“Corporate social responsibility is not just about managing, reducing and avoiding risk, it is about creating opportunities, generating improved performance, making money and leaving the risks far behind. »
-Sunil Misser, Head of Global Sustainability Practice at PwC
But, the question is what is Corporate Social Responsibility?
Climate change is happening and its dire consequences are increasing at an alarming rate. At the similar rate, climate change conferences are happening one after another. Every year, Governments across the world, as parties to UNFCCC (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change) convene for the most important of climate change conferences, called Conference of Parties (COP). UNFCCC 21st Conference of Parties (COP21) in Paris in 2015, regarded as an important milestone in nowadays climate talks, followed by Bonn Climate Change conference (COP23), recently held Bangkok Climate Change Conference as well as Global Climate Action Summit (GCAS) and upcoming COP24 in Katowice, Poland. These conferences are trying to bring political will and momentum to its best, driven by labyrinth of environmental, social, political economic dimensions.
On October 8th 2018 was published the IPCC 1.5°C special report, with a very strong reaction from civil society. This report gives an alarming picture shot of the current and future perspectives of reaching the 1.5°C target set by UNFCCC. Although the goal is still achievable, it is now more than ever urgent to take effective action, and drastically reduce our greenhouse gas emissions. Inès from CliMates’ Negotiation Tracking Team explains the situation and why it is urgent to act at all levels of society now.
“A healthy planet is essential for a peaceful future …Every year, more than 8 million tons of plastic end-up in the oceans.”
M. Guterres, UN Secretary-General,World Environmental Day on June 5th, 2018.
Recognized as one of the greatest universal challenges by the international community , this year plastic pollution has been the central focus of the Earth Day (April 22nd), the World Environmental Day (June 5th) and the International Ocean Day (June 8th), with the objectives of raising awareness on this issue and engaging communities at all levels to fight against plastic waste, especially in the oceans.
What are the impacts of climate change on the environmental resources and the hunting and fishing practices of the Baffin Island Inuit communities (Nunavut)? This particular research digs deep in the ice to understand.
In desert areas, droughts and environmental degradations often drastically affect water access. This issue, especially in rural villages, has direct repercussions on women lives. Why so?
Today, nearly two third of the world’s population lives in water scarce territories. Because of global warming, the increase of temperatures and the expansion of dry areas, more and more people have to experience issues related to the lack of safe and reliable water supply. Many rural areas around the world do not have access to running water within their houses still. In such contexts, the roles related to water collection and management often change according to gender identity. In natural resources-dependent areas women are indeed often responsible for water administration in the household.
In this article, let’s have a look back on one of the most important French environmental legal sagas of the past few years: the Erika oil spill. Of special interest is the judgment of the French Cour de Cassation rendered on 25th September 2012.
In 1999, the tanker Erika sank in the French Exclusive Economic Zone (“EEZ”), off the coast of French Brittany, dumping 30,000 barrels of heavy fuel oil into the sea and leading to one of France’s worst environmental disasters.