Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability

Philippine Property Developer’s Sustainability Program Continues
Asia Pacific

The Manila Bulletin reports that Philippine property developer Thunderbird Resorts Philippines has celebrated the second anniversary of the Thunderbird Resort’s Efforts on Environmental Sustainability (TREES) program, which encompasses practices such as the “implementation of a comprehensive resource management policy, a green purchasing program, and energy-saving systems” including “motion sensors for lighting and intelligent retrofit electronic air conditioning controls”. The company’s efforts on sustainability also extend to its sewage treatment plants and waste segregation, reports The Manila Bulletin. Additionally, the company reportedly held events benefiting the local community such as charity marathons, disaster recovery fund raising and environmental educational programs in public schools.
The Manila Bulletin: Thunderbird Resorts expands TREES CSR program with first-ever sustainability report (12 December 2011)

Related news item:
PhilStar: Cement firm goes beyond green (12 December 2011)
(Source: The Manila Bulletin; PhilStar)

Car Companies Drive Environmental Action

Reuters reports that Toyota and BMW have partnered to work on a range of environmental technologies, including lithium-ion batteries crucial for electric cars. BMW will also reportedly supply diesel engines to Toyota, which are more fuel efficient and emit less carbon dioxide than petrol engines.
Reuters: Toyota, BMW join hands on green technology (1 December 2011)
(Source: Reuters)

CEO Calls for UN Action on Climate Change
Europe, Middle East and Africa

Business Day reports that Standard Bank Africa chief executive officer (CEO) Sim Tshabalala has said that “[i]f left unchecked, climate change will hamper economic growth and development” in Africa. Mr Tshabalala reportedly said the bank was “extremely interested” in the United Nations (UN) climate change negotiations in Durban, hoping for a policy framework for private sector cooperation.
Business Day: COP-17: Africa’s prosperity depends on climate change action (25 November 2011)
(Source: Business Day)

Carbon Trust Welcomes Green Deal, Calls for Business Action
Europe, Middle East and Africa

The Carbon Trust has welcomed the UK’s Green Deal, saying that its proposed upfront finance has the potential to “overcome one of the key obstacles to improving the energy efficiency of homes and non-domestic buildings”, but that businesses needed to be given further incentives to cut emissions and increase efficiency. Carbon Trust strategy manager Eric Lounsbury said that the Carbon Trust “welcome[s] the Government’s plans to make UK business more energy efficient. However, businesses do not need to wait until the Green Deal is finalised in autumn 2012 to improve energy efficiency and slash their energy costs”.
The Carbon Trust’s media release (23 November 2011)
(Source: The Carbon Trust)

Nestle to Eliminate Child Labour

BBC News reports that global food giant Nestle has committed to work with the Fair Labor Association (FLA) to end the use of child labour in its supply chain. The FLA will reportedly send a team of independent examiners to the Ivory Coast, where Nestle buys most of its cocoa, to map the supply chain and eliminate any child labour practices. Nestle senior executive Jose Lopez reportedly said that “[c]hild labour has no place in our supply chain”.
BBC News: Nestle ‘to act over child labour in cocoa industry’ (28 November 2011)
(Source: BBC News)