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Posted: Feb 06, 2017 – 06:00 AM EST
I wrote a piece for Virgin.com just before Christmas; a sort of 2016 round up piece. And I used it to have a bit of a rant about the UK version of The Apprentice, the very popular TV show that plays out in the run up to Christmas every year.
Posted: Feb 03, 2017 – 06:00 AM EST
Interface’s ‘Mission Zero’ is arguably the most well known example of a bold move towards radical circularity. When Ray Anderson sought to undertake the journey to heal and overturn his petroleum-intensive carpet company he experienced important realizations – ones which have turned Interface into the archetypal carpet manufacturer in today’s world markets.
Posted: Feb 01, 2017 – 06:00 AM EST
Sustainalytics, a leading global provider of ESG and corporate governance research and ratings, has launched ESG Signals, an innovative quantitative risk management and portfolio tool that provides securities-level financial risk and opportunity signals based on environmental, social and governance (ESG), trading and financial data.
Posted: Jan 30, 2017 – 06:00 AM EST
According to a 2014 survey by Kelton Global, just half of Americans say they recycle 75% or more of their recyclable items and only 8% say they recycle all recyclables. With respect to packaging waste, the U.S. EPA’s most recent figures (2014) state that 51.5% of all packaging is recycled; however this includes transport packaging such as pallets, shrink wrap and corrugated cardboard generated in the commercial and institutional sector, which is recovered at a higher rate than household packaging.
Posted: Jan 27, 2017 – 06:00 AM EST
The best way to ensure that your diamond is not bloodstained from conflicts is to buy an identical gem created by human science. These can be indistinguishable from diamonds mined from the Earth and avoid polluting the planet and exploiting miners, hundreds of whom die every year. The growing science-created diamond industry is the biggest challenge yet to the mystique of mined diamonds.
Posted: Jan 26, 2017 – 06:00 AM EST
Spanning across southern Minnesota from the South Dakota border in the west to the Wisconsin border in the east, Minnesota’s First Congressional District is home to some of the most productive agricultural land in America. Here you’ll find fertile soil, rich with nutrients that support the growth of a wide variety of crops.
Posted: Jan 23, 2017 – 06:00 AM EST
According to the U.S. Green Building Council, commercial and residential structures currently account for nearly 40 percent of all carbon dioxide emissions in our country. Given the increasing interest in environmental sustainability and carbon footprint reduction around the nation, industry critics are citing any number of shortcomings that are inherent to the construction process.
Posted: Jan 20, 2017 – 06:00 AM EST
In the realm of business, “green” efforts are constantly molding and changing. As our understanding of global climate change shifts, so does our techniques to combat it.
After last year’s announcement from the United Nations that revealed their 15 year plan for Sustainable Development Goals, many businesses took the announcement to heart. The focus was shifting, this time to reducing waste and working on a more global level to make a dedicated effort to improve practices.
Posted: Jan 18, 2017 – 06:00 AM EST
Understanding personal values of CEOs informs employees and investors about a company’s commitment to ethics and corporate social responsibility. In a paper titled “Relation between personal values of CEOs and their commitment to corporate social responsibility”, Professor Erhemjamts and her student Sarah Maher examined corporate social responsibility (CSR) ratings of S&P500 companies along with social capital of the states their CEOs grew up in.
Posted: Jan 11, 2017 – 06:00 AM EST
Corporate houses and entrepreneurs are custodians of the future. They are responsible for creating a long lasting measurable change that could add value in the economic and social welfare arenas.
Companies involved in social welfare activities tend to have happier employees, loyal customers and more prosperity as compared to companies who don’t. This encourages the consumers to buy products from a Socially Responsible company.
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