By adjusting company policies to reduce travel and keep buildings greener, organisations can play a significant role in reducing South Africa’s concerning carbon footprint.
It is staggering how little companies, new to the sustainable-business agenda, understand the landscape in which they must operate (and of course I am not talking about the growing ranks of sustainability leaders who have highly sophisticated channels of communication with all stakeholders).
UCT professor Ralph Hamann says complex social and environmental problems can only be addressed if business integrates an understanding of their socio-ecological context in strategy making and execution.
For every one of the bags sold, R10 will be donated to help raise awareness and funds to aid conservation efforts to help save Africa’s most endangered species: rhino, cheetah, African painted dog and vultures.
Electronics companies that make energy-efficient printers and scanners that are free of toxic materials are likely to get a boost in sales, thanks to EPEAT opening up its product registry to include imaging equipment.
Limited Brands, owner of iconic underwear labels Victoria’s Secret and La Senza, has committed to eliminate all releases of hazardous chemicals throughout its global supply chain and across all of its brands and products by 2020, in response to Greenpeace's global Detox campaign.
In a shift for corporate/NGO relationships, the World Wide Fund-South Africa and Woolworths has announced a targeted sustainability partnership.
Humans are making Earth unliveable with assaults on climate, topsoil, fisheries, biodiversity and other ecological systems, says Simon Zadek, a senior fellow at the Global Green Growth Institute in Seoul.
Speaking at the Southern Africa Oil & Gas Summit in Cape Town, TKAG Chair Jonathan Deal cautioned delegates not to rush into investment decisions around shale gas mining in South Africa.
Green Economy is a term that is often used in a broad or very loose context. It is not simply a synonym for a low-carbon economy and it is also not a business club of organisations who have employed environmental PR agencies. Green economics is concerned with a system of environmentally responsible organisations that exist and grow because they do business with each other – they consistently increase the extent to which they produce and consume greener products and services.
As one of the first accredited carbon neutral printers in South Africa, Hot Ink's team feel strongly about the world around us and the impact that each of us has on the environment.
Imagine opening a newspaper and reading that across the world fish stocks are recovering, forests are growing back, droughts and extreme weather events are declining and carbon dioxide levels are dropping. That’s what John Elkington describes when asked to imagine what real progress on sustainability would look like.
Responsible investing has grown to become a global trend, with South Africa set to follow suit with responsible investing now also at the forefront of investor concerns.
Outdoor clothing brands are selling women’s and children’s clothes with perfluorinated and polyfluorinated chemicals (PFCs) and other hazardous chemicals, according to findings from two independent laboratories commissioned by Greenpeace Germany.
Over 100 big businesses, including BP, Shell, Unilever, KPMG, Swiss Re and BT, as well as energy companies EDF Energy, Statoil, Doosan, Acciona and Iberdrola, are calling for a global carbon price ahead of the United Nation (UN) climate change summit in Doha, Qatar.
An exciting new green building is being erected on the N1, nearby the Paarl mall. It was launched last week and the plans are to open the doors on 1 August next year.
"Gone are the days when business was able to shrug off environmental concerns as being incompatible with maximising shareholder value."
In a first for South Africa, a R5 billion Green Bond will be used to fund the growth of green and energy-efficient industries.