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City Bans Demolitions to Cut Construction Waste

The construction industry produces a huge amount of waste. In the US alone, about 40 percent of solid waste comes from construction and demolition (C&D). To combat this, one US city is taking the unique approach of banning home demolitions, which it says will encourage the reuse of building materials … Read more »

The Building Sector’s ‘Trillion-Dollar’ Circular Economy Opportunity

The Building Sector’s ‘Trillion-Dollar’ Circular Economy Opportunity

Using closed-loop circular design principles — reusing discarded asphalt products as road-building materials and waste lumber as wooden flooring material, for example — is one of the approaches that could, and should, shape the sector’s future, according to a new report by the World Economic Forum.

Only 42% of Firms’ Boards Engaged in Sustainability Efforts

Only 42% of Firms’ Boards Engaged in Sustainability Efforts

Less than half (42 percent) of companies say their boards of directors are actively involved in sustainability, according to a survey from MIT Sloan Management Review, The Boston Consulting Group and the UN Global Compact. This is despite the fact that 87 percent of managers and executives say that boards … Read more »

How to Move Sustainability to the Boardroom

The UN Global Compact has launched a program to help move sustainability issues from the backroom to the boardroom. The Global Compact Board Programme supports boards of directors to oversee and drive a strategic approach to corporate sustainability, and to respond to the interests of all their key stakeholders while … Read more »

Lean and Green Can Be Profitable

As manufacturers around the world adopt lean manufacturing and cut down on raw material consumption, energy usage, environmental waste and pollution, they are learning that eco-friendly practices can be profitable, according to Ensia. John Quarmley has learned this. Quarmley started Highwood USA in Pennsylvania as a company with sustainable manufacturing practices … Read more »

Sustainability Leads to Cost Savings, Revenue Growth

Sustainability programs are producing cost savings, revenue growth, competitive advantage and environmental benefits across corporate America, writes Harold L. Sirkin, a senior partner of the Boston Consulting Group (BCG), in a Businessweek management blog. Sirkin cites a survey BCG conducted in cooperation with the MIT Sloan Management Review in which … Read more »

Standards & Compliance Briefing: OfficeMax, Ross Lawsuits; Chinatrust; WEEE Overhaul

OfficeMax, Ross Stores and Kinwai USA are among the nine manufacturers and retailers that law firm The Chanler Group is suing under California’s Proposition 65. The group has also served more than 100 violation notices on leading furniture manufacturers and retailers, including Ashley Furniture, Best Buy, Costco, Kohl’s, Pier 1 and the TJX Companies, alleging the unlabelled use of flame retardants … Read more »

Target, Staples Use WRI Tool to Profit from Sustainability

Target, Staples Use WRI Tool to Profit from Sustainability

Target and Staples are among the companies using a new World Resources Institute tool to evaluate their sustainability efforts. The Sustainability SWOT, or sSWOT, adds sustainability to the traditional strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats (SWOT) analysis to help businesses translate environmental risks, like climate change and water scarcity, into opportunities … Read more »