Tuesday, August 23, 2011

GRI's own annual report published

Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) sets standards for sustainability reporting. So it's own annual sustainability report evokes lot of interest. GRI has just published its fifth Sustainability Report covering the fiscal year July 2009 - June 2010.

A must-read analysis of the GRI annual report by my colleague Elaine Cohen here.

GRI Sustainability Report can be downloaded here.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

GRI's own report released

Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) has released its own Year In Review report for the year 2009-2010. See the report here.

Introduction to the GRI report is written by my colleague and reputed sustainability expert Elaine Cohen.

Friday, August 19, 2011

DyStar aims to become carbon-smart company

A significant amount of environmental impact in the apparel & textile industry comes from the use of dyes, colors and chemicals. So dyes and colors manufacturers have an important role to play in promoting sustainability in the textile supply chain by developing and introducing eco-friendly chemicals. Equally important is for them to reduce their own carbon and water footprint.

DyStar Group, a top manufacturer of eco-friendly dyes for the textile industry, has taken the lead by releasing it's first carbon footprint report.

The company says "the report will serve as the baseline for measuring future progress in reducing DyStar’s carbon emissions and is a key component of what will be DyStar’s first Sustainability Report which is due to be published in Q4 2011."

Announcing the release of the report Steve Barron, CEO commented, “We are today taking the first few steps on the journey towards sustainability. As a responsible company we acknowledge that we have a critical role to play in mitigating climate change by introducing products and services that reduce carbon emissions of our customers, and by reducing our own carbon footprint.”

Barron says that Carbon reduction teams are being established at each of the major production sites to drive down the carbon intensity of the manufacturing operations and to set DyStar on the path to becoming a carbon-smart company.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

India's corruption international issue

India has today arrested prominent anti-corruption activist Anna Hazare. So this is the state of democracy in India. Those opposing corruption are promptly arrested, beaten, harassed and discredited.

India's perverse corruption law (yes, there is one that no one abides by) even allows swift arrests of those who pay bribe. The only ones who get off scotfree and left to plunder the nation's assets are the ones who receive bribes and breed bribery.

How do you expect companies to oppose corruption in this kind of country? Companies are just helpless and silent victims of 66 years of humiliating corruption.

International intervention is needed to save hapless people of India from the corrupt alliance between politicians, bureaucrats, and criminal gangs.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

State of sustainability in Singapore

Interesting stuff on the state of CSR in Singapore in The Business Times (10 Aug), the main business daily of Singapore.

I had the opportunity to share my views for the story. I have always believed that Singapore companies have the potential to lead sustainability in Asia:)