ESG News Review 11 – 17 October 2014

20 10 2014

Procter & Gamble was among the most praised companies last week as it announced its plans to cut the water used in manufacturing by 20 percent in the next six years as part of an expansion of its sustainability goals. Iberdrola said it was included in the 2014 editions of the Climate Performance Leadership and Climate […]

ESG News Review 29 March – 4 April 2014

7 04 2014

Facebook was among the most praised companies last week as it has made significant progress in adopting renewable energy sources to power its web services, according to a report published by Greenpeace which also salutes Google and Apple. Volkswagen plans to make plug-in hybrids cars in China, according to Reuters; in Spain, VW renewed its […]

ESG News Review 11 — 17 January 2014

20 01 2014

Alstom appeared among the most praised companies last week, as it announced it would cease engaging sales consultants to ensure it “conducts business in a responsible way and strives to achieve the highest ethical standards”. Alstom is also calling for a target of more than 30% of renewable energy sourced in Europe by 2030. Hewlett-Packard […]

Le géant du textile H&M à  la conquàªte de l’Afrique

17 01 2014

C’est un pas de plus vers la conquàªte du marché africain qui a été faite par le géant suédois du textile H&M. Le patron de la société Hennes and Mauritz a expliqué dans un entretien pour un quotidien suédois que l’Afrique, et notamment l’Afrique subsaharienne, avait un potentiel « énorme » notamment dans le secteur de la […]

ESG News Review 19 — 25 October 2013

28 10 2013

Volkswagen was among the most praised companies last week, as workers voted in favor of a collective agreement in Navarra (Spain), while its Swedish truck-maker affiliate announced more orders for its engines that meet tighter European emissions regulation. Volkswagen India received a Certificate of Appreciation on “Promoting Water Use Efficiency in Urban Sector to Address […]

When a CEO Turns Activist: Why H&M Wants Bangladesh to Increase Workers’ Wages

28 09 2012

Although it is not usual for Prime Ministers to make time in their busy schedules to meet activists, Sheik Hasina of Bangladesh made an exception to the rule and met a human rights activist from Sweden on a recent Monday evening. And that is not the only thing that makes this story extraordinary. The activist, […]

L’eau, un risque émergent pour les entreprises

12 03 2012

Plusieurs grandes entreprises, dont Shell, seront présentes au Forum mondial de l’eau, qui se déroule à  Marseille du 12 au 17 mars. Une présence qui pourrait déclencher quelques controverses concernant les impacts des entreprises sur la ressource en eau. Certaines d’entre elles tentent cependant d’appréhender ce nouveau risque. « Le management du risque-eau par les […]

Bangladesh increases garment workers’ minimum wage

27 07 2010

Bangladesh will almost double the minimum wage for its garment workers, a wage board official says, following months of violent protests over pay. It will rise from 1,662 taka ($25; £16) per month to 3,000 taka. The labour ministry is to formally announce the deal on Thursday. Workers wanted the rate, last raised in 2006, […]

Former Laggard Wal-Mart Turns into Ethical Leader – Covalence Retail Industry Report 2008

11 12 2008

Laggards of the past often turn into leaders of the present. The case of Wal-Mart perfectly illustrates this paradoxical tendency, states a report published today by Geneva-based ethical reputation research firm Covalence — Covalence Retail Industry Report 2008. A year ago Wal-Mart was still last in Covalence EthicalQuote ranking calculated for 27 companies in the […]

Old Habits Die Hard: Banning Child Labor Practices in the Uzbek Cotton Sector

27 11 2008

The issue of child labor strikes an emotional chord with a vast majority of consumers. When the BBC released a segment detailing the ongoing horrors of child labor in Uzbekistan’s cotton industry in October 2007, massive public attention was drawn to the world’s third largest exporter of cotton and its unsettling child rights abuses. The […]