Can McDonald’s lead in green?

30 04 2012

McDonald’s Corp. (NYSE: MCD) is finally sowing deeper green roots. The Oak Brook, Ill-based company over the last several years has launched a wide variety of environmental policies and programs; everything from reusing air conditioning condensation to water company plants to repurposing McDonald’s advertising banners into tote bags. McDonald’s now has key partnerships with environmental […]


Wal-Mart creates anti-bribery post

25 04 2012

Wal-Mart says it’s creating a position to oversee compliance with US anti-corruption law after reports of possible bribery in Mexico. The company said the worldwide post would oversee compliance with the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and would work with regional directors to ensure compliance around the world, Wal-Mart said in a statement on Tuesday. […]


The Man Who Stood Up To Apple

17 04 2012

Apple has recently made changes to its policies of withholding any information about the environmental impact of its factories in China. That’s largely thanks to Ma Jun, who this week won the Goldman environmental prize for his work. As the founder of China’s Institute of Public and Environmental Affairs (IPE), former journalist Ma Jun spearheads […]


Boss of Glencore denies profiting from child labour

16 04 2012

Glencore chief executive Ivan Glasenberg has denied the commodities giant profits from using child labour. A BBC Panorama programme will tonight claim children as young as 10 are working in the Tilwezembe concession in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Glencore owns the concession but stopped running it in 2008. Speaking in his first television interview, […]


Heineken plans to build hospitals in Haiti

10 04 2012

Heineken, the world’s third biggest brewery, is hatching plans to build hospitals and schools in crisis-torn Haiti. The move demonstrates the growing role of the private sector, particularly the consumer goods industry, in taking on public sector roles in poorer countries. Food and drink makers as well as soft commodity traders have been at the […]


General Motors Decides Climate Change Is Real, Pulls Support From Heartland Institute

3 04 2012

After getting called out by an environmental group, General Motors has pulled support from the Heartland Institute, a Chicago-based nonprofit well-known for attacking the science behind global warming and climate change. The automaker told the Heartland Institute last week that it won’t be making further donations, spokesman Greg Martin said. At a speech earlier this […]