ESG News Review 27 September – 3 October 2014

6 10 2014

Ford was among the most praised companies last week as it announced the creation of 1000 jobs at its plant in Oakville, Canada. Samsung Renewable Energy and Pattern Energy Group said they have signed a 20-year power purchase agreement with the Ontario Power Authority for the 100 megawatt Belle River Wind project in Ontario, Canada. […]

ESG News Review 14 — 20 June 2014

23 06 2014

Walmart was among the most praised companies last week as it announced it will triple its spending on food safety in China to 300 million yuan; in addition, the company has been named in a Ceres report showing how firms also including Coca-Cola, General Mills, and Unilever have taken steps to work with suppliers on […]

CEO says guns not welcome at Starbucks

18 09 2013

Starbucks CEO Howard Schulz has an opinion on many hot topics, including gay marriage, but Schulz has avoided taking sides in the national gun debate, until now. Schulz’s non-stance on the issue was praised by pro-gun activists, who staged a Starbucks ‘Guns and Coffee’ appreciation day in August. The activists’ decision to use Starbucks as […]

Google, Amazon and Starbucks face questions on tax avoidance from MPs

12 11 2012

Google, Amazon and Starbucks will face aggressive and detailed questioning by MPs on Monday over their decision to base their European businesses outside the UK to avoid paying full UK tax. Responding to a growing public anger over corporate tax avoidance and heightened by high-profile government cuts to public services, the public accounts select committee […]

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 […]

Food companies on quest for the next generation of healthy

21 03 2011

For decades, packaged-food companies have been reducing fat and calories in their products. More recently the industry undertook a broad-based effort to eliminate trans fats, and even high-fructose corn syrup. But today, big food is at a crossroads. The companies that introduced products such as Doritos, Miracle Whip, Butterfinger and the venti caramel Frappuccino now […]

Starbucks attempting green PR stunt on unrecycled cups

1 04 2010

Starbucks is sponsoring an open collaboration contest called betacup to engage the public in solving what it sees as a disposable cup problem. Cynics may argue that this is just a marketing ploy by a company trying to put over green credentials when in fact there are plenty of biodegradable cups already on the market. […]

Starbucks, Dell to aid online effort to save rainforest

21 09 2009

Environmental activists are taking to the Internet in a new bid to help save the world’s rainforests with the help of major corporations including Starbucks Corp and Dell Inc. Campaigners plan to announce on Monday the formation of “Team Earth”, a social network that includes businesses, nongovernmental organizations, students and politicians with the hope of […]

Starbucks joins with (RED) in drinks promotion

30 10 2008

Starbucks Corp. is trying to refocus in a tough economy as a company with a conscience, announcing a partnership with Bono’s (RED) label on Wednesday as it attempts to recover from a slowdown in consumer spending. The partnership with (RED), co-founded by the U2 frontman, will donate a portion of the proceeds of selected holiday […]

Something new’s brewing at Starbucks

8 04 2008

Pike Place Roastâ„¢ will be the first coffee to bear the new mark symbolizing Starbucks ongoing commitment to environmental sustainability through an expanded relationship with Conservation International (CI). Coffee bearing the new mark is purchased from C.A.F.E. Practices verified suppliers. C.A.F.E Practices guarantees not only the highest-quality coffee, but the highest-quality, self-imposed standards for promoting […]