Posted October 24, 2014
Singapore Stock Exchange (SGX) moves to make sustainability reporting mandatory for listed companies.
All 700+ companies listed on the SGX will soon be required to produce an annual sustainability report, according to the SGX chief executive Magnus Bocker. He made the announcement at last Friday’s International Singapore Compact CSR Summit, letting attendees know that sustainability reporting will no longer be relegated to “nice to have” territory.Continue Reading...
100 shades of green
Posted October 8, 2014
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Are Canadian business schools dropping the ball, or are they simply being measured on an outdated series of indicators?Continue Reading...
Evolution of a corporate idealist
Posted October 7, 2014
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.Continue Reading...
Heroes & zeroes: vol. 15
Posted October 4, 2014
Kelloggs pledges to use responsible sources, while Freedom Industries struggles to clean up its mess.
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.Continue Reading...
Open-source GM crops?
Posted August 27, 2014
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.Continue Reading...