Climate

Question: How do we incent consumers to take meaningful, positive action on the issue of climate change?

Alisa Gravitz
Green America

"The most effective way for consumers to take meaningful, positive action on climate change is to vote with their dollars. As the green movement grows and the economy tightens, consumers are becoming more discerning about where they spend their hard-earned money."

Alisa Gravitz

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Product

Question: Can one label adequately compare products' sustainability?

Rhonda Evans
Good Guide

"Consumers need information that is scientifically rigorous, but still easy-to-understand and actionable in the marketplace. Credible, streamlined solutions are essential to empowering consumers to make healthy, safe and socially responsible choices."

Rhonda Evans

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Factories

Question: Which NGOs and local community partners have an effective track record of helping companies scale their efforts to improve the lives of factory workers?

Dan Viederman
Verite

"Workers want good wages and safe workplaces. Involving NGOs in supply chain implementation, not simply as ‘after the fact’ social welfare providers, is the best way to ensure that workers rights are respected throughout company business operations."

Dan Viederman

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Service

Question: What is the real impact of tree planting?

Hugh Locke
Yele Haiti

"With the Yele Vert program in Haiti we are linking tree planting with agriculture. The real impact is a combination of long term environmental improvement and immediate increases in crop production."

Hugh Locke

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Latest Comments

james - Founder @ Black & White Ventures
Service

"It would be added brass on your shoulders if you could extent to some African countries where deforestation is heavily felt. I write from Guinea in West Africa. As you support Reforestation Projects, this part of the world could also be of interest to you. Business opportunities abounds as well if you take up the off-shore advantages in Africa as p ..."

12/17/2011 | Comment

Chhavi Ghuliani, Business for Social Responsibilit - Manager, Advisory Services @ BSR
Factories

"This is an important question. With supply chains extending throughout the developing world, companies can access the vast majority of the world’s working poor. As many people have rightly said there is no shortage of community organizations that are willing to partner with companies on improving the livelihoods of workers in the supply chain - ..."

8/19/2011 | Comment

Member Program team @ Association For Stimulating Know How
Factories

"Thanks Libby and Lydia for your comments and appreciation. ASK has been engaged in work with factories on the ground since 1998. One of our important learning’s has been that impact on the lives of the factory workers is a resultant of commitment from the brand, visioning of the factory management , a committed catalyst NGO or community partner ..."

7/29/2011 | Comment

Susie Hackler Conservation NH - Director of Development @ Conservation NH
Climate

"The best way for companies to encourage consumers to act on climate change is to live it themselves -- to act on climate change as a business, to make that action overt and public, and to encourage (e.g., through their packaging, advertising, etc.) their customers to do likewise. Businesses need to do so in two ways -- by reducing their own emi ..."

7/28/2011 | Comment

Libby Annat, Primark - Senior Ethical Trade Manager @ Primark
Factories

"Timberland poses a very interesting and valuable question about scalability and sustainability, particularly within the areas of microcredit / savings. Primark has been working on a financial inclusion programme with Geosansar in India, opening hundreds of bank accounts and providing financial education and awareness building for workers in garm ..."

7/28/2011 | Comment