Water shortages and competition for water pose an increasing threat to global security according to a new report prepared by Maplecroft, a firm that specializes in corporate risk intelligence. The Water Security Risk Index described in this article evaluates the water security of 165 countries and can be used by multinational companies to identify potential risks to their operations and global supply chains.
Supply chain risks associated with child labor in the BRIC countries of Brazil, Russia, India and China are increasing according to a new report released by Maplecroft. The report analyzes the most recent events, reports and published raw data to offer a detailed overview of the child labor situation in the BRICs. It will enable business and investors to identify potential supply chain risks and investment risks arising from child labor in the world’s fastest growing economies.
United States Senators Jeff Merkley (D-Oregon) and Mark Pryor (D-Arkansas) introduced a bill on March 4, 2010 that would establish a Building Star program to promote energy efficient installations in commercial, industrial, and multifamily residential buildings. The program is expected to save building owners more than $3 billion on annual energy bills while reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the United States by 21 million metric tons each year.
The 21st Century Corporation: The Ceres Roadmap for Sustainability was published by Ceres in March 2010. The Roadmap describes new standards and expectations of business leadership, one of the four key concepts of Ceres 20-20, the organization’s plan for achieving a sustainable global economy by 2020.