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Are Firms Prepared for ISO 14001 Upgrade?

Many companies, plants and factories are in danger of not being ready when the main environmental management standard ISO 14001 will be upgraded next year, according to research by EEF, the manufacturers’ organization for UK manufacturing companies, as reported by Plant Engineer. The upgrade significantly changes the way firms will … Read more »

Bayer Insqin

Bayer Launches Water-Saving Polyurethane Technology

Polymer producer Bayer MaterialScience has launched Insqin for polyurethane (PU) coated fabrics. The waterborne PU technology not only enables PU leather to be manufactured without solvent, it also reduces water consumption by up to 95 percent and energy consumption by up to 50 percent in the coating process, according to … Read more »

CSR

How to Make Money from CSR Activities

Good product performance pays while good environmental performance doesn’t, research published in Strategic Management Journal says. Earlier studies show mixed results on the financial benefits of corporate social responsibility activities; in this one, researchers from the University of South Carolina and the University of Nebraska examined the profitability of two … Read more »

How To Align Profit and Sustainability

Johnson & Johnson has set up a fund for greenhouse gas reduction projects like chiller optimization and solar PV installations — just one example of how companies are allocating capital for long-term environmental performance, according to a report by the World Resources Institute. Aligning Profit and Environmental Sustainability: Stories from … Read more »

Environmental Reporting More than Doubles

Environmental Reporting More than Doubles

The number of S&P 500 and Fortune 500 companies managing and reporting performance on environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues more than doubled from 2010 to 2011, according to an analysis by Governance & Accountability Institute. G&A Institute, the data partner for the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) in the US, … Read more »

Setting Goals for Environmental Performance

This is the season that many companies publish their corporate sustainability reports, and in those reports, updates on their sustainability goals. Some companies have recently announced meeting or exceeding goals they’d set.  Apparel maker H&M, for instance, recently disclosed that it blew through its goal on the use of organic … Read more »

Boeing on Track to Meet Environmental Targets by 2012

Boeing is on track to reach its environmental targets by 2012 even though some improvements have been modest over the first few years of its environmental initiative, says Mary Armstrong, Boeing’s vice president of the corporate environment, health and safety team, reports HeraldNet. Boeing’s goals include reducing hazardous waste generation, … Read more »

KKR, EDF Green Portfolio Delivers over $160M in Savings

KKR, EDF Green Portfolio Delivers over $160M in Savings

The partnership between private equity firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Company (KKR) and Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) has yielded $160 million in savings over two years. The two organizations launched the Green Portfolio Program in 2008 to help the private equity firm improve the environmental performance of dozens of its … Read more »

More Businesses Tie Executive Compensation to Environmental Metrics

More Businesses Tie Executive Compensation to Environmental Metrics

A growing number of businesses across several sectors are starting to tie salary compensation with their environmental performance as they realize the power that executive pay policies have on environmental performance, reports BusinessGreen. As an example, Minnesota-based utility Xcel Energy uses a range of sustainability indicators, including greenhouse gas reductions … Read more »

Boeing Reduces GHG Emissions, Energy Use Slightly in 2009

Boeing Reduces GHG Emissions, Energy Use Slightly in 2009

Boeing has reduced carbon dioxide emissions at major U.S. facilities by 31 percent, energy consumption by 32 percent, hazardous waste generation by 38 percent and water consumption by 43 percent on a revenue-adjusted basis since 2002, according to the company’s 2010 Environmental Performance Report. Boeing says it’s on track to … Read more »

Hanes Aims for 30% Renewable Energy Use, 15% Emissions Cut

Aimed at saving more energy, using less materials and reducing greenhouse gas emissions, Hanes has released a set of global environmental performance goals that includes increasing its use of renewable energy to 30 percent of its total energy consumption, and reducing carbon-dioxide emissions by 15 percent, from a 2007 baseline, … Read more »

BrownFlynn Sets Baseline for Future Environmental Performance

BrownFlynn, a corporate responsibility and sustainability consulting firm, says it is “walking the talk” with the release of its first sustainability report based on the Global Reporting Initiative. The company has determined its baseline environmental performance including electricity and water use, based on its 2008-09 reporting period, in order to … Read more »