By Bahar Gidwani
Few things can be as ironic as the breakfast buffet at a sustainability conference. You’ll seepaper coffee cups, plastic forks, and too much food. If the organizers really cared about our welfare (and that of our planet), maybe they should cut down on the number of eggs, eliminate the heavily sugared pastries, and rethink that mound of fried bacon? How about also using some cloth napkins and china plates?
In order to achieve their social missions, NGOs are increasingly thinking more strategically about partnering with businesses to create shared value
It used to be that a typical meeting between a business and nongovernmental organisation (NGO) resulted in one of two outcomes: confrontation or a donation. Think Greenpeace versus McDonalds or corporate philanthropic funding to the United Way and Habitat for Humanity.
The annual Giving in Numbers report reveals corporate philanthropy is on the rebound. But when it comes to giving, money's not everything
By Jess Kraus, President, CEO and Co-Founder, Source 44
Recognition for sustainable development speaks to social advancements as much as environmental
GAITHERSBURG, Md., October 30, 2012 /3BL Media/ - Sodexo, Inc., the world leader in Quality of Life Services, was again recognized by the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes (DJSI) as the global leader in its industry segment.
RSF helped Indigenous overcome major hurdles in its quest to bring fair trade values to the clothing industry, and the now-profitable company has pioneered Fair Trade certification for apparel and linens, developed the Fair Trace Tool™ to show consumers how a garment was made, and pumped over $20 million into artisan and organic farming communities.
Renewable Electricity – The Way Forward
In 1882, Hydro Ottawa’s predecessor, the Ottawa Electric Light Company, first lit the streets of the nation’s capital using renewable green energy. Fast forward 130 years later, it’s a legacy that Hydro Ottawa, through its Green Energy initiatives, is proud to carry on.
MADISON, Wis., October 30, 2012 /3BL Media/ - Through a grant provided by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Leonardo Academy continues to help reduce emissions from older, less efficient vehicles throughout the country. Partnering with Coca-Cola Refreshments and United Parcel Service (UPS), who contributed over $3.2 million to this project, this award helped fund the replacement of 40 heavy duty diesel delivery trucks.
Association of Energy Engineers recognizes ConAgra Foods Lamb Weston and its energy efficiency champion along with two long-time BPA employees
ATLANTA, October 30, 2012 /3BL Media/ - The Northwest came up just shy of a sweep as the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) awarded six of its eight awards for regional excellence in energy efficiency to Northwest engineers and organizations. Half of the winners also have ties to Bonneville Power Administration’s (BPA) Energy Smart Industrial (ESI) program.
As I watch the revealing impact of the storm in the US and the power of nature wreaking havoc on the financial heartland of the US I wonder if we are witnessing the pivotal moment in the US climate change debate?
NEW YORK, October 30, 2012 /3BL Media/ - Mats Lederhausen, Founding Partner at BeCause sat down for an interview at the BSR Conference 2012, it took place October 23-26 in New York City.
This year’s 20th anniversary BSR Conference gathered an estimated 1,000 senior business, civil society, and policy leaders, and features:
On Thursday and Friday governors and mayors were warning local residents in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic to get ready for Hurricane Sandy. On Saturday, those calls to action became louder: “This is a very serious storm. People will get hurt.”
By Sunday their message had changed again: “You need to hurry. Soon it will be too late.”
IKEA has announced an ambitious sustainable energy strategy, “People and Planet Positive,” for energy independence. The company aims to produce as much energy as it consumes by 2020 through a $2 billion investment in solar and wind projects. The furniture retailer plans to gather 70 percent of its energy demands from renewable sources by 2015, leveraging wind farms in six European countries that generated 152 gigawatt hours of electricity last year, about 12 percent of the total needed for its stores and distribution centers.
GlaxoSmithKline has introduced a new program to help consumers recycle their empty GSK respiratory inhalers and keep waste out of landfills. The Complete the Cycle program is the first of its kind in the pharmaceutical industry and is being offered to community-based retail pharmacies in 31 U.S. markets. Currently, inhalers may not be recycled by curbside recyclers and go to landfills.