Over 6,000 employees demand Amazon take climate change seriously

April 16, 2019 by  
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This month, more than 6,000 employees signed onto a letter  demanding Amazon distance itself from big oil companies and develop a more aggressive timeline to reduce its carbon footprint . Without acknowledging the letter’s demands, Amazon spokespersons pointed to a recent blog post promising that the company would release its carbon footprint data in 2019 and a vague plan to reach 100 percent renewable energy at data centers by an unspecified date. Amazon, one of the most profitable companies in the world, has a massive carbon footprint, because it ships millions of products throughout the world. It also maintains enormous cloud data and artificial intelligence centers, which need to be powered and cooled 24/7. According to Amazon’s website , the data services help companies like BP and Dutch Royal Shell “find oil faster” and reduce oil prices. Related: Amazon plans to reach net-zero carbon use by 2030 The employees argue that such partnerships, largely undisclosed even to the company’s sustainability team, demonstrate a disingenuous commitment to reducing Amazon’s carbon footprint. Like many tech companies, Amazon offers employees stock benefits. In an unprecedented move, the employees used their power as shareholders to develop a sustainability resolution, which garnered 6,033 signatures by April 12. Such pressure from stakeholders typically comes from outside investors and rarely from employees. The New York Times called the action “the largest employee-driven movement related to climate change to ever take place in such an influential tech company.” Rajit Iftikhar, a software engineer at Amazon, told the Times, “We want to make Amazon a better company. It is a natural extension of that.”’ Amazon’s board typically votes on proposed shareholder resolutions in April. Via New York Times Image via Robert Scoble

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Hotel group in Rome eliminates plastic bottles for Earth Day

April 2, 2019 by  
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Rome’s Bettoja Hotels Collection is demonstrating that you may not be able to single-handedly solve the world’s problems, but cleaning up your own house — or hotel — is a significant step that anybody can take. Starting this Earth Day, the hotel group will remove all plastic bottles from its restaurants and minibars. “The elimination of plastic bottles in our nearly 500 rooms has been a great desire of ours,” said Maurizio Bettoja, president of Bettoja Hotels Collection . “We are taking action on Earth Day this year, and we hope to achieve a new sustainability goal every year.” Related: 6 fun, meaningful ways to celebrate Earth Day The group’s three hotels — Hotel Mediterraneo, Hotel Massimo D’Azeglio and Hotel Atlantico — have a total of 495 rooms. If each room were occupied and each guest consumed a single minibar offering, there would be nearly 500 fewer landfill-bound plastic bottles per day, or 180,000 per year. When you consider how one good decision can influence others, the Earth Day-inspired actions of a three-hotel chain could have a much larger ripple effect through Rome, Italy and the world. The Bettoja Hotel Collections, founded in 1875, has been passed down through five generations of family ownership. Its three hotels are within walking distance of each other. The Hotel Mediterraneo, Bettoja’s flagship property, blends Art Deco style with maps and marble busts of Roman emperors. Hotel Massimo D’Azeglio boasts a collection of original paintings from the 1860s. Hotel Atlantico is known for its ancient wine cellar. In such high-end, artistic and history-focused hotels, plastic is an unnecessary modern intrusion. Guests will probably not bemoan its absence. Italy is already ahead of much of the world when it comes to recycling . It’s goal of “ rifiuti zero,” or no waste, has led to complex schedules of waste bins and pickup days. Residents sort trash into four different types — paper, compost, mixed materials and non-recyclable garbage. Many Italian buildings have sets of color-coded bins to make this easy. As more individuals and businesses ditch plastic altogether, perhaps the amount of waste, recyclable or not, will continue to shrink. + Bettoja Hotels Collection Images via Bettoja Hotels Collection

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How to approach avoiding operational risks

March 27, 2019 by  
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These tips will help your business pay attention to otherwise overlooked details.

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3 eye-opening water maps for business

March 22, 2019 by  
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These powerful tools measure water footprints, help estimate business risks and can aid with disclosure efforts and life-cycle analysis. But they’re friendly enough for curious amateurs, too.

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Coca-Cola’s in-house hydrologist on impact, ROI and what’s next

March 22, 2019 by  
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A key priority for Jon Radtke: partnering with other companies and NGOs to solve water issues on a pre-competitive basis.

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Ideas for using the true cost of water in sustainability strategy

March 22, 2019 by  
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Plus, some tools to help your organization take the plunge.

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Why World Water Day? Let’s try something different

March 22, 2019 by  
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Mobile product brands to engage consumers.

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How can you seize this rare moment the Green New Deal offers

March 14, 2019 by  
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Sharpen your message to shape a new agenda in which both business and ecosystems can flourish.

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5 corporate reporting trends to watch

March 14, 2019 by  
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“It is like the wild west out there,” but that’s changing.

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Charlie Hamilton James: Conservation is a bourgeois concept

March 13, 2019 by  
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Charlie Hamilton James has spent years in the Amazon trying to understand its wildlife and people so that he could better understand the problems the region faces. The more he understood, the more complex the issues became. But his eventual realization was so simple that even a business executive could understand it. From GreenBiz 19.

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