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Network for Business Sustainability

Avoid These Costly CSR Mistakes

Corporate sustainability reporting — when done right — increases share price and bolsters stakeholder confidence. When done incorrectly, however, CSR reporting does more harm than good, a Network for Business Sustainability blog post says. According to NBS, these are the 10 mistakes to avoid when planning, conducting and promoting a … Read more »

Lowe’s Sustainability Report: Purchased Green Power Jumps 34%

Lowe’s Sustainability Report: Purchased Green Power Jumps 34%

Home improvement retailer Lowe’s purchased 34 percent more green power in 2011 than in 2010, according to the company’s 2011 corporate sustainability report. In 2011, the retailer bought 148 million kWh of renewable power, enough to power three percent of its operations, and up from 111 million kWh in 2010. … Read more »

Henkel Sustainability Report: Energy Consumption, Carbon Emissions Drop 9% Year-On-Year

Henkel Sustainability Report: Energy Consumption, Carbon Emissions Drop 9% Year-On-Year

Henkel, the company behind Dial, Purex, Right Guard and other personal care brands, reduced its energy consumption by over nine percent from 2010 to 2011, according to the company’s 2011 sustainability report. In 2011, the German multinational used 2.2 million MWh of energy compared to 2.4 million in the previous … Read more »

New CSR Portal, but Less Aggressive GHG, Renewable Energy Targets for Timberland

New CSR Portal, but Less Aggressive GHG, Renewable Energy Targets for Timberland

Footwear and outdoor apparel maker Timberland has updated its corporate sustainability reporting goals, publishing these targets in a newly launched online CSR portal. The updated CSR goals are categorized into four broad areas  – climate, product, factories and service – with quantifiable  updates for each. Ironically, behind the user-friendly interface, … Read more »

Survey: Reporting Indicates Company Sustainability

The vast majority of those reading sustainability reports – 97 percent – say that sustainability reporting itself indicates that a company is improving its performance on sustainability measures. In the poll commissioned by the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), 60 percent of report readers also said that reading a sustainability report … Read more »

Kimberly-Clark Improves on Waste, Slides on Energy

Kimberly-Clark Improves on Waste, Slides on Energy

Kimberly-Clark made progress on its efforts to reduce the amount of waste it sends to landfills per metric ton of production, but increased the amount of energy it used per metric ton, according to its 2009 corporate sustainability report. According to figures in the report, Kimberly-Clark sent 19.8 percent of … Read more »

Environmental Initiatives Save RSC Nearly $26M in 2009

RSC Equipment Rental saved approximately $25.8 million in 2009 by implementing several environmental initiatives ranging from an equipment refurbishment program to a tire pressure equalization system, according to the company’s first CSR report. RSC’s sustainability program is centered on integrating environmental considerations and eco-efficiency into all of its business processes … Read more »

KPMG Reduces Carbon Footprint 7%

KPMG Reduces Carbon Footprint 7%

In pursuit of its Living Green program, KPMG cut its carbon footprint by 7 percent in 2008, according to its Living Green Annual Report 2009 (PDF). The Living Green program was launched in 2008, and set baselines against 2007 numbers. At the time, the audit, tax and consulting firm set … Read more »

Ten Best Practices for Writing a Great CSR Report

Although a new report helps readers gauge the value of information in corporate responsibility reports (CSR), it also provides valuable insight into how CSR reports should be written. In addition to helping readers quickly and easily identify the most valuable parts of CSR reports, the Boston College Center for Corporate … Read more »

McDonald’s Seeks 3% Energy Reduction Per Location, Kind Of

McDonald’s Seeks 3% Energy Reduction Per Location, Kind Of

One of the “2008-2010” goals that McDonald’s points to in its  2009 Corporate Responsibility Report is to design its restaurant energy survey and optimization tools “to deliver an average 3% energy reduction per restaurant.” But according to a company spokesperson, this isn’t actually a goal of a three percent reduction … Read more »

Manpower Saves 400K Pounds of CO2 Via Virtual Meeting

Adopting measures to reduce its global carbon footprint, Manpower Inc. has avoided 400,000 pounds of CO2 emissions by holding its annual Global Leadership Team meeting virtually, which reduced air travel by one million miles, according to the company’s 2009 corporate responsibility report. The global employment services firm says it has … Read more »

Chinese CSR Reports Called into Question

State-owned enterprises perform better than private and multinational companies in corporate social responsibility (CSR), according to a report released by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS), reports Global Times. However, some analysts have concerns about the report’s methodology and results. As an example, Li Youhuan, a researcher at the … Read more »