(3BL Media/Justmeans) – In the first public scientific study of its kind, research by Orb Media, with a researcher at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health, shows the shocking extent of plastic contamination in tap water of cities around the world. Plastic fibers are flowing out of taps from New York to New Delhi, according to this exclusive study.
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
ReportAlert: Marine Stewardship Council releases 20th Annual Report.
News & Blogs
(3BL Media/Justmeans) - There is plenty of anecdotal evidence from people who volunteer about the emotional benefits of doing charity. Now, new research confirms it. A joint study by health insurance UnitedHealthCare and online volunteer engagement network VolunteerMatch shows that employee volunteerism does have positive effects on the health and wellbeing of the people who participate.
(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Although climate change poses serious economic risks, many investors lack clear information about which companies are most exposed to the risks and which are best prepared to counter them. According to Michael Bloomberg, without risk disclosure, it is difficult to correctly price the financial impacts of climate change.
Interview with Jean-Philippe de Schrevel, Bamboo Capital Partners
(3BL Media/Justmeans) - Pet guardians often would love to bring their pets to work. Some companies already allow staff to work with their furry friend, with great results in terms of social interactions and well-being. One of the biggest supporters of workplace pet-friendly policies is Purina, which has launched a campaign to encourage other businesses to allow their staff to bring their furry friend along to work
(3BL Media/JustMeans) The Central Valley is California’s heartland, a 400- mile long place full of farmland. It has some of the fastest growing cities within our most populous state, and two of them, Stockton and Sacramento, are vulnerable to major flood events.
(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Marketing has gone through some major changes in recent years, driven by consumer expectations about how businesses should behave. It’s no longer about getting people to like your products, it’s about getting them to love your entire company. The days of brand image where you could say one thing and do another are over. The job for companies now is to build brands that people can really believe in and want.