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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

September 21, 2018 California bans plastic straws in full-service restaurants -- unless customers request one

Source: CNN

California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill Thursday that bans full-service restaurants in the state from handing out single-use plastic straws to customers -- unless they ask for one.

September 10, 2018 Sweden and UN Environment Announce $5 Million Project to Beat Plastic Pollution in Southeast Asia

Source: United Nations Environment

Sweden, UN Environment and the Coordinating Body on the Seas of East Asia (COBSEA) today announced efforts to combat marine litter and plastic pollution in Southeast Asia over the coming four years, through a project that aims to...

September 7, 2018 Great Barrier Reef Shows Significant Signs of Recovery

Source: Travel Pulse

The Reef & Rainforest Research Centre (RRRC), a non-profit enterprising Australian organization, has reported substantial signs of recovery for corals affected by mass coral bleaching on the Great Barrier Reef.

Research & Insights

August 29, 2018 UN Environment and partners show global restoration success in unprecedented study

Source: UN Environment

Showcasing the success of large-scale restoration of landscapes burdened by natural or man-made disasters, UN Environment today launched the report: Restoring forests and landscapes, the key to sustainable future.

April 20, 2018 By 5:1 Ratio, Americans Think Global Warming is Happening, New Survey Finds

Source: Yale.edu

A new nationally representative survey finds that a large majority of Americans think global warming is happening, outnumbering those who don’t by 5 to 1. Americans are also growing more certain that global warming is happening....

November 6, 2017 Top 10 countries most attractive to renewable energy

Source: China Daily

China continues to be the world's most favorable market for renewable energy development and investment, according to a new study.

Commentary & Opinion

August 22, 2018 The Much-Loathed Monsanto Name Is About to Die

Source: EcoWatch

The public seems to loathe Monsanto. A recent poll ranked the company among the 20 most hated in America (nearly every other name on the list is a consumer-facing company the public deals with regularly, like health insurers,...

May 9, 2018 Union of Concerned Scientists: Driving Electric Is Cleaner Than Ever

Source: The Business Journals

WASHINGTON, May 7, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Electric vehicles have lower global warming emissions than the average new gasoline car everywhere in the country, even when the electricity comes from the dirtiest coal-dominated electric...

July 31, 2017 Swapping cars for bikes, not diesel for electric, is the best route to clean air

Source: The Guardian

he government’s air quality plan may make our air more breathable in the long run but it fails to tackle some of the biggest issues facing cities and towns in the UK, and more people on bikes are a huge part of the answer.


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