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ESG News Review 4 – 10 October 2014

13 10 2014

The Dow Chemical Company was among the most praised companies last week after it announced the launch of a U.S. Apprenticeship pilot program as part of the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership (AMP), which also involves Alcoa; Alcoa Foundation and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) said that in its first year, their innovative new biodiversity partnership has provided […]


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 […]


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 […]


Business playing key role in drive for gay marriage

22 03 2012

Gay marriage wouldn’t have passed in the Washington state Legislature this year without Gov. Chris Gregoire’s decision to reverse course and push for it. Legislators’ personal pleas to colleagues, as epitomized by Republican Rep. Maureen Walsh’s passionate floor speech about her desire to throw her daughter a wedding someday, also played a major role. The […]


Giants pledge emissions cut

12 12 2009

Unilever and Coca-Cola, two of the world’s biggest companies, have launched a plan to cut greenhouse gas emissions from the $1,000bn global consumer goods industry by changing the behaviour of customers and suppliers. Other multinationals, including PepsiCo, Kimberly Clark and Alcoa, are expected to join the initiative, according to one executive involved. It reflects the […]


Alcoa Knew About Contamination it Caused in Badin Lake in 1997

9 11 2009

The Yadkin Riverkeeper® has announced that an internal document recently discovered indicates that Alcoa knew it had contamination in Badin Lake caused by its old smelting operation near the lake 12 years ago but hid that investigation from the public, indicating a pattern of deceit regarding its environmental record which continues to the present as […]


Mining & Metals suffer on ethics, Alcoa and Rio Tinto dispute leadership – Covalence Mining & Metal Industry Report 2008

24 07 2008

Insisting questioning of local impacts and benefits have made the Mining & Metals industry’s ethical reputation suffer last year, while Alcoa and Rio Tinto continued progressing, indicates a report published today by Geneva-based research firm Covalence — Covalence Mining & Metal Industry Report 2008. It has been a difficult year for the Mining & Metal […]


Réputation des entreprises et réchauffement climatique

12 11 2007

En matière de réchauffement climatique, l’industrie pétrolière est sans surprise la première montrée du doigt. Le produit final et le processus de production sont jugés polluants par un grand nombre d’observateurs. Leader du secteur, l’américain ExxonMobil est la principale cible des critiques. BP et Shell sont également perà§ues comme polluantes (voir le graphe ci-contre). Mais […]


Unilever, Alcoa, HP Top Ethical Reputation Ranking

25 07 2007

Covalence has published its quarterly ethical reputation ranking (PDF), highlighting the best ranked companies as well as those companies which have made the most progress in the second quarter of 2007. Unilever took the top spot by having the best ethical quote score. Alcoa and Hewlett-Packard rounded out the top three. > Continue. Publication: Covalence […]


What Companies are Ethical?

20 07 2007

I just received a press release from Covalence alerting me that the Geneva-based ethical rankings company is « publishing today its quarterly ethical reputation ranking, giving the best ranked companies as well as those companies which have made the most progress in the second quarter of 2007. » As recently as yesterday I wrote about one of […]