The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil finalised a set of criteria to check that companies which have made zero deforestation policies are meeting them. This new label, called RSPO Next, is a voluntary addition to the existing certification.
Shortly after Southeast Asia's worst haze on record, the Singapore Environment Council announced that its eco-label will certify sustainable palm oil products from next year. Eco-Business speaks to SEC head Edwin Seah to find out more about this upcoming label.
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Despite the fact that corporate social responsibility is inherently about better business practices, there still seems to be a view that government should force companies to do CSR and punish those that do not. CSR Asia chairman Richard Welford shares why that's a bad idea.
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What is a sustainable business? How do you build a business that lasts through fashions, economic cycles, changing demographics and competitive pressures? On UN-recognised Global Handwashing Day on 15 Oct, Lifebuoy looks at how it has built a business by focusing on a life-saving habit – not just a product.
The next decade looks set to be the most challenging, exciting and potentially productive yet. The launch of the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the impending COP21 summit, spurred along by visionary leaders like the Pope, could help the world reboot both corporations and capitalism, says John Elkington.
Leveraging the power of business to inspire and implement solutions to the environmental crisis is the most powerful way to initiate change on a wider scale, says Patagonia Australia and New Zealand General Manager Dane O’Shanassy.
Many palm oil producers and buyers are sited in Singapore. Hit them where it hurts, by mandating banks and investors to have codes that prevent loans to or investments in firms that aid deforestation and land burning.