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Top Dutch beer brands 2012

The 15 most popular* beer brands in the Netherlands are: Amstel, Heineken, Brand, Bavaria, Grolsch, Alpha, Duke John, Palm, Gulpener, Jupiler, Corona, Dommelsch, Warsteiner, Duvel and Leo. Their CSR reports for 2011 are just like last year, crisp and clear. We have been working hard on reassessing these beer brands against our sustainability criteria: On […]

Foxconn: Why are we only picking on Apple?

Hurrah! Apple has announced that it will be forcing the infamous Foxconn to work with independent auditors from the Fair Labor Association (FLA) to improve conditions in its Chinese mega-factories. But there are two reasons why it’s a little too soon to celebrate. The first one is obvious: the audits have barely begun, so there […]

Impossible to ignore: the rise of CSR

Companies are investing more and more in their CSR effors. That is the headline finding in a recent report by Dutch NGO MVOnederland, which reveals ten positive trends in the evolution of responsible business practices. Interestingly, it also seems that the business case for responsible and sustainable policies is getting stronger and stronger. Here are […]

3 Easy Green Resolutions for 2012

Going green doesn’t have to be hard work What’s your New Year’s resolution? To join a gym? Give up smoking? Maybe you’re worried you won’t last past the end of January… Well, here are a few ‘green’ resolutions that are easy to stick to, as our volunteer Alexandra explains: “Most of us think that ‘going […]

Are targets set always met? Or just… deleted?

If the rumours are true, and Google really is trying to take over the universe, then there is at least one reason to be cheerful: it looks as if the search engine giant is planning a solar-powered future. Since 2007, Google has been running a project called RE<C, which the aim of making renewable energy […]

Designer brands score zero for transparency

When a handbag is so beautiful that the designer can charge a thousand euros for it, I”m not going to blame anyone for buying it. But I can”t help wondering where that thousand euros goes. The leather can”t cost that much – even though it IS such wonderful quality. And the extra buckles and zips […]

Phony Equality at Nokia

Tweet Apple has been replaced by Nokia. Not in the race to bring out the smartest phone, but because Nokia is taking Apple”s place as the latest electronics giant to be shown to use factories where workers are not treated fairly. A report published last week finds that precarious jobs and insufficient wages are depressingly […]

Google’s transparency has a strange smell…

Tweet Google has published new information about its energy use and CO2 emissions. The search giant has come up with some great infographics for displaying data that they’ve never published before. And while this takes the company straight to the top of our ranking list, there were still some gaps in their information. While we were […]

Wanted: the world's worst corporations

Tweet The Berne Declaration and Greenpeace Switzerland are rooting out corporations that ruthlessly pursue profits at any cost – human or environmental. When they find out who they are, they’re going to name and shame them at the World Economic Forum in Davos. The worst offenders will find their sins exposed via the 2012 Public […]

Made in the USA

Why American Apparel don’t score on labour conditions Whatever you may think of jeggings – e.g., “only for those with noodle legs” – you have to admit that American Apparel has come up with a magic formula for selling clothes to the hipster generation. And they’ve built up a rep for being green. Short supply […]