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EU Passes Historic Law Requiring Large Companies to Report on Sustainability

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – The European Parliament has passed a historic law that makes it mandatory for the largest companies in Europe to include sustainability factors as an integral part of their annual financial reporting. The law, which was passed with a thumping majority vote of 599-55, will apply to publicly traded companies employing more than 500 workers.

Microsoft Partners with UTSA to Develop Sustainable Technologies

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Microsoft Corp. has entered into a three-year agreement with the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) to research and develop sustainable technologies. The goal is to make Microsoft’s data centers more energy efficient and economically viable. The company has also made a gift of $1 million to UTSA to support the university’s R&D programs.

3M, Accenture, Visa, UPS, Ford, Microsoft, Cisco, Google among the World's Most Ethical Companies

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – The Ethisphere Institute has come out with its annual list of the “World’s Most Ethical Companies.” The list includes 144 winners, with companies ranging from Ford Motor, Kellogg and Microsoft in the U.S. to IHCC, a Saudi hospital construction company, All Good Organics, a food company in New Zealand, and PKN Orlen, a Polish oil refining company.

Wal-Mart and Target Announce New Sustainable Products Close to Earth Day

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Sustainable products such as organic foods and specialty apparel typically lack economies of scale, which means companies are compelled to position them in the premium segment for upper-income consumers. The use of organic farming, energy-efficient technologies and fair trade sourcing usually puts a premium price on these products.

Living Cells Grown To Create Solar Technology

(3BL Media/Justmeans) - One of the main drawbacks of solar power generation is that it can be too expensive for people to afford, as in this type of energy the current cost of the raw materials needed to manufacture photovoltaic cells is pricey.

India: The Only Country With Legislated Corporate Social Responsibility

(3BL Media/Justmeans) - Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is seen as a smart way to conduct business, making corporate entities into socially responsible citizens, visibly contributing to the social good. Socially responsible companies do not limit themselves to using their resources to engage in activities that increase only profits.

Taproot Foundation’s Global Pro Bono Summit Engages Executives In Social Change

(3BL Media/Justmeans) - Not-for-profit organisations around the world all are hindered at time by the same obstacles, which is often the access to professional services and/or restricted budgets, where money is often too tight to spend it on legal and financial support, or on marketing and communications. This means that not-for-profits are not able to fully exploit their potential, or at times achieve the aims they have set.

Deloitte Study Says Strong Sense of Purpose Leads to Sustained Business Success

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Deloitte LLP has released its third annual “Core Beliefs & Culture” Survey that highlights a key connection between a strong sense of purpose and business confidence, profit and investment. The survey findings show that companies that are driven by a strong sense of purpose are more confident in growth prospects, while others focus on short term monetary goals.

P&G Commits to ‘No Deforestation’ in its Palm Oil Supply Chain by 2020

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Procter & Gamble Co. announced its commitment to source sustainable palm oil for all its products. The company has pledged to work with palm oil suppliers and farmers in Indonesia to ensure that rainforests that are home to endangered species are not destroyed. P&G will require its suppliers to submit plans that spell out the steps they will take to ensure no deforestation in the supply chain for their mills by 2020.

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