Decade of drought: a global tour of seven recent water crises

Projections for water stress in 2020, 2030 and 2040 indicate that the global picture is likely going to get worse. Photograph: Sam Panthaky/AFP/Getty Images

With a chronic overuse of resources, it only takes a few bad rainfalls or poor management decisions to plunge a region into crisis

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Turning a bad reputation round can take years of good leadership

A group of garment workers protest against Nike claiming they were laid off without compensation from a Thai factory that produced garments for the company after the factory closed down. Photograph: Reuters Photographer / Reuters/REUTERS

A bad reputation can be hard to shake off and takes concerted efforts over the long-term – just ask Nike, Nestlé and Asia Pulp and Paper

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SC Johnson releases list of fragrances in its Glade air fresheners

SC Johnson disclosed the fragrance list of its Glade product line, which includes air fresheners and room sprays. Photograph: Richard T Nowitz/Corbis

The consumer product giant is the first multinational company to disclose fragrance ingredients, which are considered trade secrets, by product

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Do corporate mega mergers inhibit social responsibility?

A demonstrator holds a poster during a World March Against Monsanto event in Lisbon in May. Photograph: Armando Franca/AP

A Monsanto-Syngenta deal proposal is on the cards, but mega mergers can often stand in opposition to sustainable corporate culture

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Unilever, Patagonia cement their positions as the world’s most sustainable brands, says new report

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Interface, Marks and Spencer, Ikea and Nestle also made the list of top ranked companies in this year’s Sustainability Leaders Report

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The good, the bad and the ugly: sustainability at Nespresso

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The single-serve coffee maker supports growers, but also creates a lot of waste. Its story illustrates the power and limitations of corporate sustainability programs

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Business leaders prepare for limited UN climate deal in Paris

Upwards of 1,000 business representatives turned up at a business summit on tackling climate change in Paris this week. Photograph: HOUPLINE RENARD/SIPA/REX/HOUPLINE RENARD/SIPA/REX

Private sector could help close the expected shortfall in emissions reductions necessary to stop 2C of global warming warming, suggests Unilever CEO Paul Polman at climate and business summit in Paris . . . → Read More: Business leaders prepare for limited UN climate deal in Paris






Companies cannot keep shying away from setting tough climate targets

In Paris this week business leaders called on governments to lock in the right frameworks and targets to help address climate change. Photograph: © redbrickstock.com/Alamy

Only a handful of companies are setting emission reduction targets in line with what climate scientists say is necessary – that must change

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Global warming made 2014 a record hot year – in animated graphics

The sun rises in Pleasant Plains, Illinois. Photograph: Seth Perlman/AP

NASA and NOAA have just reported that global surface temperatures in 2014 were the hottest on record. That also means 2014 was likely the hottest the Earth has been in millennia, and perhaps as much as 100,000 years. . . . → Read More: Global warming made 2014 a record hot year – in animated graphics






2014 officially the hottest year on record, US government scientists say

Campaign groups say the milestone report should spur new efforts to fight climate change. Photograph: Frederic J Brown/AFP/Getty Images

2014 has set a new record as the “hottest” year in 5000 years! If the rising trends in temperatures are to be believed, hotter climates, in all likelihood, will be the new “normal”. With no immediate global action plans to fight global warming in sight, the threat of climate change is becoming more stronger, putting future generations at risk. . . . → Read More: 2014 officially the hottest year on record, US government scientists say






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