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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 […]


Coke, Colgate, DuPont and Others Form Environmental Packaging Lobby Group

9 03 2011

Colgate-Palmolive, Coca-Cola, DuPont, Dow Chemical and Kellogg’s are among the major U.S. corporations that have created a trade organization to represent the packaging industry and coordinate the sector’s environmental efforts. The American Institution for Packaging and the Environment (Ameripen) will advocate on public policy relating to packaging and the environment. It will collaborate with trade […]


Pompton Lakes residents begin suing DuPont over pollution

4 03 2010

More than 350 residents of a Pompton Lakes neighborhood beset with groundwater pollution began suing DuPont and another company Thursday seeking financial damages on claims they have lost property values. The complaints also want DuPont to provide medical monitoring of illnesses the residents say they suffered because of the contamination, and they demand that DuPont […]


Sharing technology to save the planet

1 11 2009

The refrain of a popular children’s song –‘‘the morewe get together the happier we’ll be’’ – may sound like a simplistic formula for solving the complex challenges of climate change and sustainability. But if any area is ripe for collaboration, it’s ‘‘green’’ innovation. ‘‘We all want to save the planet, and the problems are bigger […]


Chemicals Feed Hopes and Fears – Covalence Chemical Industry Report 2007 – Press Release

12 03 2008

Without their products chemical companies would be praised as ethical leaders. Chemical products are a space for complex and emotional debates where it is hard to register reputation gains. Companies rather manage to do so at the levels of working conditions, impact of production and institutional impact, states a report published today by Geneva-based ethical […]


Is Big Business Buying Out the Environmental Movement?

5 06 2007

In the business world these days, it appears that just about everything is for sale. Multi-billion-dollar deals are commonplace, and even venerable institutions such as the Wall Street Journal find themselves put into play. Yet companies are not the only things being acquired. This may turn out to be the year that big business bought […]


Incentive or punishment

3 05 2007

After naming and shaming, and the media and blogs as watchdogs, we are seeing a multiplication of the social responsibility, sustainable development and ethical rankings. The Swiss ethical quotation company Covalence, has just published its first quarter ranking, and the press release can be found here. The winners this quarter for best ethical score are […]