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Canadian oil sands production cut due to unprofitability - news

By Brian Collett — ExxonMobil is curbing its tar sands oil operations in Alberta, but for economic, not environmental, reasons.           The oil company...

Salmon fisherman take action to protect stocks against environmental contamination - news

By Brian Collett — Hundreds of Alaskan fishermen have taken action to safeguard their salmon grounds against environmental contamination. Altogether 93 per cent of 513 interviewed...

Surprising findings for corporate sustainability in Silicon Valley - news

By Nikos Avlonas — Much has been made about whether Silicon Valley corporations are or are trying to be role models for sustainability. There is a perception that Silicon Valley...

Auto industry passes energy sector in emissions: new report - news

by Brian Collett —Transport now pumps out more pollutant emissions than any other source in the US.       The US Energy Information Administration has reported that...

ESG risks should be disclosed: environmental groups petition Securities and Exchange Commission - news

by Brian Collet — All companies should disclose the environmental, social and governance risks of their activities to aid investors in making choices. This recommendation has been...

Ontario unveils plan to promote social enterprises - news

Social enterprises use business strategies to achieve a social or environmental impact. While generating revenues from the sale of goods and services, social enterprises also expressly intend to...

Grocery companies switching to cage-free eggs - news

by Brian Collett Three large US grocery companies are to switch to cage-free eggs by 2025. Their decisions follow similar recent announcements from about 100 retailers, restaurants,...

Forging a positive future for ethnic diversity in business - news

EP Journal by Brian Collett Black women now comprise the fastest-growing group of entrepreneurs in the US. A new study from Digitalundivided, a New York-based company whose aim...

Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada, to address GLOBE 2016 Leadership Summit - news

Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada, is scheduled to give the opening address at the GLOBE 2016 Leadership Summit to be held in Vancouver, from 2 March to 4 March. More than 2,000 thought...

Monsanto commits to carbon neutral footprint by 2021 - news

American multinational agricultural biotech corporation Monsanto has announced plans to make its operations carbon neutral by 2021 through a programme targeted across its seed and crop...

Shine like a diamond - news

Renowned jewellery retailer Tiffany is looking to drive meaningful change and lead in sustainable luxury. Anisa Kamadoli Costa , chief sustainability officer, tells Laura Klepacki how...

Hasbro stars with Best Corporate Citizen award win - news

Hasbro has been named the Best Corporate Citizen in the consumer items industry in the US, according to the 10 Best Corporate Citizens List by Industry for 2015, compiled by Corporate...

Former OSHA employee claims WPP double standards - news

An investigator with the US government’s Whistleblower Protection Programme (WPP) claims he has been fired – for whistleblowing. Darrell Whitman says the agency failed to defend...

Japan’s Subaru helps waste management in US national parks - news

Three national parks in the US are getting help in waste management practices from Subaru, Japan’s 7th largest automaker. Subaru is a subsidiary of Fuji Heavy Industries (FHI), an...

New appointments at ECI - news

The Ethics & Compliance Initiative (ECI) has appointed Ronnie Kann as executive vice president, research and program development. Prior to ECI, Kann worked for CEB (formerly The Corporate...

19 corporates score top points in US disability inclusion index - news

Sprint, AT&T, Starbucks and Procter & Gamble are among the 19 companies to receive the top score of 100 points in the Disability Equality IndexSM (DEISM) survey results, announced...

SC Johnson wins WEC gold medal - news

The World Environment Center (WEC) has awarded its 31st Annual Gold Medal for International Corporate Achievement in Sustainable Development to household cleaning giant SC Johnson. The...

W Hotels partners with Ekocycle to promote sustainability with style - news

Guests at W Hotels will soon be sleeping on sheets and pillow cases partially composed of recycled plastic. In a new partnership with the Ekocycle brand, the bedding will replace what is...

Innovation in sustainable packaging continues despite scarcity of data - news

US retailers are starting to ask their product suppliers for merchandise with packaging that is more sustainable, according to speakers at the recent LuxePack Conference in New York. Laura...

Rogers takes on mantle from Leffin at UPS - news

Edward Rogers is the new global director of sustainability at international mail delivery organisation UPS. Rogers succeeds Steve Leffin who helped create UPS’s sustainability...

SC Johnson recognised for transparency efforts - news

The World Environment Center (WEC) has awarded its 31st Annual Gold Medal for International Corporate Achievement in Sustainable Development to household cleaning giant SC Johnson. The...

Coca-Cola puts fizz into physical fitness campaign - news

Coca-Cola, frequently accused of endangering young people’s health with sugar-laden drinks, has become a corporate supporter of a fitness campaign throughout the US. Those taking part...

US arm of Novartis tops diversity league table - news

Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation (NPC) has been named the top company for diversity in the US in DiversityInc’s annual league table for the second year in succession. According to...

New York jeweller Tiffany appoints first chief sustainability officer - news

Prestigious New York jeweler Tiffany & Co has appointed the company’s first-ever chief sustainability officer with its stated aim “to elevate the company’s sustainability...

Novartis named top company for diversity for second year - news

Novartis has been named the top company for diversity in the US in DiversityInc’s annual league table for the second year in a row. The American arm of the Swiss pharma giant also...

Wake up and smell the coffee! - news

In an effort to reduce waste from the 158m disposable cups that are used daily in the United States, KillTheCup.com has launched a national campaign challenging Americans to make a pledge to...

Tronie Foundation sets up new anti-slavery seal - news

A Washington-based non-profit organisation dedicated to driving awareness of human trafficking and slavery has devised 'The Freedom Seal', a new visual marker of...

Procter & Gamble begins work on $200m biomass energy plant - news

Procter & Gamble’s manufacturing site in Albany, Georgia, one of the biggest facilities in its system, will soon be fueled by wood scraps and peanut shells, thanks to a biomass...

Walmart in push for women-owned businesses - news

Last month Walmart shoppers started to see a new logo featured on retail packaging of products from women-owned businesses, available both in-store and online. As part of its overall...

ShareAction praises BP for quitting US lobbying group - news

Responsible Investment charity ShareAction has applauded oil giant BP’s confirmation that it will not renew its membership of a controversial US-based lobbying group which promotes climate...

Unilever distribution centres hit zero waste target in North America - news

Ben & Jerry's ice cream maker Unilever has achieved 100% zero waste to landfill (ZLF) at all dedicated distribution centres in North America. The multi-national FMCG company reached its...

Huge US solar project starts commercial operation - news

One of the world's largest solar projects - taking up 3,600 acres of land - has started commercial operation in California. The 550-megawatt (MW) Desert Sunlight Solar Farm, is capable...

‘Transformational’ volunteering to replace ‘transactional’ in US - news

The days of counting employee volunteer hours as an indicator of valuable community service are on the wane. Corporate volunteer programs in the US and globally are moving in the direction...

Unregulated fishing jeopardising food security in US - news

Importers and the US government are being urged to halt the trade in which more than a billion dollars’ worth of illegally caught fish and seafood are shipped into the country every year....

US SRI investing assets surge 76% - news

The US SIF Foun-dation’s latest biennial trends survey titled ‘Report on US Sustainable, Responsible and Impact Investing Trends 2014’, marks the tenth edition of the report...

Expelliarmus! Harry Potter chocolate goes Fair Trade - news

Warner Bros, the studio behind the “Harry Potter” movies, is moving forward with plans to make all Harry Potter chocolate sold at Warner Bros outlets and through their licensed...

AOL furthers commitment to diversity and inclusion - news

American media technology giant AOL is bolstering its commitment to promoting diversity and inclusion with the creation of a nonprofit private foundation which will be focused on creating...

Oil and gas production threatens US air quality - news

Extremely high air pollution is being reported in the US from unconventional oil and gas production, during which extraction companies use aggressive means to tap reserves that do not readily...

Plaza wins equality honour - news

Lindy Plaza, chief of CalPERS’ Diversity Outreach Program, is the recipient of the 2014 Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Hero Award. The award, presented by the Asian Pacific State...

Walmart extends solar commitment - news

Walmart is to install up to 400 new solar projects at facilities across the US over the next four years. This advances the company’s global commitment to drive the production or...

Bank of America cooks up a storm - news

Bank of America is to partner with the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves (GACC) to raise $100m to help provide clean cooking solutions to millions of households in the developing world....

SC Johnson cleans up greenhouse gas emissions - news

Household giant SC Johnson has cut its greenhouse gas emissions from manufacturing sites more than 50% and reduced manufacturing waste by 71% since 2000, according to its 2014 Sustainability...

Walgreens and Staples earn perfect score in Corporate Equality Index - news

America's largest drugstore chain Walgreens and office supplies giant Staples have received perfect scores of 100% on the 2015 Corporate Equality Index (CEI), a national US benchmarking...

IKEA makes largest wind farm investment to date - news

IKEA has purchased its second wind farm in the US. The site in Texas is the single largest renewable energy investment made by the Swedish furniture retailer to date. The wind farm will...

Walmart to address four pillars for sustainable food - news

Walmart has outlined the four pillars of its new commitment to a sustainable food system:how to address the food needs of a growing population while reducing environmental impact; meeting an...

Duracell powers up emergency relief aid - news

Procter & Gamble’s Duracell Power Forward programme, known for donating batteries to those affected by natural disaster since 2011, is expanding its fleet and joining forces with The...

HP comes under fire in Autonomy dispute - news

The US computer multinational Hewlett-Packard (HP), which is conducting a long-running dispute over its purchase of the UK technology company Autonomy, has itself been accused of deliberately...

US govt turning blind eye to supply chain human rights - news

The US government – the largest single purchaser in the global economy – is turning a blind eye to harms caused by its procurement laws and practices, including human rights...

Garneau joins Canada’s Clean50 - news

Richard Garneau, president and ceo of Resolute Forest Products Inc. has been included Canada’s Clean50, a league recognizing leaders who have made the greatest contributions to sustainable...

Duracell Power Forward programme goes down a storm in US - news

Procter & Gamble's Duracell Power Forward programme, known for donating batteries to those affected by natural disaster since 2011, is expanding its fleet and joining forces with...

Walmart and Target talk sustainability - news

In a highly unusual alliance, rival retailers Walmart and Target have agreed to co-host an industry summit to address sustainability issues in the personal care products market. The Beauty...

Walmart and Target talk sustainability - news

In a highly unusual alliance, rival retailers Walmart and Target have agreed to co-host an industry summit to address sustainability issues in the personal care products market. The Beauty...

PwC fined by New York regulator over work for Japanese bank - news

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC) will pay $25m and be banned for two years from some consulting work to settle New York state regulators’ allegations that the accounting firm mishandled...

West Side Story - news

Why are so many human beings still being bought and sold? And why is ‘the land of opportunity’ not immune? Indeed, the problem is rife in the sunshine state of California. Andrew...

Dr Pepper prescribes healthy lifestyle with Let's Play initiative - news

Video games and TV may take a backseat for many kids this summer if US soft drinks giant Dr Pepper Snapple (DPS) Let's Play initiative takes off. The programme aims to address the...

Incorrect emissions and energy data wrong foots Timberland - news

Timberland, of Stratham, New Hampshire, creator of the famed yellow leather work boot, is in the midst of rectifying a self-inflicted CSR public relations problem. In mid-July the $1.6bn...

Clark makes UPS delivery - news

Rhonda Clark has become Chief Sustainability Officer (CSO) at UPS. Clark succeeds Scott Wicker who helped create UPS’s sustainability architecture and implemented numerous successful...

Call for beauty industry to take greener steps - news

The cosmetics industry needs to take greater steps if it is to become more sustainable. This was one of the key messages from Sustainable Cosmetics Summit North America, hosted in New York...

Prudential reaffirms commitment to impact investment - news

Prudential Financial, Inc. is to build a $1bn impact investment portfolio by 2020 in its continuing effort to direct investments to companies, projects and funds that create positive social...

Ford & Heinz collaborate on sustainable materials for vehicles - news

Researchers at Ford and Heinz are investigating the use of tomato fibres in developing sustainable, composite materials for use in vehicle manufacturing. Specifically, dried tomato skins could...

Faiths unite to galvanize communities over climate change - news

Blessed Tomorrow is a new interfaith coalition of religious leaders in the US committed to engaging people of faith to lead on climate solutions in their congregations, communities and homes....

Newlight sprints ahead with AirCarbon technology - news

US telecoms giant Sprint is to be one of the first companies to use AirCarbon, a new carbon-negative material made from greenhouse gas. The materia,l manufactured by California-based...

General Motors appoints safety vp following vehicle recall - news

General Motors is investigating why it took a decade to recall cars found to have potentially lethal ignition switches. The Detroit-based multinational acknowledges the defective part was...

Walmart to create online sustainability store - news

Walmart, the world's largest retailer, has previewed plans to create a sustainability store on walmart.com. The shopping portal, expected to launch by the end of 2014, will allow customers...

Apple faces protests over worker welfare in China - news

Apple's New York flagship store was a scene of protest at the weekend. Protesters gathered to participate in a demonstration calling on the smartphone giant to stop the poisoning of workers...

Novartis ranks at no1 in US diversity league - news

Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation (NPC) has been named the leading company in DiversityInc’s Top 50 Companies for Diversity listing. The rankings are determined by an objective...

Air leak detection helps Nissan win environmental award - news

Combing through miles of tubing in the compressed air system in Nissan’s manufacturing facilities and repairing enough leaks to save 11,300 megawatt hours of energy last year, has helped...

Facebook rules on illegal gun sales ‘not enough’ - news

Two influential gun control groups in the US are negotiating for a ban on firearms sales via the Facebook and Instagram social network sites. Facebook’s lawyers are in talks with Moms...

Wild weather key factor in US attitudes to climate change debate - news

More than half (60%) of Americans believe that climate change is a result of human action such as deforestation and burning of fossil fuels, according to the fifth annual Sense &...

CSR hits the catwalk - news

Jeannette Ferran Astorga, vice president of social responsibility at Ann Inc., gives Ethical Performance a glimpse into some of the fashion house’s latest sustainability program...

Viva Las Vegas as lights go out for Earth Hour - news

On 29 March, between 8.30pm and 9.30pm (local time), all Caesars Entertainment's resorts and casinos in North America will participate in Earth Hour to bring awareness to the environmental...

Adobe wins eco accolade - news

Adobe has been named the Natural Efficiency Capital Leader of the technology industry by Trucost, a worldwide analyst firm focused on assessing corporate environmental impact. After...

Spider-Man flies in for Earth Hour - news

In a first of its kind partnership, Spider-Man will be the first Super Hero ambassador for Earth Hour, the global movement organized by WWF, with a message to inspire individuals to use their...

GRI’s Wallace joins BrownFlynn - news

Mike Wallace, former director of the Global Reporting Initiative’s (GRI’s) North American operations, has joined BrownFlynn as managing director. In his new role in Los Angeles,...

Bloomberg becomes UN Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change - news

Mayor of New York City Michael Bloomberg has been appointed by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to serve as Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change. In this role, Bloomberg...

Giardini elected at SFI - news

Business executive, author and community leader Anne Giardini has been elected to the independent Sustainable Forestry Initiative Inc. Board of Directors as a member of the Economic Sector....

Higgs noted for compliance excellence - news

Kathryn Higgs, Parsons Brinckerhoff ‘s Senior Ethics and Compliance Officer for Asia-Pacific and Africa, has been shortlisted in the global, Women in Compliance Awards 2014. Higgs has been...

Shuman joins Council Fire - news

Michael H. Shuman has joined Council Fire’s team of sustainability consultants. Shuman is an economist, attorney, author, and entrepreneur and one of the world’s leading experts...

Citigroup flies rainbow flag with Community Capital project - news

While Citigroup’s corporate social responsibility programmes lend a generous hand to LGBT and anti-violence groups, its business operations do too. Laura Klepacki reports from the US...

Water waste comes under control - news

The California Water Foundation (CWF), East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD), and WaterSmart Software have jointly published the results of an independent study that indicates providing...

U-M achieves MSC certification - news

he University of Michigan (U-M) today became the first Big Ten university to achieve Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) Chain of Custody certification as part of its overall commitment to offer...

Girl Scouts show girl power - news

Girl Scouts and Alcoa concluded the Girl Scouts Forever Green project recently after saving 639m kilowatts of energy, conserving 226m gallons of water, and eliminating 1 bn pounds of carbon...

Aluminium makes carbon advances - news

Energy demand and greenhouse gas emissions associated with primary aluminum production in the United States and Canada have declined significantly in recent years according to a new,...

Apple to refund $32.5m to beleaguered parents - news

Apple, the world’s most valuable information technology company, is to refund $32.5m (£19.9m, €23.9m) to parents whose children were able to buy from its App Store without...

Credit Suisse eases pressure on working hours - news

The Credit Suisse multinational financial services group has told its junior bankers in the US, Canada and Latin America not to work on Saturdays, unless they are involved in a “live...

Something new under the sun roof at Ford Motors - news

Global car manufacturer Ford has unveiled a first-of-its-kind sun-powered vehicle. Instead of powering its battery from an electrical outlet, the Ford C-MAX Solar Energi Concept harnesses...

Looking good on more than paper - news

$21bn paper product and nappy maker Kimberly-Clark began setting five year sustainability goals in 1994. The latest, Sustainability 2015, is a 10-point agenda that ranges from social programmes...

Barra to lead General Motors - news

Mary Barra, executive vice president for global product development and purchasing and supply chain, has been named new ceo of US car manufacturer General Motors from 15 January. Barra...

Resolute proves not so for FSC - news

Logging off... Three of Resolute Forest Products’ Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certificates have been suspended. The suspensions prohibits Resolute – Canada’s biggest...

Craft beer company brews up new waste water strategy - news

Lagunitas Brewing Company will be cutting out its 10 truckloads of waste water a day and saving about $1.5m a year. The trendy California craft beer company has signed on as the first to...

Levi Strauss makes strides in sustainable fashion - news

Jeans giant Levi Strauss & Co. has debuted the Dockers Wellthread process for responsible sourcing at the company’s new innovation lab in San Francisco. The ground-breaking approach...

Dell powers up youth programme - news

IT giant Dell is to provide nearly $2.4m to 26 American. organizations as part of its Powering the Possible for Communities Youth Learning Initiative. The initiative aims to close the...

P&G to use in-house technology to fuel future - news

Procter & Gamble (P&G) is taking the greening of plastic packaging into its own hands. Using internally-developed new technology that is said to reduce resin usage, cut down energy...

Lenzi wins ERC Carol R Marshall Award - news

John C. (Jack) Lenzi, vice president, corporate responsibility & chief ethics officer of ITT Corporation, has been selected as the Ethics Resource Center’s 2013 recipient of the Carol...

Chrysler revs up for wildlife - news

Chrysler Group LLC received international recognition recently for its commitment to environmental stewardship at the Wildlife Habitat Council’s (WHC) 25th Annual Symposium, Celebrating...

JPMorgan Chase makes neurological diversity move - news

US investment bank JPMorgan Chase & Co is adding autism benefits for employees participating in the company’s health plan. Effective from January, intensive behaviour therapy for...

Voting open for L’Oréal community recognition awards - news

Voting is now open for L’Oréal’s annual community recognition awards in the US. The Women of Worth programme recognises women who embody the spirit of the French beauty...

Morgan Stanley sets up Institute for Sustainable Investing - news

American investment bank Morgan Stanley is to set up an institute for sustainable investing.  The Morgan Stanley Institute for Sustainable Investing claims three main focus areas:...

Capital One in the good books with latest literacy programme - news

American bank Capital One is ramping up its Book by Book programme with a new Facebook campaign. Up until 25 November,  the bank will donate a book for every new Like on its...

BNY Mellon employees rise to challenge of World Food Day - news

From filling 6,000 backpacks with weekend food for children in the US, to cooking at a homeless shelter in Poland to holding a food collection in Brazil, BNY Mellon employees are engaging in...

Severstal steps up sustainability practices in North America - news

Steel maker Severstal North America is asking its suppliers to step up their sustainability practices, as it does the same. The Dearborn, Mich.-based division of Russian OAO Severstal steel...

Sprint finish for Hesse - news

CR Magazine and the COMMIT!Forum have named Dan Hesse, the chief executive officer of Sprint as the recipient of the 2013 Corporate Responsibility Lifetime Achievement Award. Beginning in...

US households 45% access to curbside recycling programmes - news

Forty-five percent of US households can now recycle cartons through their curbside recycling programmes and other recycling venues, thanks to a voluntary private and public collaboration that...

Green travel on the increase - news

Travellers are going out of their way to travel green according to a recent survey conducted by The GO Group, an international ground transportation service provider and GO Airport Express, a...

UPS to invest $50m in natural gas stations - news

Logistics giant UPS is to invest approximately $50m to build an additional nine liquefied natural gas (LNG) fueling stations, bringing the total number of stations to 13. Four were announced in...

Exide Technologies to upgrade battery recycling facility - news

Exide Technologies, the electric battery company, is to invest more than $7m over the next two years to upgrade its Vernon battery recycling facility as part of a comprehensive agreement with...

AT&T reaches halfway mark to investment commitment - news

Telecoms giant AT&T has reached the halfway mark of its commitment to invest up to $565m to deploy approximately 15,000 alternative fuel vehicles over the course of a 10-year period up to...

Rogers Family Company creates groundbreaking 97% biodegradable coffee product - news

To address the waste challenge and concern of environmentally-conscious consumers who want coffee as “green” as possible, the Rogers Family Company in the US has created a...

Kennecott Utah Copper LLC achieves Chain of Custody Certification - news

Kennecott Utah Copper LLC, a subsidiary of RJC Member Rio Tinto, has achieved Chain of Custody Certification meeting the ethical, human rights, social and environmental standards as established...

ICU Eyewear becomes corporate sponsor of the Seva Foundation - news

ICU Eyewear has become a corporate sponsor of the blindness and visual impairment charity the Seva Foundation. As part of its support the company will provide 600 pairs of eyeglasses and...

Oil and gas engineering firm named as one of America’s Safest Companies - news

Valdes Engineering Company, an oil and gas engineering firm, has been named as one of America’s Safest Companies. To be considered as one of America’s Safest Companies(ASC) by EHS...

Samsung wins first ever electronics recycling award - news

South Korean electronics giant Samsung has won the inaugural eCycling Leadership Award from the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) in the US its recycling efforts in the electronics...

Severstal steps up sustainability practices - news

Steel maker Severstal North America is asking its suppliers to step up their sustainability practices, as it does the same. The Dearborn, Michigan-based division of Russian OAO Severstal...

World’s largest solar plant enters commercial operation - news

The world’s largest parabolic trough solar plant entered commercial operation in the US this week. It is also the first solar plant in the US with thermal energy storage which allows...

MillerCoors raises glass to decreased water usage - news

MillerCoors is using less and less water to brew its beers, according to its 2013 sustainability report. America’s second-largest brewer decreased water use by 6.1% to a record low 3.82...

US to investigate market irregularities at JP Morgan Chase - news

New inquiries are now being conducted by the Department of Justice, the US criminal investigation agency, into allegations that JPMorgan Chase manipulated energy markets. JPMorgan Chase,...

Biotech companies unite to combat GMO opposition - news

A group of biotech companies have launched an online forum to combat mounting opposition to genetically modified foods. GMO Answers.com is funded by the members of The Council for...

BP sues US government over federal contracts - news

BP is returning to court in the US – this time as the plaintiff. The British multinational oil group is suing the government for barring it from gaining new federal contracts after its...

inbrief - news

Obama backing… Legislation designed to expand hydropower production in the United States by improving and streamlining the licensing process for small hydropower projects is now law. The...

inbrief - news

? Stroud success... CalPERS, the largest public pension fund in the US, has named Sabrina Stroud as the division chief for the fund’s Enterprise Strategy and Performance Division.

Tiffany sparkles with 100% diamond traceability - news

Tiffany & Co can trace 100% of its diamonds to a known mine or supplier (with multiple known mines) according to the internationally celebrated jeweller’s latest CSR report. The...

US consumers prefer paper options over e-billing - news

While e-billing is convenient and commonplace, US consumers like paper bills and statements and don’t want to be pushed into electronic-only communications, finds a new report. As...

Younger people shoulder more ethical dilemmas at work - news

Younger workers are more susceptible to experiencing ethical dilemmas on the job, according to a new study from the Ethics Resource Center. “Generational Differences in Workplace...

Pharma giants pledge greater drug transparency - news

The European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations (EFPIA) and the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) have strengthened their commitment to enhancing...

Values driven purchases drive new era of green consumerism in US - news

Results from Shelton Group’s sixth annual Eco Pulse study shows that ‘green’ consumers in the US have been replaced by values-driven shoppers which the marketing consultancy...

First public service ad campaign for 40 years targets recycling - news

Recycling is the subject of America’s first public service advertising campaign for 40 years. The “I Want To Be Recycled” campaign will target the 62% of Americans who are not...

Toy story... - news

Leading American toy manufacturer, Hasbro Inc, has won an Environmental Merit Award from the US Environmental Protection Agency. The award acknowledges Hasbro’s environmental...

Man from the Pru... - news

Kevin Byrne, a vice president in group insurance at Prudential Financial, Inc. was recently honoured for Outstanding Community Volunteer Service at the annual Jefferson Awards in Washington, DC....

Starring sustainability role... - news

George Clooney has joined Nestlé’s first Nespresso Sustainability Advisory Board. The Nespresso Sustainability Advisory Board (NSAB)was established to solicit views and provide...

BP refused temporary halt to Deepwater pay-outs - news

BP has been refused a temporary halt to compensation payments to parties that suffered after the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. The company complained that false claims were mounting and said...

First US public service ad campaign for 40 years targets recycling - news

Recycling is the subject of America’s first public service advertising campaign for 40 years. The "I Want To Be Recycled" campaign will target the 62% of Americans who are not...

Values-driven shoppers replace ‘green’ consumers in US - news

Results from Shelton Group’s sixth annual Eco Pulse study shows that ‘green’ consumers in the US have been replaced by values-driven shoppers which the marketing consultancy...

Call for definitive standards for human rights reporting - news

  WeiserMazars LLP, a New York based audit, tax and consultancy firm and Mazars Group, one of the world’s largest international audit, tax and consulting organisations, together...

Chrysler sees vroom for improvement - news

Chrysler Group LLC in partnership with the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) are working together to bring greater...

Dr Pepper goes to the park - news

Public parks in the US will be getting cleaner as a result of a new Dr Pepper Snapple Group/Keep America Beautiful (KAB) Park Recycling Bin Grant programme. The initiative is designed to...

Volunteering adds benefits that drive bottom line - news

Volunteering programmes in the workplace see added benefits that drive directly to their bottom line, according to a new study from UnitedHealthGroup and the Optum Institute. Doing Good is...

Big business backs Obama’s climate change plan - news

Following President Obama’s unveiling of his sweeping plan to address the threat of climate change earlier this week, more than 50 companies have backed his stance on national climate...

CalPERS launches sustainability factor SRI database - news

The California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) and its academic partners have launched a searchable database of more than 700 academic studies on sustainability...

Boeing flying high as CO2 emissions fall by 26% - news

Dreamliner maker Boeing has made significant improvements in its environmental performance, despite a 50% increase in airplane production over recent years (2007 to 2012). According to its...

AT&T debuts solar mobile charging stations - news

US telecoms giant AT&T has launched a pilot project which provides free solar mobile charging stations in locations across New York City. Called Street Charge, the public can charge their...

Award winner... - news

Phil Angelides has been awarded the fifth-annual Joan Bavaria Award for Building Sustainability into the Capital Markets. Angelides is currently President of Riverview Capital Investments, a...

Apple investigated over tax loopholes - news

Tax avoidance allegations have now been made against the huge Apple corporation in the US. A government report has estimated that Apple, considered the world’s second largest company...

Few companies calculate fiscal effect of sustainability - news

All US companies except one in the Standard & Poor’s 500 list make some sustainability disclosure but few calculate its effect on their financial performance, says a new report....

Chevron ceo to answer bribery allegations - news

A magistrate appointed in the long running lawsuit brought by Chevron in New York in the aftermath of a $19bn judgment against the company in Ecuador has ruled today that Chevron ceo John S...

Baby milk manufacturers come under ethical spotlight again - news

Infant feeding brands are under the ethical cosh again following an American pressure group’s assertion that some are using genetically modified ingredients (GMOs) and therefore exposing...

Scents of security... - news

?IFF, the US flavour and fragrance house and ingredients supplier Amyris are to collaborate on the development of a specific set of renewable fragrance ingredients. IFF will have exclusive...

Humane kindness... - news

?Sodexo, Inc., the quality of life service company, has been awarded the Henry Spira Humane Corporate Progress Award for its work to end the extreme confinement of farm animals in small crates...

Green workplaces lead to behavioural changes at home, says new report - news

Green practices in the workplace appear to influence the actions of employees in their private lives. A total of 73% of US adults participating in environmental and social responsibility...

Driving sustainability... - news

The Hertz Corporation is to partner with Minddrive, a non-profit educational programme, to educate local communities in the US about sustainable mobility via a cross country road trip in an...

Google exec joins Ethics Resource Centre - news

Google’s vp of ethics and compliance, Andy Hinton, has joined the board of the Ethics Resource Centre. "His knowledge and extensive background abating corporate ethics and...

App appreciation… - news

App appreciation… YumvY, has won the People’s Choice award in Microsoft’s Windows 8 Apps for Social Good contest in the US. It is a cooking companion to help users prepare...

Shale up... - news

Shale up... Oil and gas companies have partnered with environmental groups to develop performance standards for the industry. Instigated by the Center for Sustainable Shale Development, an...

Whole Foods Market to develop first rooftop farm - news

It sounded like an April Fool (and the news release was issued on 1 April) but Whole Foods Market and Gotham Greens is to build America’s first commercial-scale rooftop greenhouse above a...

Best Buy’s Edmond wins corporate ethics award - news

Kathleen Edmond, chief ethics officer for Best Buy, is the recipient of this year’s Carol R. Marshall Award.     Established last year as a posthumous honour to former...

IRI names new deputy - news

Haresh Bhojwani has been appointed to be the Deputy Director of the International Research Institute (IRI) for Climate and Society, part of Columbia University’s Earth Institute. He will...

Big brands back 'Climate Declaration' in US - news

Over 30 major American companies including eBay and Nike have signed a “Climate Declaration,” urging federal policymakers to take action on climate change, asserting that a bold...

Nike races ahead in sustainable materials & chemistries - news

Global sports brand Nike is accelerating the supply of more sustainable materials and chemistries through a new partnership with Switzerland’s Bluesign Technologies. Bluesign will...

US toiletries company issues Goodness Report - news

A US toiletries company has introduced a new format for sharing its environmental goals and progress with the public. The Tom’s of Maine Goodness Report details the company’s...

Sprint wins Green Excellence award - news

Frost & Sullivan has awarded Sprint its 2013 North American Award for Green Excellence. The award recognises Sprint’s technological advancement, aligned with a sustainable ethos.

Sandy Hook killings spark US state pension funds into firearm industry divestments - news

Calls in the US to divest from its $12bn-a-year firearms industry are gaining momentum after the Sandy Hook tragedy in December, in which 20 elementary schoolchildren and six adults were shot...

Raytheon’s Riot surveillance software raises privacy fears - news

Multinational defence contractor Raytheon has sparked civil liberties concerns with the revelation that it developed a software surveillance package that it claims can predict where individuals...

Routing of emails exposes trio to US bribery action - news

The aggressive stand being taken in the US against bribery and corruption has been underlined by a federal court ruling on three executives said to have used dishonest tactics in a foreign...

Lind succeeds Moret at CalPERS - news

Roy Lind has succeeded Lou Moret on the California Public Employees’ Retirement System’s (CalPERS) board of administration. Lind is a vice-president of the UFCW International Union,...

Deepwater rig owners to pay $1.4bn over role in disaster - news

Transocean, which owned the Deepwater Horizon oil rig that exploded three years ago causing 11 deaths and pollution of the Gulf of Mexico and the US coast, has agreed to pay $400m (£253m,...

Stranded rig lands Shell in hot water over Arctic drills - news

Oil multinational Shell came under fresh criticism for its Arctic drilling programme off the north coast of Alaska last month after one of its rigs ran aground while being towed to port for...

US banks’ $20bn bill for subprime mortgage fiasco - news

Ten US banks are to pay more than $20bn (£12.6bn, €15bn) to the government mortgage agency Fannie Mae and mortgage holders who suffered when the subprime market collapsed. Fannie...

Coca-Cola acknowledges unhealthy drink facts with ‘140 happy calories’ advert - news

Coca-Cola has entered the obesity debate in the US with TV commercials that are seen as an admission that too much of its iconic drink is bad for you. One prime-time ad features activities...

Feckner re-elected for ninth year running - news

The California Public Employees’ Retirement System board of administration has re-elected Rob Feckner as board president and George Diehr as vice president. Feckner will be serving his...

BP hopes guilty plea will help to draw line on Deepwater - news

In the largest deal of its kind in US criminal history, BP is to pay $4.5bn (£2.8bn, €3.5bn) in settlement of 14 criminal charges relating to the Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil...

Genetics company criticised for withholding breast cancer research data - news

Medical academics are protesting that the US healthcare company Myriad Genetics is concealing vital cancer discoveries for its own commercial reasons. Myriad has devised a test determining...

US trade group attacks conflict minerals rule - news

Two US business organisations are seeking to overturn a law compelling companies to disclose their use of conflict minerals. The rule was adopted by the Securities & Exchange Commission...

JP Morgan Chase in electricity ban - news

JP Morgan Chase has been banned by the US energy regulator from trading electricity at market rates for six months. The ban comes after the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission charged the...

Mahnovski takes sustainability reins in NYC - news

Sergej Mahnovski has been appointed director of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Office of Long-Term Planning & Sustainability. A former energy policy director for the mayor, he...

New CFO at CalPERS - news

Cheryl Eason has been named as the new chief financial officer for the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS). The newly-created position will oversee the...

US oil industry body sues SEC over Dodd-Frank Act disclosure rules - news

A coalition of US oil and business organisations is suing the Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) for ‘overstepping’ its authority in requiring companies to disclose payments...

Fury over 'supersize' drinks ban - news

The US drinks industry is suing  New York mayor Michael Bloomberg’s administration over its ban on the sale of ‘supersized’ cartons of sodas and sugary drinks. The...

News Corp remains Murdoch stronghold - news

Three shareholder proposals to reduce the Murdoch family’s control of News Corp ( EP, October 2012, page 3 ) were defeated by a majority of voting shares at the company’s AGM in Los...

Alcoa settles Alba lawsuit - news

US aluminium producer Alcoa is set to pay Bahrain’s state-controlled Aluminium Bahrain (Alba) $85m (£53m, €66m) to settle a lawsuit over alleged corruption. Alba alleged Alcoa...

Earth Institute develops carbon footprint tool - news

A Facebook-inspired tool that can rapidly calculate the carbon footprint of thousands of products simultaneously has been unveiled by researchers at Columbia University’s Earth Institute...

Mathur joins CalPERS - news

California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) board member Priya Sara Mathur has joined the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) Association board. PRI is the...

Drucker moves to Powell Tate - news

Cindy Drucker has joined PR firm Weber Shandwick division Powell Tate as an executive vice president in its Washington DC-based global social impact practice, where she is strategic counsellor...

Durkee appointed president of Inogen - news

Paul Durkee is the new president of global environmental alliance Inogen. Paul, a senior consultant with Antea Group, becomes the fourth president of Inogen since its foundation in 2002.

Oil industry ‘hiding risks' as BP faces $21bn Deepwater fines - news

BP has been accused of ‘gross negligence or wilful misconduct' over its Deepwater Horizon accident, which spilled nearly five million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico in 2010....

Alien Tort Act hearing revisits Shell's Nigerian connection - news

The US Alien Tort Act comes under renewed scrutiny this month as the Supreme Court hears allegations that the Shell oil company conspired with and abetted crimes against humanity in 1990s...

Dual-class share structure focus of News Corp vote - news

News Corp's controversial dual-class share structure is coming under sustained attack, with institutional and individual investors due to push for its removal at the company's AGM in Los...

Investors raise concerns over drug firms' lobby group links - news

Four major drugs companies have been challenged by an alliance of investors over their use of political funds in the US to undermine birth control services. The four – Bayer, Johnson...

Industries in scrap for water supplies - news

Energy companies have been accused of unfairly competing against US farmers for water during the country's worst drought since 1936, with oil, gas and biofuel operations particularly singled...

Salesforce backs down over trademark application - news

US software developer Salesforce has dropped attempts to trademark the term 'social enterprise' after its plans sparked opposition across the not-for-profit community. The company...

BHRRC response to Global Witness expected - news

The Business & Human Rights Resource Centre is releasing its full compilation of responses to concerns raised by Global Witness about the discrepancy between companies proclaiming their...

Standard Chartered’s Iranian links spark ‘rogue institution’ attack - news

Standard Chartered’s $340m (£216m, €272m) settlement of allegations of sanctions busting, brought by Benjamin Lawsky, superintendent of New York’s Department for Financial...

SEC finally adopts rules on Congo-sourced minerals - news

The US Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) has voted to adopt regulations on conflict minerals, as required by Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform & Consumer Protection...

Oil sands producers join to tackle environment issues - news

Canadian Oil Sands Innovation Alliance (Cosia), which represents 12 of the largest Canadian oil sands producers, has been formed to ‘find solutions to the environmental challenges of oil...

US proxy set to stay central to corporate engagement – despite better dialogue - news

Shareholder dialogue with US corporations is improving but Timothy Smith, of Boston-based Walden Asset Management, tells Robert Kropp that filing resolutions will remain a crucial element of...

Pfizer pays $60.2m after admitting giving bribes to foreign officials - news

Pfizer Inc will pay $60.2m (£38.1m, €248.0m) after a US government probe into illegal payments to win business as part of a crackdown on bribery by multinational corporations that has...

Fizzy drink manufacturers using CSR to establish ‘innocence by association’ - news

Fizzy drink manufacturers are employing elaborate, expensive, multinational CSR campaigns to ‘mislead’ and mask the contribution they are making to the global obesity crisis,...

Shareholders target political spending curbs - news

The two main candidates in this year’s US presidential election stand to gain from large corporations who are attempting to influence their campaigns by pouring money into independent...

Apple reconsiders decision to opt out of green registry after threats to sales - news

Computer giant Apple is rejoining a green certification scheme after serious threats to its sales.    A boycott led by the city of San Francisco urged Apple to reconsider its...

EPA wins backing to limit power plant emissions - news

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been given ‘unambiguous’ backing to regulate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, despite opposition from corporations and trade...

Walden leads fund managers’ call for full disclosure of corporate lobbying spend - news

US-based investor Walden Asset Management is leading 40 fund managers in challenging companies to disclose their spending on political lobbying. The investors’ alliance has filed...

US corporations ‘hiding behind lobby groups’ to influence climate policy - news

The row over US corporations’ support for anti-climate change activities has been escalated by an environment science advocacy group that has published a study of companies which are...

Walmart executives ride out shareholder revolt over bribery scandal ‘dishonour’ - news

Walmart shareholders registered a significant protest against the retail company’s executives at last month’s annual meeting, as the bribery scandal surrounding its Mexico subsidiary...

Bank of America’s $50bn to green global economy - news

Bank of America has announced a ten-year $50bn (£32bn, €40bn) environmental business project to deal with climate change, reduce demands on natural resources and advance lower-carbon...

Board aims to put natural and financial capital on the same footing in the US - news

It’s time company reporting on environmental, social and governance issues is given the same rigour as financial reporting, Jean Rogers, chief executive of the Sustainability Accounting...

IKEA goes big on solar - news

Ikea is set to become one of the largest users of commercial solar power in the US with the installation of rooftop solar generators, producing 4.29mw, at distribution centres in Maryland and...

FSOC failing to reform Wall St, says SRC - news

The US Financial Stability Oversight Council (FSOC) is failing to reform Wall Street, claims the newly-formed Systemic Risk Council (SRC).Signed into law in July 2010, the Dodd-Frank Wall Street...

McDonalds & Burger King take ethical farming stance - news

Olympics main food sponsor McDonald’s is phasing out the use of gestation stalls in its US pork supply. It aims to source all pork for its US business from producers that do not use...

Glynwood appoints Frith as president - news

Kathleen Frith has been appointed president of Glynwood, one of the leading sustainable agriculture and food organisations in the US. Glynwood’s aim is to save farming by strengthening...

Reddy moves up at Prudential - news

Prudential Financial has appointed Lata Reddy as vice president, corporate social responsibility, and have named her as president of the Prudential Foundation. She is responsible for the...

Walmart board under attack after bribery probe inaction is revealed - news

The supermarket group Walmart is in crisis after bribery allegations in Mexico that have triggered a share price fall and risks of divestments and shareholder revolts. The New York Times...

US trade body ends EU aviation battle - news

A group of US airlines have abandoned their legal challenge to the EU’s aviation pollution charge. The Airlines for America trade association, whose members include American Airlines...

AdvisorShares launches sustainability fund - news

A leading US sponsor of actively managed exchange traded funds (EFTs) has launched an investment vehicle that, it believes, could help bring impact investment into the mainstream....

General Electric tops Climate Innovation Indexes as US business engagement grows - news

General Electric has been named as the leader of US clean-tech innovation and carbon management in the third cycle of investment risk research company Maplecroft’s Climate Innovation...

Global warming damages to set precedent? - news

The highest court in Virginia has handed down a ruling on company liability for global warming damages that experts say could set a precedent for energy companies and environmental plaintiffs....

Chesapeake Energy to split ceo & chairman roles - news

Oil and gas firm Chesapeake Energy has agreed to separate its chief executive and chairman roles. The move comes after controversy when chair and CEO Aubrey McClendon borrowed more than $1bn...

Port of LA to encourage low-emission vessels - news

The Port of Los Angeles is to start paying carriers that use low-emission vessels at their facility. The port company estimates that 30% of the ships that go through it will qualify for the...

Top sports brands lobby Guatemalan government - news

A group of multinationals and NGOs have published a joint open letter to the newly-elected Guatemalan government to support its pursuit of a strong workers’ rights legal framework. The...

Enel buys carbon credits from Haiti - news

Italian energy firm Enel has agreed to buy UN-backed carbon credits from a cookstove emission reduction project in earthquake-hit Haiti, one of the EU’s preferred partners in its emissions...

Murray moves to Sustainability Consortium - news

The Sustainability Consortium has appointed Euan Murray as its new director of strategic initiatives. Murray, who joins the US-based membership organisation from the Carbon Trust, will be...

AccountAbility hires new research director - news

Ted Grant has become the new director of global research and development for AccountAbility. The US-based corporate responsibility consultancy says Grant, formerly of the Rockefeller Foundation,...

US ‘Jobs Bill’ raises fears of a scamfest - news

President Barack Obama has signed into law a major bill that excuses most companies from all governance requirements, investors and shareholder groups have said. The so-called ‘Jobs...

US consumers unconvinced by corporate claims of their products’ greenness - news

US consumers are not persuaded by corporate environmental claims, and the vast majority say they would boycott a product if they found they had been misled on the issue. Research by PR...

Heineken looks to take development role in earthquake-stricken Haiti - news

Heineken is planning to build schools and hospitals in Haiti in the latest sign of private-sector expansion into international development and public services. The brewer looks set to...

BP to overhaul supply chain management - news

BP is to introduce measures strengthening its supply chain management in the wake of the Gulf of Mexico disaster. As a result of a review launched after the spill in 2010, the oil multinational...

Tobacco saga finally comes to court - news

A 14-year-old lawsuit seeking C$27bn (£16.9bn, €20.7bn) in damages against three tobacco firms in Canada is to come to trial. The class action alleges that Imperial Tobacco,...

Heartland leak exposes US corporations to consumers' ire - news

Leaks have detailed US corporate donors to one of the world's most influential climate change denying bodies. Some of the companies are now under fire from consumers for support that runs...

Brands desert Limbaugh's US show after 'slut' jibe - news

Sponsor boycotts of the Rush Limbaugh Show, whose eponymous presenter branded a women's rights activist a 'slut' and a 'prostitute' because she campaigns for contraception,...

The problems and opportunities of US non-financial reporting - news

The GRI has been playing catch-up in the US ever since its launch and expansion in other parts of the world. That could be about to change, however, according to the organisation's US...

Reinsurers demand climate change policy - news

US reinsurers have demanded a national policy on climate change from government. The companies, which insure against insurance industry losses, have said that the sector suffered a $44bn...

EPA dishes out enviro awards - news

Awards for environmental management given by the US Environment Protection Agency have gone to firms including Ford, Gap and Hasbro. The inaugural prizes went to 16 companies for greenhouse gas...

Barrick Gold sets up advisory board - news

Barrick Gold has set up a CSR advisory board to guide it on social responsibility, with John Ruggie appointed as special consultant to the board. The rest of the Canadian gold mining...

New legislation in pipeline to force chemicals disclosure in US fracking - news

New fracking legislation in the US will require gas drillers to disclose the chemicals used on public lands. Regulation of fracking, or hydraulic fracturing – perhaps the most...

US fairtrade body opts for volume over standards - news

The US branch of the world fairtrade organisation has split from its parent body as part of an effort to increase its influence by relaxing standards. Fair Trade USA broke with Fairtrade...

The best democracy that money can buy - news

The trust between US consumers, investors and corporations has suffered ever since companies were allowed to spend on election campaigns without cap, regulation or disclosure. But, reports...

Trading abroad pushes US businesses onto the sustainability agenda - news

Context set up in London in 1997: now it has a US office and offers sustainability services around the world. Mike Scott catches up with Peter Knight, the company’s co-founder, to see how...

First eco tissue launched - news

The first fully recycled, unbleached tissue paper has been produced for public toilets. Launched by the Cascades Tissue Group, North America’s fourth largest producer of towel and tissue...

AstraZeneca makes US pharma donation - news

Pharmaceuticals giant AstraZeneca has announced a donation of $4m-worth (€3m, £2.5m) of prescription medicines for poor and uninsured patients in the US. One of the largest donations...

Miami hotel checks in Greenlight - news

A hotel in Miami has become one of the largest so far to use 100% renewable energy. The luxury InterContinental hotel has partnered with Greenlight Energy to purchase over 15 million kWh of wind...

Social media & reputational risk seminar in NYC - news

A group of some of the largest companies in the US are gathering in New York this month to discuss the implications of social media for reputational risk. Firms including Gap,  Virgin...

US environment agency launches cross-sector greenhouse gas database - news

Details of the highest-emitting US business facilities have been revealed by the Environmental Protection Agency. The information, based on the 2009 Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program, which...

Google tops best employer list - news

Google has been named as the United States’ best employer in the latest Fortune 100 list. The search engine giant, which has 18,500 employees in the US, was awarded top spot for the...

New SRI index launched in Mexico - news

The world’s third large-scale, dedicated SRI index has been launched in Mexico. The Mexican stock exchange, the second-largest in Latin America, has set requirements for companies on...

Siemens asked to quite US Chamber of Commerce - news

An electronics multinational has been urged to withdraw from the US Chamber of Commerce following a perceived disconnect between its corporate responsibility policies and the Chamber’s...

Golden opportunity for Bales - news

Stefany Bales has joined Coeur d’Alene’s social responsibility team as director of corporate communications. Bales, formerly vice president of the Pac/West PR firm, will serve as a...

New members join Forum for Sustainable & Responsible Investment in US - news

Four new members have been appointed to the US Forum for Sustainable & Responsible Investment board of directors. The membership association has elected: Darragh Gallant,...

‘Benefit corporations’ given own ratings system to showcase activities to investors - news

A new investment tool for social enterprises and investors in the US has been launched by an NGO that hopes to provide coverage for 2,500 firms by 2016. B Lab, a non-profit specialising in...

Firms disclosing political spend after law abolished - news

A growing number of US companies are voluntarily disclosing their political spending and putting restrictions on the political use of their money, according to a new report ahead of the 2012...

US companies doing little to back up big CSR claims - news

KPMG has concluded that US companies are favouring style over substance in their CSR priorities, with a national corporate emphasis on ‘communication’ rather than actual performance....

Kraft wins stewardship award - news

Kraft Foods, Pfizer, UnitedHealth and Grainger have received the top honours at the US Chamber of Commerce’s Corporate Citizenship Awards. With the focus of this year’s winners on...

Bader joins BSR - news

Business for Social Responsibility (BSR) as appointed Christine Bader as human rights advisor. As well as producing research, Bader, a senior fellow at Duke University’s Kenan Institute...

Nelson digs deep for Newmont Mining board - news

Jane Nelson, the founding director the Harvard Kennedy School’s CSR Initiative, has been appointed to the Newmont Mining board of directors. Once of the United Nations Global Compact,...

Electronics companies in ‘Section 1502’ rebellion - news

US regulation on conflict minerals is under threat after companies’ criticisms increased the risk that a six-month delay in finalising the rules will be extended. Provisions added to...

US leads growth in chief sustainability positions - news

The number of chief sustainability officers (CSOs) in the US is accelerating, though it may be difficult for outsiders and new talent aspiring to the role to get a foot on the ladder....

Online campaigners make it tricky for one chocolate Halloween treat - news

More than 50,000 consumers have signed an online petition urging a US chocolate maker to buy certified child labour-free cocoa in time for Halloween. In one of the largest ever petitions...

Kleenex wins FSC certification - news

Kleenex has become the first paper tissue brand to achieve Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification in the US. The facial tissue, owned by paper and pulp giant Kimberley-Clark, now sports...

Ratings agencies cleared in Ohio court - news

An Ohio court has found against plaintiffs in a multi-million-dollar lawsuit against ratings agencies accused of acting fraudulently in their financial predictions. The case, brought by five...

Cote to chair Energy & Environment Committee - news

Dave Cote has been chosen to chair the newly-formed Business Roundtable Energy and Environment Committee. Cote, chairman of the Honeywell technology manufacturer, will head up the group of US...

Corporate America ‘acts on carbon emissions’ - news

US companies are accelerating their action on climate change, with more than half of the country’s 500 largest firms now putting the issue at the centre of business strategy. The...

Calls grow for political spend reporting - news

Investors and academics have made moves to force the US government’s hand on the disclosure of corporate political spending. The International Corporate Governance Network (IGCN)...

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PricewaterhouseCoopers has announced that the eco-business writer Andrew Winston will be advising the company on its sustainability strategy. The consultant will join PwC as a one-off,...

Exxon ruling reinstates corporate liability case - news

The US Alien Tort Act appears to have been resurrected after its apparent death last year. A potentially landmark decision in July could open up new avenues for complaints and compel...

Bank of America responds to financial crisis with first responsibility report - news

The largest US bank has pledged in its first CSR report to put its financial house in order. Bank of America has promised to build a ‘fortress balance sheet’ through...

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Political scientist John Ruggie has announced his plans following his six-year tenure as UN special representative on business and human rights, and will join Foley Hoag. Ruggie will work to...

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Compensation pay-outs from BP’s Gulf of Mexico oil spill have passed the $5bn mark. The figure, which accounts for around 360,000 claims, is less than expected, however, given that BP set...

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The CSR pioneer Ray Anderson has died, aged 77. Anderson, the founder and chairman of the flooring company Interface, was famous for his impassioned promotion of business ethics and the...

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Former UK cabinet minister David Miliband has been hired as an advisor by the US ‘clean-tech’ investment firm VantagePoint. Miliband, who is still a member of Parliament, will act as...

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Canadian oil company Cenovus Energy achieved one of the oil sands industry’s most energy-efficient production ratings in its first year of independent operation, and cut the frequency of...

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Thomas DiNapoli has joined the Ceres board for a three-year term as the non-profit network’s investment director. As the trustee of the third largest public pension fund in the US, the New...

Goldcorp avoids censure as complaint is closed - news

The Canadian government has closed a complaint against mining company Goldcorp over alleged detrimental effects on indigenous communities of its Marlin mine in Guatemala. The complaint was...

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Pharmaceuticals group Lundbeck has reversed its policy on the use of its drugs in US executions following a meeting with human rights organizations. Lundbeck was revealed to be among many...

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JP Morgan has appointed Peter Scher as its new head of corporate responsibility. Scher, who ran the bank’s lobbying in Washington, replaces William Daley, who left to join the White House....

Investors target 25 firms over human trafficking - news

A coalition of institutional investors has sent a statement to 25 companies asking them to give top priority to the eradication of human trafficking and ‘modern-day slavery’ in their...

Merck donates its vaccine - news

A pharmaceuticals company and a humanitarian charity are to vaccinate almost a tenth of the population of Honduras. The programme, for 675,000 people, will be delivered jointly by the...

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A leading financial services company has added CSR services to its securities lending investment programme. Clients of Citi, a US-based consultancy with $13trillion (£8tn, €9.15tn) of...

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Moex, one of BP’s minority partners in the blown-out Deepwater Horizon well in the Gulf of Mexico, has agreed to pay BP $1billion to settle all claims between the companies over the...

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Mining company NovaGold Resources has published its first integrated report covering financial, social and environmental performance in one document. The data, previously contained in two...

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Simon Zadek is to serve as a senior visiting fellow at the Ontario-based Centre for International Governance Innovation. Zadek, who last year left his post as head of AccountAbility, which he...

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Phil Berry has joined the WSP engineering consultancy as sustainability strategy vice-president. Berry, who joins from Nike, where he was sustainability director, will be responsible for the...

Chesapeake hit by $2m divestment - news

Nearly $2million (£1.2m, €1.4m) has been divested from Chesapeake Energy over concerns about the company’s alleged irresponsibility on home soil in the US. Harrington...

US investors fight back on behalf of EPA - news

A group of international investors managing more than $500billion (£306bn, €349bn) has demanded in a letter that the US Senate support the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on...

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JPMorgan Chase is set to face a vote in the US on investments linked to genocide, after the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) threw out the firm’s request to exclude a shareholder...

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A large US food distributor has bought a waste recycling company in a bid to reduce its environmental impact. US Foodservice now owns WVO Industries, a company specializing in the...

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Michael Washburn has become director of sustainability at Nestle Waters North America. He was previously a senior director at the US-based Wilderness Society.

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Michael Eckhart is to fill the newly-created role of head of environmental markets and sustainability at the international financial conglomerate Citigroup. Eckhart was previously president of...

Talisman commits to local consultation - news

The Canadian energy giant Talisman has formally recognized the principles of free, prior and informed consent (FPIC) and enshrined them in its indigenous communities policy. Talisman, which...

First Lady backs Walmart obesity move - news

Michelle Obama has joined forces with Walmart for a five-year healthy food campaign in a rare corporate endorsement by a US First Lady. President Obama’s wife has helped to draft a...

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Rules requiring advisory votes on executive pay at US-listed companies have been adopted by the US Securities and Exchange Commission in response to the recently passed Dodd-Frank Act on Wall...

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America’s main ‘thought leaders’ on CSR have been revealed in a US survey. The Trust Across America research organization asked 150 practitioners: ‘Who are the top...

Investor drops Cisco over human rights - news

The US sustainable asset manager Boston Common has divested from Cisco Systems over concerns about the IT company’s management of human rights risks. It also accuses Cisco of misleading...

Canadian investor dumps Vedanta - news

One of Canada’s largest SRI asset managers is divesting from Vedanta over its human rights and environmental record. Northwest and Ethical Investments, which manages assets of...

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The US dairy industry has published its first sustainability report. The Innovation Centre for US Dairy, which announced a voluntary goal in 2009 to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions of a...

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Peter Johnson has become managing director of the office of sustainability at the Sustainable Forestry Initiative. Johnson, a registered professional forester, moves from PricewaterhouseCoopers,...

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Procter & Gamble says it has achieved zero waste to landfill at one of its plants in North America. A site producing beauty products in Maine has worked with suppliers and staff to use 100...

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A US handbook giving companies guidance on the disclosure of ‘political activity’ has been published. The book, produced by the Conference Board, a business membership and research...

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The Supreme Court of Canada has dismissed the cases of three native Indians who say they were not adequately consulted about the construction of a massive pipeline by Enbridge Pipelines. The...

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An online resource offering consumers product information on child and forced labour has been created by the International Labour Rights Forum and the Not for Sale Campaign NGOs. The...

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Jeffrey Hollender has taken up the position of chair of the American Sustainable Business Council’s business leadership council. Hollender, chief executive of the eco-cleaning products...

Oil firms try to kill Schwarzenegger bill - news

Oil companies are attempting to scupper a California global warming law that would take effect in 2012. California’s Global Warming Solutions legislation, a bill from the Democrats...

Electronics firms back e-waste move - news

A US bill to curb the dumping of electronic waste in the developing world has been proposed by Democrat politicians with support from large electronics groups. Millions of tonnes of...

Mining bill bites the dust after corporate lobbying - news

Proposed legislation that would have made Canadian mining companies accountable for the negative social and environmental impacts of their foreign operations has been narrowly defeated in...

Ruling may spell end of Alien Tort cases for firms - news

Attempts to apply the US Alien Tort law to corporations accused of human rights abuses might soon come to an end after a New York court ruling that the legislation cannot be used to hold...

Mexico to get its own sustainability index - news

The Mexican Stock Exchange, Bolsa Mexicana de Valores, (BMV) is to launch a sustainability index. BMV’s new index will assess Mexico-based listed companies according to data gathered...

Bell makes mental health its new priority - news

The communications group Bell Canada has pledged C$50million ($49m, £31m, €35m) to Canadian mental health charities in one of the country’s largest corporate projects in the...

Board-level CSR is now the US norm - news

Around two thirds of large US companies now have a corporate responsibility-related board committee to oversee the social and environmental impacts of their business. A new analysis of...

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The corporate responsibility department of the US-based international law firm Foley Hoag has created a blog to discuss developments in corporate responsibility and the law.

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Three new members have joined the Kimberly-Clark sustainability advisory board, which provides the US multinational with guidance on social and environmental issues. They are Malini Mehra,...

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Mike Wallace has left his post as director of sustainability reporting framework at the Amsterdam-based Global Reporting Initiative to return to the US, where he will set up a GRI office in New...

US law requires new disclosure on conflict minerals - news

The US has passed legislation requiring companies involved in the sale of minerals to show their products are not fuelling conflict or human rights violations in the Democratic Republic of Congo...

Investors want action on human rights - news

Investors have urged the US government to back the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (Undrip), as a review of the country’s 2007 decision to withhold support...

Cenovus makes an early start on CSR - news

A newly-formed Canadian oil company has established corporate responsibility performance measures against which it will produce all its reporting and track its progress. Cenovus, which was...

Call for more data on offshore risks - news

Improved disclosure and risk management has been demanded of oil and gas companies by a coalition of investors in the wake of the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. A group of 58 investors...

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Erica Bach has been appointed as a senior adviser to the Canadian government’s new Office of the Extractive Sector CSR Counsellor, which is intended to facilitate dialogue between...

European SRI hegemony 'may put off Americans' - news

European dominance of the responsible investment sphere may be dissuading some US investment managers from adopting SRI policies, a think tank has suggested. A study by the Corporate...

Dr Pepper puts sourcing at heart of its new plan - news

The US soft drinks group Dr Pepper Snapple has included an ethical sourcing strategy in a new five-year CSR plan throughout its operations. The company, which owns the Dr Pepper, 7UP and...

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A CSR recruitment business, Professionals for Social Good, has been started in New York. Established 'to address the growing needs of the socially responsible business sector', it is a...

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Kaiser Permanente, the largest US non-profit healthcare provider, has introduced a sustainability scorecard for medical suppliers that evaluates the environmental and health impacts of their...

Google makes move into renewables field - news

The internet search giant Google has invested £38.8million (£26.7m, €31.3m) directly into two US wind farms. In its first large-scale renewable energy investment, Google is...

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An online Centre of Excellence for the extractives industry has been formed by the Canadian government as part of its recently introduced CSR action plan. The internet project, still being...

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US investment bank Citigroup is re-forming its SRI brokerage team, disbanded in 2008 as a result of the financial crisis. For the new team of three the company has appointed Jenny Anderson,...

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Carol Cone has been appointed Edelman’s new head of CSR. Cone joins from the US consultancy Cone, which she founded and which has since been acquired by Omnicom.

New type of firm aims for greater societal benefit - news

Legislation creating the conditions for benefit corporations, a new class of business required to benefit society as well as shareholders, has been passed in the US state of Maryland. In...

American CSR jobs market grows strongly - news

The CSR jobs market in the US is showing signs of recovery after a decline between the third quarters of 2008 and 2009. Research conducted by US-based Sustainability Recruiting shows that,...

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Deckers Outdoor Corporation has appointed Mark Heintz to the new post of director of corporate social responsibility. The US footwear manufacturer has hired Heintz from Hewlett Packard, where he...

Retailers take leadership role by boycotting oil sands products - news

Two large US retailers are to stop using fuel sourced from Canadian oil sands. The organic grocery chain Whole Foods and the household goods group Bed Bath and Beyond have announced measures to...

Business withdrawals upset Obama efforts - news

Three big companies – BP, Caterpillar, and ConocoPhillips – appear to have withdrawn their support for President Barack Obama's climate change agenda by quitting the US Climate...

Businesses in vanguard of Haiti quake response - news

The business world has rallied to pledge relief to Haiti following the earthquake there that has killed more than 100,000 people.      Dozens of firms have donated money and...

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Labour rights NGO Verite has teamed up with the Florida-based Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) to oversee the latter’s Fair Food programme. Verite will verify implementation of the...

Corporate backlash hits plans for CSR legislation - news

Canadian extractive companies have mounted a campaign against proposed legislation that would make them accountable for the negative social and environmental impacts of their foreign operations....

Obama calls on business to press ‘reset’ button on CSR - news

Barack Obama has challenged US companies to ‘transform’ their corporate responsibility programmes to make them more effective and wide-ranging. The American president has...

‘Child labour’ in US hits retail chains - news

Three US supermarkets have blacklisted a Michigan blueberry farm found using children as pickers. Wal-Mart, Meijer and Kroger say they have evidence that children as young as five were seen...

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Energy giant BP has been fined $87million (£51m, €58m) for safety violations at a Texas refinery. The record fine was imposed by the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration...

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Kanal Consulting has set up a sustainability practice. The six-year-old Californian management consultancy includes Alcatel and Symantec among its clients.

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The US-based SRI consultancy Nelson Capital Management has appointed Lisa Leff and Blaine Townsend to its senior management team. Both join after ten and 13 years respectively at Trillium Asset...

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Sustainalytics has recruited Darragh Gallant, former head of client services and marketing at KLD Research and Analytics, to head its expansion into the US. The Dutch firm, which recently merged...

Banking reputations take a pounding - news

US banks and financial services are now regarded as the country’s least ethical companies, according to the results of an annual CSR index. Financial sector companies tumbled to the...

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A new US certification mark has been introduced by a CSR consultancy. The Good Company Seal will aim to recognize American companies that ‘demonstrate a commitment to being a socially...

Climate change causes rift in US lobbying body - news

A utilities company has left the US Chamber of Commerce, accusing it of ignoring the truth on climate change.   PG&E, a California-based natural gas and electricity utility with a...

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Trillium Asset Management has appointed Matthew Patsky as chief executive. Patsky, who joins the SRI-focused firm from Winslow Management, succeeds Trillium founder Joan Bavaria, who died last...

Climate change conflict spurs Duke and Alstom to leave coalition - news

Two energy companies have resigned from a US coal industry group over reservations about its climate change stance. US-based Duke Energy and France’s Alstom Power left the American...

Americans begin to move into target-setting mode - news

There has been a ‘sharp spike’ in the proportion of major US companies reporting greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets over the past year, according to the Carbon Disclosure...

Walmart sticks to its word by backing Obama reforms - news

US supermarket giant Walmart has taken the unusual step of providing public backing for the White House’s proposed healthcare reforms as part of a pledge to align the company’s...

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The Ethics Resource Center, a US-based research organization, has named Steve Prosser, Starbucks’ business ethics director, as its new vice-chairman. Prosser will be responsible for...

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Export Development Canada, Canada’s export credit agency, has announced three new members of its CSR advisory council. They are Deanna Rosenswig, former chief executive of the MasterCard...

Obama moves to promote social innovation - news

First signs of what the US presidency of Barack Obama may mean for corporate responsibility have emerged with the creation of two new government offices in his administration. The Office of...

Tort doubts ‘need to go to highest court' - news

Only a Supreme Court ruling will provide real clarity on whether the US’s Alien Tort law can successfully be used to convict American companies for human rights abuses abroad, a legal...

MillerCoors develops inclusion plan for Hispanics - news

One of the largest alcoholic beverage manufacturers in the US has pledged to increase economic opportunities for Hispanics through a joint five-year agreement with a Hispanic CSR association....

Transparency scheme extends reach in Latin America - news

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has become an official supporter of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI), which promotes the disclosure of revenue payments by oil,...

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US-based wood and paper company Weyerhaeuser has been removed from the Calvert Social Index over concerns about its policies on indigenous peoples and recent company ‘interference’...

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US-based engineering company Parsons Brinckerhoff has appointed Lynne Ceeney as head of sustainability for Europe and Africa. Ceeney joins from the UK’s Building Research Establishment,...

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US investment management firm Northern Trust has named Connie Lindsey to the newly created post of head of CSR. Lindsey, an internal hire, will be responsible for the design and implementation...

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The Canadian sustainability consultancy Stratos has appointed two new directors. Sven Riemer and Matt Loose will head Stratos’s public sector management and corporate sustainability...

Canada offers mediation to extractive sector firms - news

The Canadian government is recruiting a ‘CSR counsellor’ this month to advise the country’s mining, oil and gas companies. The C$150,000-a-year ($130,000, £78,000),...

Why an SRI pioneer feels that ‘the time is right’ - news

Mike Scott talks to Walden Asset Management’s Tim Smith, who’s in bullish mood about changing attitudes to to risk and, more specifically, issues such as excessive executive pay and...

Car firms must face claims as Alien Tort cases proceed - news

Charges against three global car companies alleging human rights abuses in South Africa have been allowed to proceed. A New York judge has ruled that Daimler, Ford and General Motors should...

North America report quality is on the rise - news

North American CSR reports are improving in quality and disclosure, although they still sometimes omit ‘key topics of interest to stakeholders’, say the judges of the...

Carbon system gets thumbs up - news

US Environmental Protection Agency proposals to create a national system for business reporting of greenhouse gas emissions have been welcomed by the Carbon Disclosure Project, an investor...

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US-based software provider SAP has created the post of chief sustainability officer. Peter Graf is an internal appointee who has worked in various SAP positions for 13 years.

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Public relations group Edelman has appointed Jane Madden to the new position of senior vice-president for CSR and sustainability in its Chicago office. Madden was most recently president of...

Russell counts cost of Honduras allegations - news

Michigan University has become the 12th US higher education institution to stop sourcing sports clothing from the Russell Corporation over the company’s decision to close a unionized...

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A soft drinks producer has become the first US company to make a juice with certified sustainably grown bananas. Naked Juice has announced the certification by the Rainforest Alliance, the...

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Bridge Partners, a US executive recruitment company, has launched CSR Insights, a corporate responsibility recruitment agency.

Newmont’s unprecedented review is placed in the public domain - news

A gold mining company has taken the unusual step of publishing an independent review of how it is managing relationships with communities near its sites. US-based Newmont Mining Corporation...

Levi Strauss puts stress on buying habit changes - news

Levi Strauss is reporting early signs of success for a new approach to ethical supply chain monitoring that entails adjusting buying habits. The multinational clothing brand has introduced...

RiskMetrics buys Innovest - news

RiskMetrics Group, the US-based provider of corporate governance services to global financial markets, has acquired Innovest Strategic Value Advisors. RiskMetrics said its purchase of the...

Signs emerge of tougher times for stateside CSR - news

The head of corporate responsibility at US packaging company Meadwestvaco has been made redundant, apparently as a result of recession-related cutbacks. Barbara McCutchan, director of...

Vanguard comes up with criteria on human rights - news

Vanguard, one of the largest mutual funds in the US, has developed criteria to determine whether the companies in which it invests meet human rights standards. The policy is intended to...

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Just over a third of US directors believe corporate responsibility should be overseen directly by their company’s main board, a study has shown. The Deloitte survey of 220 directors at US...

Obama urged to create new CSR office - news

Further signs of the high expectations of a change in attitude to corporate responsibility at the White House have emerged in an open letter to Barack Obama urging the  president to create...

Investors hit internet providers over privacy concerns - news

A coalition of US investors has filed resolutions with ten publicly held internet service providers (ISPs) urging them to report on how their policies affect privacy and freedom of speech....

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Providers of pension plans in Ontario, Canada, should publish details of their SRI practices, an an advisory body has said. The Ontario Expert Commission on Pensions has told the Ontario...

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Martin Killeen has joined the specialist recruitment company Acre Resources as a senior recruiter. Killeen, who previously worked for the UK financial recruitment company Morgan McKinley, is now...

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Betsy Atkins has joined the board of the US sustainability consultancy Clear Standards. Atkins is also a board member of the Nasdaq stock exchange.  

Yamana Gold makes it into social index - news

The Canadian mining company Yamana Gold was brought in to the Jantzi Social Index last month on the grounds of its performance on corporate responsibility issues. Jantzi Research, which...

Apple says social report would be waste of effort - news

The personal computer manufacturer Apple is heading for confrontation with shareholder activists over its refusal to produce a sustainability report. A resolution at the California-based...

Bremer warns of Obama restrictions - news

The financial crisis could severely curtail new US president Barack Obama’s efforts to make significant progress on corporate responsibility, an American commentator has warned....

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Kathrin Bohr has joined the US-based sustainability consultancy Intertek as its new sustainability advisory services director. Bohr spent five years in Toronto as managing director of Canadian...

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Audra Jones has been appointed Americas director for the International Business Leaders’ Forum. Jones will be responsible for opening an IBLF office in New York.  

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The US-based Corporate Responsibility Officer Association, formed in October to represent CSR practitioners in North America, has created a board of governors. Members include Stanley Litow,...

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International corporate responsibility consultancy Apco Worldwide is to contribute pro bono support for a new US presidential effort on HIV and Aids. The agency, which has several offices in the...

Alcoa chairman gets Asia award - news

Alain Belda, chairman of the aluminium company Alcoa, has been given an environmental award by the Asia Society, the US institution dedicated to educating Americans about Asia and fostering...

Obama factor lifts hopes of new era in American CSR - news

Guarded optimism has taken hold of US corporate responsibility proponents as they prepare for what they hope will be a CSR-friendly administration under president-elect Barack Obama. Few...

Responsible business world loses two visionaries - news

Two US pioneers of responsible business – Joan Bavaria and Ed Burke – have died. Bavaria, who died aged 65 after a long battle with cancer, was the co-founder of US-based...

Kroger is ‘most generous’ US company - news

The groceries and supermarkets group Kroger has been declared the most generous corporation in the US by Forbes magazine. The Cincinnati-based retailer, which owns a string of retailers...

Obama has a golden opportunity to alter America’s CSR landscape - news

Sometimes it’s wise to be careful what you wish for. Supporters of Barack Obama now have ‘change’ not only in the White House but also in the financial markets, which have...

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Greg Radford has been appointed to the new post of environment and social development director at the International Finance Corporation, the World Bank’s private sector arm. Radford, a...

Supermarket leads way on penny-a-pound deal - news

A US supermarket chain has broken new ground by signing an agreement with a workers’ organization to improve wages for Florida’s tomato pickers. Texas-based Whole Foods Market,...

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Weber Shandwick has made Chad Boettcher senior vice-president of corporate responsibility in its New York office. He was previously with Nike, where he was corporate responsibility global...

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US-based Campbell Soup Company has appointed David Stangis as vice-president of corporate social responsibility, a new position for the business ( EP10, issue 2, p5 ). Stangis joins from Intel,...

‘Mob’ campaign will use carrot rather than stick - news

A network of US consumers is seeking to reward responsible companies with extra business. The fledgling online community, called Carrotmob, will reward ‘socially progressive...

Novozymes joins Wal-Mart’s bid for progress - news

Wal-Mart has taken the unusual step of inviting another company to give sustainability presentations at its annual supplier conference. The world’s largest retailer recruited the...

McCain and Obama on corporate responsibility - news

EP examines the policy plans on corporate responsibility that have been revealed by the two US presidential contenders in the early days of their race to the White House Barring the...

Corpocracy - news

Robert A G Monks . Hardback. 252 pages. Wiley. £15.99/$29.95 This book is a call for action to restore fiduciary responsibility and expunge lip-service accountability from US...

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California-based Business for Social Responsibility has opened an office in New York to cover the eastern US. Managing director Kara Hartnett Hurst will relocate from the San Francisco...

Goldcorp agrees to Guatemala investigation - news

The Canadian mining group Goldcorp is to order an independent human rights impact assessment of its Guatemala operation at the request of shareholders. Goldcorp agreed to the assessment...

Index spotlights firms that cater for base of pyramid - news

A new index has been created to recognize companies whose products, services and outlook concentrate on the needs of poor people in Latin America and the Caribbean. The Opportunities for...

Soup business makes CSR a key ingredient - news

Campbell Soup Company, the US convenience food manufacturer, is to make corporate responsibility part of its overall business strategy. The New Jersey-based Fortune 500 business, which has...

Advisers not easy to please - news

Executives working within companies have a more positive view of how successful their corporate responsibility programmes are than the consultants who advise them, reports a new study. The...

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Insurance group Aflac has become the first big US company to hold a shareholder vote on executive pay. American companies are not required by law to have such votes, but Aflac’s decision...

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Disclosure of sustainability information by companies listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange is now ‘standard practice’, with 80 per cent including some environmental, economic and...

Yahoo looks for US help on China dissidents - news

The internet provider Yahoo has asked the US secretary of state Condoleezza Rice for assistance in freeing two Chinese journalists jailed after it complied with investigators and revealed the...

Villagers sue energy firms - news

A village in Alaska is suing 20 companies on the grounds that they have altered the climate, forcing residents to abandon their homes. The 400 people of the coastal village of Kivalina are...

Big names come clean on political donations - news

Five major US companies have agreed to disclose all donations to political parties after a concerted campaign by shareholders.   American Express, Capital One, Texas Instruments,...

Aastra lays out standards for major suppliers - news

Canadian telecoms business Aastra has created an ethical policy for its suppliers that sets out guidelines on areas such as health and safety, treatment of staff and the environment....

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Ryoichi Ueda has been appointed chief sustainability officer for Mitsubishi Corporation’s North America operations. The role is added to his position as the region’s chief executive.

Sweatshop rules relaxed as suppliers fall short - news

San Francisco has had to water down a local anti-sweatshop procurement law because no company has been able to comply with its provisions. The Sweatfree Contracting Ordinance had been seen...

A disappointing debut with too many gaps - news

Wal-Mart has published its long-awaited first sustainability report. US-based reporting specialist Kathee Rebernak provides some thoughts on its scope and value Wal-Mart’s inaugural...

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Jewellery retailer Tiffany is to fund a feasibility study of fair trade certification for diamonds. The company will provide $100,000 (£50,000) through its foundation to the fair trade...

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