Sustainability

Latin America: Requirements for Energy Efficient Products

Oct 31st, 2012 | By
Latin America: Requirements for Energy Efficient Products

Companies manufacturing and selling appliances, equipment and lighting in Latin America face a growing demand from governments and consumers: reduce energy consumption. In a region of about 20 countries, where Spanish is the dominant language and regulatory systems are based on similar legal models, this demand wouldn’t seem to be a significant regulatory problem for
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5 Myths About Dodd-Frank Conflict Minerals

Oct 29th, 2012 | By
5 Myths About Dodd-Frank Conflict Minerals

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) published final rules for Dodd-Frank Conflict Minerals (DFCM) on August 22, 2012. “Conflict minerals” are tantalum tin tungsten gold These metals are used in electronics, jewelry, and many other products. The rules will be effective for 2013 for most affected companies. This SEC rule affects many functions: accounting,
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Why Transparency Matters

Sep 10th, 2012 | By
Why Transparency Matters

We’ve all heard references to transparency and the need for more openness in business conduct.  This article explores two important and independent trend lines associated with business transparency: the cost of acquiring reliable data on business externalities; and the willingness of consumers to pay for this information.  The cost of acquiring data continues to fall,
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Environmental Risk Management: A Critical Driver of Sustainability

Jun 21st, 2012 | By
Environmental Risk Management: A Critical Driver of Sustainability

Environmental risks pose a multi-dimensional threat to business that if ignored could consume an enterprise. The reputational risk alone of that “one-in-a-million chance” or “enterprise ending event” can no longer be ignored—ask BP. But beyond the negative ramifications of environmental risks is the often overlooked opportunity for business success that can result from sustainable business
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Sustainability: Reports Show Greater Acceptance

Jun 19th, 2012 | By
Sustainability: Reports Show Greater Acceptance

The number of corporate sustainability programs grew markedly in 2011 according to Sustainability Nears a Tipping Point, a report released recently by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Sloan Management Review. According to the report, about 70 percent of the nearly 3,000 executives who were surveyed said that sustainability was on their management agenda in
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The Outlook for Energy: A View to 2040

Jun 17th, 2012 | By
The Outlook for Energy: A View to 2040

ExxonMobil’s view of the world’s energy future through the year 2040 was recently published in The Outlook for Energy. According to The Outlook for Energy, the future of energy use and development will vary by region, reflecting diverse economic and demographic trends as well as the evolution of technology and government policies. ExxonMobil predicts that
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A Business Transformation Approach to Sustainability: The Role of Art and Science

Mar 22nd, 2012 | By
A Business Transformation Approach to Sustainability: The Role of Art and Science

According to the Third Annual Sustainability Global Executive Survey, more organizations than ever before are putting sustainability on their business agendas, and businesses recognize the need to do so in order to remain competitive. Many companies that successfully incorporate sustainability principles into their business report increased profits as an outcome. However, the survey also revealed that most companies are struggling to define sustainability in a way that is relevant to their business…



What Is Carbon Capture and Storage?

Feb 19th, 2012 | By
What Is Carbon Capture and Storage?

Stabilization of atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) levels has become widely accepted as necessary in order to limit the long-term warming of global temperatures by 2 to 3°C and thus avoid devastating environmental consequences. Because the use of fossil fuels is expected to continue to increase in the future, new, innovative strategies need to be placed
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VP EHS: Endangered Species or Emerging Hybrid?

Dec 5th, 2011 | By
VP EHS: Endangered Species or Emerging Hybrid?

In this “as good as it gets” economic recovery, companies are intent on growing the top line while minimizing costs. Corporate staffs are shrinking or disappearing entirely, and the traditional EHS role faces internal competition from other groups that are taking on parts of the broader sustainability agenda. In this context, EHS VPs who keep their heads down and do their jobs well may be highly skilled, highly valuable, highly overworked—and highly likely to be headed to extinction. In contrast, entrepreneurial EHS leaders are keeping and expanding their roles by moving beyond their traditional comfort zones . . . .



Sustainable Airports: Boston Logan

Nov 13th, 2011 | By
Sustainable Airports: Boston Logan

Boston’s Logan International Airport, New England’s largest transportation center, serves more than 20 million passengers per year and employs 12,000 people. Despite its size, Boston Logan is one of the nation’s most environmentally advanced transportation hubs.  In 2008, the airport won the Environmental Management Award presented by the Airports Council International–North America (ACI-NA), in large
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