(3BL Media/Just Means) - Pro bono is becoming an increasingly common strategy for companies to engage with their communities and add social value to their activities as expectations for socially responsible business continue to increase around the world. Companies are getting more creative, too, with a diverse portfolio of support beyond traditional cash contributions and volunteering.
FROM THE EDITOR
The Year in Sustainability: Top Stories of 2014
We haven’t quite yet made it to 2015, but summaries of this year’s top sustainability stories are already being published. According to Loop Initiatives, the important news of 2014 includes the explosive growth of green bonds, the increased benchmarking of portfolios, the greening of supply chains, and the expansion of transparency re. ingredients in consumer goods and building products. There’s every reason to believe that these significant developments will continue to be significant and that they will continue to develop in 2015. Upcoming lists should add to the tally of major changes in business practices and strategies, and the idea that a lot of progress has been made in the past year. That’s a good feeling with which to start the New Year.
John Howell, Editorial Director
News & Blogs
(3BL Media/Justmeans) - On December 17th New York Governor Andrew Cuomo shook the world with the announcement with the Empire State was banning the practice of hydraulic fracturing or fracking, as it’s come to be known. The governor claims to have relied on the judgment of Health Commissioner Dr. Harold A. Zucker and Joseph Martens, the state environmental conservation commissioner, in making the call. “I am not a scientist,” said the...
"I'm capable of doing things I never thought I could do. I'm motivated to start my own company. I want to make a difference in my community" says Diana, aged 16. A stirring quote from a teenage girl filled with hope and determination for her future.
(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Chemical manufacturers around the world aspire to sell their products in largest possible quantities. However, the challenge with this traditional business model is that it tends to encourage overuse of chemicals and places human health and the environment under extra strain. To counter this situation, the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) has been advocating an alternative business model called “chemical leasing.”
(3BL Media/Justmeans) - The UN Climate Conference of Parties, which took place over the last two weeks in Lima, Peru turned out to be quite a roller coaster ride. It began with soaring optimism in the wake of the recent agreement between US and China to take serious action, followed by a US pledge to add $3 billion to the International Climate Fund. That was on the heels of an...
(3BL Media/Justmeans) - Rail technology leader Bombardier Transportation has got behind the ‘Clean India Movement’ and helped to clear up the Navlakhi Grounds in Vadodara, India. More than 250 Bombardier employees volunteered to help and urged the local people of Vadodara to help keep the grounds and city clean.
(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Recently, there has been a story in the news that links low-paid workers including firefighters, teachers and other public sector employees in America to pensioners and single mothers in East London.