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Employees want their companies to be genuine in their embrace of corporate social responsibility, and have no appetite for self-serving efforts. (Unsplash)

Employees want genuine corporate social responsibility, not greenwashing

Even if employees don’t care about a particular cause to begin with, they will react positively or negatively to the reason they believe their organization is choosing to engage in that cause.
A Tsaatan community in northern Mongolia, herding reindeer. (Shutterstock)

COP25 climate summit: Action must include divestment, decolonization and resistance

Who wins, who loses and whose natures are being talked about when nature-based solutions are proposed?
The movement to ban miniature toiletries isn’t likely to make a dent in the global plastic crisis. vaidehi shah/Flickr

Removing mini-shampoos from hotel rooms won’t save the environment

InterContinental Hotels Group plans to switch miniature toiletries for bulk products, but it isn't likely to do as much for the environment as activists might think.
What does a green star rating – One Central Park apartments in Sydney received five stars, for instance – actually mean? AAP

Greenwashing the property market: why ‘green star’ ratings don’t guarantee more sustainable buildings

Buildings are central to creating more sustainable cities, and green ratings are often used to assess how well a building measures up against this goal. But the current system has serious flaws.
While QANTAS offsets go to protecting forests, other carbon offsets can do more harm than good. Claudio Jofré Larenas/Flickr

Carbon offsets can do more environmental harm than good

When was the last time you booked a flight? That extra A$1 in the final stages of booking may seem a small price to pay for offsetting the carbon emissions you generate travelling by air. But globally…
Consumers pay a premium for “eco-friendly” coffee largely thanks to labelling. Angelica Lasala/Flickr

Coffee greenwashing works: study

Coffee labelled as “eco-friendly” can attract a premium, with consumers led to believe it tastes better, according to new…

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