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April 9, 2013 US Lags in Sustainability Reporting Assurance

Source: Environmental Leader

While more than half (53 percent) of all companies in the S&P 500 Index and Fortune 500 published sustainability reports in 2011 — up from 19 percent the year before — companies in the US are less likely to obtain third-party...

April 9, 2013 Survey: 87% of Americans ‘Not Confident’ About Their Retirement (And What You Can Do About It!)

Source: Money News

Despite the Dow recently hitting all-time highs, millions of Americans still have a dismal outlook when it comes to their own ability to retire, a new survey reveals. Conducted by the Employment Benefit Research Institute, the...

April 8, 2013 Business Ethics 101 in 2013

Source: Main Street.com

NEW YORK —In decades past, bad business ethics might have been defined as stealing a stapler from the office, taking a nap at your desk after lunch or, for executives, skimming off the top. And though business ethics today...

April 5, 2013 WHILE USA CORPORATE SUSTAINABILITY REPORTING CONTINUES TO RISE -- EXTERNAL ASSURANCE OF SUSTAINABILITY DATA LAGS GLOBAL TRENDS

Source: GRI’s US Data Partner; Governance & Accountability Institute

New York, NY– A report released by the Global Reporting Initiative’s (GRI) Focal Point USA examines the external assurance practices of US companies that use the GRI Guidelines. The analysis, conducted in collaboration with...[more]

April 4, 2013 It's still the economy, not the environment

Source: NBC News

A new Gallup poll finds that 48 percent of Americans think economic growth should be given priority even if the environment suffers somewhat. In contrast, 43 percent say the environment should get priority even at the risk of...

April 4, 2013 Keystone XL Pipeline Poll Shows Two-Thirds Of Americans Support Controversial Project

Source: Huff Post

A recent poll conducted by the Pew Research Center shows that a majority of Americans support the Keystone XL pipeline. According to the nonpartisan group, 66 percent of Americans favor construction of the pipeline, which would...

April 2, 2013 Report links millions of deaths to Chinese air pollution

I4U NEWS - He has kept a low profile, but as the Chinese ambassador to the World Trade Organization, nobody can ignore his job, especially given the slowdown of Chinese exports and the rising trade-remedy cases against China amid...

April 1, 2013 SAP Highlights Financial, Sustainability Performance in 2012 Integrated Report

Source: Sustainable Brands

SAP AG today announced the SAP Integrated Report 2012, its first report that brings together the information usually shared in an annual report with the information normally contained in a sustainability report. By combining the...

April 1, 2013 Poll: Americans want U.S. to prepare for climate change

Source: USA Today

Should the United States prepare for climate change? And who should pay? A Stanford University survey released Thursday finds that 82% of Americans want the nation to prepare, but most don't want government to pay.

March 28, 2013 2 new reports on sustainability jobs and compensation in Canada

Source: GreenBiz

In our annual State of the Profession report, we track how the role is evolving for sustainability professionals, especially in terms of compensation, job responsibilities and leading trends. The focus has been primarily on large...

March 27, 2013 Half the length of U.S. streams and rivers in poor condition

Source: LA Times

The news from a comprehensive national survey of river and stream health is not good: Only about a fifth of the length of America’s rivers and streams is in good biological condition, while 55% is in poor shape.

March 27, 2013 Are the global players failing to meet the seven major challenges of sustainability?

Source: oekom research

oekom research’s new Corporate Responsibility Review 2013 documents the strategies and measures used by the world’s largest companies to tackle the major challenges of sustainable development [more]

March 26, 2013 Apple issues annual environmental report, touts renewable energy use

mis-asia.com - In terms of the manufacture of its goods, which accounts for 61 percent of Apple's emissions, the company points out that it's lowered carbon emissions for many of its products, ranging from the Apple TV--which...

March 26, 2013 How to tell if your boss is covering up bad company performance

Source: Adelaidenow.com

In a study, the National Bureau of Economic Research has examined the behaviour of US companies accused of price fixing. And as part of its working paper, Smokescreen: How Managers Behave When They've Got Something to Hide, it...

March 25, 2013 Importance of Sustainability Growing for Food Industry

Source: The Fishnet.com

A new report, Driving Sustainability, from LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming), which was launched at the International Food Event in London showed that while a vast majority of companies believe sustainability to be...

March 20, 2013 Global Compact & GRI Prefered Reporting Models -Report

probonoaustralia.com.au - but âWhy are you not reporting',â she said. The survey also took into account the instruments of the îInternational Labour Organizationî (ILO), the Organisation for Economic...

March 19, 2013 Virus responsible for swine flu pandemic becoming increasingly resistant to Tamiflu

Source: Independent.ca.uk

The virus responsible for the “swine flu” pandemic of 2009 is becoming increasingly resistant to the main drug used to treat it, new research has shown

March 19, 2013 Chinese Consumers Aware of Food Safety

Source: The Poultry Site

CHINA - A new study reveals that consumers in China are aware of food safety issues despite a lack of information and that they are prepared to pay more for safe food products. [more]

March 18, 2013 It’s Lose-Lose vs. Win-Win-Win-Win-Win

Source: NY Times

ONE of my favorite quotes about the state of U.S. politics was offered a couple years ago by Gerald Seib, a Wall Street Journal columnist, when he observed that “America and its political leaders, after two decades of failing to...

March 12, 2013 Food and drink manufacturers warned about health and safety

Source: aviva.co.uk

Companies operating within the food and drink manufacturing sector need to ensure they do everything in their power to safeguard their employees.

March 12, 2013 New Report: Political Spending, Say on Pay, and Other Key Issues to Watch in the 2013 Proxy Season

Source: Point of Law.com

As the 2013 proxy season kicks off--most U.S. public companies will hold their annual shareholder meetings between April and June--the Manhattan Institute is releasing its third annual proxy season preview in a series of reports...

March 12, 2013 Era of the Pharaohs: Climate was HOTTER THAN NOW, without CO2

Source: The register

A new study has confirmed that at the time of the Pharaohs the world's climate was significantly hotter than it now is for thousands of years - and yet the seas don't appear to have risen, nor did the various other doomsday...

March 9, 2013 Report: Foxconn Not Investing in Sharp, For Now

PC Magazine - Apple commissioned the îFair Labor Associationî (FLA) to investigate, which found overtime and other abuses. By August, however, the FLA said Foxconn was making progress in improving conditions in China....

March 8, 2013 CALVERT REPORT: FEW WOMEN AND MINORITIES MAKING IT TO S&P 100 BOARD ROOMS, EXECUTIVE SUITES

Source: Calvert

BETHESDA, MD.Standard and Poor’s (S&P) 100 companies have made some progress on corporate diversity since 2010, but these large-capitalization companies are still failing to put substantial numbers of women and minorities into...[more]

March 7, 2013 Carbon dioxide levels show biggest spike in 15 years

Source: India Times

NEW DELHI: As governments dilly-dally in climate change negotiations, carbon dioxide levels continue to rise in the atmosphere pushing the world towards an environmental catastrophe. Latest data released by the National Oceanic...

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