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    Draft ISO Standard on Corporate Social Responsibility Published

    Monday, September 14th, 2009

    From the International Organization for Standardization (ISO):
    Future ISO 26000 standard on social responsibility published as Draft International Standard
    The future International Standard ISO 26000, Guidance on social responsibility, has reached an important phase in its development with its publication as a Draft International Standard (DIS).
    A five-month balloting period (from 14 September 2009 to 14 February 2010) […]

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    OAS Roundtable: CSR Makes Business Sense in the Americas / Mesa Redonda de la OEA: la RSE es buen sentido empresarial en las Américas

    Tuesday, September 1st, 2009

    From the Organization of American States (OAS):
    EXPERTS AGREE CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY MAKES SOUND BUSINESS SENSE
    Corporate social responsibility is inherent to an individual’s responsibility as a citizen, but also makes sound business sense since those businesses that fail to pay attention to the social and environmental realities of their consumers run the risk of becoming irrelevant. […]

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    What the Other Guy Blogs About: ISO 26000 on CSR

    Thursday, August 27th, 2009

    Consumers International’s (CI) blog has an interesting take — surprisingly positive — on the negotiations in the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) for an international standard on corporate social responsibility (CSR), which will be known as ISO 26000.  I heartily recommend reading the blog post and browsing through CI’s materials on the negotiations history for […]

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    A Scorecard for Sustainable Palm Oil

    Wednesday, May 13th, 2009

    From the WWF:
    WWF to grade palm oil buyers
    Only one percent of the sustainable palm oil available on the market has been bought, according to new figures released by the WWF today.
    In a bid to speed up this “sluggish performance”, WWF will assess the world’s major users of palm oil over the next six months and […]

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    Checking on the Green Protocol

    Tuesday, May 12th, 2009

    At a ceremony today in which Brazil’s Central Bank joined public and private banks in signing the “Green Protocol” of environmental commitments, Environment Minister Carlos Minc announced that an upcoming meeting with public banks and the Brazilian Federation of Banks (Febraban) will the rules for reporting how banks are meeting their Protocol commitments.  Proper reporting, […]

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    Wal-Mart Mexico to Promote “Green” Products / Wal-Mart de México promoverá productos “verdes”

    Tuesday, April 14th, 2009

    Walmart stores across Mexico and their suppliers* have launched for “Earth Month” (April 16 to May 3) an aggressive environmental awareness campaign in the press, radio and television promoting sustainable products and showing that purchasing them does not hurt the customers’ budgets.
    “At Wal-Mart de México we work hand-in-hand with our suppliers to encourage them to […]

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    Brazilian Banks Assume Environmental Commitment

    Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

    Brazilian businesses depending on bank financing for their economic activities will have to prove from now on that they are committed to developing socio-environmental policies, such as those regarding respect for human and workers’ rights, conservation of biodiversity, valuing the diversity of local cultures, reduction of poverty and income distribution inequality. This is the […]

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    Air Travelers Can Help Mitigate Climate Change and Reforest Colombia

    Tuesday, March 24th, 2009

    Synopsis in English: Colombians can voluntarily purchase “green shares” for flights on a national air carrier, Aero República, through the offices of the airline and Aviatur offices.  The minimum purchase is 5,000 pesos.  The money collected through the sale of “green shares” will be used to mitigate climate change through reforestation program for Colombian ecosystems such […]

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    Sam’s Club in Brazil Introduces Reusable Bags for Wines / Sam’s Club lança sacolas retornáveis para vinhos

    Wednesday, March 4th, 2009

    Watching Wal-Mart take steps to implement its pledge to reduce plastic shopping bag use (or “carry bags” as my British friends call it) in its Latin American stores by 50% by 2013 has been a fascinating study of applying marketing savvy to a corporate social responsibility commitment.
    They started by supplying low-cost cotton carry bags in […]

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    Tienda Inglesa Helps Uruguay Eliminate Mercury Thermometers

    Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

    Last year I posted about Health Care Without Harm‘s (Coalición Salud Sin Daño) campaign to get the health care sector in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) to get mercury-containing medical instruments [primarily thermometers and sphygmomanometers (blood pressure monitors)] out of hospitals, clinics and homes.  At that time, they were primarily having success in Argentina.
    This […]

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