• Talk with Richard Howitt MEP, Rapporteur for CSR

    Member of the European Parliament and Rapporteur for CSR, Richard Howitt, offers his insights into how the concept of CSR can push forward higher social and environmental standards in business and be used as a lever to combat emerging societal challenges. CSR Europe Association talked to him.  more[...]

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  • Slum Upgrading in São Paulo

    Katharina Riese, TÜV Rheinland
    Jorge Luiz Babadopulos, TÜV Rheinland
    Amilton Degani, TÜV Rheinland
    TÜV Rheinland Holding

    With a population of about 20 million people, São Paulo is the fifth largest urban agglomeration in the world. The rapid rural-to-urban migration following the industrialization that took place during the mid-20th century has led to an immense urban population increase. Today, 75 percent of the Latin American population live in urban areas. The city’s infrastructure cannot satisfy the needs of that rapidly growing population.  more[...]  login_required

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  • It's official in the UAE: no more wild animal imports

    Maha Oda, International Fund for Animal Welfare

    The United Arab of Emirates’s Ministry of Environment and Water (MoEW) has announced a new regulation on importing wild animals.  more[...]  login_required

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    Maha Oda, International Fund for Animal Welfare 
  • Meeting the Global Water Challenge

    Susan Steinhagen, Nestlé
    Nestlé S.A.

    As the world’s largest food and beverage company, Nestlé depends on reliable access to clean water at every level in order to maintain our ability to meet consumers’ needs. Our long-term success depends on effective management of water resources that supply our everyday business operations and support the livelihoods of suppliers and consumers. We apply a lifecycle approach to assess the impacts of our own operations and those along the wider value chain from farmer to consumer, thereby creating shared value to both Nestlé and society.  more[...]  login_required

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  • GDF SUEZ Rassembleurs d’Energies for Access to Sustainable Energy for All

    Francoise Guichard, GDF Suez

    The GDF SUEZ Group, the world’s largest utility, is seeking to combat poverty and economic disparities with the launch of the GDF SUEZ Rassembleurs d’Energies initiative. This global initiative promotes access for the poorest populations to energy and essential services and supports the reduction of energy poverty. It provides socially responsible investment, donations, as well as technical and managerial assistance, with the GDF SUEZ Group coordinating these various tools in support of social entrepreneurs and nonprofit organizations.  more[...]

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  • From drought to flooding: understanding the abrupt 2010–11 hydrological annual cycle in the Amazonas River and tributaries

    Jhan Carlo Espinoza, Peruvian Geophysical Institute

    n this work the authors documents and analyze the hydrological annual cycles characterized by a rapid transition between low and high flows in the Amazonas River (Peruvian Amazon) and they shows how these events, which may impact vulnerable riverside residents, are related to regional climate variability. Their analysis is based on comprehensive discharge, rainfall and average suspended sediment data sets. Particular attention is paid to the 2010–11 hydrological year, when an unprecedented abrupt transition from the extreme September 2010 drought (8300 m3 s-1/ to one of the four highest discharges in April 2011 (49 500 m3 s-1/ was recorded at Tamshiyacu (Amazonas River).  more[...]  login_required

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    Jhan Carlo Espinoza, Peruvian Geophysical Institute 
  • EcoBusiness School Program

    Francesca Carnesella, Camposol and Copeinca

    To promote the integration of key thematic areas of environmental education in the country, a project idea was born: the EcoBusiness School Program. Created by the Institute for Promotion of Sustainable Development and supported by the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Environment in Peru, the initiative began in 2010. The design of this enterprising program for environmental education was aimed at young people attending the last cycle of secondary education (15- and 16-year-olds). The main objective is to strengthen the capacities of young people in identifying the realities concerning the environment; understanding market development; understanding the procedures and challenges of building, managing, and administering an economic enterprise that has a positive impact on the environment; and developing leadership and management skills.  more[...]  login_required

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  • Changing the Way Corporations Source Energy

    Rasmus M. Schophuus , Vestas Wind Systems A/S
    Vestas Wind Systems A/S
    WindMade asbl

    WindMade™, the first consumer label for wind energy, is moving the discussion from how much energy a product uses during its lifetime to the embodied energy of the product. Created to drive the global adoption of wind energy, WindMade™ is designed to inform consumers about the source of the energy used to make the products they buy and thus encourage corporations to source renewable energy to run their operations and production. Launched at the World Economic Forum in Davos in 2011, WindMade™ is backed by the UN Global Compact, Vestas Wind Systems, WWF, Global Wind Energy Council, Bloomberg, the LEGO Group, and PwC.  more[...]  login_required

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  • MTN Nigeria Leads the Way in Environmental Sustainability

    MTN Group

    No one can miss the rustic ambience of Odo-Eku, a village in Kwara State, northcentral Nigeria. Bounded on all sides by undulating hills and all-year-round lush vegetation, the ecosystem of Odo-Eku and its environs has largely been preserved. To ensure that the environs remain untainted – despite the construction of a Base Transceiver Station under MTN’s Rural Telephony Scheme – MTN has ensured that the site will be powered by solar energy and heavy duty batteries. Odo-Eku is not the only village that will be connected.  more[...]  login_required

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  • New Technology Brought Cleaner Air and New Jobs to Facture

    Paula Niemistö
    Metso Corporation

    Residents of Facture, a city in southwest France, have been breathing cleaner air since October 2010. A biomass-fired combined heat and power plant – which is one of Europe’s largest and represents Metso’s latest technology – was commissioned at the energy company Dalkia’s new biomass power plant, located at the local Smurfit Kappa paper mill. For Metso, a global engineering and technology company, this delivery was an excellent opportunity to demonstrate its ability to support its customers in combining business objectives and environmental targets.  more[...]

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  • Climate Protection Drives Innovation

    Yvonne Benkert, MAN SE
    MAN SE

    Climate change is one of the greatest global challenges faced by government, business, and society. It also brings specific opportunities and risks for the transportation and power engineering sectors. The MAN Group is active in both industries and produces trucks, buses, diesel engines, turbomachinery, and special gear units in 13 countries around the world. MAN is thus in a position to make a significant contribution to the reduction of CO2 emissions. At the same time, the company is confronted with the increasingly ambitious CO2 reduction targets set by policymakers and with growing customer expectations – in the transportation sector in particular.  more[...]

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  • Saving Energy and Reducing Emissions at Penshibao

    Fazhong Liang, Guangxi Beihai Penshibao
    Yuanqiong Yao, Guangxi Beihai Penshibao
    Guangxi Beihai Penshibao

    For more than two decades, we have been committed to research on foliar fertilizer. We have developed a new generation of efficient, environmentally-friendly, highquality, and residue-free foliar fertilizer by conducting extensive tests in grain-producing areas in China via the Ministry of Agriculture. The findings have greatly improved the fertilization technologies of China and even the whole world, changed farmer’s fertilization habits, and promoted the sustainable development of the environment.  more[...]  login_required

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