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Want to Retain Top Employees? Improve CSR Efforts, Survey Says

Want to Retain Top Employees? Improve CSR Efforts, Survey Says

Most businesses are aware today that studies show improved relationships between companies and their customers – leading to increased revenue – when the company engages in at least some level of CSR. But a new study from the ECA and the Considerate Constructors Scheme indicates that engagement with corporate social … Read more »

Fairphone 2 Tops in Terms of ‘Repairability,’ Low Waste

Fairphone 2 Tops in Terms of ‘Repairability,’ Low Waste

Repairable phones and tablets can go a long way towards solving the world’s e-waste problem, writes Engadget, and a new study scored those devices, as well as laptops, in terms of their “repairability.” The Fairphone 2, with its ethically sourced components, was given the best score in a Greenpeace study … Read more »

Help May Be on the Way for Industry’s Water Challenges

Help May Be on the Way for Industry’s Water Challenges

A large proportion of US companies may not be aware of the risks that face their businesses in terms of water challenges, according to the CDP. Just 34% of companies responding to a CDP survey in 2016 had undertaken a water assessment that included both direct operations and supply chain. … Read more »

Virgin Atlantic Drops CO2 Emissions 22% in 9 Years

Virgin Atlantic Drops CO2 Emissions 22% in 9 Years

Virgin Atlantic successfully dropped its CO2 emissions from more than 5.2 metric tons to slightly over 4 metric tons from a series of carbon savings initiatives including purchase of a multi-billion dollar fleet investment in Boeing 787 aircraft, single-engine taxiing, real-time weather technology to optimize flight planning, and rigorous weight management … Read more »

Owens Corning Sinks Water Use, Emissions in 2016

Owens Corning Sinks Water Use, Emissions in 2016

Owens Corning has reduced water use by 37% in 2016 from 2010 levels, exceeding its 2020 goals; the company also decreased particulate matter emissions by 23% from 2010, according to its just-released 2016 sustainability report. For a company of Owens Corning’s size – Owens Corning does about $6 billion in … Read more »

So Are We Wasting 40% of Our Food or Not? Study Says We Don’t Really Know

So Are We Wasting 40% of Our Food or Not? Study Says We Don’t Really Know

Potentially overstated measures on the amount of food that is wasted each year could have profound consequences when it comes to public policy, according to a new study published on behalf of the Agricultural & Applied Economics Association. The study indicates that food waste is being overestimated, in part because … Read more »

Groundwater Fees Prompt Farmers to Slash Water Use by a Third

Groundwater Fees Prompt Farmers to Slash Water Use by a Third

When it comes to drought and the farming community, it seems a self-imposed fee on groundwater could work better than government regulations, according to a new study from the University of Colorado Boulder. The study suggests that self-imposed well-pumping fees can play an important role, incentivizing farmers to slash use … Read more »

Investors May Increase Emphasis on CSR Reporting (but Beware of Overstating Your Performance)

Investors May Increase Emphasis on CSR Reporting (but Beware of Overstating Your Performance)

In today’s climate of increased investor interest in the sustainability performance of companies, US organizations have a unique opportunity to send a positive message to investors, one that says sustainability is still a priority. In fact, as corporations like Disney, Apple, Google and General Electric pledge to continue to pursue … Read more »

IKEA Saves Nearly $1M Since December with ‘Smart Scale Solution’ to Curb Food Waste

IKEA Saves Nearly $1M Since December with ‘Smart Scale Solution’ to Curb Food Waste

Retail giant IKEA has installed a “smart scale solution” in 20% of its stores in an effort to curb food waste. The system, being rolled out in the company’s restaurants and food markets, is made up of a touch screen and floor scale holding a waste bin that measures food waste. This allows IKEA … Read more »