A Sneak Peek at the New Rules for Supply Chain Footprinting

The art and science of carbon footprinting is about to take a step forward: The long-awaited launch of guidance for managing network and product lifecycle impacts is just around the corner. If that’s news to you — and you have anything to do with managing a business with a significant supply chain — here’s yourContinue reading “A Sneak Peek at the New Rules for Supply Chain Footprinting”

Understanding the Benefits of CSR

This week, I spoke on the panel “ROI and the Triple Bottom Line: Can Companies Do Well by Doing Good?,” the first webinar in a series by Social Media Today. I shared thoughts on how to understand the benefits of CSR, and here’s what I covered. First, the basics: What is CSR? CSR is theContinue reading “Understanding the Benefits of CSR”

FTC’s New Anti-Greenwashing, Good-for-Business Green Guides

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has released its long-awaited draft guidance on environmental marketing. The so-called “Green Guides” tell companies how to prevent misleading customers—and avoid FTC actions against them. Why now? The FTC says consumers are confused about environmental claims such as “sustainable” or “offset,” which lack consistent rules for usage. In response,Continue reading “FTC’s New Anti-Greenwashing, Good-for-Business Green Guides”

How Businesses Can Plan for the Unpredictability of Climate Change

With managers across industries under pressure to develop sophisticated views about how climate change will impact their companies, it might seem natural to look to the insurance industry for guidance on how to act and communicate about risks and opportunities. After all, with climate change threatening to increase the severity of humanitarian crises, economic disruptions,Continue reading “How Businesses Can Plan for the Unpredictability of Climate Change”

Five Lessons from Walmart’s Supply Chain Work in China

Late in 2008, following Walmart Vice Chairman (now CEO) Mike Duke’s announcement that the company would improve the energy efficiency of its top 200 China-based suppliers by 20 percent by 2012, Walmart enlisted BSR to help launch its first supply chain energy-efficiency efforts in China. From our post in Walmart’s Shenzhen global procurement headquarters, weContinue reading “Five Lessons from Walmart’s Supply Chain Work in China”

Simple Tools for Effective Climate Reporting

With the fiscal year drawing to a close for many companies, it’s writing season for corporate social responsibility (CSR) reports. As usual, reports provide a medium for communicating to investors who want to see companies creating value, customers who want to know which companies and products are leaders versus laggards, and watchdogs looking for inconsistencies.Continue reading “Simple Tools for Effective Climate Reporting”

10 Climate Trends That Will Shape Business in 2010

As 2010 begins, there are looming questions about climate change action: Will the political agreement made in Copenhagen in 2009 be developed by the next “COP” meeting to include detailed targets and rules? Will those targets and rules be binding? What will happen with the U.S. Senate’s vote on cap-and-trade? Will U.S. public opinion aboutContinue reading “10 Climate Trends That Will Shape Business in 2010”

Real Climate Leadership and The Rules of Policy Engagement

As negotiators gather in Copenhagen next month to discuss a global climate policy framework, there has never been a better time for companies to influence policy instruments that could dramatically affect the future of climate change. Business’ management of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions is already improving. According to the Carbon Disclosure Project (PDF), more thanContinue reading “Real Climate Leadership and The Rules of Policy Engagement”

A Green Supply Chain Starts in China

As companies work to reduce their carbon footprint, the easiest steps to take are often the closest to home. Yet for companies with global operations or supply chains, the biggest practical wins are likely to be found in improving energy efficiency of owned and supplier facilities overseas, where they have the ability to multiply impactsContinue reading “A Green Supply Chain Starts in China”

Dispatch from Hong Kong: Will We Ever See Big-Picture Climate Accounting?

This week in Hong Kong, ASrIA held a press conference that covered two arenas of business climate action that, disappointingly, have yet to mix. The first was Carbon Disclosure Project’s 2009 Asia report, which announced that the number of companies reporting on emissions has doubled from the previous year, up to 127. This study, muchContinue reading “Dispatch from Hong Kong: Will We Ever See Big-Picture Climate Accounting?”

Whose Carbon Is It? The ABCs of Counting Emissions in Your Supply Chain

Many companies have started scrambling to understand their indirect emissions — specifically, emissions in their supply chain — and for good reason. According to a report by McKinsey that examined consumer goods makers, high-tech players, and other manufacturers, 40 to 60 percent of their total carbon footprint resides upstream in their supply chain. Knowing aboutContinue reading “Whose Carbon Is It? The ABCs of Counting Emissions in Your Supply Chain”

Field Notes: Helping Guide GHG Protocol’s “Scope 3”

As BSR goes to press with “Looking for Signs Along the Road to Copenhagen,” the debate about whose emissions are whose and what constitutes progress is heating up. It is going to get hotter, because it looks more likely that the WTO will enforce prospective border measures on carbon. Hopefully, the Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Protocol’sContinue reading “Field Notes: Helping Guide GHG Protocol’s “Scope 3””