Posts Tagged with "CSR"

Mars Steps Up!

Monday, March 10, 2014

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Mars Steps Up!

We have great news—your actions are delivering REAL victories for rainforests. After nearly a year of negotiations, Mars has announced that it will only source palm oil from companies that are not destroying rainforests and carbon-rich peatlands or causing human rights abuses! Even better, Mars has set a deadline that its suppliers must meet to [...]

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Bank of America’s New Corporate Social Responsibility Report Defends Business-as-Usual on Coal

Monday, June 24, 2013

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This morning, Bank of America released its 2012 Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) report, which falls well short of committing to the serious action we need from banks on climate change. Just ahead of the president’s climate speech tomorrow, which is anticipated to set reductions for emissions from existing power plants, it is disappointing to find [...]

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How Cargill is Saving Humanity… and the World

Thursday, August 30, 2012

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How Cargill is Saving Humanity… and the World

If you made $5 billion clearing a community’s forest and community food garden, polluted and drained their rivers, but gave them a tree and a bucket of clean water in return, would you feel justified saying you’re building healthy communities, preserving rivers and reducing deforestation? Would you pat yourself on the back? Maybe not, but [...]

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Bank of America’s Greenwash Doesn’t Fly On Twitter

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

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Bank of America’s Greenwash Doesn’t Fly On Twitter

Bank of America released its so-called Corporate Social Responsibility report today. I say “so-called” because it’s still unclear how the bank justifies calling itself “socially responsible” when it is the #1 financier of US coal, the most socially irresponsible form of energy out there. Unfortunately, the report doesn’t offer any clues, as it makes no [...]

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Bank of America: Strong on Rhetoric, Weak on Climate & Coal

Monday, June 11, 2012

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Bank of America: Strong on Rhetoric, Weak on Climate & Coal

Bank of America released its new environmental initiative this morning, grandly declaring that “Today’s announcement builds on Bank of America’s legacy of leadership in the environmental arena.” While the bank’s initiative focuses on its financing of renewable energy, key construction projects and reduction of its own operational emissions (emissions from its buildings and facilities), the [...]

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Greenwash of the Week

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

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Greenwash of the Week

It’s the time of year when banks put their ‘best foot forward’ and prepare to be scrutinized by their shareholders at annual general meetings (AGMs). It’s a legal requirement, the AGM is held every year where the board of directors is elected, and the highest-ranking staff report to members on previous and future activities. So [...]

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Another European Bank Voices Risks of Financing Coal Plants

Friday, September 23, 2011

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Another European Bank Voices Risks of Financing Coal Plants

 RAN is challenging the largest U.S. banks to address their financing of coal power and we’re concerned that they are falling behind their European competitors. Last week, French banking giant BNP Paribas released its new corporate social responsibility (CSR) policy on coal power. (Those of you who enjoy reading bank statements can check out the [...]

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What is Sustainable Palm Oil? Part Three

Friday, August 5, 2011

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What is Sustainable Palm Oil? Part Three

This is the third and final installment in a series of posts that endeavors to answer a simple question: What is sustainable palm oil? The answer, of course, is anything but simple. The first blog post in this series explored the weaknesses of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), the dominant certification standard for [...]

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What Do Cargill’s Recent Palm Oil Commitments Mean For Its Customers?

Thursday, July 14, 2011

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What Do Cargill’s Recent Palm Oil Commitments Mean For Its Customers?

“Whether we like it or not it is very largely our industry which is providing the economic incentives for individuals and companies to chop down trees… Between us, we spend billions of dollars buying these commodities. We can make a difference if we buy them differently and better.” – A senior Unilever executive in a [...]

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Cargill: Too Little Too Late

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

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Cargill: Too Little Too Late

Today, Cargill updated its palm oil commitments. While it’s significant that Cargill has committed to a global baseline of RSPO certification, the RSPO in its current form does not guarantee that certified palm oil entering U.S. consumer brands is free of ties to deforestation, climate change, species extinction, human or Indigenous rights violations, and/or slave [...]

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