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Violation Tracker

Top Environmental, Health and Safety Violators Ranked

Eight large corporations have each been penalized more than $1 billion in environmental, health and safety cases brought by federal regulatory agencies since 2010, according to a new database called Violation Tracker. Forty firms have paid $100 million or more. BP tops the list with its $25 billion total — … Read more »

Apple

Apple, Microsoft, Disney Show Low-Carbon Leadership, Commercial Success

Apple, Diageo, Microsoft and Unilever are among the “low-carbon leaders” highlighted in Corporate Citizenship’s report the Low-Carbon Company, which makes the business case for decarbonization. Other companies can follow these low-carbon leaders’ examples, the report says. Among the examples: Apple has set a goal to power all of it corporate … Read more »

GE, McDonald’s, Starbucks, Nike Cut from DJSI World

GE, McDonald’s, Starbucks, Nike Cut from DJSI World

Amgen, Commonwealth Bank of Australia and GlaxoSmithKline are among the new additions to the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices World. Meanwhile Bank of America, General Electric, McDonald’s, Starbucks and Nike are among the companies to get cut from the DJSI World this year. These companies did, however, make the North American … Read more »

Sainsbury’s, Glaxo Among Holistic Carbon-Water Management Signatories

Sainsbury’s, Glaxo Among Holistic Carbon-Water Management Signatories

Some 15 leading businesses, representing 11 different sectors, including Baxter Healthcare, Sainsbury’s, GlaxoSmithKline and Nestlé, have committed to looking at their carbon-water management holistically, following research by sustainability specialists Anthesis and the Water Footprint Network. Businesses and governments must tackle energy and water use in tandem or risk major disruption, according … Read more »

Tool Calculates Pharmaceutical Products’ Carbon Cost

Tool Calculates Pharmaceutical Products’ Carbon Cost

The Carbon Trust and the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI) have launched a spreadsheet tool to help UK companies estimate the carbon footprint of tablet medicines in blister packs. The tool, which the organizations say is a first of its kind for the pharmaceutical sector, was funded by … Read more »

Ecodesk Launches Conflict Minerals Monitoring Tool

Ecodesk Launches Conflict Minerals Monitoring Tool

Ecodesk has launched a monitoring tool for businesses to track conflict minerals used in their supply chains. Founder Robert Clarke says the tool is part of Ecodesk’s vision to be an early warning system for non-financial factors in supply chains, providing businesses with an understanding of potential problems before they … Read more »

Standards & Compliance Briefing: Baby Food Trial, GSK Double-Platinum, ISO 50001

Gerber Products, Del Monte Foods, Beech-Nut Nutrition and other major baby food manufacturers are defendants in a lead-labeling lawsuit that went to trial in California yesterday, the AP reports. The Environmental Law Foundation brought the suit, saying many of the companies’ products contain lead at levels that require a warning … Read more »

Ecodesk Aims to Improve Supply Chain Emissions Reporting

Ecodesk Aims to Improve Supply Chain Emissions Reporting

Pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline, Del Monte Foods and MGM Resorts are among some 25 companies that have joined an Ecodesk campaign to improve supply chain efficiency and transparency, and make it easier for businesses to measure scope 3 emissions. The “LinkedIn of sustainability,” Ecodesk allows users to search, analyze and compare … Read more »

‘Sustainability Leaders’ Revealed – But Most Firms Fall Short

‘Sustainability Leaders’ Revealed – But Most Firms Fall Short

While most large companies fall short of sustainability leadership, 10 including Ford, GE and Panasonic present best practices for other businesses to emulate, according to sustainability advisor Two Tomorrows. Less than a third of the largest companies scored over 70 percent, the threshold for “sustainability leadership” in the 2012 Tomorrow’s … Read more »

Exxon, Microsoft, Target Added to Dow Jones Index; IBM Dropped

Exxon, Microsoft, Target Added to Dow Jones Index; IBM Dropped

Exxon, Microsoft, Canadian National Railway and Target are among the largest companies added to, and IBM, GlaxoSmithKline and United Technologies among those dropped from, one of the world’s leading sustainability indices. Swiss-based investment firm SAM and Dow Jones Indexes released the 2012 Dow Jones Sustainability Index review, which tracks the … Read more »

Rio+20: Pepsi, Coke, Levi Strauss to Set Water Efficiency Goals; Other Summit Business News

CEOs from The Coca-Cola Company, Pepsico, Levi Strauss & Co., Royal Dutch Shell, Unilever and 40 other international companies have agreed to set targets on their own water efficiency and wastewater management in factories and operations, and have called on governments attending the Rio+20 Earth Summit to make global water … Read more »

Canals to Cool Businesses with No Upfront Cost

Waterside businesses in the U.K. could use canal water as an alternative to traditional air conditioning at no up-front cost, in a project being led by British Waterways. The U.K. government-owned body signed an agreement with Linden Environmental, which will act as the exclusive sales agent for the project and … Read more »