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Greening News, Greening of Corporation, Greenwashing – Accountability Central

Every company seems to be going green, looking at the flow of “green” news from Corporate America.  Looking to the European Union, it appears that the trend may be more pronounced among continental and UK-based corporations.  A growing number of investors are interested in the greening practices, programs and policies of corporations; for an increasing number of investors these factors may be significant in their investment (or divestment) decision-making.

There is dramatically rising interest in corporate sector greening as well among important stakeholders – employees (and prospective employees), suppliers, business partners, customers, lenders, regulators, and others.  One of the key questions raised by stakeholders is:  Is this [greening] initiative by the company substantive or is it just PR?  The answers matter!  In this section of Accountability Central the editors bring you news, research and insights, commentary and opinion, and identify key players and stakeholders to help you understand better the greening of corporations and the business sector.

News & Updates

August 25, 2015 Recycling -- fashion world's antidote to environmental concerns

Source: Reuters

Hennes & Mauritz, the world's second-biggest fashion retailer, is launching a new effort to promote recycling as it seeks to cut its environmental impact, boost its ethical credentials and address looming shortages of raw...

August 24, 2015 Turning red to blue for solar energy

Source: Ars Technica

Solar energy is one of the most important alternative energy sources available to us. In Europe, alongside an increasing number of wind turbines, houses with solar panels are a familiar sight. These solar cells are, however, not...

August 14, 2015 A Bright Spot in US-China Relations: Renewable Energy

The Diplomat - As a trade issue, the U.S.-China clean energy partnership faces significant headwinds. Under îWorld Trade Organizationî (WTO) trade regulation, the United States is well within its rights to penalize...

Research & Insights

July 15, 2015 Renewables outpace nuclear in economies making up 45 percent of world population: report

Source: Reuters

Solar, wind and other forms of renewable energy besides hydro-electric dams now supply more electricity than nuclear in Japan, China, India and five other major economies accounting for about half the world's population, an...

July 7, 2015 Study urges 10 climate actions to curb warming, lift GDP

Source: Reuters

More efficient energy use and investments in greener cities are among 10 measures that can help the world to slow global warming while also spurring economic growth, an international report said on Tuesday.

July 7, 2015 How Greening Europe's Economy Could Get It Out of Debt

Source: The Real News

Now joining us from Amherst, Massachusetts is Robert Pollin. Bob is a professor of economics, and co-director of the Political Economy Research Institute at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Bob also has a forthcoming book...

Commentary & Opinion

August 25, 2015 Batteries Will Do To Energy What Cellphones Did To Telecom: Advanced Microgrid & Tesla

Source: Forbes

Cheap battery storage will prove as disruptive to the energy industry as the cellphone has been to telecommunications, executives from two California startups—Tesla Energy and Advanced Microgrid Solutions—said today at the...

August 18, 2015 Something is happening here

Source: Business Green

Environmentalists have long been vulnerable to their own passions. At times this can make us sound shrill and self-righteous. On other occasions it can blind us to political traps. The oil industry is now busy setting a big one...

August 13, 2015 EPA's Toxic Spill Shows It's Still The Worst Regulatory Agency In History (But Perhaps I Understate)

Source: Forbes

An EPA cleanup crew on August 5 accidentally caused a breach in an abandoned gold mine in the southwestern part of Colorado, spilling three million gallons of highly toxic mining waste that contaminated waterways in Colorado and...


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