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

4 hours 10 min ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans ) - Environmental advocates: They are leaders in solar, wind and hydroelectric energies with 62 percent of their portfolio in renewables. Empowered employees: They were named one of the “Best Places to Work in Vermont.” Approachable leadership: Their CEO knows the names, partners’ names and pets’ names of 600+ employees.

4 hours 40 min ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – With the growing consumer awareness about corporate citizenship, and a willingness to make buying decisions on the basis of a company’s commitment to CSR, many global companies are keen to build a strong CSR reputation. A positive consumer perception in the area of corporate responsibility can effectively translate into increased sales and provide a boost to the bottom line.

11 hours 10 min ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) - In the 1960s when the world faced chronic food shortages, the green revolution was born and it had an enormous impact on Asia, particularly in India and Latin America. These two continents were able to turn food deficits into food surplus by focusing on plant breeding. However, Africa missed out because of the level of investment, infrastructure, capacity and ability to use those techniques was missing.

1 day 3 hours ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Companies in India are becoming increasingly conscious of the global trends in corporate sustainability and are willing to integrate environmental and social concerns into their strategic business plans. Indian businesses are slowly but surely going beyond viewing CSR as only philanthropy, and adopting green IT and sustainability initiatives into their core business operations.

2 days 18 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.

3 days 2 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.