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RBSNY Will Dig into CSR Potential & Purpose

(3BL Media/Justmeans) — Coming up on March 27-28 in New York is the 5th annual Responsible Business Summit produced by Ethical Corporation. This event will feature over 250 attendees with some of the world’s biggest names in CSR and sustainability. This year’s Summit is aimed to help businesses uncover the potential for CSR to drive profit, and shape strategy with empirical justification. To quote Willy Foote, CEO of Root Capital, “The Responsible Business Summit NY, is a powerful opportunity to advance the shared value conversation and, ultimately, contribute to a more sustainable and prosperous future.”

This is an opportunity for businesses of all stripes to find alignment between their core vision and those of others in the growing responsible business community.
Attendees will have the opportunity to network with and hear from leaders of organizations including: Google, PepsiCo, The New York Time, General Motors, Oracle, Wall Street Journal, Intel, Steelcase, and dozens more. You can see the complete list here.

Keynote topics will include:

  • Being a responsible business – what’s not to get?!
  • Climate change policy
  • How Investors and Companies can work together to achieve sustainable long-term growth
  • The Responsible Sourcing Journey
  • How to reshape business to deliver on Sustainable Development Goals
  • Implementing the CEOs vision into practice
  • Aligning Business Strategy Around Social Purpose
  • Creating a business of purpose
  • Leverage global brand presence to resonate purpose in local markets
  • The future for conflict-free supply chains

Three extended interactive workshops will be featured, on Supply Chain Transparency and Traceability, Human Rights, and Storytelling in Reporting.

GM and U.S. Navy Work On Hydrogen Fuel Cell Powered Undersea Unmanned Vehicles

(3BL/JustMeans) Why on earth would the car company, General Motors, and the U.S. Navy team up? The answer is simple. GM and the Office of Naval Research (ONR) and the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) are working together to incorporate automotive hydrogen fuel cell systems into the Navy’s unmanned undersea vehicles (UUVs). 

MillerCoors Cuts Brewery Waste Down to Zero

(3BL Media/Justmeans) - There are a number of strands in the sustainability story: different approaches, if you will, towards achieving a more sustainable economy. Among these are energy conservation, increased use of renewables, water conservation, and switching to more sustainable materials, such as those that can be grown rather than mined, fracked or drilled. Another is the movement towards zero waste.

When a company reduces the amount of material they send to a landfill, they save money on hauling, disposal and tipping fees. For many, that’s enough to get their interest. But other benefits accrue. For them, it’s increased material recovery which leads to less reliance on raw materials. A company that wastes less is a more efficient company.  But the benefits extend beyond the edges of the company’s balance sheet in the form of better use of public lands, and reduced methane emissions, among other things. Nature, perhaps the wisest teacher in this world, does not have waste. Anything that isn’t used by one system is used as an input to another. We can learn something from that, and clearly some companies have.

MillerCoors just announced today that with their Fort Worth brewery now achieving zero landfill status, all of their major breweries are now landfill-free. Says CEO Gavin Hattersley, “We are committed to finding innovative ways to build on our heritage of brewing high-quality beer sustainably. It is one of our driving priorities in creating America’s best beer company.”

Hattersley acknowledged that this was a team effort and that no “one department, one brewery or one employee,” was solely responsible.

12 Major Companies Sign Pact to Purchase More Renewable Power

(3BL Media/Justmeans) - Most businesses will tell you that their reason-to-be is to meet their customers’ needs. So when a group of major corporations that use a great deal of energy get together to sign a pact asking their utilities to provide more renewable energy, one would expect utilities to take notice.

That is the rationale behind the Renewable Energy Buyers’ Principles, which focuses on buyers’ unmet demand for more renewable energy. The principles were jointly created by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and the World Resource Institute (WRI) to help companies navigate the” increasing complexity and transaction costs” associated with large scale purchases of renewable power.

The twelve companies that signed the agreement are Bloomberg, Facebook, General Motors, Hewlett-Packard, Intel, Johnson & Johnson, Mars, Novelis, Procter and Gamble, REI, Sprint, and Walmart. All of these companies are driving towards carbon neutral operation.

It might be the cart leading the horse, but as Suzanne Apple of WWF says, “These companies are leading the market in creating demand for renewable energy. The Buyers’ Principles provide sound guidance to the market providers. Some of America’s largest companies are embracing renewable energy, and their collective demand requires the market to keep pace.”

The agreement includes a combined renewable energy target of 8.4 million megawatt hours (MWh) per year through 2020. The Buyers’ Principles contain six criteria that should significantly help companies meet these ambitious purchasing goals. These are:

  • Greater choice in procurement options,
  • More access to cost competitive options,
  • Longer- and variable-term contracts,
  • Access to new projects that reduce emissions beyond business as usual,
  • Streamlined third-party financing,
  • Increased purchasing options with utilities.

Bye-Bye Brownfield: General Motors Gives Students Hands-on Sustainability Experience

An innovative program transforms a brownfield into a wildlife habitat, giving students real-world experience as environmental stewards

Survey Reveals Top Corporate Supporters of Black Science and Engineering Education

A survey published by US Black Engineer & Information Technology magazine lists the corporations and government organizations that are most supportive of America's historically Black engineering schools.

Michigan Science Center to Reopen with Big Corporate Donations

The Detroit Science Center, which closed over a year ago amidst financial troubles that have been endemic across the Motor City, is getting a new lease on life with the support of several car companies.

GM Touts Virtues of 2014 Spark Electric Vehicle

General Motors has announced that its 2014 Chevrolet Spark EV (short for Electric Vehicle) will offer "industry-leading EV power, outstanding driving range, and exceptional fast-charge capability." The Spark EV is due to arrive in California car dealerships next summer.

GM Leads Auto Industry in Manufacturing Sustainability

Environmental criticism of the automobile industry has historically focused on vehicle emissions, but automakers' manufacturing facilities have significant environmental impacts as well.

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