The Microsoft 'Big Boobs' code gaffe exposes an industry culture which results in dismally low minority and gender representation. Can the industry afford it? Transparency is the first step.
James Farrar focuses on the business balance between financial performance and social-environmental impact.
<p>James has more than 15 years of experience working on corporate sustainability issues from both the corporate and NGO campaigning perspective. He has worked directly within the banking (Farm Credit System), aviation (British Airways) and IT (SAP) sectors in the USA and Europe. His campaigning experience includes work at Amnesty International's business engagement programme and at Global Witness, a leading NGO campaigning on the issue of resource revenue transparency especially relating to so called 'conflict resources'.</p> James's day job is at SAP working within the Sustainability team. You can view James' extended profile on <a href="http://de.linkedin.com/pub/james-farrar/2/a47/743">Linkedin</a> and you can follow him on <a href="http://twitter.com/jamesfarrar">Twitter</a>.
Apple's u-turn on EPEAT signals that the company is not impervious to consumer & stakeholder pressure on green issues after all. Will Apple now be reconsidering its refusal to participate in O2's eco rating program? Will O2 up the ante to get Apple into their rating scheme?
IBM just published its 2011 corporate citizenship report which outlines a very impressive record of social investment and environmental stewardship. While the environmental program is yielding bottom line contribution, understanding the strategic contribution of its massive giving programme is less intuitive. On the corporate side, IBM has failed to report employee satisfaction figures for the first time in 10 years.
US Chamber of Commerce accused of undermining conflict minerals regulation. So who is backing the Chamber?
The US Chamber of Commerce is accused of lobbying to water down regulation to control conflict minerals in the supply chain. But who is supporting the US Chamber on this?
Microsoft has announced it will require annual sustainability disclosure from suppliers.
Dreamforce and Oracle Open World surfaced a rhetorical war of corporate responsibility: the clean cloud versus a cloud so compromised on privacy and security it can be characterised as the 'roach motel of clouds'.
The US government is kick starting an effort to get a 'conflict free' certification program off the ground for electronics manufacturers who sources minerals in the Democratic Republic of Congo. But does this thing have legs?
With the introduction of some new sustainability solutions and the appointment of a Chief Sustainability Office is Oracle going green?
Steve Jobs didn't spend a lot of time trading personal influence with the canape crowd. He didn't scrub up well to role play CEO as statesman. But then he didn't need to all that much. He let his products do the talking instead.
Ethical investors weigh in on HP's strategic priorities for sustainability but is the board yet united behind a common strategy?
Unwatchable is a graphic new film highlighting sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo as a tactic in the control of minerals used for electronics manufacturing. It's part of a campaign asking UK consumers to demand manufacturers control their supply chains and that governments introduce legislation to control the trade.
As Leo Apotheker departs HP, perhaps his lasting legacy is to give HP a truly global vision and a strategy of capturing the markets, rather than just the corporate treasury, to drive sustainable development.
Meg Whitman is set to take the helm at HP so what can the environmental movement expect of her leadership?
The Carbon Disclosure Project S&P 500 survey results are released on Tuesday and while Cisco leads the real story is Google and Salesforce's rapid climb up the rankings. Yahoo! trails at the back of the pack, HP out performs Dell and Apple just ignores the whole thing.
The annual Carbon Disclosure Project survey results are out and the telco sector has not performed as well as could be expected despite a clear correlation between climate strategy and financial performance.
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- 1 Oracle under fire over ethics again: Feds investigating bribery for business in Africa
- 2 Leo Apotheker's HP legacy: a global vision
- 3 Microsoft 'Big Boobs' gaffe points to wider industry problems for women in tech
- 4 Integrated Reporting: can it solve the sustainability information gap?
- 5 Is Oracle going green?