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The latest Green Rankings from Newsweek are out today, and while there aren’t any show-stopping changes from last year, at least at the top of the list, this year’s rankings represent the first meaningful, apples-to-apples comparison of company performance in the rankings’ four-year history.
Perhaps it’s seasonal, but the past few weeks have seen a gusher of studies, surveys, analyses, and reports from a wide range of organizations, including three of the Big 4 accounting firms. I’ve perused the latest crop and summarized six of them below.
Corporate social responsibility is entering its third decade as a mainstream business movement, at least as measured by the history of BSR, the organization formed in 1992 as Business for Social Responsibility, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary. It's a good time to take stock — of the organization, the movement, and the trends shaping its future.
Facebook today revealed for the first time information about its carbon footprint, citing the "power of openness." The data, covering the energy use for its data centers and global offices, reflects both the company's efforts to reduce energy use and increase renewable energy consumption, as well as the challenges it faces to steadily improve those efforts.
One of the Big 4 accounting firms has been noodling the idea that we can create an economic model "that allows 9-10 billion people to live in harmony with nature and in well-being." One might reasonably conclude that they've been sniffing a little too much red ink.
My five-day visit to Rio+20 was a nonstop affair, a morning-til-wee-hours parade of meetings, meals, speaking, and more meetings. (Oh, and some drinking and dancing.) Along the way, I caught up with a dozen or so business and NGO executives for some quick, 3-minute video interviews to learn why they attended, what they were learning, and what they saw as the opportunity for business coming out of Rio+20.