Day: 5 July 2002
Corporate social responsibility should remain voluntary, says Commission
The European Commission has released a strategy paper declaring that the emerging field of corporate social responsibility (CSR) should remain a voluntary endeavour largely dictated by business imperatives. As CSR develops it is hoped that companies will voluntarily take on board social and environmental concerns as well as economic ones.
Business Briefs: drinking water in Canada, conservation award and company restructuring
In this week’s international Business Briefs, Canadian cities discover membrane technology, aluminium producing company is awarded a conservation award, a UK finance and investment group is to help restructure an energy systems company, and in Canada, a water treatment facility is soon to install UV equipment.
New international water award in memory of Moroccan king calls for entries
Nominations are open for the inaugural King Hassan II Great World Water Prize, an international award established as a joint initiative by the World Water Council (WWC) and the Government of Morocco to encourage cooperation and sound management in the development and use of water resources.
New technology continuously monitors landfill seepage
German researchers have just developed a new infrared spectrometer to detect contaminated water, using a new technology called evanescence field analysis (EFA). This new method appears to combine the advantages of traditional alternative methods of water sampling, whilst avoiding some of the drawbacks.
California paves the way in the US in greenhouse gas reductions
A bill that would impose new restrictions on exhaust emissions of cars and light trucks was given final approval in the Assembly in California this Monday, reports the US media. If this legislation is passed, the automobile industries will be forced to develop technologies to reduce greenhouse gases in exhaust emissions.
Shell executive calls for decarbonisation of energy
Traditionally, governments and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have been the main parties interested in sustainable development, but more recently, the role that businesses can play in achieving this goal has been increasingly emphasized. As Royal Dutch/Shell Group’s Chairman of the Committee of Managing Directors, Philip Watts explained on 5 July, many businesses are committed to sustainable development not only out of ethical concern, but because it makes good business.
Walls ice cream factory converts to safer, friendlier, economic Kalic
User friendliness, logistical and environmental factors, cost effectiveness and rapid payback have all convinced Birds Eye Walls to switch to Kalic Liquid Lime in place of caustic soda at its Phoenix ice cream factory in Gloucester. Walls required an effective agent to neutralise process effluent. As a safe, modern and sustainable solution, Kalic from Buxton Lime Industries was deemed to fit the bill.
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