Apple admits it has a human rights problem
Thousands of Chinese factory workers will be given the chance to detail the punishing conditions on assembly lines producing Apple iPads and iPhones, after the US company bowed to criticism and agreed to allow independent inspections of its supply chain. Facing a growing scandal over the working conditions of its factories, Apple has called in assessors from the same organisation that was set up to stamp out sweatshops in the clothing industry more than a decade ago.
Public sector most committed to carbon reduction
The UK’s public sector is demonstrating a greater commitment to reducing carbon than the private and third sectors, a new survey has revealed. Key findings from the Guardian Sustainable Business survey, which polled 1,256 respondents from across the public, private and third sectors, found that more than half (58%) of public sector respondents said their organisations plan to make tangible investments in carbon reduction in 2012. Of those, 77.9% said that carbon reduction remains a “key facet” of their organisation’s long-term goals, despite the difficult economic climate.
Research & Policy
EUROPEN publish green paper on packaging and sustainability
EUROPEN, the European Organization for Packaging and the Environment, has released a Green Paper developed through stakeholder meetings about packaging value chain’s contribution to sustainable consumption and production. The Green Paper presents and discusses a variety of challenges and variables that all packaging decision-makers face when determining what type, amount and design of packaging to use to protect, preserve and market their particular product.
UK Institute of Business Ethics publishes briefing on ethics, trust and reputations surveys from 2011
A new briefing from the UK Institute of Business Ethics summarises the findings of selected surveys on business ethics issues carried out in 2011, including the IBE/Ipsos MORI survey on Attitudes of the British Public to Business Ethics, the Edelman Trust Barometer, the ILM Index of Leadership and Trust and surveys on whistleblowing, fraud and antibribery and corruption. The results showed that almost 58% of the British public believe business behaves very (4%) or fairly (54%) ethically.
Ghana developing policy framework on climate change
The Ghana government through the Ministry of Environment Science and Technology is developing a National Climate Change Policy Framework (NCCPF) to provide strategic direction and co-ordinate the national framework to address issues of climate change broadly in the country.
National strategies are also being targeted to enable the execution of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the co-ordination and harmonizing of climate change activities in the country, through the National Climate Change Committee.