highlands and lush, tropical forests, where the ‘coffea arabica’ grows in its original, wild form. The forests of southwest Ethiopia are considered to be the birthplace of coffee and the centre of its genetic diversity. Here we find Yayu, which is a designated UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, with a delicate interdependence between flora and fauna. It hosts thriving communities of bees which are vital for coffee tree pollination.


1 week 4 days ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) Every day, each American uses about 80 to 100 gallons of water. The largest use of household water is flushing the toilet, with showers and baths following behind. Some Americans live in water-stressed areas; about four percent of the contiguous US fell in the severe to extreme drought categories, as of the end of August 2017. Ten percent of the contiguous U.S. fell in the moderate to extreme drought categories.


1 week 4 days ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Humanity wastes a third of the food it produces. That’s unacceptable when we consider that more than one billion people go hungry every day and all the resources – such as human labor, water, electricity and fuel  – that are wasted with it.


1 week 4 days ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Companies can make a huge contribution to redressing gender balance in our societies.


1 week 5 days ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) -- Social and economic shifts occurring in the US and around the world have made sustainability one of the focal points for business organizations. An enduring culture of corporate responsibility and sound business fundamentals are essential for navigating what lies ahead.


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