Sustainability and Conservation

For a five-year period beginning in 2009, I reported on a monthly basis for Ethical Corporation magazine on issues ranging from green energy and rainforest conservation to sustainable sourcing, climate change and transparency. Readership included US and EU managers tasked with the responsibility of incorporating social and environmental factors into their business operations. How can one discern between true “green” innovation and  corporate “greenwash”? Can a company do right by its workers and the natural environment from which it seeks to extract resources?

2014

CYBER SECURITY
Cyber-attacks can be costly, not least because they put companies’ reputations at risk

FOSSIL FUELS DIVESTMENT: CLOSING THE INVESTMENT PIPELINE?
The recent divestment out of coal by Stanford reflects a changing fossil fuels investment climate

CLIMATE CHANGE: IPCC REPORT
The UN’s climate panel says that we can still mitigate the worst impacts of climate change, and at little cost

CORPORATE TAX: PINNING DOWN THE PROFITS
The net is closing on firms that shunt money around to avoid tax liabilities, but any clampdown risks stifling enterprise and faces practical challenges

OZONE DEPLETION: ARE WE PUNCHING ANOTHER HOLE?
The unexplained discovery of new accumulations of ozone-depleting gases is ringing alarm bells

TRANSPARENCY INTERNATIONAL: TIME TO SEE IT THROUGH?
As it passes its 20th birthday, Transparency International is looking to make a bigger impact on corruption

TRANSPARENCY INTERNATIONAL: IS AWARENESS ENOUGH?
Transparency International has achieved a great deal since its launch, but as corruption continues unabated, is it time for a new direction?

CLIMATE TALKS: TAPPING THE BAROMETER
Government and business leaders meet this month in preparation for next year’s global climate negotiations, and much has changed since the last such gathering

US EMISSIONS RULES: ENERGY SECTOR SHAKE-UP
Billed as Barack Obama’s most sweeping climate policy, new rules curbing greenhouse gas emissions at US power plants will profoundly impact the nation’s electricity sector

2013

ASIA PULP & PAPER: TURNING OVER A NEW LEAF?
APP has made a dramatic commitment to zero deforestation

DOHA CLIMATE CHANGE CONFERENCE: IS IT TOO LATE TO PANIC?
The Doha climate talks set the scene for reaching a crucial global agreement in 2015. But emissions will continue to head in the wrong direction while we still subsidise fossil fuels

CLIMATE CHANGE: RABBIT OUT OF THE HAT?
While the latest global climate predictions say we still are likely to miss emissions targets – there still may be economy- positive remedies

EMERGING MARKET CAMPAIGNERS: GROUND LEVEL ACTIVISM
In the developing economies of Latin America, Africa, India and China, local NGOs operate differently from their big international cousins, and will engage with companies for mutual benefit

MILLENNIUM DEVELOPMENT GOALS: BEYOND THE DEVELOPMENT GOALS
As world leaders craft the framework that will succeed the Millennium Development Goals, there is an opportunity to rise above local hurdles

MILLENNIUM DEVELOPMENT GOALS: MANAGE PARTNERSHIPS AND MEASURE SUCCESS
World leaders have launched their ‘partnership’ blueprint to succeed the Millennium Development Goals

ONLINE ADVERTISING: FACEBOOK UNDER FIRE
Online targeted advertising algorithms can have serious reputational consequences for brands

FOREST CERTIFICATION: SOPHISTICATED CARBON OFFSETTING
Complex schemes to reduce emissions, save forests and develop local income are beginning to show signs of success

FOREST CERTIFICATION: TWO APPROACHES, SIMILAR GOAL
Two rival systems for preventing palm oil deforestation might just become the co-authors of a global success story

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