Tag: CSR

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,…

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…

Sports sustainability gurus share their all-star plays | GreenBiz

Back in 2008, when the US Tennis Association launched an ambitious effort to lower the environmental impact of its mammoth US Open event, it turned out to be nearly impossible to find a vendor to supply enough recycled paper napkins,…

Are bottom-up sustainability initiatives filling gap left by Rio+20? | The Guardian

Small, grassroots sustainability efforts have proliferated since Rio+20, but a status report signals some challenges and limitations In the absence of a meaningful global agreement at the Rio+20 Earth summit last summer, expectations collapsed – but didn’t disappear. They shifted…

Starbucks’ green scorecard: A few full cups, two half empty | GreenBiz

Starbucks’ latest self-assessment of the impact of its operations on the globe — measured in terms of energy, the environment, communities and agriculture — reflects healthy progress, moderated by a dash of frustration on some challenging fronts. Call it: A…