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March 6, 2014 Why Corporate Social Responsibility is Important Today

Source: Business2Community

corporation’s public image is at the mercy of it’s social responsibility programs. According to a study by Cone Communications, 9 out of 10 consumers would refrain from doing business with a corporation if there existed no...

March 6, 2014 The World's Best Sustainability Ideas

Source: Forbes

Based in London, Katerva is the brainchilid of Terry Waghorn, an author and former consultant at KPMG who wanted to find a way to bolster efforts of both non-profits and for-profit businesses trying to come up with sustainable...

March 6, 2014 Icahn's rebrand from devil to angel looks suspicious

Source: SF Gate

I first encountered Carl Icahn at an airport in St. Louis in the spring of 2001. Or more accurately, I first encountered how much people hated him. At the time, the once-venerable airline TWA had successfully filed a bankruptcy...

March 5, 2014 We Are Not Prepared For Climate Change

Talk Radio News Service - Chris Field, a co-chair of the working group drafting the IPCC report, said that we are simply not ready for the extreme weather we will experience. He said, âI think if you look around the world...

March 5, 2014 Seven reasons for any business to become socially responsible

Source: CIOL

SOFIA, BULGARIA: Towards the end of 2013 visitors to 60K's offices in Sofia, Bulgaria, were greeted not by the formal, blandness they might have expected from a business process outsourcer, but by a colourful Christmas bazaar...

March 4, 2014 Water partnership programs and watershed responsibilities: Interview with Coke's Jeff Seabright

Eco-business - This feature news is part of Singapore International Water Weekâs (SIWW) series of one-on-one interviews with global water industry leaders, Conversations with Water Leaders. In this edition, Jeff Seabright,...

February 27, 2014 Market Structure Map - Unwired

Source: Tim Quast, president, ModernNetworks IR LLC

It’s got to stop. Warren Buffett said so. Until the Wall Street Journal’s Scott Patterson broke the story recently, most investor-relations professionals were unaware that Berkshire Hathaway unit Business Wire took fees from...[more]

February 26, 2014 World begins 2014 with unusual number of extreme weather events

Source: The Guardian

There have been heatwaves in Slovenia and Australia, snow in Vietnam and the return of the polar vortex to North America. Britain has had its wettest winter in 250 years but temperatures in parts of Russia and the Arctic have...

February 25, 2014 Let's Be Very Clear Mr. Kerry: No Scientific Evidence Of 'Dangerous' Human Climate Influence Exists

Forbes - Kerry told the audience: "We should not allow a tiny minority of shoddy scientists and science and extreme ideologues to ... including fossil burning, are having a dangerous (or even measurable) influence on climate...

February 25, 2014 What's On Warren Buffett's Mind?

Source: Barron's

Both Fortune and U.S.A. Today have articles that share the latest investment thinking of Warren Buffett, America's most famous investor. The Fortune article is getting most of the buzz because Buffett wrote it himself: it's...

February 24, 2014 BLOOMBERG VIEW: Fracking doesn't have to leave us parched

Source: Sun Herald

Among the environmental worries posed by hydraulic fracturing, including the release of methane into the air and contamination of groundwater, one has recently escalated: the concern that the enormous quantities of water used in...

February 24, 2014 How Can Asia Protect Its Water Resources? - Editorial

Source: Asian Scientist

Asia’s economic growth has been one of the success stories of the 21st century. But the economic rise of countries such as China, India, Vietnam and Indonesia has created serious pressure on their environmental resources,...

February 23, 2014 "Intimidation": The Wall Street Journal Attacks Shareholder Activism

Media Matters - In 2011, average support for transparency policies increased from 30 percent to 33 percent, and eight resolutions got more than 40 percent of the shareholder vote, according to the îSustainable Investments...

February 21, 2014 Where did the product come from? Don't ask the supplier

Source: Guardian

The total value chain (the sequence of steps necessary to turn primary products into finished goods) for most products is truly global, providing opportunities but also creating problems. What happens when you want to know that...

February 20, 2014 How a CEO Reacts When Robert Redford Pegs Him a Villain

Source: Bloomberg

So there is Russ Girling, TransCanada Corp.’s chief executive officer, tubing giddily through a meandering oil pipeline, crude oil streaking his face, cackling about how a “little old-fashioned lying” got a gullible American...

February 19, 2014 Feeding global population without degrading the environment a major challenge

Source: PHYS.org

Scientists are warning we are undertaking "the greatest challenge we have ever faced" in trying to get more from the earth to feed the world's growing population.

February 14, 2014 Mercury News editorial: No easy answers for solving state's water shortage problem

Source: Mercury News

Unless the president has found a way to issue an executive order to make it rain, the residents of Fresno are largely in for disappointment Friday when President Obama comes to town to discuss the drought. There are no easy...

February 13, 2014 Obama Energy Official: Nuclear Plants Essential To Our Carbon Reduction Goals

Source: Forbes

Did President Obama just finally come out as pro-nuke? I’m not referring to the President’s State of the Union Address last month. In that speech, the President made no mention of how nuclear energy production actually fits into...

February 12, 2014 The Obama administration has a mandate on the health-care law, too - editorial

Source: Washington Post

THE OBAMA administration on Monday announced that it was delaying, once again, enforcement of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) “employer mandate.” Yes, Republicans have done everything they can to impede implementation of this law....

February 12, 2014 Enough Is Enough: Coal Pollution Spills Reveal a Water Safety Crisis

Source: Huff Post

When it comes to rivers and clean, safe water, you don't know what you've got until it's gone. Hundreds of thousands of people have learned that the hard way over recent weeks, after a dangerous coal chemical spilled into the Elk...

February 12, 2014 Sustainable Companies Want to Be Transparent -- But Not Too Transparent

Source: Bloomberg

Sustainability presents company legal departments with something of a paradox. The movement encourages companies to become ever more transparent with their "stakeholders" -- investors, employees, communities, regulators,...

February 11, 2014 Time we faced up to environmental challenges

Irish Examiner - ... storms and floods have caused much havoc and personal trauma for those whose lives and livelihoods have been damaged by these events. The financial costs are also increasing with each storm front that hits...

February 10, 2014 Who's to Blame for Climate Change' (Op-Ed)

Yahoo! News - Elliott Negin is the director of news and commentary at the îUnion of Concerned Scientistsî (UCS). This article is adapted from a piece that appeared on the Huffington Post. Negin contributed this...

February 7, 2014 The Challenges of Running Responsible Supply Chains

Source: NY Times

Horrific factory tragedies often prompt powerful public calls for reform, and the Rana Plaza fire that killed more than 1,100 garment workers in Bangladesh almost a year ago is no exception. Bangladesh is the poster child for the...

February 6, 2014 Putin's hopes to burnish Russia's image with Sochi 2014

Source: BBC News

From the outset, President Putin has been heavily involved in Sochi 2014 - from lobbying the International Olympic Committee to bring the games to Russia, to inspecting construction sites and, more recently, testing out completed...

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