Author Archive | Eric Block

GlobalScan: Environmental Concerns At 20 Year Lows

Environmental concerns among citizens around the world have been falling since 2009 and have now reached twenty-year lows, according to a multi-country GlobeScan poll.  Asked how serious they consider each of six environmental problems to be — air pollution, water pollution, species loss, automobile emissions, fresh water shortages and climate change — fewer people now […]

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Aspirational Consumers: Balancing Style and Sustainability

A new study by BBMG, GlobeScan and SustainAbility finds that a majority of consumers across six international markets are seeking to reconcile their desire for shopping and style with responsibility to the environment and society through their purchases. According to the report, Rethinking Consumption: Consumers and the Future of Sustainability, nearly two-thirds of consumers globally equate […]

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GINN: Impact Investing To Grow 12% in 2013

The Global Impact Investing Network (GINN) – in partnership with JP Morgan – has published a new report “Perspectives on Progress” surveying impact investment trends.  The survey indicates that respondents report that they committed $8 billion to impact investments in 2012, and plan to commit $9 billion in 2013. As defined by GINN, “Impact investments are investments made […]

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Unilever: Partnership to help African Hand Washing Initiative

Unilever and the Earth Institute have announced a new initiative to bring hand washing with soap – a lifesaving habit – to the Millennium Villages, a project that works with nearly 500,000 people in rural villages, across 10 countries in sub-Saharan Africa. ”The big issues the world is facing require new approaches, new business models […]

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Climate Vulnerable Forum: Climate Change Cost 1.7% of Global GDP in 2010.

“A HUNDRED YEARS from now, looking back, the only question that will appear important about the historical moment in which we now live is the question of whether or not we did anything to arrest climate change.” THE ECONOMIST December 2011 In the 2nd edition, The Climate Vulnerability Monitor (A Guide to the Cold Calculus of a Hot Planet) reports on the economic and social […]

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Ekocycle: will.i.am and Coke inspire sustainable behaviors

Coca-Cola is collaborating with musician and producer will.i.am along with other iconic brands to inspire a global movement with the launch of Ekocycle, a brand initiative dedicated to help encourage recycling behavior and sustainability among consumers through aspirational, yet attainable lifestyle products made in part from recycled material. The Ekocycle brand initiative was developed to […]

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Interbrand: Toyota is world’s best green brand.

Interbrand has crowned Toyota as the number one green brand in the world. In a statement, Interbrand reports:  ”Automotive and technology brands dominate the ranking. Toyota maintains the number one spot, continuing to make environmental sustainability a core management priority. The original Prius model — the primary launchpad for Toyota’s green image — has recently […]

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EIRIS: Puma Is The World’s Most Sustainable Corporation.

In researching more than 2,000 large global corporations, EIRIS has ranked the top ten global companies when it comes to sustainable practices. No U.S. based companies were ranked in the top ten. Puma was ranked first based on its exceptional environmental management systems and reporting practices. It also has comprehensive policies for equal opportunity employment, […]

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Nielsen: The Global, Socially Conscious Consumer

In a new global research report, Nielsen has identified a segment of the population they call the Global Socially Conscious Consumer. Two thirds (66%) of consumers around the world say they prefer to buy products and services from companies that have implemented programs to give back to society. They prefer to work for these companies […]

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