Laws, Rules, and Regulations: Can Change Be Mandated?

The EPA has issued a new rule that clarifies its authority under the Clean Water Act. This follows its proposed “Clean Power Plan regulations to limit carbon dioxide emissions from coal powered utility plants. In France, a new law mandates that the rooftops of all new buildings in commercial zones must be partially covered in either plants or solar panels; another law bans food waste by supermarkets. This follows proposed EC regulations on emissions and the mandated adoption of renewable energy sources. Historically, the evidence shows that enforced change has resulted in good outcomes: mandated fuel-mileage standards for the U.S. auto industry have produced fewer emissions, more fuel conservation, improved fuels, and better cars. Yet some object in kneejerk fashion that such innovations are “bad” for business (they’re usually talking about the short-term cost). Other businesses take the progressive, high road—change is good—and have the profits to prove it. That’s business, better.

John Howell, Editorial Director

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(3BL Media/Justmeans) - Last week I attended the BASF CreatorSpace Summit in NYC. The summit, one of several being held worldwide, is in commemoration of BASF’s 150th anniversary.

CEO Wayne T. Smith kicked off the event, saying, “As we celebrate this milestone, we are connecting people with ideas to make meaningful contributions to society in accordance with our corporate purpose: ’We create chemistry for a sustainable future.’” The meaningful contribution for this particular summit was aimed at the question of the future of the Red Hook section of Brooklyn, an area that was devastated by...

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(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Children and puppies are the consumer-friendly causes most companies love to support, but they aren’t the only important issues facing society. There are some companies brave enough to tackle more sensitive social issues, and Mary Kay is one of those hero brands. Through its Beauty That Counts® program that began in 2008, Mary Kay has donated $8.5 million to organisations worldwide that help women and children in need.

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(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Global progress on climate change and sustainability over the last two decades has been uneven, leading to an increasing level of urgency to find more effective solutions. As the date of the UN climate change conference in Paris approaches, the global community faces another seminal year, giving rise to hopes that the December summit will lead to more decisive action.

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(3BL Media/Justmeans) – California, the Golden State, is enduring a severe drought, and has implemented mandatory restrictions for water usage, the first in the state’s history. In America, it is generally taken for granted that when you open a tap, water will come out. However, things are changing quickly, as drought, flooding and climate change are restricting the country’s water supply, along with demands from population growth and with energy production set to increase.

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(3BL Media/Just Means) - Tetra Pak wants to raise awareness of using renewables to mitigate the impact businesses have on natural resources​, so it ​has launched a new series of discussions with experts and stakeholders to ​promote the issue.​