• PostNL Makes Sustainability Gains by Innovating along the Logistics Chain

    Lars Pruijn, PostNL

    In recent years, the growth of e-commerce has resulted in a sharp increase in the number of parcels being sent domestically and internationally. As volume growth approached levels where PostNL's logistical infrastructure would have been unable to cope, the company launched a program to renew the entire logistics chain of its parcel operations. Called the New Logistics Infrastructure (NLI) program, PostNL opened the first of 18 new distribution depots in 2011.  more[...]

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  • From Waste to Energy – Successfully and Safely

    Metso Corporation
    Paula Niemistö

    The Riverside Resource Recovery Energy from Waste Facility, the largest such facility in the United Kingdom, is located on the bank of the River Thames in London. Metso’s automation solutions play a significant role in managing the waste-to-energy plant successfully and safely. The plant produces around 478,000 MWh of electricity a year, which is the equivalent produced by burning 191,000 tons of coal.  more[...]

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  • Fighting Climate Change

    Thales Group
    Sandrine Bouttier-Stref, Thales Group

    Thales is responding to the major issue of climate change by implementing a strategy of at-source reduction of CO2 emissions, helping to raise awareness of climate-related issues through a number of programs and partnerships, and promoting products and services that support the emission-reduction initiatives of its customers and society at large.  more[...]

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  • The Production Hall as a Passive-energy Building

    Klaus Hübscher, Weidmüller
    Weidmüller Interface GmbH & Co. KG

    It is not only in the area of products and solutions that Weidmüller strives to maximize energy efficiency and conserve resources. The electronics specialist from Detmold also focuses on sustainability in its own production processes, its building infrastructure, and in cross-sector technologies. The reason for this is that energy efficiency begins long before the electricity socket.  more[...]

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  • Salmon Education on the Fish-shaped Island

    Sakhalin Energy
    Anna Lygina, Sakhalin Energy
    Natalia Gonchar, Sakhalin Energy Investment Company

    Sakhalin Energy Investment Company Ltd. was founded in 1994 to develop the Piltun- Astokhskoye and Lunskoye oil and gas fields off the shore of Sakhalin Island. The company was the first in Russia to start offshore hydrocarbon production from ice-resistant platforms and liquefied natural gas production. It can be justifiably proud of its achievements in the field of environmental protection and social responsibility.  more[...]

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  • Getting to the Bottom Line of Environmental Impacts

    Camilla Crone Jensen, Novo Nordisk
    Scott Dille, Novo Nordisk
    Novo Nordisk

    Companies depend on services provided by nature, such as fresh water, clean air, healthy biodiversity, and productive land, and their impact on the environment stretches far beyond what goes in and out of a production site. However, the total environmental cost of doing business is not fully accounted for in today’s financial disclosures. Novo Nordisk has looked beyond its own business operations to track the true cost of its environmental impacts.  more[...]

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  • MAN Lives Its Commitment to Climate Protection

    Yvonne Benkert, MAN SE
    MAN SE

    As a global player in the transportation and energy sectors, MAN has a special responsibility to contribute to the reduction of the global carbon footprint. MAN lives up to this responsibility – in its Climate Strategy, it has set a clear objective: a 25 percent reduction in CO2 emissions from the company’s production sites by 2020 (baseline: 2008). The MAN Group has already cut CO2 emissions by 77,000 tons since 2008 – primarily due to the dedication and creativity of its employees, who initiate and carry out climate-protection projects at its sites. Resource scarcity, climate change, globalization, and urbanization are global challenges. MAN actively addresses these issues through its comprehensive corporate responsibility (CR) strategy. At MAN, CR finds concrete expression in four fields of action: integration, economy, environment, and people. Integrating economic, environmental, and social responsibility into its business practices is central to MAN’s success. MAN’s employees are essential to this process – they are its CR ambassadors. Only with their participation can MAN find fitting answers to the most urgent questions of our time.  more[...]

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  • Working Together for Animal Welfare

    Aiko Bode, Fenix Outdoor
    Kerstin Wolf

    As part of the Fenix Outdoor group, Fjällräven became a participant to the UN Global Compact Principles in 2012. As an outdoor company, we strive to focus in particular on the environmental principles of the Global Compact and to address our current impacts as well as look for innovative solutions to certain issues. The precautionary principle is a guiding principle in our environmental strategy because our products are often made with materials derived from natural sources. We have been making down products for more than 40 years. An important question that arises in this endeavor is how to make high-quality down products with respect to animal welfare? We continuously ask ourselves this question in our business conduct and are in the process of finding an answer. We have managed to establish a production chain with consistent and strict controls and believe we have come close to achieving sustainability in this respect. Fruitful partnerships are part of our approach. We are convinced that a holistic approach and being a pioneer – leaving the beaten path – are key to coping with today’s challenges and finding working solutions. This is what we are striving for at Fjällräven.  more[...]

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  • Coop Naturaplan – 20 Years of Commitment to Organic Agriculture

    Conradin Bolliger, COOP
    Alexandra Sauer, COOP
    Christian Waffenschmidt, COOP

    The cultivation of agricultural crops and the production of food are resource-intensive activities that negatively impact the environment and society. About one-third of the Swiss population’s ecological footprint is due to food consumption. Coop is the second-largest retailer in Switzerland. The cooperative has lived up to its responsibility by promoting organic and fair agriculture for more than 20 years.  more[...]

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  • CCC’s Solar Power Adventures

    Tony Awad, Consolidated Contractors Company
    Consolidated Contractors Company

    As a pioneer in the construction industry, and with a vision to lead in promoting green awareness, CCC believes in providing future generations with a healthy and safe environment as well as social and economic prosperity. As a result, CCC started examining the implementation of solar energy applications on construction camps in the Middle East early on. At the moment, solar technology is put to successful use in various CCC units and projects. The rationale behind these schemes is to reduce the electrical energy consumed by camps by utilizing environmentally-friendly technologies.  more[...]

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  • Exploring Sustainable Biofuels for Aviation

    Pauline Lacroix, Air France and Jacqueline Houweling, KLM

    Air France - KLM considers the transition from fossil fuels to renewables as a priority to ensure the future of commercial aviation. The Group’s strategy is to explore the entire value chain, from research to commercialization, and to set an example for the rest of the industry. Partnerships are important to accelerate the development of a market for sustainable biofuels.  more[...]

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  • AAIB: The First Bank in Egypt to Measure Its Carbon Footprint

    Perihan Abdel Ghaly, Arab African International Bank
    Maha Hasebou, Arab African International Bank
    Arab African International Bank

    Despite the fact that Egypt is not among the top carbon dioxide emitters in the world, the notion of “the earlier … the better” has always been a key driving force for Arab African International Bank (AAIB), which is creating awareness in the banking industry about tackling climate change by measuring its carbon footprint and publishing its first Carbon Footprint Report. From Kyoto to the Rio+20 Summit the interest in global warming and climate change has grown exponentially over the past 10 years. The Kyoto Protocol was introduced in 1997 in Japan and entered into force in 2005. The Protocol’s main goal was to reduce the carbon footprint of some countries compared to the level of emissions they had in 1990.  more[...]

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  • CSR in Africa

    Editorial Team

    For many years Africa is the hotspot for hunger and conflicts. But besite all these troubles ether is also a change for change and hope arising. More countries become aware of the ptential CSR has and include corporate responsibility as a fundanetla brickstone for developing citizenship. Our special illustrates variuos aspects.  more[...]

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  • Responsible Lobbying

    Dr Stephanos Anastasiadis, Royal Holloway, University of London
    Dr Sigrun M. Wagner, Royal Holloway, University of London

    Lobbyists paying elected representatives to place questions in the UK parliament. Arms manufacturers giving South African officials BMWs in exchange for armaments contracts. Smoke-filled back rooms featuring stuffed brown envelopes. No wonder lobbying has a bad name. But these are not images of lobbying: They depict corruption, albeit in a policymaking setting. These actions are morally suspect and usually illegal. They also contravene the UN Global Compact: Principle 10 requires the combating of corruption. In fact, lobbying is far more often about committee meetings, reports, and other unspectacular activities. Lobbying can be understood as the focused provision of relevant information, with the intention of influencing public policy or process. Corporate lobbying is not just important for companies; it helps create better public policies, and can therefore have real societal value, despite its bad press.  more[...]

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  • The Strength of Loose Couplings – The UN Global Compact as a Multistakeholder Initiative

    Prof. Andreas Rasche, Copenhagen Business School

    Multistakeholder initiatives such as the UN Global Compact organize their participants in specific ways. Most importantly, they have to bridge global (universal) principles and local (contextualized) implementation practices. Some initiatives have responded to this need by creating a nested network structure – that is, local networks that are embedded into a wider global “network of networks.” The UN Global Compact, for instance, has more than 100 local networks, which are connected through regional hubs, the Annual Local Network Forum, and interactions with the Global Compact Office. Stakeholder dialogue and collective action are emerging both within and among such networks.  more[...]

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    Prof. Andreas Rasche, Copenhagen Business School 




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