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EPA to Fund Sustainability Projects at 21 Businesses

The EPA, through its Small Business Innovation Research program, announced July 14 that it will fund projects at 21 businesses for them to develop and commercialize innovative, sustainable technologies to address current environmental issues. The businesses are located across 15 states, with $2 million in funds being provided by the … Read more »

Global Food Companies ‘Should Upgrade Sustainable Supply Chain Strategies’

Global Food Companies ‘Should Upgrade Sustainable Supply Chain Strategies’

Only four of the world’s largest food producers – Danone, Heinz, PepsiCo and Unilever – have invested in wide-ranging codes of conduct to guide their suppliers’ environmental performance, according to a new report from Verdantix. Verdantix benchmarked the sustainable supply chain strategies of the 12 largest global food firms, with … Read more »

Supply Chain Sustainability Standards Lacking, Companies Say

Sixty-two percent of executives surveyed said a lack of measurement standards impairs their efforts to track supply chain sustainability performance, according to a study released today by Green Research. The firm surveyed 30 senior sustainability and procurement executives at major companies globally and found that poor data quality also hinders … Read more »

Big Companies Hold the Key to Sustainable Commerce

The world’s largest companies hold the key to setting global commerce on an environmentally sustainable path. The top 500 companies in the world generate $23 trillion in annual revenue, more than a third of global GDP. If the world’s largest companies can achieve radical improvements in their environmental performance—slashing their … Read more »

Top Medical Equipment Manufacturers Lack Public Sustainability Goals, Focus Efforts on Waste, Report Says

Top Medical Equipment Manufacturers Lack Public Sustainability Goals, Focus Efforts on Waste, Report Says

Of the 10 largest manufacturers of medical equipment and supplies, with more than $100 billion in annual sales, only four have announced any public environmental sustainability goals, according to a study from Green Research released today. According to the study, Benchmarking Sustainability Goals and Practices: Medical Equipment and Supplies, only … Read more »

Only 26% of Sustainability Consultants Work Full Time on Green Issues

Only 26% of Sustainability Consultants Work Full Time on Green Issues

Some 49 percent of sustainability consultants believe business conditions are somewhat or very strong today even though just 26 percent of them work full-time in sustainability, according to a survey by Green Research. Despite such a low percentage of consultants working full-time on green issues, they generally see a bright … Read more »

What 2011 Taught Us about the Green Supply Chain (and What It Means for 2012)

As regular readers of Environmental Leader know, there was a blizzard of corporate sustainability news in 2011. There are lots of lessons to be learned from the prior year, and some important implications for 2012. Some of the biggest lessons surround sustainability in the supply chain. Supply Chain Impacts Can … Read more »

Employee Engagement: Why Do It If You Can’t Do it Right?

All of us who own, manage or lead companies long for employees who are productive and engaged with their work. In fact an increasing number of business leaders have come to believe that employee engagement is a key to business success. Evidence supports this belief.  In a recent Environmental Leader … Read more »

Energy Management Standard Fills a Need; Rate of Adoption Is Wild Card

A Powerful New Tool to Manage and Reduce Energy Consumption Commercial and industrial enterprises globally have a powerful new tool to help them to reduce their energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions and to cut costs. In June 2011, a new international standard for energy management systems, ISO 50001, was … Read more »

Few Oil & Gas Firms Set Environmental Goals

Few Oil & Gas Firms Set Environmental Goals

BP, ConocoPhillips, GazProm, PetroChina, SinoPec and Royal Dutch Shell have all failed to set specific sustainability goals, making the industry lag conspicuously behind others, according to a report by Green Research. The sector is the only one, out of those Green Research has studied, in which a significant number of … Read more »

Pharma Sets Few Supply Chain Goals, Report Finds

Pharma Sets Few Supply Chain Goals, Report Finds

Pharmaceutical companies are “all over the map” in terms of their environmental goals and transparency, but largely don’t set targets for their supply chains, according to a new report. Green Research found that major pharmaceutical companies have between five and six public environmental sustainability goals, each on average. AstraZeneca leads … Read more »

Benchmarking Environmental Sustainability Goals

Goals signal intent and drive behavior. Some companies announce sustainability goals to signal their commitment to become sustainability leaders and to compete for superior positioning with their rivals. According to a recent Green Research sustainability executive survey, 15 percent of sustainability executives say their goals were significantly influenced by the … Read more »