Measuring the social value of corporate sponsorship

25 06 2012

The corporate sponsorship of the London Olympics has certainly not been without its critics. Amongst the sponsors, Coca-Cola, McDonalds and Cadbury in particular have been criticised for promoting high-sugar, high-caloric brands that seem far removed from the slim, trim world of professional athletics. However, Coca-Cola has fought back by teaming up with the think tank […]

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Sommet de la Terre à  Rio : L’Afrique veut parler d’une seule voix

20 06 2012

Au Brésil, le Sommet de la Terre de Rio sur le développement durable, ou Rio+20, s’ouvre officiellement ce mercredi 20 juin dans la grande ville brésilienne. 193 pays y participent, parmi lesquels une importante représentation africaine. Les négociations conduites sous l’égide de l’ONU ont été laborieuses, mais les délégations sont finalement parvenues à  un compromis. […]

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Rio+20: Coke, Unilever, Other Giants Lead Natural Capital Initiative; Plus a Summit Business News Roundup

18 06 2012

The Coca-Cola Company, Dow Chemical and Duke Energy are among 24 major companies that have agreed to develop a methodology to assign value to the world’s forests, freshwater and marine systems. The Corporate Eco Forum and The Nature Conservancy are leading the Valuing Natural Capital initiative, announced at the United Nations’ Rio+20 Earth Summit. Committed […]

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Corporations pledge sustainability at Rio+20

18 06 2012

People observe the « Burned Tree Park » exhibition at the People´s Summit in Flamengo park in the framework of the Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Microsoft and other firms attending the Rio+20 business forum are falling over each other to prove their corporate responsibility credentials, but critics remain skeptical […]

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Total keeping eye on Myanmar’s opening: CEO

8 06 2012

The head of French oil giant Total said Friday the relaxation of military rule in Myanmar could lead to new projects there but that the company currently had no specific plans. Total’s chairman and chief executive officer Christophe de Margerie was to travel to Myanmar later Friday from the World Gas Conference in the Malaysian […]

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Intel, Xcel Energy, Alcoa Among US Companies Linking Exec Pay to Sustainability

1 06 2012

Intel, Xcel Energy, Alcoa, ING, National Grid, Shell, and Suncor Energy are among the US companies tying executive compensation to sustainability performance, according to a report from The Conference Board. The report, “Linking Executive Compensation to Sustainability Performance,” says shareholders are placing more value on corporate sustainability initiatives, and are becoming increasingly interested in linking […]

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Apple and Foxconn back under fire for working conditions

1 06 2012

Apple and Foxconn are yet to make significant changes to labour practices that see Chinese workers work unpaid and excessive overtime,endure bullying and work in unsafe working conditions, according to not for profit group Students & Scholars Against Corporate Misbehaviour (SACOM). SACOM levelled the accusations in its Sweatshops are good for Apple and Foxconn, but […]

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