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

1 day 14 hours ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Gender discrimination continues to impact women in a variety of ways. Particularly in the developing economies, women pay higher costs than men in terms of unemployment, poverty, social exclusion, and health challenges. The corporate sector can play an important role in supporting women empowerment by providing them equal access to resources and opportunities and an equal position in the labor market.

1 day 22 hours ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – America would not be what it is today without the men and women who serve in the military and their families. The greatest contribution to the society is made by the military veterans who put their life on the line for their country. Since the founding of the United States, the sacrifice and bravery of its soldiers has been its strongest pillar.

3 days 11 min ago

(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.

3 days 1 hour ago

(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...

3 days 8 hours ago

"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.

3 days 11 hours ago

(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.”