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Climate: NGOs demand accountability from BlackRock, the most powerful asset manager in the world

Tables have turned... Six months after Larry Fink, CEO of the largest asset manager in the world, released a letter urging companies to better account for the common good in their business strategy, three NGOs have noted BlackRock's own lack of excellence in this area. Among the negative points...

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Cobalt-free electric cars: a competitive and human rights challenge for Telsa

The electric car manufacturer, Tesla, wants to massively reduce the use of cobalt in its cars. This objective would reduce the brand’s exposure to market risks, which is currently under heightened tension due to exponential demand, and would also make its supply chain more responsible. As an...

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A green economy could eliminate 120 million jobs in agriculture

Responsible agriculture could have many benefits for the environment, but it could also have serious consequences for employment, warned the International Labour Organisation (ILO) in a study published on 14 May. According to their estimates, 120 million jobs would be eliminated in agricultural...

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Shell makes its climate strategy validated by its shareholders

The highly anticipated Annual Shareholders' Meeting did not lead to Shell’s adoption of a demanding climate resolution. But beyond the numbers, several observers see a signal sent to the oil industry while the issue of warming was at the heart of the discussions.

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Five measures for companies to better manage water resources and risks

Water management has become non-negotiable for businesses. Between the global increase in droughts, floods and groundwater pollution, taking greater care of this resource must be at the heart of corporate environmental actions. EpE (Entreprises pour l’environnement) offers some tips to achieve this...

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Climate: Allianz turns its back on coal

The insurance leader, Allianz, will no longer insure coal-fired power plants and mines and wants to completely divest from the sector by 2040, the German group announced on 4 May. The insurer will also take immediate action to no longer invest in companies building "large coal plants".

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Danone gives voice to the group’s 100,000 employees

Danone will begin to involve the Group's 100,000 employees with its long-term governance by implementing the “One Person, One Voice, One Action” principle, inspired by a cooperative business model. This decision was announced by CEO Emmanuel Faber at the company’s Shareholders’ Meeting on 25 April.

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Patagonia, Apple, Starbucks, and Delta Airlines : one of those companies which are challenging Donald Trump on CSR field

The American business coalition "We Are Still In", which began mobilising for the climate after Donald Trump announced American withdrawal from the Paris Agreement, just launched a new campaign entitled, "We Are Taking Action". But some companies are not waiting for a collective effort in order to...

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Five figures that prove the global fight for carbon pricing is (slightly) progressing

Since the signing of the Paris Climate Agreement, more and more countries have introduced taxes or markets designed to price CO² to push companies into investing more in energy transition. However, these efforts must be continued, according to the think tank I4CE, which recently published a panorama...

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Total strengthens its low carbon strategy with Direct Energie aquisition

After acquiring the electricity supplier, Lampiris, and launching its own gas and electricity supply, Total continues its growth with the acquisition of Direct Energie, one of the main clean energy suppliers on the French market. With this win, the oil & gas company more than doubles its production...

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Primark, Ferrero, Unilever: large companies accepting more transparency in their supply chains

By refusing to publish the source of palm oil used in their products, multinationals like PepsiCo and Kellogg are not keeping their promise to fight against deforestation, according to a report by Greenpeace. Increasingly under pressure, large companies are becoming increasingly more transparent....

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Cobalt: blockchain tested in the DRC in an effort to combat child labor

Global demand for cobalt is exploding amid an era of energy and digital transition. More than half of this mineral’s supply comes from the Democratic Republic of Congo, where nearly 40,000 children are employed in mines. In an effort to better trace cobalt, major contractors are joining forces to...

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Rio tinto: the giant miner sells its last coal mine

The Anglo-Australian mining giant, Rio Tinto, has confirmed its withdrawal from the coal sector through an announcement made on March 27, citing a $2.25 billion-dollar agreement to hand over control of a coal mine in Australia.

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Mcdonald's puts science on the menu of its greenhouse gas emissions reduction plan

McDonald's becomes the first restaurant corporation to have its targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions approved by a scientific committee (Science Based Targets). By 2030, the group is committed to reducing its emissions across its entire supply chain by more than a third, based 2015 figures,...

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[INSIDE STORY] Business confidentiality and slapp laws: legal obstacles to greater business transparency

The Bolloré group's trial against journalists and NGOs concerning damage to the reputation of its brand, raises some questions. Even if the Commercial Court has dismissed their case, the group has managed to avoid countless calls for greater transparency and vigilance concerning company activities...

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Artificial Intelligence : Google employees denounce collaboration on Pentagon research project

Google employees are launching a rebellion. And it could hurt the Internet giant’s reputation. The brand's employees are denouncing an artificial intelligence research program conducted with the US military. They fear that this work will be used to improve the effectiveness of combat drones.

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[INFOGRAPHIC] Planet Earth facing a man-made mass extinction

All signals are red. According to biodiversity experts, Earth is facing a "mass extinction" of its species, the first since the disappearance of dinosaurs 65 million years ago and the sixth in the last 500 million years. But more importantly, it is the first extinction caused by human activity, and...


The functional economy: from selling goods to selling solutions

At the end of March, the French government will present its roadmap for the circular economy. The goal is to break from the linear consumption model - extract, produce, consume, discard - and encourage businesses to develop a functional economy based on selling the use of a good rather than the...

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Pacte law: expanding business goals beyond profit causes division between French employers

On 9 March, Michelin CEO, Jean Dominique Sénard, and head of Vigeo-Eiris, Nicole Notat, presented their report to the government. It is intended to contribute to the Pacte Law on the transformation of company corporate purpose. Among the areas studied: the modification of the French civil code so...

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The French Ministry of Agriculture announces bioeconomy strategy

The Ministry of Agriculture recently announced a "plan of action" for the bioeconomy in order to promote rural energy generation and encourage the use of agricultural, forestry, marine and aquaculture resources in the production of "food, renewable energy and bio-based materials".