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Hong Kong as Dirtiest Financial Center Is Tsang’s Legacy

Hong Kong as Dirtiest Financial Center Is Tsang’s Legacy | #CSR & Sustainable #Retail Bulletin | Scoop.it
Harboring an unlicensed duck in Hong Kong can land a fine of HK$50,000 ($6,440) after the world’s first human deaths from bird flu were recorded in the city 15 years ago. That’s 50 times the penalty for driving a vehicle belching smoky fumes.
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Will 40% of London businesses have employees sleeping in the office during the Olympics?

Will 40% of London businesses have employees sleeping in the office during the Olympics? | #CSR & Sustainable #Retail Bulletin | Scoop.it
Press Release via NeonDrum - Will your employees be sleeping in the office during #London2012 http://t.co/i9OUuyoO #sustainability #enviro...
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Sustainia on the Look-out for Top 100 Sustainable Solutions

Sustainia on the Look-out for Top 100 Sustainable Solutions | #CSR & Sustainable #Retail Bulletin | Scoop.it
(Copenhagen) – The Schwarzenegger-backed Sustainia project is gathering 100 solutions for a sustainable tomorrow. Titled Sustainia100, the solutions will be delivered to decision-makers during Rio+20 to inspire discussions.
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Struggling towns to host National Markets Day this summer - Telegraph

Struggling towns to host National Markets Day this summer - Telegraph | #CSR & Sustainable #Retail Bulletin | Scoop.it
British towns will host a National Markets Day this summer where people can hire stalls for £10 and town centre parking charges could also be slashed under plans to revitalise struggling high streets, the Government has said.
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Disney Publishes Targets To Track Citizenship Performance – Press Releases on CSRwire.com

Disney Publishes Targets To Track Citizenship Performance – Press Releases on CSRwire.com | #CSR & Sustainable #Retail Bulletin | Scoop.it

Disney today published a series of time-bound, measurable targets to track its citizenship performance.The targets, available online at http://www.disney.com/citizenship cover all aspects of citizenship within Disney...

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Game over: the changing face of games retail

Game over: the changing face of games retail | #CSR & Sustainable #Retail Bulletin | Scoop.it
Keza MacDonald hopes the demise of Game Group might herald the return to the high street of small enthusiast shops...
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McDonald's Now Using Goats to Exploit Children

McDonald's Now Using Goats to Exploit Children | #CSR & Sustainable #Retail Bulletin | Scoop.it
To call McDonald’s latest advertising campaign aimed at children cynical doesn’t give enough credit to the fast food giant and its ad agency, Leo Burnett.
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Sarah Zaidi's curator insight, March 5, 8:33 PM

this was an adventure from start to finish. the understanding in the commercial is that the goat needs to eat and doesn't know that it needs good food for it. but it does imply that McDonalds sells healthy food. the problem here is that the commercial says eat healthy but the images on the screen don't match the message. for instance Mcdonalds sells salads so they could have had the goat eating salad. as well it took me a second watch though to realize that the words that are used in the commercial are not addressed for children the images are very obviously trying to get kids to eat McDonald but the words are more for adults saying to eat a balanced diet and I think that messed up the message.  I think Mcdonalds should be held account able for intentionally trying to get kids to eat unhealthy food by confusing them

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Consumers Don’t Trust Green Product Claims, Survey Says · Environmental Management & Energy News · Environmental Leader

Consumers Don’t Trust Green Product Claims, Survey Says · Environmental Management & Energy News · Environmental Leader | #CSR & Sustainable #Retail Bulletin | Scoop.it
Eight in ten Americans don't believe companies are addressing all of their environmental impacts, and only 44 percent trust companies' green claims, according to research by Cone Communications. This skepticism may affect sales.
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Sarah Zaidi's curator insight, March 5, 5:07 PM

 

 

When  I read this I was surprised that  people don't actually believe companies are trying go green. I found it surprising because i thought that most people buy stuff that is labeled "green" because they really believed in the company trying to do good thing for the environment. I think this needs some further research because I now have question about why people would buy a green labeled brand if they didn't really believe that it was environmentally friendly because in my experience buying environmentally friendly products are usually a little more expensive.  the article didn't specify if these items were "brand name" items. for example buying a Tesla Car is a brand name and I would understand buying it for the name but for things maybe like household cleaners I, not sure people feel the same way about name brands in house hold products as they do in expensive investments. I also find it shocking that people are willing to boycott a company but still buy the products, it almost makes me question the validity of the surveys done. and maybe there should have been a comments section on the survey to explain the rational. I don't really know where I sit on this but I do know that this is interesting to keep in mind for marketing green products and maybe something to research further.  

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Corporate Social Responsibility is a Joke to Reebok

Corporate Social Responsibility is a Joke to Reebok | #CSR & Sustainable #Retail Bulletin | Scoop.it
In light of Reebok’s recent sexist ad campaign advocating for infidelity, I thought it would be interesting to see what other enlightened messages Reebok’s visionary spin doctors are serving up.
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Sarah Zaidi's curator insight, March 5, 5:21 PM

 

 

When I first read this article I couldn't figure out what Reebok had done to cause such a headline. But I looked at the add they ran about cheating on your girlfriend rather than the work out and I feel like they were making a joke rather then meaning it seriously. at the same time though I understand that this probably isn't an appropriate joke for a company and if they were this dedicated to making the joke I can think of several different ways that this could have been executed more tactfully. At the same time I don't think the response of calling them selves creative and visionary and the "don't see the world the same" is a good way to back themselves up on the fact they might have messed up.  Perhaps an apology would have been better or maybe a section of the profit could go to a women's shelter or something to show that Reebok isn't heartless. I think the worst part about this ad is the thought it probably had to be approved by a few other people and no one stopped to think maybe not. Maybe they did but weren't in a position to disagree with the designer I think maybe running ads though an outside source first might have stopped this ad from ruining the Reebok name.  

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The logistics of greener supply chains

The logistics of greener supply chains | #CSR & Sustainable #Retail Bulletin | Scoop.it
A new study from Taiwan's Chang Jung Christian University explores what manufacturers, distributors and retailers concerned about their supply chains can do to promote greener logistics.
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Sarah Zaidi's curator insight, March 5, 8:44 PM

so I thought most of this was common sense. like for example it talks about green practices being adopted by companies that receive support for adopting the green practice. I'm not sure what they thought this was going to tell them the only thing I found surprising was that they felt customers were too far down the supply chain to have an impact and they are too far removed from the manufacturing practice.  Nike in the 90's got a lot of bad PR for having poor manufacturing conditions for its product so I think the customer has more of a say than this article is leading us to believe however based on a previous article about people buying green products anyway I am not really sure about the customers and I think there needs to be more research done on them where they get to voice their options as well as maybe monitoring their purchasing habits to make sure that what they say is what they are doing. although making a greener supply chain is a really good step forward to having a more sustainable system condition and waste free society. 

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After carbon and water, the drive is on to reduce the world's plastic footprint

After carbon and water, the drive is on to reduce the world's plastic footprint | #CSR & Sustainable #Retail Bulletin | Scoop.it
The Plastic Disclosure Project encourages companies to reduce how much plastic they use and lower their environmental impact...
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Sarah Zaidi's curator insight, March 5, 7:24 PM

I like this idea a lot and I hope that it takes off. By making companies look at what they are doing it causes thought. what this project is trying to do is start off small the first step to change is to realize there is a problem and the small manageable step that this project is doing will allow companies to realize how much they are wasting and put in terms that are understandable rather than just numbers. this article gives a great example about reducing plastic as a percentage and explaining how they do that and what it really means. I think its absolute correct in saying that reducing plastic should be easier than reducing carbon emission because  of its "higher consumer touch point" and visibility. like plastic is  something we touch all the time and we throw out so much of it if we can get more companies to want to reuse their old plastic containers (like when you return beer bottles at the liquor store)  it will save so much more plastic and be a really good step towards a waste free society.

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Qantas to Run Flights on Converted Cooking Oil Biofuel Mix · Environmental Management & Energy News · Environmental Leader

Qantas to Run Flights on Converted Cooking Oil Biofuel Mix · Environmental Management & Energy News · Environmental Leader | #CSR & Sustainable #Retail Bulletin | Scoop.it
Qantas said it will operate Australia's first commercial flights powered by a blend of converted cooking oil and conventional jet fuel starting April 13, on a Sydney-Adelaide return service operated by an Airbus A330.
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Sarah Zaidi's curator insight, March 1, 12:30 PM

 

 I agree that the industry needs public and private sector investment for production to reach commercial scale at competitive prices. basically in this article they've created a new solution for jet fuel where they use half cooking (they did not specify what type) and half jet fuel and this should reduce the amount of jet fuel needed to fly places. I think this is a really great idea.
 
I think whats more interesting in this article which is only touched upon is the investment in the bio fuel plant, this plant uses commercial waste to create new fuels to power our lifestyles. this is an interesting concept I'd like to see go further. based on my knowledge of systems conditions it says that we need to stop polluting the earth (in the most general terms)  but what is we were using that pollution in a different way to replace what we have taken from the earth., I wonder what would happen. it might be a thought to test this out in a bio sphere before implementing it into our lives permanently. 
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Coca-Cola Releases Water Stewardship Progress Report – Press Releases on CSRwire.com

Coca-Cola Releases Water Stewardship Progress Report – Press Releases on CSRwire.com | #CSR & Sustainable #Retail Bulletin | Scoop.it

To celebrate World Water Day and the significant strides that Coca-Cola has made in its water stewardship journey, the Company released its fifth annual Global Water Stewardship and Replenish Report today...

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Hong Kong as Dirtiest Financial Center Is Tsang’s Legacy

Hong Kong as Dirtiest Financial Center Is Tsang’s Legacy | #CSR & Sustainable #Retail Bulletin | Scoop.it
Harboring an unlicensed duck in Hong Kong can land a fine of HK$50,000 ($6,440) after the world’s first human deaths from bird flu were recorded in the city 15 years ago. That’s 50 times the penalty for driving a vehicle belching smoky fumes.
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Coca-Cola promises millions of green bottles with £15m ECO Plastics plant

Coca-Cola promises millions of green bottles with £15m ECO Plastics plant | #CSR & Sustainable #Retail Bulletin | Scoop.it
business_green New Lincolnshire factory promises to turn old bottles into new bottles, delivering fully closed loop recycling...
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Sarah Zaidi's curator insight, February 28, 5:32 PM

 


As a huge fan of the Coke brand when I saw this I was really excited that coke, one of the largest brands in the world is taking major steps into becoming more socially responsible. I looked to their website for some more information on what this means to use the plant to create the plastic for the bottles. This is a super move and its going to create a lot of good ideas and opportunities for the future. 
 
I do have some reservations on this particular topic. I am not sure that the long terms effects of this are a good idea. Now I am just speculating here but I couldn't figure out what parts of the plants they were using to create the bottles. I feel that if this was really a good way to go about it the company wouldn't hide the methodology and would let other use it so that this can become a norm in the bottle industry. Are they destroying the plants? and are they replacing them? is what they are doing to the plants stopping them from regrowing each year? I will continue to look into to this for my own satisfaction. 
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Bamboo Rolled Out in UK Toilet Paper | Sustainable Brands

Bamboo Rolled Out in UK Toilet Paper | Sustainable Brands | #CSR & Sustainable #Retail Bulletin | Scoop.it
Kimberly-Clark’s UK-based brand Andrex unveiled a new toilet paper made of 90 percent recycled fiber and 10 percent bamboo.
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Sarah Zaidi's curator insight, March 5, 8:23 PM

I have mixed feelings on this one and I think it might require more research on how its actually works. from my understanding bamboo is a great resource because it grows pretty quickly and it takes less resources (water) than most other trees. However its only using 10% of this material and the other 90 is recycled tissue. I think this will help our systems condition by not using so much tree overall but it will increase the use of this one specific tree and I don't know how I feel about that. maybe there is a way to use something other than trees. 

 

I know that it actually okay but something about using recycled paper on myself for those intimate moment in my bathroom just feels wrong.The perception of recycled tissue is a strong one that makes me almost cringe.  I think this is a great marketing opportunity to change the perception about recycled tissue because I know I am not the only one who feels this way.  

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Apple hit by China Foxconn report

Apple hit by China Foxconn report | #CSR & Sustainable #Retail Bulletin | Scoop.it
Apple says it will work to improve conditions at its manufacturer's plants in China, after an independent probe it requested found "significant issues".
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Arielle Smith's curator insight, February 23, 1:08 AM
It’s interesting to see such a huge brand and influence in the news being criticized for their work environments particularly an issue of this size. Although I recently learned about Foxconn their work practices have made me glad that I don’t have an iphone. It’s funny to examine just how many people have smartphones but this isn’t even a negative environmental aspect, this has to do with the people, Foxconn had employed 1.2 million people as of 2012 and that number has probably only increased. Even though this article is nearing 5 years old the publicity and backlash Foxconn faced as well as the effects it had on investors for their clients (iphone, Hewlett-packard and Microsoft, and more) is still a relevant discussion in CSR. 

This prompted me to find out how the company was doing now, and unfortunately in my findings as recently as 6 months ago there was still multiple reported suicides (https://www.wsj.com/articles/deaths-of-foxconn-employees-highlight-pressures-faced-by-chinas-factory-workers-1471796417) Including a man who had only been employed by the company a month. The bright news though is that they have now automated some of the jobs, meaning employees can do more meaningful tasks. Over 60,000 employees have been replaced by robots (http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-36376966) although the job loss is a negative externality of this event, the payoff in which employees can be paid more and do less monotonous jobs, the same sort of event could potentially happen with Mcdonalds employees who are requesting that minimum wage be raised. 

 While I don’t necessarily agree with automation, I think that something had to be done about the deaths and the treatment of the workers and I think this was the best fix for the long term. Obviously in 3 years and even under media scrutiny they didn’t change, didn’t offer the employees better hours and fairer wages or they wouldn’t seem the death numbers they have. I can’t think of a Canadian company that has seem the death by suicide of two employees in a month, let alone a year. Though I’m sure it’s happened. Foxconn is just an example of how corporations can mistreat employees, and surely an example of a CEO displaying psychopathic tendencies by not caring about rules and regulations or even harbouring any guilts of the death of dozens of employees at his control.
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Mary Portas disappointed by coalition plans to help high streets

Mary Portas disappointed by coalition plans to help high streets | #CSR & Sustainable #Retail Bulletin | Scoop.it
Retail guru welcomes £10m innovation fund but says she wants the government to take more radical action...
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Less than Half of UK Businesses Plan for Climate Change Adaptation, CDP Finds · Environmental Leader

Less than Half of UK Businesses Plan for Climate Change Adaptation, CDP Finds · Environmental Leader | #CSR & Sustainable #Retail Bulletin | Scoop.it
More than 80 percent of U.K. businesses say climate change is a substantial risk to them, citing a range of risk factors including change in precipitation extremes and droughts, change in temperature extremes or induced changes in natural resources.
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Easter-egg makers not doing enough to cut packaging, says MP

Easter-egg makers not doing enough to cut packaging, says MP | #CSR & Sustainable #Retail Bulletin | Scoop.it
Lib Dem Jo Swinson's report praises Nestlé but criticises luxury eggs from Baileys and M&S...
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Announcing the shortlist: 2012 Guardian Sustainable Business Awards

Announcing the shortlist: 2012 Guardian Sustainable Business Awards | #CSR & Sustainable #Retail Bulletin | Scoop.it
The judges have deliberated and we're delighted to announce the shortlist for the 2012 Guardian Sustainable Business Awards...
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Switch off your lights at 8:30pm on Saturday 31 March

Switch off your lights at 8:30pm on Saturday 31 March | #CSR & Sustainable #Retail Bulletin | Scoop.it
WWF’s Earth Hour Our world is Brilliant Switch off your lights at 8:30pm on Saturday 31 March...
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Andrex flushed with new green toilet paper success

Andrex flushed with new green toilet paper success | #CSR & Sustainable #Retail Bulletin | Scoop.it
New Eco range will contain 90 per cent recycled fibre and 10 per cent bamboo...
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UK retailers rise to the Portas challenge | KPMG | UK

UK retailers rise to the Portas challenge | KPMG | UK | #CSR & Sustainable #Retail Bulletin | Scoop.it
The deadline for towns to bid for a share of £1 million to help them boost their local High Street runs out this week...
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Planning laws signal end of road for out-of-town shopping centres

Planning laws signal end of road for out-of-town shopping centres | #CSR & Sustainable #Retail Bulletin | Scoop.it
Broad welcome for revised framework which favours 'sustainable development' and protection of green belt countryside...
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Starbucks Sustainability Report Paints A Mostly Rosy Picture Of Green Progress - Treehugger

Starbucks Sustainability Report Paints A Mostly Rosy Picture Of Green Progress - Treehugger | #CSR & Sustainable #Retail Bulletin | Scoop.it
TreehuggerStarbucks Sustainability Report Paints A Mostly Rosy Picture Of Green ProgressTreehuggerStarbucks has released its 2011 shareholder report, within which are some interesting metrics on their progress towards sustainability goals first...
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Sarah Zaidi's curator insight, March 5, 7:52 PM

I was actually surprised to read about this, I did not realize that Starbucks was one of the top purchases of Fair Trade coffee in the specialty coffee market. It actually makes me want to support Starbucks more than a local coffee shop because it feels like Starbucks is normalizing things like fair trade which is good.  They also do things with the employees like community service and reducing energy consumption. Starbucks has acknowledged that its increased its water consumption but has goals to get the to decrease and I think that is admirable in a company.

 

On the flip side, Starbucks original goal to get people to use reusable tumbler containers was 25% but then dropped it down to 5% and I think that kind of shady. I think its a main focus to reduce waste and to drop the goal that much? I'm not impressed. it feels like they overshot their goals and then instead of making a game plan to reach them they just lowered the the bar for themselves just so they could reach the goal. I think its admirable to have a large goal and even if you don't make it to the goal its okay as long as you tried and you had a game plan to get there. Starbucks let me down a little in that way.