Roadmap to Corporate Greenhouse Gas Programs

Feeling overwhelmed by all of the voluntary greenhouse gas (GHG) programs and initiatives being advertised to companies these days? From the Global Reporting Initiative to EPA Energy Star to the US Climate Action Partnership and beyond, the sheer number of voluntary GHG programs can leave companies (and even EDF staff) feeling bewildered and unsure of where to start.

To help solve that problem, we’ve created a Roadmap to Corporate GHG Programs [PDF], a step-by-step guide to help companies develop a strategy for GHG emissions that can lead to credible and lasting reductions. Read more

Walmart suppliers have questions, we have answers: Join the Sustainability Index webinar on Wednesday

In July 2009, Walmart began the development of a sustainable product index called the Sustainability Index.  Like most folks in the corporate sustainability world, I was incredibly impressed and excited about the prospects of this mean, green, sustainability machine. But I was also a bit intimidated by what it entailed. If that sounds like you, then Environmental Defense Fund, Walmart and its other NGO partners are about to provide some clarity and a little jump start.

Read Andrew Hutson's July 2009 post with his thoughts on the importance of the Sustainability Index.

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Environmental Groups: What do we want from business?

A new book came out titled, Good Cop/Bad Cop: Environmental NGOs and their Strategies toward Business.   Edited by Tom Lyon, Director of the Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise at the University of Michigan, the book is a deep examination of the drivers behind NGO engagement with business and the ways in which NGOs have influence in the corporate sector.

It may be the first academic inquiry into the increasing role of NGOs in business.

Or as Mark Van Putten notes in his forward, it’s an attempt to answer a question that I hear all the time: “What do environmental groups really want, anyway?”

Through essays from social scientists, business theorists and NGO practitioners (full disclosure – I wrote a chapter on the organization and methods of Environmental Defense Fund), the book sheds light on the different factors that motivate different NGOs. Read more

Walmart Redux: Citizens and Consumers

This content is written by Dominique Browning and originally ran on her EDF column, Personal Nature.

I wouldn't normally write about the same subject twice in a row, but the impassioned responses to last month's column on Walmart's move to cut carbon emissions from their supply chain made me want to give it another think. Thanks to all of you who took the time to be considerate, whether or not we agree. And a shout out to the poet!

The comments, many angry or hurt, suggest that we here at EDF haven't done a good enough job of explaining what we do, why, and who pays for it.

Reducing personal consumption won't by itself solve global warming

Let's start with the premise that when it comes to solving the climate crisis, simply reducing personal consumption is not enough. Read more

Elizabeth Sturcken Recognized for Making Strides in Sustainability

The article below from includes Environmental Defense Fund"s own Elizabeth Sturcken, the managing director in our San Francisco office who oversees our work with Walmart.  Read her recent blog post about why she's excited Walmart's recent carbon commitment.

Celebrating Women in Sustainability: 10 Women Making Strides in Sustainability

There is an increasing number of women who are in leadership roles in sustainability. As part of Women’s History Month, let’s take a look at 10 women who are making strides in sustainability and shaping ethical consumerism. Add women in sustainability that you admire to the list in the comments section. Read more

Unlocking environmental capital: the new key to private equity investment

This is a guest post by Efrain Torres, CEO of The Payne Firm

In private equity deals, it’s often been the case that higher risks have meant higher returns.

Private equity investors often increase returns by making the tough decisions that prior owners did not want to make. These tough decisions can bring about major operational changes that improve performance and become the basis for investments.

Thankfully, there is a new approach in which taking risks isn’t the only way to yield higher returns. Read more

Private Equity: Finding value with a “green” lens

Starting today, one of the world’s largest private equity firms – The Carlyle Group – will look for opportunities to improve operations and create value through environmental innovation during the assessment of potential acquisitions.  Carlyle’s new environmental due diligence process – called EcoValuScreen – is the result of a collaboration between Carlyle, EDF, and The Payne Firm and has the potential to transform due diligence practices at Carlyle and across the private equity industry. Read more