Author: Adam Aston

Yulex and the art of making treehugger rubber | Corporate Knights

How Yulex is commercializing “green” rubber made from a drought- and disease resistant dessert shrub | With a name like “natural” rubber, one might think the stretchy, waterproof stuff would have unassailable green cred. After all, humanity has been harvesting…

Winter Olympics 2014: a missed opportunity to advance sustainability | The Guardian

Beyond Dow’s commitment to offset the games’ carbon footprint, big sponsors are doing too little to advance sustainability | The Sochi Winter Olympics, which opens 7 February, was meant to be the greenest Olympics ever. The budget was certainly there:…

How International Council of Toy Industries polices factories to avoid worker harm | Corporate Knights

Mortally dangerous conditions remain a grim reality for workers at factories around the world. In September 2012, some 300 workers died in a garment factory fire in Pakistan, many because they were trapped behind locked emergency exits. Six months later,…

Designing for sustainability: what are the challenges behind green materials? | The Guardian

Sustainable materials are gaining ground, but long development time frames and gaps in knowledge make commercialisation tricky | Learning to surf in California’s frigid breakers, Todd Copeland, a design guru at the Patagonia clothing company, concluded that wet suits weren’t…

Can a new architecture revive the UN Global Compact? | The Guardian

As business enthusiasm wanes, the UN Global Compact unveils new investment opportunities. Will it be enough to attract more participation? In collaboration with some 1,000 business allies, the UN today issued an updated “architecture” aimed at intensifying companies’ role in advancing economic…

Responsible investment has a vital role in securing peace post-conflict | The Guardian

A new UN initiative aims to help spur recovery in post-conflict regions by guiding companies to invest responsibly War and peace are linked inextricably by economic development. Often, even when the shooting stops, long-term peace is impossible without economic development.…

Can new supply chain approaches prevent another Rana Plaza? | The Guardian

Tougher factory and supply chain standards won’t be enough to prevent disasters like the Bangladesh factory collapse. Can development tactics succeed where conventional approaches have failed? Ideally, tragedy begets reform. That’s the tale we’ve learned from past industrial disasters, including…

Profiting from sustainability: 5 tips for corporate boards | The Guardian

Whether you call them directors, supervisors or governors, companies’ top overseers must get involved in sustainability. Here’s how Of all the challenges facing corporate sustainability leaders, a lack of board-level support can be one of the most frustrating. While a…