The Ben & Jerry Law: The B Corp. 7/21/10

The Ben & Jerry Law: The B Corp.
7/21/10  Christina Houlahan

The Benefit Corporation: You are only as good as your weakest supplier or partner. And it is no longer enough to simply ensure that a product or practice you source is green, organic, fair trade, etc. It is instead necessary to also be able to evaluate the entire business that you are partnering with for their whole-company practices and for their treatment of all stakeholders such as the environment, community, and employees. B Lab provides a uniform and standardized way to assess and evaluate all of your suppliers and partners so that you all can be working towards more sustainable supply chains.

The Convergence of Sustainability and Mainstream Business Practices 6/23/10

The Convergence of Sustainability and Mainstream Business Practice
6/23/10  William A. Tanenbaum

The convergence of mainstream business practices and sustainability practices has begun, will accelerate and will be enabled by Green IT and Green Outsourcing. As an example, the “just-in-time” business model will change to reflect this convergence. The original “just-in-time” model was developed when fuel was inexpensive and emissions were free. Now, fuel is expensive and there is or will be a direct or indirect cost imposed on emissions from delivery vehicles. Thus, the era of multiple micro-deliveries will be replaced by less frequent but larger deliveries. IT and outsourcing will be used to make this and other business models more sustainable. The social aspects of sustainability will also become an increasingly important part of business operations. This presentation by William A. Tanenbaum, the chair of the outsourcing practice and the leader of the GreenTech practice at the Kaye Scholer law firm, will address these and the following topics:

  • The business drivers behind the adoption of corporate sustainability practices
  • Why data centers represent the “low hanging fruit” in corporate sustainability initiatives
  • How corporations will impose sustainability requirements in their supply chains
  • How outsourcing presents both a challenge and a solution to enhancing the sustainability of mainstream business practices
  • The evolving role of social corporate sustainability and impact on Foxconn

Presented by William A. Tanenbaum, Green Tech, Environmental Efficiency, Carbon Trading and Sustainability Chair, Technology, IP and Outsourcing Group, Kaye Scholer LLP

Poland Outsourcing 5/6/2010

Poland – Central European Outsourcing Destination Where Socially Responsible Sourcing Meets Economic Outcomes, 5/6/10

Overview of outsourcing in Poland with guest speakers:

  • Michal Urbankowski. Consul, Trade & Investment Section , Consulate General of the Republic of Poland
  • Jacek Bielawski, Technology Park in Krakow
  • Ewa Porebska, CEO of Motorola in Poland

eWaste Recycling 2/24/10

Mr. Robert Tonetti provides an overview of the current status of electronics recycling in the U.S., as well as the U.S. and international issues that are related to the reuse, recycling and disposal of used and obsolete electronics. He will also describe the role of the Federal Bureau of Prisons’ program for vocational training and inmate employment that involves electronics refurbishment and recycling. This socially and environmentally responsible program includes seven facilities across the U.S. where inmates learn to repair, refurbish and recycle obsolete electronics.

GAID Global Forum 2010

On 5-6 December 2010, the Global Alliance for ICT and Development (GAID) held its 5th annual Global Forum ‘Information and Communication Technologies for achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs): Moving from Advocacy to Action’ at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu-Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The Forum convened relevant stakeholders for an action-oriented dialogue on emerging issues and challenges in the field of ICT for development. Throughout the two days, the participants performed a collective ‘reality check’ on the progress made thus far in using ICT to achieve the MDGs and what still needs to be done to ensure that ICT fulfill their vast potential for accelerating development.

The Forum was attended by over 250 participants including high-level government officials, representatives of United Nations agencies, the private sector, civil society, academia and experts in the field of ICT for development. The forum was also broadcast live to the world using  the Livestream web channel , allowing those who could not travel to the event a chance to engage in the proceedings remotely. The more detailed summary of proceedings, presentations and video archive sessions from the event are now available on the GAID website (

Click HERE or on the following link: GAID Global Forum 2010 for a PDF document which is a summary of the proceedings.