All over the world, December 1st was the day to raise awareness of the HIV and those suffering with the consequences of having developed AIDS. In recent years, this date has been carrying a ring of optimism, and this year's observance offered some good news. Recent UNAID statistics have shown that since 2001 the rate of new infections has decreased by 33 percent, thanks to a combined effort of prevention and treatment.
A new web platform, Business in Society, has been launched to provide in-depth discussions on major CSR and sustainability issues. It features John Paluszek, a CSR expert and senior counsel at Ketchum consultancy. Besides leading the interviews, he conceived and executive-produces the program.
(3BL Media/Justmeans) – The LEGO Group has signed a partnership with WWF to help reduce the company’s overall carbon footprint. It has pledged to focus on improving its performance on several environmental fronts, including a collaborative approach with its suppliers to reduce climate impact.
(3BL Media/Justmeans) - Sainsbury’s, one of the U.K.’s leading supermarkets, has recently opened two new “triple zero” stores, where it produces zero carbon emissions from all on site energy used, sends zero waste to landfill and has zero impact on the water usage of the local catchment area because of its water-neutral status.
(3BL Media/Justmeans) - There is something going on in California called CollectiveSun™, a community-driven solar investment platform that works exclusively with not-for-profits to help finance their sustainable solar power projects. CollectiveSun™ has recognised that this “third sector” is one of the most underserved segments in the distribution of solar energy and wanted to change things.
(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Norway, the UK and the US have together committed $280 million to fund a new BioCarbon Fund initiative to protect forest landscapes. With a contribution of $135 million from Norway, $120 million from the UK, and $25 million from the US, the fund will focus on efforts to slow climate change through support of forest landscapes.
A few weeks ago the Philippines was devastated by one of the most severe storms on record, Typhoon Haiyan, which left thousands of people dead and displaced another million. The international community mobilized to send help to the country as it tried to rise from the natural disaster.
Guest blog by Michael Townsend, Founder and CEO of Earthshine Solutions, and author of The Robust Guide to Sustainable Business (forthcoming).