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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
Source: Vancouver Sun
It is not quite like the fluttering of a butterfly’s wings in Asia causing a hurricane on the West Coast of North America, but the impetus for China to clean up the pollution-choked skylines of cities such as Beijing and Shanghai...
February 25, 2014 The 'green economy' as an engine for growth
Deutsche Welle - The EU has some 19 million unemployed and the trend is pointing upwards. But, new jobs will only come once the economy picks up. Could a new 'green economy' help create those jobs and halt Europe's decline' The...
February 24, 2014 Fossil fuels remain at the forefront, energy expert saysSource: Boston Globe
The use of wind, solar, and other renewable energy resources will increase significantly over the next few decades, but fossil fuels such as oil, coal, and natural gas likely will continue to dominate the energy mix and drive the...
Research & Insights
September 12, 2013 A Study Finds a 5 MPG Improvement in the Past Six Years
The Ledger - The improvements reflect broad changes across the industry in the size, weight and engines in new models, as well as an increase in the number of hybrid and electric vehicles on the market. "Consumers are interested...
Source: MIT Technology Review
Renault recently made public a report that provides a fair assessment by comparing an electric version of its Fluence sedan with gas and diesel-powered versions of the same car. And it makes clear that electric cars are, indeed,...
Source: Green America
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Three out of four small businesses responding to a recent survey reported that, unlike much of the economy, sales for green products and services actually increased over the course of the recent economic...
Commentary & Opinion
November 27, 2013 Jigar Shah on why hybrid cars are overrated
Fortune Tech - 1. What alternative energy projects are you most excited about' Originally my inspiration came from solar energy. While that is still near and dear to my heart, my work at the îCarbon War Roomî showed...
August 19, 2013 Global Warming: Who Can You Trust?Source: Tulsa World
We are physical geographers with research backgrounds in climate and climate change. We want to share a few thoughts about some claims we hear made regularly about global warming. Some are typically made by my fellow...
July 30, 2013 Greening the city, one tree at a timeSource: Ottawa Citizen
We’re standing on little Bronson Place, about 20 metres from the parallel of the Bronson Avenue highway, roughly halfway between the bridge over the Rideau Canal and the entrance to Carleton University at Sunnyside. It’s...
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