Jeremy is the managing editor at Corporate Knights Magazine. He previously served as a consultant at the Social Investment Organization. In 2013, he was named a Mining Country fellow by the Institute for Journalism and Natural Resources.

100 shades of green

Introduction and results for the 2014 Global 100 Sustainable MBA ranking.

In a video introduction to its most recent Global MBA Ranking, the Financial Times’ Laurent Ortmans was asked to identify the most conspicuous trend from its findings over the past few years. “Strikingly, the schools from Canada are all dropping,” Ortmans said, pointing to lower Canadian salaries for graduates compared to their U.S. counterparts.

Are Canadian business schools dropping the ball, or are they simply being measured on an outdated series of indicators?

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Evolution of a corporate idealist

Christine Bader reveals challenges and opportunities of embedding sustainability principles into energy industry practices.

When Christine Bader arrived at the Yale School of Management, she had no idea what she wanted to do. All the idealistic New Yorker knew was that the banks and consulting firms hoovering up her classmates were not for her. But when BP chief executive John Browne came to speak at the university in 1998, he had just become the first head of a major energy company to urge action around the realities of climate change. He seemed to be a different kind of oilman that was trying to create a different kind of energy company. Bader was so inspired that she signed up for a summer internship at the company’s headquarters in London, and was then hired full-time for a project developing a natural gas field in Indonesia. The next eight years took her around the world, working on human rights and environmental impact mitigation strategies for BP.

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Heroes & zeroes: vol. 15

Kelloggs pledges to use responsible sources, while Freedom Industries struggles to clean up its mess.

Hero: Kellogg's

Back in 1950s post-war America, the so-called cereal wars raged between companies working to entice customers with prizes and catchy jingles. One particularly outlandish scheme by Quaker, the Klondike Big Inch Land Promotion, even enclosed a land deed for a minuscule portion of Canada’s Yukon Territory in each box of cereal. The landscape has shifted considerably since then, with companies now vying for consumers by demonstrating their resolve to produce the most sustainable cereal on the market.

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Open-source GM crops?

Activist Mark Lynas goes against the grain with his support of GM crops, but not without some caveats.

For many activists, Mark Lynas is nothing short of an apostate. The British author, journalist and environmental activist has transformed over the past decade from ardent genetically modified crop (GM) opponent into one of its highest-profile advocates. Despite authoring several books on the perils of climate change, he remains best known for his outspoken championing of the potential benefits of GM (also known as GMO, genetically modified organism) crop production. For Lynas, the real opportunities lie in developing open-source crops that are used for the betterment of humanity, moving away from the current dominance of the market by large agriculture biotechnology companies like Monsanto.

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Heroes & zeros: vol. 14

Tyson Foods promotes animal well-being, while Alcoa settles with the Department of Justice in a long-running kickback case.

Hero: Tyson Foods

Tyson Foods, the second largest pork processor and marketer in the United States, recently issued new animal treatment guidelines to its pork suppliers regarding the treatment of pigs. In a letter sent to hog farmers in January, the company encouraged pork producers to phase out the use of manual blunt force as a method of euthanizing sick and injured piglets. It also asked suppliers to implement more humane gestation crates for pregnant sows, and committed to increasing third-party audits in 2014. A further recommendation was made for farmers to begin installing video cameras at their facilities. “These steps are being taken as part of our ongoing animal well-being program and reflect input we’ve received from our animal well-being advisory panel, customers, farmers and industry experts,” said Tyson spokesperson Gary Mickelson in a statement.

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