3 companies responsible for child lead poisoning

27 02 2012

SHANGHAI – Three companies were responsible for an incident last year in which dozens of children developed lead poisoning, according to a report by the municipal government. In late September, 49 children, mainly between the ages of one and three, were found with elevated blood lead levels. They were among the 1,306 children living in […]

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Mitsubishi Motors discloses plans for electric, hybrid cars

27 02 2012

Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (Mitsubishi Motors), a major Japanese automaker, has announced its future plans for the development of electric vehicles (EV) and hybrid vehicles to address the ever-growing concern of the massive carbon footprint left by contemporary vehicles which depend on fossil fuels as energy sources. At a media conference recently, Takayuki Yatabe from the […]

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UK consumers go bananas for Fairtrade

27 02 2012

Sales of fairly traded products have bucked the trend of decline in the UK retail market to grow by 12% in the last year. The value of Fairtrade products sold through shops reached £1.32bn in 2011, compared to £1.17bn in 2010, according to figures from the Fairtrade Foundation, as it launches its annual marketing fortnight […]

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Nike, Adidas, Puma and rest in pursuit of ultimate sustainable shoe

25 02 2012

It wasn’t for aesthetics alone that Nike this week introduced a running shoe here with a lacework upper that looks more sandal than trainer.  The dirty secret of shoe manufacturing is that it creates waste. A lot of waste. Some of it harmful to the environment.  Nike, Adidas and others are increasingly developing products and […]

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How Earth-Friendly Is Your Smartphone? AT&T Wants to Know

23 02 2012

How “green” is your smartphone? AT&T’s new program will rate the environmental impact of devices in its portfolio. The Eco-Rating program will launch later this year, and the rating will be noted on the packaging of each AT&T device. In a YouTube video posted Wednesday, Jeff Bradley, senior vice president, devices, of AT&T Mobility says, […]

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Apple plans environmental audits of China suppliers

21 02 2012

Apple has told prominent environmental activists in the U.S. and China that it will soon allow independent environmental reviews of at least two suppliers’ factories in China, the activists said. The reviews come as Apple (AAPL) faces rising criticism about toxic pollution and factory injuries at overseas suppliers’ factories. Environmental examinations would be separate from […]

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Phone firm takes tough stance on ‘conflict minerals’

21 02 2012

Nokia recently raised its voice on the issue of conflict minerals by publishing a policy that spells out its stand. The Finnish phone maker joins other consumer electronics companies in the corporate responsibility of avoiding conflict minerals in their supply chain. “We are concerned about the link between illegal extraction and trade in natural resources, […]

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Investors demand more corporate action on energy efficiency

20 02 2012

A group of nearly 100 leading pension funds, asset managers, banks and other institutional investors have today written to the chief executives of the world’s largest 415 public companies urging them to accelerate efforts to deploy cost-effective emission reduction measures. The letters form part of the Carbon Disclosure Project’s (CDP) Carbon Action initiative, which builds […]

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Apple supplier Foxconn boosts worker wages by 25% after inspections

20 02 2012

Foxconn, one of Apple’s largest China-based contractors, has boosted its workers’ wages by around 25% after been subjected to inspections by a US labour rights group. Foxconn, which is owned by a Taiwanese group, reported that it has boosted wages by a quarter in the wake of Apple instigating inspections by the US Fair Labour […]

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Vainqueurs et vaincus du Mining Indaba 2012

14 02 2012

La quasi totalité du gotha minier mondial était-là  les 6-7-8-9 février 2012. Dans ce Davos minier, difficile d’imaginer que les décideurs réunis au Cap, comme chaque année depuis 18 ans, étaient en guerre. Une guerre économique feutrée. Car au-delà  des politesses et des déclarations, Mining Indaba 2012 aura été un vrai bal de stratèges. Retour […]

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