Posts Categorized ‘Fair Trade’

Sustainable Palm Oil Goes Mainstream
By Holly Testa, Director, Shareowner Engagement

Following the recent announcement by the largest palm oil producer in the world, Wilmar, to adopt sustainable practices, the Kellogg Company has committed to purchasing “deforestation free palm oil”, setting a new standard for the industry. Green Century Asset Management worked closely with Kellogg’s after the firm’s Equity Fund filed a shareholder proposal at the company about the issue. The Read more »

Posted: April 9, 2014

Hershey’s Chocolate Becomes a Little Greener
By Michael Schweibinz

The Hershey Company has committed to source 100% certified cocoa by 2020. First Affirmative applauds this world famous chocolate producer for exceeding their first year goal. The company’s 21st Century Cocoa Sustainability Strategy called for 10% certification by 2013; but actual results were significantly better, with 18% of Hershey cocoa certified sustainable last year. What exactly does “certified cocoa” Read more »

Posted: March 24, 2014

Sustainable Consumerism: Oxymoron…?
By Michael Schweibinz

Over the past decade or so, two buzzwords have emerged to describe the best of human aspirations—“sustainability” and “innovation.” Businesses and individuals are constantly talking about how to be “more sustainable,” and yet research has shown that consumers don’t walk their talk. The irony is that consumerism has lacked innovation. While firms have been innovating Read more »

Posted: November 25, 2013

Palm Oil Fueling Deforestation
By Michael Schweibinz

In the recent movement to avoid foods high in trans-fat, processed food companies in the United States have turned to palm oil as an alternative to partially hydrogenated oil. Palm oil is also a primary ingredient in common consumer goods including soaps and cosmetics. From an industrial standpoint, palm oil is an extremely productive crop. It is Read more »

Posted: November 7, 2013

EthicMark® Awards – for Advertising that Uplifts the Human Spirit
By Robyn Taylor Knapp

The winners of the 2013 EthicMark® Awards for advertising that “uplifts the human spirit and society” will be announced in late October at The SRI Conference. EthicMark Awards recognize socially responsible advertising and media communications by both for-profit and nonprofit organizations. According to the Center for Media Research, advertising is a $500 billion global industry, Read more »

Posted: September 9, 2013

Create a World Where Every Child Is Safe, Secure and Lives Without Fear
By George Gay

Each year the professionals of First Affirmative gather together for an evening of recognition, networking and fellowship.  Each year, several people are asked to present a talk that we call “Why We Do What We Do.”  We have found that, without fail, each person reveals things that we did not know, and shares their path Read more »

Posted: January 23, 2013

Can We Slow Our Money Down?
By Johann Klaassen

A report on the inaugural “Slow Money Alliance” conference.

Posted: September 22, 2009

Walmart Announces Green Rating System
By Steve Schueth

Can Walmart establish credible new standards for corporate sustainability?

Posted: August 31, 2009