Nestlé Announces Global Plan for Sustainable Coffee

31 08 2010

Nestlé will invest CHF 500 million to address responsible farming, sourcing and consumption across its coffee supply chain. Under the Nescafé Plan, the company intends to double the amount of coffee it buys directly from farmers by 2016, and to reduce the environmental footprint of its coffee producing factories, among a series of objectives. Nestlé […]

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Google Invests $86 Million In Low-Income Housing

30 08 2010

Google is partnering with U.S. Bancorp Community Development Corporation (USBCDC), a division of U.S. Bank; to create an $86 million Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) fund. According to a release issued today, the funding will be used towards the construction and operation of 480 affordable rental housing units for low income families and senior citizens […]

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Wal-Mart asks Supreme Court to reject gender class action

26 08 2010

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has asked the US Supreme Court to “throw out a massive class action lawsuit alleging gender discrimination”. The lawsuit was first filed by six women in federal court in 2001. They allege that female employees are less paid than men for the same job, receive fewer promotions and have to wait longer […]

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Peugeot confirms launch of world’s first diesel hybrid car

25 08 2010

Peugeot announced that its 3008 HYbrid4, the world’s first diesel hybrid car, will be presented next month at Le Mondial de l’Automobile in Paris, and that it will be available in 2011. Many websites relay this announcement, commenting on the technical and environmental characteristics of this vehicle, such as an emission rate of 99 grams […]

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Dell Puts Less Crap In a Box

25 08 2010

Fact: most electronics manufacturers bury their products in excessive amounts of packaging. For proof, look no further than Dell, which managed to eliminate 18.2 million pounds of packaging since 2008 and 8.7 million pounds in the last year alone. So how did they do it? Dell’s reductions are the direct result of focusing on what […]

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Shell not that bad in Niger delta, says UN report

24 08 2010

A UNEP report says that Shell is only responsible for 10% of oil spills in the Niger delta over the last 40 years, “the rest has come from local people illegally stealing oil and sabotaging company pipelines”, reveals The Guardian. The report by the United Nations Environment Programme generated many entries in Covalence EthicalQuote database […]

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NUM downs tools at Exxaro, plans strike at Rio Tinto unit

23 08 2010

JOHANNESBURG (miningweekly.com) — More than 600 workers have downed tools at diversified miner Exxaro’s KwaZulu-Natal Sands (KZN Sands) operation, while more than 1 700 employees at Rio Tinto’s Richards Bay Minerals operation planned to start industrial action later this week. Employees at both companies were protesting over wage increases. The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) […]

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Impala Platinum and Union Reach Deal

23 08 2010

Impala Platinum and South Africa’s National Union of Mine Workers (NUM) found a deal on wages and housing allowances on Saturday, according to a union official. This ends risks of strikes (see Daily Move 16.08.2010). The parties agreed on an 8% wage increase for the lowest categories and a 7.5% increase for the highest categories. […]

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Foxconn prevents suicides and creates jobs

19 08 2010

Foxconn is holding rallies at its factories to improve the satisfaction of its employees. The Taiwanese company, a subsidiary of Hon Hai Precision Industry, announced wage increases and more break times during work to reduce stress and prevent suicides; safety nets have also been installed. This year 12 Foxconn employees have committed suicide so far. […]

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Companies return to the long-neglected social side of corporate sustainability

19 08 2010

67% of corporate sustainability professionals who responded to an Ethical Corporation survey said their company “measures social and/or economic impact of their business on the communities where they operate”. This positive response astounded the 100 corporate sustainability professionals who turned up in London for a debate where Ethical Corporation shared its preliminary results for an […]

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