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Corporate Governance

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17 Sep 2012

Honda, Ford spearhead new conflict minerals reporting tool

Managing a web of suppliers isn’t easy. Now companies have an added responsibility: collecting reports from said suppliers on whether they use conflict minerals from war-stricken parts of Africa in their products.


17 Sep 2012

Socially Responsible Investments: How Do They Stack Up?

So socially responsible investment sounds like a great way to save the world, but that’s not everyone’s goal. You’re an investor, not a philanthropist. So, you might ask how so-called “responsible” stocks or funds compare to the broader market. Let’s take a look.

The headquarters of food giant Nestle is pictured in Vevey August 8, 2012. The company is due to announce their half-year results on August 9.Credit: REUTERS

14 Sep 2012

Nestle Nespresso Hits 75% Capsule Recycling Goal

Nestle Nespresso, maker of portioned coffee, surpassed its 75 percent capsule recycling capacity goal one year ahead of schedule.

A man passes automated teller machines at a Barclays bank branch in London August 30, 2012. Barclays named retail banker Antony Jenkins as chief executive on Thursday, signalling a shift of emphasis from investment banking after the interest rate-setting scandal that brought down his American predecessor Bob Diamond.Credit: REUTERS

14 Sep 2012

Barclays tells staff bonuses to be linked to ‘way we do business’

Chief executive Antony Jenkins tells staff of a ‘refreshed set of values’ at Barclays after the Libor rate-rigging scandal

Activists stand on a banner of a giant 1 trillion dollar bill representing the amount in taxpayer dollars spent yearly by governments on fossil fuel subsidies, in Los Cabos June 18, 2012. Global campaigning organizations Organization Avaaz and unfurled a banner calling on G20 leaders to deliver a new plan to save the planet by shifting nearly $1 trillion spent each year on fossil subsidies to renewable energy and sustainable development, according to a news release.Credit: REUTERS

13 Sep 2012

Trillion-dollar nature needs boardroom seat, says U.N. economist

Scientists have long said that the planet’s resources are being used up faster than they can recover. The International Union for Conservation of Nature says about 40 percent of amphibians, a third of reef-building corals, a quarter of mammals and 13 percent of birds are threatened with extinction.

Businesspeople Examining Paperwork - Image by © Rob Melnychuk/Corbis

13 Sep 2012

Italy to cut environmental red tape for companies

Italy will this week pass a decree to drastically cut the bureaucratic steps required by companies to assess their environmental impact, saving businesses some 1.2 billion euros ($1.55 billion) a year.

REUTERS/Carlos Barria

13 Sep 2012

Practicing social responsibility without the CSR label

SMEs face many barriers in adopting sustainable business practices but with a little creativity, collaboration and help from government, things could change

A Natural Gas flame rises at Yuganskneftegaz oil processing facility, the core unit of oil company YUKOS at Mamontovskoye oilfield outside the Siberian town of Nefteyugansk; Credit: Reuters.

13 Sep 2012

World Economic Forum Energy for Society Initiative highlights best practices

The Energy for Society Initiative launch is an engagement of the World Economic Forum’s Energy Industry Community. The initiative is supported by a new online platform with 24 case studies that demonstrate corporate best practices.

A Microsoft Office logo is shown on display at a Microsoft retail store in San Diego January 18, 2012. Microsoft Corp's fiscal second-quarter profit fell very slightly as lagging computer sales to cash-strapped consumers in the United States and Europe hurt its core Windows business. Picture taken January 18, 2012.Credit: REUTERS

12 Sep 2012

Climate group sees progress in U.S. board rooms

Companies that ranked highly for their climate disclosures in the CDP’s index were Microsoft Corp, United Parcel Service, Hess Corp, Pepco Holdings and Sempra Energy Utilities.

Pedestrians walk along a footpath in front of a massive chimney billowing smoke for a coal-burning power station in central Beijing January 12, 2012. China, with 1.34 billion people, is the world's biggest emitter of greenhouse gases which totals around a quarter of the world's CO2. This is more than the United States, historically the world's top emitter. A recent study from U.S. researchers states that China could peak in emissions by 2030 or earlier, with Chinese demand for appliances, buildings and much industry reaching "saturation" around then. Beijing has resisted officially spelling out when its emissions could peak saying they should be allowed to grow out of poverty while rich nations lead the way in cutting carbon.Credit: REUTERS

12 Sep 2012

Carbon disclosure – more room for improvement

With the majority of sectors displaying a less than 50% level of disclosure even certain sectors that one would expect to see relatively high disclosure levels appear to be lagging behind.

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