The Supreme Court will be taking up the gay-marriage issue for the first time at the end of March. Apple Inc., Morgan Stanley, and many other companies are same-sex marriage advocates. These companies are standing against the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). This law states that legally married gay couples can’t claim the federal tax breaks and other benefits available to opposite-sex spouses.
This year may have lacked the huge catastrophes that have dominated the corporate responsibility headlines of the last couple of years (such as BP's oil spill in 2010 or TEPCO's nuclear disaster at Fukushima in 2011), but 2012 has probably been more packed with serious incidents than any of the previous years. We had real trouble putting these in any kind of order and even getting down to just a top 10 of big stories was tough - and meant we had to jettison a few favoured good news stories about corporate responsibility just to be able to capture all of the bad news.
Taiga Company blog by Julie Urlaub, Founder and Managing Partner at Taiga Company
Does Your Commuter Bike have a Name? Maybe it should. Bike commuting trends are up! Companies like Facebook, Apple, Hewlett-Packard, General Mills and William-Sonoma are getting on board with green cycling. Just recently, these organizations were recognized by the League of American Bicyclist as bicycle friendly businesses.
The first half of 2012 has proven to be somewhat of a rollercoaster ride for Apple Inc., -- well, as much of a rollercoaster as you can have with a stock price of $585 a share, up 27 percent since January 1. Of course, the company remains on solid ground as one of the most revered companies in history, with its freakishly loyal following and uncanny knack for out-innovating the competition. But, on at least a few occasions this year, Apple has fallen short of consumer expectations on one critical aspect of their game: commitment to sustainability.
Investor proposals prompt commitments to address supply chain and water-related risks, promote responsible sourcing and improve sustainability reporting
(3BL Media) Boston – July 10, 2012 – During the 2012 proxy voting season, investors successfully used shareholder resolutions to spur action on corporate sustainability challenges such as climate change, hydraulic fracturing and supply chain and water availability risks. Of the nearly 110 resolutions tracked by Ceres in 2012, 44 proposals resulted in U.S. companies making commitments to tackle environmental and social risks in their operations and supply chains.