ESG News Review 17 — 23 May 2014

26 05 2014

Dell was among the most praised companies last week, as it announced new sustainability initiatives among which carbon-negative packaging, through a partnership with Newlight Technologies, inventor and manufacturer of AirCarbon. Walmart is collaborating with Kellogg Company to support the livelihoods of rice growers and sustainable rice-growing practices worldwide. Volkswagen has earned the World Environment Center’s […]

ESG News Review 10 — 16 May 2014

19 05 2014

Dell appeared among the most praised companies last week, as several sources including The Guardian’s Sustainability case studies highlighted its objectives for 2020, including waste-free packaging, reducing its operational carbon footprint by 50% and cutting the energy intensity of its product portfolio by 80%. NiSource released its 2013 Sustainability Report, showing the company’s progress across […]

ESG News Review 12 — 18 October 2013

21 10 2013

Dell Inc. was among the most praised companies last week for joining forces with Members of Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) and WEConnect to support women entrepreneurs. Dell Inc. also launched 2020 Legacy of Good Plan initiative for sustainable community development with an environmental focus. McKesson Corporation was praised for its annual Community Day […]

ESG News Review 21 — 27 September 2013

30 09 2013

Dell was the most praised company last week after it received a 2013 Green Power Leadership Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Kohl’s Corporation was awarded a Sustained Excellence in Green Power Award, also from the EPA. The Coca-Cola Company received positive comments as it launched a partnership to deliver safe drinking water […]

Shenzhen wage hike causes supply chain jitters

28 08 2012

Chinese tech hub and boom town Shenzhen is set to increase the minimum wage of workers there by 13.3 per cent in early 2013, causing a few sweaty palms in the technology supply chain. Shenzhen and the wider Pearl River Delta area in southern China is one of the most concentrated technology manufacturing hubs in […]

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 […]

Dell plans pilot program for mushroom-based packaging

7 04 2011

The packaging for your next computer could be grown, not manufactured. Dell has announced it will be the first technology company to ship a product in an organic, mushroom-based packaging material, which covered last year. The biotechnology design uses agricultural waste, like cotton seed, wood fiber and buckwheat hulls, placed in a mould and […]

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 […]

Foxconn Gives Chinese Workers 33 Percent Pay Raise

2 06 2010

Stung by labor shortages and a rash of suicides this year at its massive factories in southern China, Foxconn Technology said Wednesday that it would immediately raise the salaries of many of its Chinese workers by 33 percent. The pay increase is the latest indication that labor costs are rising in China’s coastal manufacturing centers […]

Female managers mentor their male bosses

13 10 2009

The computer company Dell is to roll out a mentoring programme in which male senior executives are mentored by female middle managers. The reverse mentoring programme, which was piloted for six months in the EMEA region last year, aims to give male bosses an insight into the challenges women face in the workplace, helping more […]