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Surfer Dudes Add Hope for Saving Our Oceans

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 14, 2016 10:25:45 AM / by Carol Pierson Holding

By: Carol Pierson Holding

June 8th was World Oceans Day. It was celebrated with a reception at U.N. Headquarters in New York City. The Empire State Building was lit in white, blue and purple representing different layers of the ocean.

The day started in New York’s Long Island City, where the UN Secretary-General greeted the Hawaiian boat Hokule after two years at sea without motors or GPS.

Beach TrashBostonGlobe.com ran stunning photos of oceans.

Capitalists played their part too. In his World Oceans Day blog for Huffington Post, Richard Branson dressed up as a Merman to announce that as part of the 2016 Virgin Strive Challenge, he would swim from the southern tip of Italy to Sicily. The challenge sponsor is Virgin Money. That’s corporate social responsibility the Branson way.

In the real world, aquariums put on special shows. Citizens participated in symposiums and beach clean-up. All of this to raise appreciation of our oceans and awareness of both ocean wonder and degradation.

But what excites me most are the younger surfers around the world who are taking action.

The best known is of course Boyan Slat, the now 21-year-old Dutch aeronautical engineer who two years ago raised $2.2 million via crowd-sourcing for his non-profit Ocean Cleanup.  After witnessing garbage despoiling Greek waters when he was 16, Slat asked the question, “Why don’t we just clean it up?” He didn’t know why that’s an impossible task — even if he could overcome technological, territorial and funding issues. But his naiveté turned out to be a strength as compelling as his persistence.

Slat’s system uses ocean currents to concentrate garbage where it can more easily be picked up. (For a description of how it’s done, read The Guardian’s look at feasibility and  links to technical papers.) After five years of relentless pushing and the help of top engineers and scientists, Slat’s ocean cleaning system is going into trial this month.

Anther solution to ocean garbage is the SeaVax, a solar and wind-powered, self-driving ship that sucks up plastic. Invented by a young British trio, the ship has special sensors to detect trash and sonar technology that protects marine and bird life. The first ship is ready and looking for a launch site.

And another: Designed by two Australian surfers from recycled material, the Seabin is an automated trash receptacle for marina docks. Much like Seavax, funding was cobbled together from seed money plus crowd-sourcing.

Despite lack of experience and limited resources, these young social innovators are part of a passion-driven force that is taking center stage. In an interview with the Chairman of C2 Montreal JF Bouchard, the annual conference on innovation, journalist Ali Velshi maintains that individuals — “the Many” —not policies or institutions hold the key to society’s greatest challenges. In his words:

“I used to lament the end of programs like NASA, where a government took charge of a problem, or things like Bell Labs, where somebody was just working on stuff that wasn’t for commercialization. But you know, what’s better than the government and these labs is people, regular people.”

Surely Velshi goes too far. One (ironic) example: another significant problem, rising ocean temperatures, was confirmed in 2015 by a collaboration that included Bell Labs’ underwater radar arrays…and NASA scientists.

Fixing problems is exciting stuff. Yet in the end, it’s less complicated than measuring problems or preventing them in the first place. That’s where you need big institutions. Cities like Seattle and San Francisco banned plastic bags; Congress passed a ban on microbeads to take effect in July 2017. Since 1972, the Ocean Dumping Act has reinforced no-dumping laws with stiff penalties.

Branson’s stunts and the surfer dudes who develop their fantastical gizmos give us hope for a quick solution to environmental devastation. With institutional support, we might just get there.

Photo courtesy of Ingrid Taylar via Flickr CC.


Carol2 Carol Pierson Holding is President and Founder, Holding Associates. Carol serves as Guest Blogger for CSRHub. Her firm has focused on the intersection of brand and social responsibility, working with Cisco Systems, Wilmington Trust, Bankrate.com, the US EPA, Yale University’s School of Environmental Sciences, and various non-profits. Before founding Holding Associates, Carol worked in executive management positions at Siegel & Gale, McCann Erickson, and Citibank. She is a Board Member of AMREF (African Medical and Research Foundation). Carol received her AB from Smith College and her MBA from Harvard University.

CSRHub provides access to corporate social responsibility and sustainability ratings and information on 15,000+ companies from 135 industries in 132 countries. Managers, researchers and activists use CSRHub to benchmark company performance, learn how stakeholders evaluate company CSR practices and seek ways to change the world.

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CSRHub Partner The Analyst Desk Issued its Semi-annual Changes to the Nasdaq CRD Global Sustainability Index

[fa icon="calendar'] May 26, 2016 11:00:23 AM / by CSRHub Blogging

New York, NY: May 26, 2016 — CSRHub’s newest business partner, The Analyst Desk announced the results of the semi-annual re-ranking of the Nasdaq CRD Global Sustainability Index (Nasdaq: QCRD), which became effective Monday, May 23, 2016.

The following twelve securities will be added to the Index: Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL); BorgWarner, Inc. (NYSE: BWA); Deere & Co. (Nasdaq: DE); Delphi Automotive (NYSE: DLPH); Gilead Sciences, Inc. (NYSE:GILD); Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE: MAR); NVIDIA Corp. (NYSE:NVDA); Rockwell Automation (NYSE: ROK); Sealed Air Corp. (NYSE: SEE); Stericycle Inc. (Nasdaq: SRCL) and Sunlife Financial (NYSE: SLF).

The Nasdaq CRD Global Sustainability Index (Nasdaq: QCRD) is an equally weighted equity index that serves as a benchmark for stocks of companies taking a leadership role in measuring, managing and communicating the impacts and ROI of their investments in sustainable development and shared value creation.  The Index is made up of companies traded on a major US stock exchange who voluntarily disclose their current environmental, social and governance risks as well as their revenue opportunities and forward look on future performance.  The QCRD methodology incorporates lagging indicators in accordance with the Global Reporting Initiative G4 Guidelines, and leading indicators from public and proprietary frameworks to measure impact and shared value creation.  The securities must also meet other eligibility criteria which include minimum requirements for market value, average daily share volume, and price. The Index is evaluated on a semi-annual basis in May and November. For more information about the Nasdaq CRD Global Sustainability Index, including detailed eligibility criteria, visit https://indexes.nasdaqomx.com/.

 

As a result of the Index reconstitution, the following twelve securities will be removed from the Index: Albermarle Corp. (NYSE: ALB); AngloGold Ashanti Limited (NYSE: AU); Arcelormittal (NYSE: MT); BHP Billiton PLC (NYSE: BHP); Dow Chemical Company (NYSE: DOW); EI Du Pont Nemours (NYSE: DD); Freeport-McMoran Copper & Gold (NYSE: FCX); Spectra Energy Corp. (NYSE:SE); Sasol Limited (NYSE: SSL); Suncor Energy, Inc. (NYSE:SU); Syngenta AG (NYSE: SYT); and Verizon Communications, Inc. (NYSE:VZ).

 

Contact Information:

 

  • Media Contacts:  Joseph Christinat, Nasdaq, +1.646.441.5121, Josh Machiz, Nasdaq, +1.212.231.5614

 

  • Issuer & Investor Contact: Natasha Selzer, Nasdaq, +1.301.978.8623

 

 

  • Analyst Desk / MetaVu Contact: Mark A. Serwinowski, +1.303.475.7426,  mas@metavu.com

 

About CSRHub

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CSRHub® provides access to the world’s largest corporate social responsibility and sustainability ratings and information service, covering 16,000+ companies in 132 countries. By aggregating and normalizing the information from 400+ data sources, CSRHub has created a broad, consistent rating system and a searchable database that links millions of rating elements back to their source. Managers, professionals, and academics use CSRHub to benchmark company and supply chain performance, learn how stakeholders evaluate company CSR practices, and seek ways to improve corporate sustainability performance. Subscribers can access 12 indicators and millions of detailed data points on employee, environment, community and governance performance. CSRHub is a B Corporation. For more information about CSRHub, visit www.csrhub.com or contact sales@csrhub.com.

About The Analyst Desk

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The Analyst DeskSM is a strategic partnership between award-winning business advisory firm MetaVu, and Wall Street investment analytics firm CRD Analytics, whose SmartView® 360 platform powers the Nasdaq CRD Global Sustainability Index, SeaCrest Global Clean Energy Portfolio and other international standards in sustainability rankings, portfolios and indexes.  The Analyst Desk provides intelligence, analytics and advisory services to help companies measure, manage and communicate their return on investment in sustainable development (SDROI).  For more information about The Analyst Desk, go to www.AnalystDesk.com.

About Nasdaq Global Indexes

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Nasdaq Global Indexes has been creating innovative, market-leading, transparent indexes since 1971. Today, their index offering spans geographies and asset classes and includes diverse families such as the Dividend Achievers, Global, Nordic, Green Economy, Sharia and Commodity Indexes. They continuously offer new opportunities for financial product sponsors across a wide-spectrum of investable products and for asset managers to measure risk and performance. Nasdaq Global Indexes also provides custom index services and design solutions to selected financial organizations. For more information about Nasdaq Global Indexes, visit indexes.nasdaqomx.com.

Daily index values, weightings and historical data for Nasdaq indexes are available via Nasdaq Global Index Watch and Nasdaq Global Index Data Service.

The information contained above is provided for informational and educational purposes only, and nothing contained herein should be construed as investment advice, either on behalf of a particular financial product or an overall investment strategy. Neither The Nasdaq Group, Inc. nor any of its affiliates makes any recommendation to buy or sell any financial product or any representation about the financial condition of any company or fund. Statements regarding Nasdaq’s proprietary indexes are not guarantees of future performance. Actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied. Past performance is not indicative of future results. Investors should undertake their own due diligence and carefully evaluate companies before investing. ADVICE FROM A SECURITIES PROFESSIONAL IS STRONGLY ADVISED. 

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CSRHub's Cythnia Figge to Speak at Sustainable Brands '16

[fa icon="calendar'] May 18, 2016 10:04:44 AM / by Cynthia Figge

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CSRHub COO and CoFounder Cynthia Figge will be moderating a panel at Sustainable Brands 2016 conference, in San Diego on June 6-9. The panel will be discussing New CDP Product-Level Supply Chain Data: Analysis and Recommendations.

At SB’16 San Diego, thought leaders, brand innovators, designers, and global business leaders will gather to explore various topics and issues pertinent to sustainability. Participants are leading the way with creativity and new products and services facilitating the transition to a truly sustainable future.

Wednesday, June 8th 11:30am-12:30pm PDT

New CDP Product-Level Supply Chain Data: Analysis and Recommendations

  • Betty Cremmins, Senior Manager, CDP
  • Christoph Meinrenken, Chief Data Scientist, COCLEAR
  • Cynthia Figge, COO and CoFounder, CSRHub

SB’16 San Diego is the largest gathering of change makers representing many of the world’s largest global brands, disruptive social entrepreneurs, NGO’s, investors, academia plus a multitude of other stakeholders that support them. For more information regarding the event, click here.  To register for the conference, members of CSRHub may use a 20% Speaker Discount Code. Please use NWSPKSB16SD when registering.

New CDP Product-Level Supply Chain Data: Analysis and Recommendations Panel will cover:

 

The Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) has partnered with CoClear to analyze its product life cycle data from CDP’s Supply Chain Climate Change Information Request. Over 1,500 companies from 30 countries, representing 10 industry sectors, responded to the CDP questionnaire in 2013, 2014 & 2015. These companies provided life cycle emissions data on more than 300 products. Prior efforts to understand industry emissions often relied on “top-down” methods of analysis, examining high level, aggregate emissions data. With top-down analyses, it is often difficult to pinpoint with particularity the causes of carbon emissions – and which products and brands in a company’s portfolio offer the most potential for efficiency improvements. This analysis, on the other hand, identifies which life cycle stage cause highest emissions in each industry and how sectors track and manage these hotspots over time. The goal is to help industries identify efficiency improvements throughout their value chain.


Cynthia Figge, Co-founder and COO of CSRHubCynthia Figge is a forerunner and thought leader in the corporate sustainability movement who co-founded EKOS International in 1996, one of the first consultancies integrating sustainability and corporate strategy. Cynthia is COO and Cofounder of CSRHub. Cynthia has worked with major organizations including BNSF, Boeing, Coca-Cola, Dow Jones, and REI to help craft sustainability strategy integrated with business. She was an Officer of LIN Broadcasting/McCaw Cellular leading new services development, and started a new “Greenfield” mill with Weyerhaeuser. She serves as Advisor to media and technology companies, and served as President of the Board of Sustainable Seattle. Cynthia has an MBA from Harvard Business School. Cynthia is based in the Seattle area.

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Heineken's Bold Approach to Increasing Their Transparency

[fa icon="calendar'] May 4, 2016 10:44:07 AM / by CSRHub Blogging

By Jeff Hayes

Sustainability professionals are chronically over-worked, and the idea of reviewingHeineken CSR performance another sustainability report - even one from a leading global brand - often gets filed under "good idea" rather than "essential reading".

That's almost certainly the reasoning behind Heineken's decision to produce a rap video that shares quantitative information on their CSR performance.

That's right - a rap video! And at CSRHub, we applaud any effort that makes CSR performance data easier for everyone to understand - its at the core of what we do, too.

While we're not familiar with this particular rapper (Blaxstar) we do appreciate a funky groove - even more so when the lyrics speak to honest effort that's been applied to solving some of the world's biggest problems.

What's next - a Broadway musical on climate change? We're looking at you Lin-Manuel Miranda...

And more importantly - what do you think of their strategy? Is this a good idea?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8FJyKYK74DM

Photo courtesy of Acid Pix via Flickr CC.

 


Jeff HayesJeff Hayes is part of the Direct Sales and Business Development team for CSRHub. Jeff defines Corporate Sustainability as "maximizing profitability - but not at the expense of the environment, people, or their communities." Before joining CSRHub, Jeff was a consultant, offering middle-market organizations a fast-track to sustainable business best practices. During that time he was also a CSRHub subscriber, and he brings his own user-experience focus to improving our tools. In 2006 he co-founded an inclusive network of entrepreneurs and young professionals called Green Business Networking, simultaneously running an exclusive, sustainability-focused network of service professionals. Jeff attended Berklee College of Music, where he studied Film Scoring. Returning to California he entered the emerging world of computer graphics, and his early career was spent developing visual effects for film, television, and video games for Walt Disney Imagineering and Activision. Jeff grew up traveling around the world, surfing exotic locales, and since settling in Seattle he's shifted his passion for ocean sports to learning to kite board in Puget Sound.

CSRHub provides access to the world’s largest corporate social responsibility and sustainability ratings and information.  It covers over 16,000+ companies from 135 industries in 133 countries. By aggregating and normalizing the information from 455 data sources, CSRHub has created a broad, consistent rating system and a searchable database that links millions of rating elements back to their source. Managers, researchers and activists use CSRHub to benchmark company performance, learn how stakeholders evaluate company CSR practices, and seek ways to improve corporate sustainability performance. 

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CSRHub COO and Cofounder Cynthia Figge Joins Impact Conference at Sustainatopia

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 27, 2016 10:28:16 AM / by Cynthia Figge

Sustainatopia 2016

CSRHub COO and Cofounder Cynthia Figge will be speaking at the Annual Impact Conference at Sustainatopia on Monday, May 2nd in San Francisco, California. The session will discuss Driving Impact & Robust Returns Through Renewables.

The Impact Conference at Sustainatopia 2015 will be one of the best opportunities to learn, network, and connect with hundreds of top global impact leaders and organizations.

Monday, May 2nd 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM

Driving Impact & Robust Returns Through Renewables

  • Chris Warren, Clean Energy Advisors
  • Erik Melang, Clean Energy Advisors
  • Cynthia Figge, CSRHub

The Impact Conference is part of Sustainatopia, one of the largest events in the world for financial, social and environmental sustainability. For more information on the event, click here.


Cynthia Figge, Co-founder and COO of CSRHubCynthia Figge is a forerunner and thought leader in the corporate sustainability movement who co-founded EKOS International in 1996, one of the first consultancies integrating sustainability and corporate strategy. Cynthia is COO and Cofounder of CSRHub. Cynthia has worked with major organizations including BNSF, Boeing, Coca-Cola, Dow Jones, and REI to help craft sustainability strategy integrated with business. She was an Officer of LIN Broadcasting/McCaw Cellular leading new services development, and started a new “Greenfield” mill with Weyerhaeuser. She serves as Advisor to media and technology companies, and served as President of the Board of Sustainable Seattle. Cynthia has an MBA from Harvard Business School. Cynthia is based in the Seattle area. 

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