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Tackling Climate Change Achievable And Affordable

The Paris-based Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development has released its 2008 Environmental Outlook. Without new policies, the world risks irreversibly damaging the environment and the natural resource base needed to support economic growth and well-being, according to the report. But the Outlook finds that tackling climate change, biodiversity loss, … Read more »

Foster’s Offsets Emissions Of ‘Cascade Green’

Foster’s is offsetting all of the carbon emissions of its new lager, Cascade Green.The company says that the lager is brewed at the Cascade Brewery from locally produced ingredients. Packaging has been designed to minimize greenhouse gas emissions, using the lightest weight, highest recycled content glass bottle currently available in … Read more »

Nestle Releases CSR Report

At a joint Nestle-UN Global Compact event in New York, Peter Brabeck-Letmathe, Chairman and CEO of Nestle,  presented the company’s first Creating Shared Value report (read CSR report), including new figures on the impact of its business activities on the environment and society across the world. In 2007, Nestle says … Read more »

GE Shines Up Global Message For Olympics

GE sees its sponsorship of the Beijing Olympics as a way to “prove to potential customers and shareholders in the developed world that G.E.’s creativity is translating into big sales in the developing one,” The New York Times reports. The company is building an imagination center in the middle of … Read more »

Environmental Concerns Give Garbage Disposals New Life In Europe

InSinkErator, a unit of Emerson Electric, had virtually no sales in Europe in the early 1990s, where garbage disposals are often seen as a convenience that wastes water and clogs pipes – they’re even banned in Portugal, Austria and the Netherlands. But a new green strategy has helped InSinkErator to … Read more »

Alleged Clean Water Act Violations Cost Home Depot

Home Depot has agreed to pay a $1.3 million penalty and implement a nationwide compliance program to resolve alleged violations of the Clean Water Act. The settlement resolves alleged violations that were discovered at more than 30 construction sites in 28 states where new Home Depot stores were being built. … Read more »

Coke’s ‘Ethical Reputation’ Leads F&B Industry

The food & beverage industry is consolidating its ethical record thanks to labor and environmental initiatives, but it has to fight hard to demonstrate the social utility of its products, according to the Covalence Food & Beverage Industry Report 2007 (extract) published today by Geneva-based ethical reputation research firm Covalence. … Read more »

JPMorgan Greens HQ

JPMorgan Chase is making its 50-story headquarters at 270 Park Avenue in Manhattan more environmentally-friendly, Reuters reports, and it’s doing it ten stories at a time, starting at the top with rooftop vegetation. Also on the roof, drains will collect rain water that will be stored in a 55,000 gallon … Read more »

IBM Launches New Center For Water Management in the Netherlands

IBM will establish a Global Center of Excellence for Water Management in Amsterdam. IBM says that the center will help IBM’s public sector clients  develop prediction and protection systems for low-lying coastal areas and river deltas and will play a role in the delivery of the Dutch Government’s Flood Control … Read more »

Nestle, Unilever, Cadbury Schweppes, Others To Cut Water Use

A group of 21 companies, including Birds Eye Iglo, Cadbury Schweppes, GlaxoSmithKline, Nestlé UK, Premier Foods, Tate & Lyle, Unilever and United Biscuits, agreed to cut their water use by 20 percent by 2020, reports the Financial Times. Along with agriculture, food and drink companies are the biggest industrial users … Read more »

Coke Greens Up in Europe and South America

Coca-Cola’s second largest bottler, Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company, has reached an agreement with ContourGlobal to build 15 new combined heat and power plants by the end of 2009. They will be built at facilities in Austria, Czech Republic, Greece, Northern Ireland, Poland, Slovakia, Nigeria, Serbia and the Ukraine. Italy, Russia … Read more »

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