Archive for the 'Sustainable Business' Category

C.I. Co-operative Society Fairtrade product sales continue to grow

March 3rd, 2013 by The Channel Islands Co-operative Society Limited

Fairtrade bananas (click image to expand - image courtesy of the Channel Islands Co-operative Society Ltd.)

Fairtrade bananas (click image to expand – image courtesy of the Channel Islands Co-operative Society Ltd.)

The Channel Islands Co-operative Society‘s sales of Fairtrade products have reached £2.5 million as existing products continue to sell well and more products and manufacturers achieve Fairtrade status.

Mark Cox, the Society’s chief operating officer, said that this demonstrates the continuing appeal of Fairtrade products to consumers, despite the economic downturn and squeeze on household spending.

“These tough economic times are making shoppers think carefully about how and where they spend their money and value is important.”

“Some people think Fairtrade means more expensive but in a lot of cases that isn’t true and they are actually very competitively priced. Our customers can also see the benefits of buying Fairtrade and the ethical difference it can make in ensuring a fair price is paid to suppliers around the world,” he said. Continue reading

Guernsey companies invited to participate in CSR projects on Herm

January 26th, 2013 by Herm Island

Shell Beach on Herm's east coast (click image to expand - image courtesy of Herm Island Ltd)

“In 2012 Herm invited Guernsey companies to the island to engage in Corporate Social Responsibility projects,” Jonathan Watson, Director of Hospitality, Herm Island Ltd, said in a presentation to the B4-8 Club.

“Herm Island has a small team that look after the external areas but they cannot do everything that they would like to achieve,” he said.

“We are offering to Guernsey companies the opportunity to undertake projects in Herm’s community as part of their Corporate Social Responsibility programme.”

A number of Guernsey companies participate in 2012. Continue reading

Conscious Capitalism: liberating the heroic spirit of business published on 15 January 2013

January 17th, 2013 by Harvard Business Review Press

(click book cover to go to publisher's website)

Capitalism has been villainised in some quarters because of a multitude of highly publicized corporate scandals and greedy misconduct by many major companies.

But, there is inherent good in capitalism—and if we all participate in it with higher consciousness, argue John Mackey and Rajendra Sisodia— we can renew its inherent power to improve both the lives of people and the long-term success of companies.

Conscious Capitalism: Liberating the Heroic Spirit of Business published by Harvard Business Review Press on 15 January 2013 by John Mackey, co-CEO and co-founder of Whole Foods Market, and Rajendra Sisodia, business professor and co-founder of the Conscious Capitalism Institute, tells the story of how to do this. Continue reading

Discarded Nylon fishing net litter collected for making carpet tiles

January 9th, 2013 by Interface Inc

Interface, Inc, a global carpet tile manufacturer, and conservation charity the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) are celebrating the successful completion of a pilot project and the start of a commercial venture with both conservation and socio-economic benefits.

The innovative collaboration, called Net-Works™, has been created to tackle the growing environmental problem of discarded fishing nets in some of the world’s poorest coastal communities.

Discarded fishing nets litter the shore at Pinamgo, Philippines. The nylon nets are collected and made into Interface carpet tiles (click image to expand - image courtesy of Dr Nick Hill, ZSL)

Net-Works aims to improve the livelihood of local fishers by establishing a community-based supply chain for discarded nets, while providing Interface with an innovative source of recycled materials for its carpet tiles. Continue reading

Greening the economy is a total necessity say UK Conservative MPs

January 8th, 2013 by RenewableUK

RenewableUK, the trade and professional body representing the wind and marine energy industry, has welcomed a call from an influential group of UK Conservative MPs to support the growth of renewable energy.

Members of the 2020 group, made up of more than 60 Tory MPs, describe themselves as progressive and forward-looking Conservatives.

It includes several high-profile figures such as the Energy Minister Greg Barker, former Transport Secretary Justine Greening and the Cabinet Office Minister Oliver Letwin.

The group has just published a new document “2020 Vision: An Agenda for Transformation” in which two Conservative Continue reading

Corporate Sustainability and Responsibility textbook published

January 5th, 2013 by Dr Wayne Visser

Please click on book cover to go to publisher's web page)

Corporate Sustainability & Responsibility is a comprehensive textbook on CSR Theory and Practice.

‘Corporate Sustainability & Responsibility’ (CSR) incorporates corporate responsibility, sustainable development, business ethics, corporate citizenship, business & society and corporate governance.

The book begins with definitions and drivers of CSR, followed by a description of the evolution of CSR from before the industrial revolution to what the future holds for CSR.

Dr Wayne Visser has travelled to over 60 countries in the last twenty years to study CSR. His global research is covered in Chapter three where he makes regional and cross-country comparisons, and in chapter seven where he outlines CSR for a number of global corporations. Continue reading

Guernsey’s direct mail Delivered.GG biking, recycling & offsetting carbon

January 4th, 2013 by Richard Lord

Craig Martel, Director of Delivered.GG, on one of the Pashley bicycles used to deliver direct mail (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Delivered.GG is a direct mail service company set up by Craig Martel in mid-2012.

To make deliveries, Delivered.GG currently uses five branded, bright orange Pashley bicycles, which were purchased through Ian Brown’s Cycle Shop.

The sturdy hand built British bicycles can carry up to 16 Kgs in the front box, and have a rear frame to carry panniers. Waterproof bags were especially made to protect the paper material carried in the front box.

“The bikes are made of steel rather than aluminium. Although they are heavy, they are lovely to cycle, and they freewheel very well,” Craig Martel said.

“Although the weather wasn’t kind to us in 2012, we issue our cyclists with waterproof jackets and trousers, and the majority of them are happy to make deliveries in bad weather.” Continue reading

Howbery Business Park’s focus on sustainability attracting tenants

December 25th, 2012 by HR Wallingford Group Ltd

A field of photovoltaic panels that power Howbery Business Park in Oxfordshire (click image to expand - image courtesy of HR Wallingford Group Ltd)

The UK’s first solar-powered business park has revealed significant energy and carbon savings in its first year since installing 3,000 ground solar panels.

Oxfordshire-based Howbery Business Park, which counts the UK’s Environment Agency among its tenants, powered 34% of its park with solar energy from April to September 2012, beating its initial forecast of 25%.

The solar park has generated 730,000 kWh in its first 12 months, preventing 400 tonnes of CO2 from being released to the atmosphere. It has fed more than 116,000 kWh to the National Grid to date.

“Solar energy has proved to be a highly effective alternative energy source for our park,” John Ormston, Chief Executive, Howbery Business Park, said. Continue reading

The five stages of CSR

December 21st, 2012 by Dr Wayne Visser

In this interview Dr. Wayne Visser identifies five stages of CSR:

  • Defensive CSR about compliance and risk management
  • Philanthropic or charitable CSR about giving back to the community
  • Promotional CSR about brand and reputation
  • Strategic CSR that aligns the issues with core business by adopting codes or standards
  • Transformative CSR that works to solve the environmental and social problems of the world

Corporate Social Responsibility, which goes back at least to the big philanthropic movement in the USA in the mid 19th Century, needs to move to Corporate Sustainability and Responsibility, which Dr. Visser dubs ‘CSR 2.0‘. Continue reading

CEO survey reveals greater concern for energy and raw material costs

December 10th, 2012 by PwC

According to preliminary results from PwC’s Global Annual CEO Survey, concern about energy and raw material costs as a threat to business growth prospects are at a three year high.

Fifty-three percent of CEOs – a 7% increase on last year’s results – said the issue had now overtaken consumer spending and behaviour as a one of the top threats to growth prospects.

The results on energy, natural resources and climate change issues come as negotiators leave the UN Climate Summit in Doha, which was seen as a stepping stone to a global agreement in 2015 on how to tackle climate change and limit global warming to 2 degrees C. However governments struggled to achieve a moderate outcome from the talks.

The past 12 months have seen high profile examples of extreme weather, price shocks in commodity and energy price spikes.

Concern is at its highest amongst Asia Pacific and African respondents. The preliminary results also found that:

  • 1 in 4 (24%) of Western European CEOs are concerned, or extremely concerned about energy and natural resources costs
  • 47% of CEOs will increase their focus on reducing their environmental footprint in the next year: 41% said there would be no change
  • 1 in 4 CEOs plan to increase investment in securing natural resources critical to business, and addressing the risks of climate change / protecting biodiversity
  • Questioned on their businesses’ ability to cope with extreme events: over a third say natural disasters threatening major trading/manufacturing hubs would have a negative impact on them. Continue reading