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Carrefour engages key players in its sustainable food transition

Alexandre Bompard, CEO of Carrefour, did not choose the members of the food advisory committee at random. Maxime de Rostolan of Fermes d'Avenir, Emmanuel Faber of Danone, and Lucie Basch of the application Too Good To Go, are all part of this recently launched committee. The global distributor...

Why blockchain is not the key to a fast fashion revolution

After finance and food, blockchain is infiltrating the fashion industry. This technological tool could influence the entire brand supply chain, pushing the fashion industry to change their practices, including the working conditions of textile workers. Even so, respecting human rights is not a...

The world’s largest companies are betting on renewable energy for long-term growth

Large companies have already purchased more renewable energy since the beginning of the year than all of 2017, according to the Bloomberg New Energy Finance (NEF) study, published in August. They purchased 7.2GW of renewable energy compared to 5.4GW in 2017 via long-term contracts. This is seen as a...

Towards a binding international human rights treaty for transnational corporations?

A United Nations working group has just published the first draft of an international treaty obliging transnational corporations to respect human rights. It should serve as a basis for negotiations in Geneva, which will begin in October. But the basis of this text is not without pitfalls…

[Inside story] Danone boycott in morocco: five lessons to draw from the crisis

Since 20 April, three companies have been the target of a boycott of unprecedented scale in Morocco: Sidi Ali mineral water, Afriquia gas stations and Danone dairy products. According to supporters of the movement, these three companies offer commodities that are too expensive, operate in a virtual...

Building heat-resistant cities

European cities are not known for withstanding the heat. On the contrary, the materials used to construct cities, the layout, the roads, only aggravate the heat bubbles existing in urban areas. Solutions exist to burst these bubbles, but it requires us to rethink urban architecture and greening...

Homebiogas, the small home digester for developping countries

Anaerobic digestion is becoming widespread in the agricultural sector, but is struggling to enter homes. HomeBiogas found the solution with a human-sized digester in the shape of a tent. Connected to a gas stove, the device can provide up to two hours of cooking gas per day. Engie has invested in...

Global warming: a point of no return for the planet?

The transition to a green economy is urgent now more than ever in order to save the Earth. Pollution from fossil fuels is likely to push the planet in a constant and dangerous state of warming, international researchers warned on 6 August. Such realities suggest a point of no return.

Kofi Annan, father of the Global Compact

The former Secretary-General of the United Nations died on August 18. We know the great diplomat but we know less about the fact that he is at the origin of the Global Compact and the Principles for Responsible Investment.

No country on track to achieve sustainable development goals (sdgs)

Adopted with great acclaim three years ago, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a new benchmark for sustainability, are struggling to translate into government budgets and policies. A new ranking puts Sweden, Denmark and Finland in the lead, with France following in fifth place.

Major French companies commit to biodiversity

On 10 July, 65 companies committed to the Act4Nature initiative. This initiative launched by the French private sector with NGOs is designed to protect, enhance and restore biodiversity. It could also be a first step for an international mobilisation.

[Inside story] When companies boycott their own products in the name of CSR

In early July, alcohol producers announced a campaign to fight alcoholism: a call for customers to consume less alcohol. "This is a question of responsibility", alcohol producers explained. And they are not alone. Other industry actors have done the same with energy, tobacco and food. Are these...

Apple launches green fund to bring its Chinese suppliers to renewable energy

After announcing the conversion of 100% of its facilities to renewable energy, Apple is attacking the operation of its Chinese suppliers. A $ 300 million green fund has been pledged by 10 of them. It once allowed to put into operation 1 GW of wind and photovoltaic.

Mining solutions for the transition to sustainable energy in Europe

Europe, a continent that does not exploit its own domestic mining resources, is very dependent on imports. But the growing need for certain rare earth materials are likely to put the continent’s manufacturers under pressure...in just three years’ time! The international consultancy firm Alcimed has...

L'Oréal’s new spot tool puts csr at the heart of innovation

By 2020, 100% of L'Oréal products will have an improved environmental and social profile. To manage such a wide scope, the group relies on a Sustainability Product Optimisation Tool (SPOT), that took two years to develop. This tool makes it possible to rapidly visualise the areas of improvement for...

Lafarge charged with "complicity in crimes against humanity"

The cement maker, Lafarge, accused of financing jihadist groups including the Islamic State organisation to maintain its activity in Syria, was indicted Thursday June 28th. The investigating judges followed the logic of the NGO Sherpa by indicting Lafarge SA for "complicity in crimes against...

Commerzbank deploys AI for financial analysis

Commerzbank wants to deploy artificial intelligence to replace its financial analysts. It could effectively and inexpensively prepare analysis notes on company quarterly financial results. To do this, the German bank has chosen to adapt a software that is currently used to automatically generate...

The rise and fall of the CAC 40

The CAC 40 brings together companies that are the supposed flagships of the French economy. But the constitution of this flagship index is decided by a scientific committee whose criteria are unknown. Financial performance is undoubtedly at the top of the list...but isn’t it time to also integrate...

When the Big Four overthrow mass retail

After the announcement of a Monoprix-Amazon alliance and an Alibaba-Auchan partnership, Carrefour has now announced plans to partner with Google. Supermarkets have no choice but to team up with the world’s digital and e-commerce giants or risk becoming mere subcontractors for these colossal...

Sustainability in corporate management : household products and Health care, the two highest ranked sectors by ISS-Oekom

The share of companies in the industrialized countries with good and very good ratings is just slightly higher than in the previous year, says ISS-Oekom, in its annual survey. Moreover, the group of companies with a medium sustainability performance is larger than the proportion of companies with...