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On climate, business as usual (opinion)

UNFCC Climate Change Headlines - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 12:14pm
Source: Washington Post -
Categories: Climate Change News

Climate is right for clean energy firms

UNFCC Climate Change Headlines - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 12:14pm
Source: Reuters -
Categories: Climate Change News

Apple Aims to Shrink Its Carbon Footprint With New Data Centers

UNFCC Climate Change Headlines - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 12:14pm
Source: Wired - Apple is close to its goal of powering all its facilities 100 percent by renewable energy. Its corporate campuses and data centers are now at 94 percent renewable and rising. (In 2010 it was 35 percent.) The next step is to extend the efforts to its retail stores.
Categories: Climate Change News

Zayed Future Energy Prize Winner Partners With Finalist to Implement Winning Project

UNFCC Climate Change Headlines - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 12:14pm
Source: ME NewsWire - Kalkeri Sangeet Vidyalaya (KSV), the 2014 Zayed Future Energy Prize winner in the Global High School category for Asia, has partnered with 2014 SME finalist, SELCO India to implement its award-winning sustainability project.
Categories: Climate Change News

Illegal logging makes up 70 percent of Papua New Guinea's timber industry

Mongabay Rainforest News - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 11:30am
Corruption, weak governance, and powerful timber barons are illegally stripping the forests of Papua New Guinea, according to a new report from the Chatham House. The policy institute finds that 70 percent of logging in Papua New Guinea is currently illegal, despite the fact that 99 percent of land is owned by local indigenous communities.
Categories: REDD and Rainforests

Rutgers Institute for Ethical Leadership Hosts Ethics & Sustainability Conference Featuring Regional and National Business Leaders

CSRwire - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 10:15am

The Rutgers Institute for Ethical Leadership (IEL) will bring together more than 200 business, academic and government leaders to discuss the need for sustainable business leadership and how ethical, environmental and social objectives can be built into businesses’ core missions and operations.

The “Ethical Environment of Business Sustainability” conference will be held Friday, June 6, from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the Newark Museum (49 Washington Street, Newark, NJ).

Panel discussions and presentations on business’ role in environmental and geopolitical stability, as well as the role of corporations in community health and their impact on social innovation will be featured. Speakers include:

  • Richard A. Smith, Chairman, CEO and President of Realogy Holdings Corp., a New Jersey-based global leader in real estate franchising, Realogy’s brands include CENTURY 21, Coldwell Banker, ERA, Sotheby’s International Realty and Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate. Smith has been named the “Most Powerful Person in Residential Real Estate Brokerage” in the Swanepoel Power 200 rankings, and Realogy has been named one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies by Ethisphere Institute in each of the past three years. Mr. Smith will deliver the keynote address, “Why is an ethical environment within your company critical to its sustainability?”
  • Christine Bader, Author, The Evolution of a Corporate Idealist: When Girl Meets Oil (Bibliomotion, March 2014), and former Manager of Policy Development, where she oversaw the social impacts of some of the company’s largest projects in the developing world. She will discuss life on the front lines of integrating human rights into business -- including what happens when it all goes wrong.
  • Leading the panel discussions is Gregory Sauter, Executive Vice President, Chief Corporate Officer, AECOM. Comprised of more than 45,000 employees in 150 countries, AECOM provides professional technical and management support services to a broad range of markets, including transportation, facilities, environmental, energy, water, and government. Sauter is also Board President of Engineers without Borders. He will lead panel discussions on the role of business in environmental and geopolitical stability, and on the health of local communities.

Panelists are:

  • Kevin Lyons, PhD, Supply Chain Professor, Rutgers Business School 
  • Guy Story, Chief Technology Officer and Chief Scientist, Audible.com 
  • Paula Luff, Vice President, Corporate Social Responsibility, Hess Corporation
  • Derek Veenhof, Executive Vice President, Sustainable Solutions, Covanta

“A business has a responsibility to reward shareholders while ensuring that the communities in which it operates have the human and natural resources necessary to thrive in the future,” said IEL co-founder James Abruzzo. “This conference will be an opportunity for more than 200 attendees to learn from strategic thinkers and practitioners who understand how to navigate complexities of true sustainable leadership.”

Now in its fifth year, the annual Ethical Leadership Conference brings together experts from all sectors to address the most pressing current ethical issues in the corporate, government and non-profit sectors.

“IEL is proud to host this annual event to educate and raise awareness on the importance of ethical leadership,” Abruzzo added. 

The 2014 Ethical Leadership Conference is sponsored by Wells Fargo, AECOM, Verizon and KPMG. For information on available sponsorships, the agenda, and to register for the conference, please visit http://www.business.rutgers.edu/iel/programs/business-government/2014-conference, call 973-353-1135 or email leadership@business.rutgers.edu.

About the Institute for Ethical Leadership

The Institute for Ethical Leadership at Rutgers Business School works with business and government, nonprofit and philanthropic organizations, and within Rutgers University to provide leaders and future leaders with the education, training and critical-thinking tools needed to become more effective leaders and managers and make ethical decisions for real-world challenges.  For more information, visit www.business.rutgers.edu/iel

VolunteerMatch to Pilot International Expansion of Corporate Volunteering Network Using TechSoup Global Technology

CSRwire - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 10:15am

VolunteerMatch, the web's largest volunteer engagement network, and TechSoup Global, the international network that leverages technology to help build the capacity of non-governmental organizations (NGOs), announced today a collaboration to increase social impact across the globe.

These seasoned nonprofit organizations will leverage each other’s strengths in technologies for the greater good. The collaboration enables the growth of VolunteerMatch’s expansive network of U.S.- based nonprofits to include NGOs from around the world by utilizing TechSoup Global’s technology to validate these organizations.

Through TechSoup Global's unparalleled international NGO partner network and its expertise in NGO validation, VolunteerMatch will begin providing volunteer engagement services outside the U.S. for the first time. VolunteerMatch is initially offering the service for its community of corporate clients and will make international listings available to their employees around the world. This pilot project promises to strengthen the global NGO community and amplify the social impact of employee volunteer programs — no matter where they are.

VolunteerMatch is piloting the initiative in the United Kingdom, Canada and Australia and is evaluating additional countries and regions.

 “Today’s world needs a global solution to connect good people and good causes,” said Greg Baldwin, president of VolunteerMatch. “To get there, we are going to need to work together with the best. By aligning our strengths, we are breaking new ground and innovating to improve our products and services."

Paul van Haver, TechSoup Global’s vice president of Global Data Services, added:

“We are proud to support VolunteerMatch’s international expansion. Our global validation service helps NGOs connect with a broad range of resources, and this is one example of how collaboration can help further optimize our offerings for the benefit of the entire sector.”

To learn more about VolunteerMatch’s services for volunteers, nonprofits and companies, visit www.volunteermatch.org

About VolunteerMatch

VolunteerMatch is the world’s largest volunteer engagement network on the Web, with more than 97,000 participating nonprofits, 170 network partners and 10 million annual visitors. Founded in 1998, VolunteerMatch offers solutions to make it easier for individuals, nonprofits and companies to make a difference. Since its launch, VolunteerMatch has helped nonprofits attract more than $5.4 billion worth of volunteer services. VolunteerMatch is a two-time Webby Award winner, a Smithsonian inductee, and has been recognized for its work by The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, CNN, Time, Oprah Winfrey and Presidents Clinton and Bush. To learn more, visit www.volunteermatch.org.

About TechSoup Global

TechSoup Global is an international network of 53 partner NGOs in Africa, the Americas, Asia Pacific, Europe, and the Middle East. For over 26 years, it has leveraged technology to build NGO capacity towards solving problems in local communities and fostering global social change. TechSoup Global's core competencies include running one of the biggest technology philanthropy programs in the world; providing NGO validation services to funders and corporations; gathering, analyzing, and distributing global social-sector data; and catalyzing community-oriented technology innovations. Today, its global network covers 70 countries and supports 569.000 NGOs with activities resulting in more than $4 billion saved for the sector through 90+ corporate partnerships. To learn more, visit www.techsoupglobal.org.

KPMG to Celebrate Earth Day With Week of Environmental Sustainability Service Projects Nationwide

CSRwire - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 10:15am

(GLOBE NEWSWIRE) - KPMG LLP, the audit, tax and advisory firm, today announced it will celebrate Earth Day – which takes place on April 22 – with a week devoted to conducting environmental sustainability service projects in its 90 offices throughout the United States.

"Living Green Week" – part of KPMG's Living Green program – will commence on April 21. Examples of projects include performing clean ups and tree and flower plantings in local parks, teaching environmental awareness programs at schools affiliated with KPMG's Family for Literacy program, and holding re-use and recycling drives for local charities.

"Sustainability is fundamental to our business strategy," said Kathy Hannan, national managing partner for Diversity and Corporate Responsibility at KPMG. "Our Living Green program focused on environmental sustainability is integrated into the way we do business – from recruiting to operations, to supplier relationships, to the way we serve our clients and the impact we make in the communities where we live and work."

Tree Planted for Every New Hire

KPMG also is launching a new initiative in collaboration with the Arbor Day Foundation through which a Ponderosa pine tree will be planted in California's Tahoe National Forest in honor of each new KPMG hire. This effort supports the reforestation of 150 acres of forest burned by fire in late 2011, helping to restore the diverse historical forest.

"For our new hires, the tree planting initiative serves as an important introduction to KPMG's commitment to corporate responsibility," said Hannan. "I also want our people to understand the role they play in helping drive KPMG's commitment to sustaining the environment."

Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day

Children of KPMG professionals participating in Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day on April 24 – which takes place during Living Green Week – will also have a chance to "live green" through activities designed to raise environmental awareness and sensitivity. Activities include potting plants, eco-friendly demonstrations such as double-sided printing, and recycling various office materials.

The Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day theme this year is "Plant a Seed, Grow a Future" and KPMG hopes to inspire and show these future leaders how they can start driving environmental change today through its Living Green Week activities.

KPMG LLP, the audit, tax and advisory firm (www.kpmg.com/us), is the U.S. member firm of KPMG International Cooperative ("KPMG International"). KPMG International's member firms have 155,000 professionals, including more than 8,600 partners, in 155 countries.

General Mills Reports Progress on Global Responsibility Commitments

CSRwire - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 10:15am

General Mills released its annual Global Responsibility Report today, outlining its approach to creating economic, environmental and social value in the countries where it operates. The company reported progress in the areas most material to its business – health, environment, sourcing, workplace and community engagement. The full report can be accessed on the General Mills website.

For 2013, which marks the 44th year General Mills has shared an annual responsibility report with stakeholders and the community, the company again aligned the report with the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) framework. This is the third year General Mills has used GRI, the globally recognized standard for environmental, social and governance reporting.

“In pursuit of our goal to stand among the world’s most socially responsible food companies and to sustain our business for the long term, we continue to improve our practices, our products and our supply chains as we work to fulfill our mission of Nourishing Lives,” said Ken Powell, chairman and CEO of General Mills. “We are encouraged by the progress we’re making and remain committed to our pursuit of continuous improvement.”

General Mills’ 2020 sourcing commitment, health profile improvements and water stewardship efforts are among the key highlights of this year’s report.

The company’s sustainability mission is to conserve and protect the natural resources and communities upon which the business depends. In fiscal 2013, General Mills committed to sustainably sourcing 100 percent of its 10 priority ingredients by 2020 – representing more than 50 percent of the company’s annual raw material purchases. The commitment, part of General Mills’ long-term sustainable sourcing strategy, covers a broad range of raw materials including oats, wheat, corn, dairy, fiber packaging, cocoa, vanilla, palm oil, sugar cane and sugar beets.

General Mills continues to improve its practices, products and supply chain as it works to fulfill its mission of Nourishing Lives.

In addition, as a food company, General Mills recognizes the nutrition-related challenges faced by global consumers, ranging from hunger and malnutrition to obesity. The company reported this year on how it is working to be part of the solution – through products, consumer education and philanthropic efforts.

Also in fiscal 2013, General Mills strengthened its commitment to global water stewardship. This year’s Global Responsibility Report outlines progress towards a global water risk assessment of all General Mills plants and growing regions. Part of this assessment includes the identification of eight at risk watersheds and collaboration with The Nature Conservancy (TNC) on a global water stewardship strategy.

“Water is the silent currency that drives our economy – from energy production, to urban water supplies, to food production,” said Adam Freed, Director, Global Securing Water Program, The Nature Conservancy. “Our management of this finite resource is critical to sustaining future growth and a healthy planet. General Mills’ strong leadership and commitment to enhancing the sustainability of its supply chains is a model for corporate water stewardship and an essential ingredient to securing a sustainable future for our farmers, communities, economy, and the ecosystems on which we all depend.”

In addition, General Mills advanced its mission of Nourishing Lives this past year through:

  • Health improvements: General Mills has improved the health profile of 73 percent of its U.S. Retail sales volume since 2005. In fiscal 2013 alone, the company improved nearly 20 percent of its U.S. Retail sales volume. Nutritional improvements touched all General Mills U.S. Retail platforms, including Baking, Cereal, Dairy, Meals and Snacks.
  • Sustainable sourcing: General Mills continues to make progress on sustainable sourcing strategies impacting both the developed and the developing world. The company is collaborating with industry groups, suppliers and North American growers to reduce the environmental impact of agriculture through its leadership in Field to Market: The Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture. In addition, in 2013, General Mills began working with vanilla supplier Virginia Dare, the international humanitarian organization CARE and Madagascar-based NGO Fanamby on a pilot to improve smallholder farmer incomes as well as the quality, quantity and traceability of vanilla grown in Madagascar. The goal is to help vanilla farmers improve their livelihoods, while ensuring a sustainable and quality supply of vanilla for the future. Madagascar is the world’s leading producer of vanilla and the primary source of the high-quality vanilla used in Häagen-Dazs ice cream.
  • Environmental stewardship: General Mills continues to work toward its fiscal 2015 goal of achieving significant, measurable reductions in energy usage, greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, water usage and other sustainability metrics. In fiscal 2013, the company achieved its 2015 GHG emissions goal early and made progress towards all other environmental goals, with the exception of water usage rates, which were impacted by recent acquisitions.
  • Workplace excellence: General Mills received numerous awards in 2013. In the U.S., Working Mother magazine included the company on its list of best companies for the 10th year in a row, and the company was named to Fortune magazine’s annual list of the “100 Best Companies to Work For” for the 11th time. Other workplace honors were received in Australia, France, Germany, Greece, Mexico, Spain, Sweden and the U.K.
  • Remarkable philanthropy: In fiscal 2013, General Mills donated more than $153 million (nearly $3 million a week) to key initiatives that support communities around the globe. General Mills and its Foundation have given more than$1 billion to charitable causes worldwide since 1954.

“General Mills is prioritizing efforts where the company can have the greatest impact,” said Jerry Lynch, vice president and chief sustainability officer, General Mills. “We will continue to work with industry partners and non-governmental agencies across our supply chain to identify solutions that create long-term value for our business and society.”

General Mills will be discussing its Global Responsibility Report with a focus on the company’s sustainable sourcing efforts during a Twitterchat on April 23 from 3-4pm EST. Follow #GenMillsSusty to participate. General Mills representatives include: Jerry Lynch, General Mills vice president and chief sustainability officer (@gmills_Jerry) and Steve Peterson, General Mills sourcing director (@gmills_Steve), with moderation provided by CSRwire editorial director Aman Singh (@AmanSinghCSR) and Triple Pundit founder and publisher Nick Aster (@NickAster).

About General Mills
General Mills is one of the world’s leading food companies, operating in more than 100 countries around the world. Its brands include Cheerios, Fiber One, Häagen-Dazs, Nature Valley, Yoplait, Betty Crocker, Pillsbury, Green Giant, Old El Paso, Wanchai Ferry, Yoki and more. Headquartered in Minneapolis, Minn., USA, General Mills had fiscal 2013 worldwide sales of US $17.8 billion.

Organisations with a Social Impact: Fostering Social Intrapreneurship and Social Entrepreneurship

CSRwire - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 10:15am

We believe in the social value of organisations. At the next edition of our Annual Conference, on 1st April 2014 in Barcelona, we will highlight the talent of intrapreneurs and social entrepreneurs as drivers of innovation and social impact.

Experts and other individuals familiar with social intrapreneurship within organisations will discuss the leadership process involved in challenging the status quo in order to build a better future. With this Annual Conference, we want to boost the potential of these agents of change and inspire all sorts of social-impact organisations – NGOs, non-profit and for-profit companies, and social enterprises – to effectively implement it within their structures.

If you share this motivation to build a more just and sustainable world, we’d like to see you at Organisations with a Social Impact on 1st April at ESADEFORUM Barcelona!

Apple bites into its climate impact

Business Green - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 10:07am

Tech icon reports on environmental progress towards addressing "very real problem of climate change"

Categories: Climate Change News

G7 countries aim to cut energy ties to Russia

Business Green - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 6:18am

Ed Davey says ministers will consider package of measures to reduce dependence on Russian oil and gas at meeting next week

Categories: Climate Change News

White House promotes green power in solar summit

Business Green - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 5:36am

New package of measures aims to deliver on president Obama's Climate Action Plan

Categories: Climate Change News

Cumbrian nuclear dump 'virtually certain' to be eroded by rising sea levels

Business Green - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 4:26am

One million cubic metres of waste near Sellafield are housed at a site that was a mistake, admits Environment Agency

Categories: Climate Change News

Davey downplays fears EU climate strategy is vulnerable to Eurosceptic renaissance

Business Green - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 7:10pm

Energy and Climate Secretary confident European elections will not derail 2030 climate package

Categories: Climate Change News

Department for Transport awards £2m to new wave of sustainable transport schemes

Business Green - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 7:08pm

Nine projects designed to encourage people to make more environmentally-friendly transport choices will share new government funding

Categories: Climate Change News

Reports: White Rose in line for €300m EU carbon capture funding

Business Green - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 7:07pm

Brussels confirms UK carbon capture and storage in pole position for new EU clean energy funding

Categories: Climate Change News
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