(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Ideagen has published its latest annual Power 100 List, highlighting the 100 individuals and organisations leading the way towards ‘
(3BL Media/JustMeans) Water is not something that should ever be wasted. Just ask Californians who are suffering through their fifth year of drought. General Motors clearly understands that water conservation is essential as the company’s Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly plant, where the Chevrolet Volt is manufactured, now has a a rainwater capture system.
(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Volunteers, organizations and companies that help create cleaner and greener spaces across the U.S. have a chance to get their work acknowledged by Keep America Beautiful. The organization is accepting applications for its National Awards, with some categories exclusively open to KBA affiliates.
(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Many companies find it difficult to operationalize sustainability goals, even when they truly care for the environment and the communities, and are committed to making an impact. One of the reasons is that not enough companies have yet figured out how to link their employees’ values and support for sustainability with the employees’ daily work and the company’s operations.
(3BL Media/Justmeans) - Since 2014, Protiviti, a Chicago-based consulting company, has tapped its employee and client base to help feed the hungry through a project called i on Hunger. One in seven people go hungry every day (around 800 million people in the world), which makes no sense in a world with a surplus of food.
(3BL Media/Justmeans) – The last goal in the list of 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals for 2030 refers to creating “Partnerships for Sustainable Development.” This 17th goal is meant to help in the achievement of the other 16 goals. Therefore, for a company committed to aligning its business strategy with the SDGs must recognize the value of this most essential 17th goal.
(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Library and information services contribute to sustainable development by helping to ensure free access to information. Library services bridge the digital divide by helping people improve educational and social skills, which are critical for active participation in a democratic society and the preservation of universal civil rights.
(3BL Media/Justmeans) - A recent story in the New York Times drew attention to some of the challenges to be faced in making big societal changes, such as overhauling a nation’s entire energy system that had run, relatively undisturbed for close to a hundred years.
It told the tale of the less-than-seamless transformation by NRG Energy, framing it as a cautionary tale with echoes of Icarus, who got a little too close to the sun, only to plunge to his demise with the melting of his waxen wings. The company was a traditional electric utility, a big one, producing massive amounts of power, from traditional sources including, coal, natural gas and nuclear. In 2014, they were the fourth largest emitters of carbon dioxide among the nation’s power companies.
This was a difficult time, with shifting tectonics undermining any sense of stability. The ugly head of climate change had been reared long enough and high enough that it had become impossible for all but fools to deny. Investment money for cleaner sources of power began to flow, sending solar and wind costs plummeting. Fossil fuel giants, seeking to fend off the perceived renewable threat, conducted a successful counter-attack in the form of fracking. They succeeded beyond their wildest dreams. The US become the world largest oil and gas producer, literally overnight.
What followed was the equivalent of several ocean-going supertankers finding themselves on a collision course, with not enough time to turn around. David Crane was CEO of NRG from 2003 until suddenly he wasn’t at the end of last year. Crane had seen what climate change was going to mean to his industry. Then he proceeded to do all the right things, or at least what would be considered the right things in a rational world. He made substantial long term investments in renewable power sources such as wind and solar. In doing so, he became recognized as a leader in the growing CSR movement, and a hero to many on the green side of things. But as Crane says in a blog at Greenbiz entitled, “If I was right, why was I fired?” He was trying to transform the company from brown-to-green, but investors didn’t like it.
(3BL Media/Just Means) - “Make PrEP famous!”. This is the last line in this FSG report on the 2016 Aids Conference, which took place in Durban, South Africa between 18 and 22 July.
I couldn’t agree more.
(3BL Media/Justmeans) – The traditional notion that profit and social impact do not go hand in hand is now nothing more than a fossilized relic of the past. A growing number of companies are now taking on society’s biggest problems – and making money doing so. Creating social impact is no longer a reputation-building exercise for these companies, but a part of their core business strategy.