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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

June 4, 2020 Energy investment opportunities that can drive Sustainable Development Goals

Source: BizCommunity

Now that we are all faced with the immediate humanitarian crisis as a result of Covid-19, which has also quickly developed into an economic crisis, it is important that we don't lose sight of the longer term risk that climate...

June 3, 2020 Plunging cost of wind and solar marks turning point in energy transition: IRENA

Source: Reuters

LONDON - Plunging costs of renewables mark a turning point in a global transition to low-carbon energy, with new solar or wind farms increasingly cheaper to build than running existing coal plants, according to a report published...

May 27, 2020 COVID-19: Four Sustainable Development Goals that help future-proof global recovery

Source: UN Environment

“The global coronavirus pandemic, which has already caused unimaginable devastation and hardship, has brought our way of life to an almost complete halt. The outbreak will have profound and lasting economic and social...

Research & Insights

April 2, 2020 Plastic Wars: Industry Spent Millions Selling Recycling — To Sell More Plastic

Source: NPR

For decades, Americans have been sorting their trash believing that most plastic could be recycled. But the truth is, the vast majority of all plastic produced can't be or won't be recycled. In 40 years, less than 10% of plastic...

April 1, 2020 Yes, Electric Cars Are Cleaner, Even When The Power Comes From Coal

Source: Forbes

A new study by the universities of Exeter and Cambridge in the UK and Nijmegen in the Netherlands has concluded that electric cars lead to lower carbon emissions overall, even if electricity generation still relies on fossil fuels

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...

Commentary & Opinion

April 24, 2020 How Is the Coronavirus Pandemic Affecting Climate Change?

Source: Wired

IT IS AN invisible, deadly menace. It’s causing almost unfathomable economic destruction. We knew it was coming, but were caught woefully unprepared. It tricked nations into blaming one another—the US being the primary...

February 6, 2020 6 Changes in Society Could Rapidly Pave the Way to a Sustainable Future, Study Finds

Source: Eco-Watch

The report, published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States (PNAS), identifies six "tipping dynamics," or interventions, that could act as catalysts to bring about rapid societal and...

January 28, 2020 The Warren Fracking Ban Would Devastate America

Source: National Review

An investigation into Elizabeth Warren’s disastrous promise to ban hydraulic fracturing via executive order on Day One of her presidency


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