ESG News Review 10 — 16 August 2013

19 08 2013

Toyota was the most praised company last week thanks to initiatives such as the donation of business expertise to non-profits, environmental education and scholarship programs. On the other hand, Ryanair was the most criticized company, after it fired a pilot who expressed safety concerns in a Channel 4 documentary. Sanofi also generated many negative comments […]

ESG News Review 22-28 June 2013

1 07 2013

Microsoft has been praised for expressing its willingness to disclose US government data queries and for launching ad-free Bing search for schools last week, while UBS received negative coverage as its French unit was fined 10m euros for failing to tighten proper controls on money-laundering and tax evasion. This weekly review has been produced using the […]

Energy Aid Founded by IBM and Practical Action Launches to Provide Universal Energy Access

5 12 2011

IBM (NYSE: IBM) and international development charity Practical Action today announce the launch of Energy Aid, a new global charity with a mission to provide sustainable energy for those who have limited or no access for heating, lighting, cooking, communications and mechanical work.Energy Aid recognizes that improved access to energy can be a route out […]

Study Grades Companies’ Political Transparency: Berkshire Hathaway, Disney Rank Lowest

2 11 2011

A new study conducted by the non-profit, non-partisan Center for Political Accountability with the Zicklin Center at University of Pennsylvania examines how major businesses spend money to influence politics. The study identified a total of 29 indicators to gauge disclosure, policies, compliance and oversight of all of the top S&P 100 companies in order to assess companies on […]

IBM faces EU antitrust complaint over ‘tying’ claims

24 03 2010

Antitrust problems for IBM mounted yesterday when a fresh complaint about its business practices was filed with Europe’s top competition regulator. The new complaint comes from TurboHercules, a French company, which is accusing the US group of refusing to allow customers to run IBM’s mainframe operating systems on anything other than IBM mainframe hardware, an […]

IBM makes Earth-friendly plastic from plants

9 03 2010

IBM researchers on Tuesday said they have discovered a way to make Earth-friendly plastic from plants that could replace petroleum-based products tough on the environment. The breakthrough promises biodegradable plastics made in a way that saves on energy, according to Chandrasekhar “Spike” Narayan, a manager of science and technology at IBM’s Almaden Research Center in […]

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 […]

Greenpeace criticizes IT industry for being climate slackers

29 05 2009

IBM, Sun and Dell are the leaders, while Sony, Sharp and Toshiba are the losers in a ranking by the environmental group — but everybody fails the test. The environmental group Greenpeace criticizes the IT industry, calling its leadership in tackling climate change “inadequate”. In a “Greenpeace Cool IT Challenge” the group ranks a number […]

IBM Upping the Ante in Water Management

16 03 2009

Computing giant IBM is looking into business possibilities for selling equipment and technology to manage fresh water supplies. IBM announced its plans March 16 at the World Water Forum in Istanbul, Turkey. Among other things, the company will help conserve water by using its high-end computers to analyze data gathered by sensors in the water. […]

Behind IBM’s Quest for a ‘Smarter Planet’

4 01 2009

Over the past few weeks, a series of fascinating full-page ads from IBM Corp. got the better of me. The company launched a series of “Smarter Planet” ads in November, running Mondays in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and other publications. They portrayed an image of IBM as a purveyor of solutions to […]