New Zealand's national marketing slogan, “100% Pure”, should be scrapped according to one of its own tourism expert. Professor Michael Hall of the University of Canterbury has said that the country's clean and green image is being eroded.
A global survey of 250 heads of sustainability conducted by independent analyst firm Verdantix found that, in 2012, the highest brand preference for sustainability consulting was achieved by Ernst & Young, for sustainability assurance by KPMG, for sustainability software by Microsoft and in the not-for-profit category by the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP).
Carbon Disclosure Project Asia ex-Japan leaders 2012
November 15, 2012
The Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) has enjoyed a reasonable bump in responses to its annual Asia ex-Japan survey with 129 of 400 companies in its target sample reporting, representing a 32 percent response rate compared to 27 percent in 2011. As in 2011, PwC Hong Kong undertook an analysis of these submissions – and those made by Asia ex-Japan companies to the CDP Global 500 – to identify the region’s leaders. According to the report,  co-authored and analysed by natural capital research company Trucost Plc, South Korean companies are now the region’s clear leaders with a dozen included among the 20 ranked, along with five from Hong Kong and one each from China, India and Singapore.
Walmart China supply chain
Read Full Story US-based global retail giant Wal-Mart Stores Inc has given its suppliers five years to comply with its environmental rules or risk being pushed off its shelves. The new requirements, announced in China where Wal-Mart has more than 20,000 suppliers, will compel them to improve on energy efficiency, waste reduction and other markers on the retailer’s checklist. Wal-Mart said the checklist, introduced in 2009, was voluntary. But if suppliers fall short, they could be cut off from the discount stores wholesale warehouses that the company operates in the United States.
RepuTex-ESG, a Hong Kong-based research firm, has launched RepuTex ESG-Connect, Asia’s first platform to provide companies, asset managers and investors with free environment, social and governance (ESG) research, data and content on Asian companies.
Natural capital
October 05, 2012
Despite readily observable changes in climate extremes, skeptics continue to doubt the true impact of global warming.  Regardless of one’s position or politics on this view, it is the intellectually courageous that would deny that natural resources are vital for sustainable development. Lesser known but equally undeniable is the fact that finance, particularly from the private sector, has a critical role to play in supporting the efficient allocation of natural resources and therefore the very real challenges of climate change and sustainability.
India's Taj Mahal reflect sustainability
September 26, 2012
The circular from the Securities & Exchange Board of India (SEBI) on 13 August 2012 finally addressed some of the issues that have been raised about recent regulation on extra financial disclosures in Indian capital markets. It comes as a follow-up to the SEBI Board’s landmark decision in November 2011 that mandated ESG disclosures from the Top 100 listed companies. The comply-or-explain stance on revelation of policy and the nine principles laid out in the National Voluntary Guidelines on Social, Environmental and Economic Responsibilities of Business, published by Ministry of Corporate Affairs in July 2011, provides a good starting point
Coinciding with up on the announcement of the 2012 Hang Seng Corporate Sustainability Index constituents, research and advisory firm RepuTex released Asia On The Move, its annual review covering  the ESG performance of 636 Hong Kong and Chinese A-listed companies by market and research category.  CleanBiz Asia executive editor Fergus O’Rorke caught up with Reputex ESG research Martha Grossman and asked her about how she sees the corporate sustainability landscape changing.
Sustainability reporting by publicly listed companies has, historically, been treated seperately from financial reporting to shareholders, giving rise to the perception that sustainability is not really a core focus for corporations. A few companies are, however, now going down the path of integrated reporting, including Hong Kong-based conglomerate Swire Pacific - one of the first to do so in the Asia. Philippe Lacamp, the Swire Group's sustainability director, spoke to CleanBiz Asia editor Fergus O'Rorke about the exerpience and where the company is going with its integrated reporting initiative.
Tress provide a natural filtering service
July 03, 2012
Despite the collective groan over Rio+20’s lack of political leadership and a global process that is failing to urgently address our planetary challenges; the contrast between Rio’s Earth Summit 20 years ago and now, could hardly be greater. Back then, the spirit of sustainability was idealistic, not entirely understood and it then took some time for people to put it into practice and get fuddled by its complexity. Compare this to the current polarized ‘sustainability everything’ and surely we should be applauding Brazil’s canny negotiators for getting to any agreement at all - even if it is a hortatory, non-binding statement called “The Future We Want”.