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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

December 6, 2019 Vineyard Wind: delayed project reveals bluster in US’s offshore wind ambitions

Source: Power-technology

The recent decision by the Interior Department to hit the pause button on plans to build the first major US offshore windfarm off the Massachusetts coast means the project now hangs in the balance. Amid federal agency infighting,...

December 6, 2019 Report: One in three transport companies aligning with Paris Agreement as investor pressure mounts

Source: Edie

A survey of 57 of the world's largest transport companies, including airlines and carmakers, has found that more than one in three (35%) have set emissions targets in line with the Paris Agreement.

December 5, 2019 Greenpeace banned from protesting on Shell North Sea oil rigs

Source: The Guardian

Greenpeace has been banned from carrying out climate protests on North Sea oil rigs after the oil giant Shell won a Scottish court order.

Research & Insights

August 9, 2019 Sustainable cocoa: Tradin Organic’s inaugural report highlights need to “elevate transparency”

Source: Food Ingredients First

Tradin Organic has released its first cocoa sustainability report, which summarizes the Netherlands-based ingredient provider’s past milestones and plans for the future. The five primary aspects the company addresses are...

May 13, 2019 CO2 in the atmosphere just exceeded 415 parts per million for the first time in human history

Source: Tech Crunch

For the first time in human history — not recorded history, but since humans have existed on Earth — carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has topped 415 parts per million, reaching 415.26 parts per million, according to sensors at...

March 27, 2019 "We Are in Deep Trouble": Carbon Emissions Break Record in Devastating Global Setback

Source: Science Alert

Global energy experts released grim findings Monday, saying that not only are planet-warming carbon-dioxide emissions still increasing, but the world's growing thirst for energy has led to higher emissions from coal-fired power...

Commentary & Opinion

December 3, 2019 Secretary-General's remarks at opening ceremony of UN Climate Change Conference COP25

Source: UN.org

We stand at a critical juncture in our collective efforts to limit dangerous global heating. By the end of the coming decade we will be on one of two paths.

October 7, 2019 Here's why the retail sector keeps bleeding jobs

Source: Yahoo Finance

Last month, the U.S. economy added 136,000 jobs, with the unemployment falling from 3.7% to 3.5%— its lowest level since December 1969. But the embattled retail industry saw job losses that nearly doubled in September from...

August 21, 2019 The World in 2030: 9 Megatrends to Watch

Source: Sustainable Brands

The directions we go and choices we make will have enormous impacts on our lives, careers, businesses and the world. Here are my predictions of how nine important trends will evolve by 2030 — listed in order roughly from nearly...


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