Topic Archives: Labeling & Certification

Signed, Sealed… Delivered?

Signed, Sealed… Delivered? explores the value and challenges that businesses find in using certification and labelling as tools to improve economic, environmental and social outcomes across global value chains. Certification, labeling and the standards-setting organizations behind them have been pioneers in building a more sustainable economy. For businesses, they provide a credible, consensus-set reference point

Get Well Soon

The Lancet recently published a major international study revealing that 347 million adults worldwide suffered from diabetes in 2008 – a number that has doubled since 1980 and exceeds that shown in previous studies. As it was a scientific study, it doesn’t address the staggering economic implications of this number in terms of lost productivity

Food security needs systemic change

I don’t know about you, but the closest I ever got to a Rubik’s Cube, shortly after it was first launched in 1974, was to handle one in a toy store. For me, it seemed insoluble – and many assumed it was, until persistent cubers discovered not just one way to crack the puzzle, but

Clean As a Whistle

San Francisco is a trend-setting kind of place. Politically, technologically, environmentally, gastronomically, oenologically and otherwise, it’s a city that’s had a few moments. A relatively recent addition to the Bay Area avant-garde is Method, a line of home care products launched in 2000. The products are colorful, effective and non-toxic, so you don’t need to

Sustainability: Losing sight of true north?

A recent article in the Harvard Business Review (HBR) outlines how companies should not let “competitors control what ‘sustainable’ means in your industry”. The piece aims to steer business executives through the “green frenzy” that is the creation of sustainability standards, certifications and guidelines. The article is well intentioned in helping companies navigate the maelstrom

Time to Make a Move

We all know broccoli is better for us than burgers (right?) and that smoking kills. Yet, our world is still not predominantly populated by healthy creatures. In fact, to focus on one health-related vice, roughly one in four people in England are currently classed as obese and treating obesity-related illness is estimated to cost the

2008: A Year of Extremes (Nikkei Ecology)

Weather, exchange rates, commodity prices and the potential for new economic paradigms. 2008 turned out to be a year of extremes: in weather, in currency exchange rates, in oil and commodity prices, in food prices and in political leadership. The question now is whether 2009 will join 1929, 1939 and 1989 in the list of

Keeping It in the Family (China Dialogue)

Family ownership can imbue a firm with a sense of purpose and values its rivals may lack. John Elkington, turning to China’s emerging entrepreneurs, says it’s time to consider best practice in this much-overlooked sector. This article is also available on the China Dialogue website. Rarely do women pursue me in the way they did