Corporate Sustainability

Chinese companies are to be rated by the government on their environmental performance records which will, in turn, determine how they are treated under various social and financial aspects.
Business, environment, balance
Adapting to a changing environment and seizing green economy opportunities will give companies competitive advantage The future of existing private sector companies will increasingly hinge on the ability of businesses to adapt to the world’s rapidly changing environment, according to a new report from the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). To stay ahead of competitors, it says, they need to develop goods and services that reduce the impacts of climate change, water scarcity, emissions of harmful chemicals, and other environmental concerns.
Consumer product giant Unilever has announced that its five-year strategy to slash carbon emissions has resulted in the reduction of more than one million tonnes of CO2 from its manufacturing and logistics operations.
SolAbility Korea Review 2012 out-perform
Sustainability consultancy SolAbility has released the results of its 6th annual Korean ESG review showing that while sustainably managed companies continue to outperform, problem areas remain.
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).
Mitsubishi Electric Corporation has introduced a three-year action plan aimed at making further reductions in carbon dioxide emissions on both the production and end-use sides, and to put greater focus on the three Rs (reduce, reuse and recycle) within its operations.
The consulting arm of technology giant Hitachi has announced plans to beef up its sustainability-related services through the acquisition of US-based consultancy PRIZIM Inc. Hitachi Consulting, which specializes in IT services and management consulting, said that it had completed the acquisition of the 45-strong Maryland-based PRIZIM for an undisclosed sum, providing the company with an enhanced portfolio of environmental assessment and auditing, sustainability training, and consulting services.
Having first developed in North America and Europe, consumer society and consumerim as now taken firm root in Asia, helping to fuel the continued growth of the gloabl economy. And a good thing too, many would say - but not Chandran Nair. In his book, "Consumptionomics - Asia's role in reshaping capitalis and saving the planet", the founder and chief executive of The Global Institute for Tomorrow argues passionately that Asia is following the wrong model of economic development.
Corporate Knights Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations
January 30, 2012
The eighth annual sustainability report released at the World Economic Forum's conference in Davos, shows Asian companies generally failing to improve their practices in line with other global companies. While Japan's companies ranked second behind the UK, by having eleven companies in the 2012 Corporate Knights Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World, other Asian nations performed badly against European and north American companies.
China going green
December 09, 2011
New research shows that Chinese companies are becoming more interested in sustainability issues. Pressure from government and a recognition of how brands gain value from sustainability policies are two factors contributing to the growing interest. The Conference Board, a US-based research and business membership group, surveyed 476 firms for its Business and Sustainability in China: Company Responses to a National Priority report, which discovered that government directives, at both local and central levels, are often a decisive factor in defining corporate sustainability strategies.