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Top 10 GRI Sustainability Aspects for the Retailers Sector

Sustainability – What Matters in the Retailers Sector?

SOURCE: Governance & Accountability Institute, Inc.


November 28, 2014 /3BL Media/ – Sustainability – What Matters in the Retailers Sector

Recent research conducted by the Governance & Accountability Institute attempts to answer important questions for company managements in the Retailers Sector, by examining the disclosure practices of 40 global peer organizations publishing GRI reports in the sector.

The top 10 Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) aspects that were determined to be material by the managements of reporting organizations in the Retailers Sector are:

  1. Transport
  2. Customer Health and Safety
  3. Assessment
  4. Product and Service Labeling
  5. Diversity and Equal Opportunity
  6. Prevention of Forced and Compulsory Labor
  7. Freedom of Association and Collective Bargaining
  8. Products and Services
  9. Energy
  10. Child Labor

Results:  The complimentary report examining 35 sectors including top 10 GRI aspects, and top/bottom 10 GRI performance indicators can be downloaded here:

The full rankings for all 84 GRI performance indicators and all 37 GRI Aspects for each of the 35 sectors examined are available for purchase at:

Organizations included in the Retailers Sector study are:

Ahold, Areas, Best Buy, C&A Brazil, C&A Europe, Capital Shopping Centres Group, Carrefour Argentina, CARREFOUR Hellas, Consum, Coop, Delhaize Group, Falabella, Foschini, Grupo Auchan, Holdsport, Homeplus, ICA, Inditex, JD Group, John Lewis Partnership, Kathmandu, Kesko Corporation, Lotte Shopping, Marks & Spencer, Massmart, MEC, Metro, Migros, Staples, Stockmann, Target, The Kroger Company, Tiffany & Co, Truworths, United Rentals, Wal-Mart, Wal-Mart Brasil, Wal-Mart de México y Centroamérica, Woolworths Limited, Woolworths South Africa

About G&A Institute (
G&A Institute is a New York-based, private sector company providing sustainability-focused services and resources to corporate and investment community clients, including: Issue Counseling & Sustainability Strategies; Sustainability Reporting; Materiality Assessments; Stakeholder Engagement; Benchmarking; Investor Relations; Communications; Coaching, Team Building & Training;  Issues Monitoring & Customized Research; Third Party Recognitions.  G&A is the exclusive Data Partner for the GRI in the United States of America, the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland.

On the G&A Institute web site there is additional information available on the Fact Sheet: What Matters Project (  The resulting “most important” to “least important” ranking for the 35 sectors is available to media on a case-by-case basis please contact:  Peter Hamilton (

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KEYWORDS: Reports, Business & Trade, G3.1 Guidelines, G4 guidelines, GRI, GRI Aspects, materiality, retailers, Retailers Sector, sustainability reporting

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Our Obligation to the Natural Environment

SOURCE: Green Builder Media


Over the course of our nation’s history, there have been many issues that have sparked political and emotional division in the way that we see our relationship with nature.

Protection of the northern spotted owl is an example of one such issue. In the 1980’s, efforts to list the northern spotted owl as a threatened species fueled a heated conflict between conservationists and the timber industry over the logging of old-growth forests in the Pacific Northwest.

Ecologists and environmentalists avowed that we have a duty to protect the Earth and all of its precious creatures, particularly ‘indicator species’ such as the spotted owl that gauge the health of their surrounding ecosystems. The timber industry asserted that the utilization of the planet’s bountiful resources represents progress, enabling us to feed, shelter, and provide for our society, and that replanting efforts would sufficiently counterbalance logging activity.

After years of controversy, legislation was passed in 1990 to declare the northern spotted owl a threatened species, requiring timber companies to leave at least 40% of the old-growth forests intact within a 1.3 mile radius of any spotted owl nest or activity site. Neither side was particularly satisfied—the timber industry cried that the measure would affect thousands of jobs, and environmentalists appealed for even greater protection of the wilderness areas under consideration.

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KEYWORDS: Environment and Climate Change, Education, Old Growth Forests, spotted owls, Pacific Northwest, natural environment, climate change, Keystone XL Pipeline, environment

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Blow Me Over: The Tipping Point for Wind Has Come

by RP Siegel

SOURCE: Justmeans


Among the many things to be thankful for this holiday season is the fact that renewable energy finally has a legitimate place at the energy dinner table. No longer the poor cousins, hoping for an invite, wind and solar are on the guest list and they’ve brought a dish to pass.

We know that prices have been coming down. This year, a number of utility companies have been power purchase agreements for solar and wind at prices below natural gas, which had only recently underpriced coal. It’s true that these rock bottom prices were helped along by subsidies that are set to expire soon. Uncertainty over whether or not the Production Tax Credit would be renewed has hampered wind development this past year, which is why analysts continue to argue for a carbon tax.

But, prices are coming down to the point where renewables can be competitive without them. Here are a couple of examples.

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RP Siegel, author and inventor, shines a powerful light on numerous environmental and technological topics. He has been published in business and technical journals and has written three books. His third, co-authored with Roger Saillant, is Vapor Trails, an eco-thriller that is being adapted for the big screen. RP is a professional engineer – and a prolific inventor, with 50 patents, numerous awards, and several commercial products. He is president of Rain Mountain LLC and is an active environmental advocate in his hometown of Rochester, N.Y. In addition to Justmeans, he writes for Triple Pundit, ThomasNet News, and Energy Viewpoints, occasionally contributing to Mechanical Engineering, Strategy + Business, and Huffington Post. You can follow RP on Twitter, @RPSiegel. 

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KEYWORDS: Energy, wind power, renewables, Solar, ALEC, Austin Energy, AEP, American Electric, Jay Godfrey, Lazard, capacity, installations

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SodaStream Adds Sustainability Fizz To Its Image

by Antonio Pasolini

SOURCE: Justmeans


I remember that on my first visit to Switzerland back in the 1990s, I was surprised when my host asked me whether I wanted fizzy or still water from what looked like a standard water dispenser. I was not familiar with fizzy water makers then, they were not common in London,where I lived at the time. “I’ll take fizzy,” I said, which is my choice when I drink water away from home. It’s a small treat.

In most places, in order to get fizzy water you need to buy a bottle of water, usually a plastic one, unless you get one of those posh Italian brands that make you feel as if you are holidaying in the island of Capri. But the environmental guilt of contributing to the pile of plastic just because of a drink of water may, well, take the fizz out of the experience.

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Image credit: SodaStream

Corporate Social Responsibility writer for Justmeans, Antonio Pasolini is a journalist based in Brazil who writes about alternative energy, green living and sustainability. He edits, a top web destination for news and comment on renewable energy, and contributes articles on emerging technology to Gizmag. He is also a happy herbivore.

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KEYWORDS: Awards and Recognition, Environment and Climate Change, SodaStream, sustainability, sparkling water, Packaging, plastic bottles

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International Experts And Civil Society Groups Want Tobacco-Style Global Treaty To Tackle Poor Diets

by Sangeeta Haindl

SOURCE: Justmeans


In a global show of support for increased efforts to tackle diet-related ill health, leading health campaigners and consumer advocates from across the world have publically endorsed calls for a tobacco-style Global Convention to protect and promote healthy diets. As the world’s governments gathered in Rome on 17 November for a conference that addressed malnutrition, they sent an open letter to the heads of the World Health Organisation (WHO) and Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (UN) calling for a binding treaty, urging greater action to protect and promote healthy diets.

The letter states that ‘the governance of food production and distribution cannot be left to economic interests alone,’ and urges governments to take regulatory action to reduce children’s exposure to marketing, to impose compositional limits on the saturated fat, added sugar and sodium content of food, to bring in fiscal measures to discourage the consumption of unhealthy foods, and to require all trade and investment policies to be assessed for their potential health impacts. The letter calls for a similar mechanism to the Framework Convention for Tobacco Control, which has been successful in reducing tobacco use.

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Sangeeta Haindl writes on social innovation, social enterprise, and social entrepreneurs. She is the owner of Serendipity PR, in London, U.K., where she works with high-profile brands and organizations in the public, non-profit, and corporate sectors, winning awards for her work from the communications industry. She describes herself as a Spiritual Entrepreneur, Conscious Explorer, and Futurist. She enjoys helping others, paying it forward, and being a mum. 

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KEYWORDS: Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Health, world health organization, WHO, malnutrition, healthy diets, Global Strategy on Diet Physical Activity and Health

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How Millennials Are Shaping the Way Companies Give Back

SOURCE: The Coca-Cola Company


Millennials — who will make up more than half the workforce by the year 2020 — are pushing companies to manage social responsibility in new and innovative ways, according to recent studies. 

At The Coca-Cola Company, the emphasis has shifted from a traditional top-down business approach to philanthropy, to a bottom-up strategy that is inclusive of the Millennial perspective and aligned with community needs, says Lisa Borders, chair of The Coca-Cola Foundation and vice president, Global Community Connections.

“Companies won’t have a choice. If they want to recruit and retain Millennials, they need to examine their own involvement in cause work as well as the opportunities they give their employees to be engaged in cause work, because their staff wants to make a difference in the world,” says Derrick Feldmann, president of the consulting firm Achieve and lead researcher on the 2014 Millennial Impact report.

Read more on how Millennials are using social media and peer influence to learn about volunteer opportunities at   

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The Startup Games began as a social networking event in Austin for new tech companies as employees connected over games like foosball. Now participating teams choose a charity to play for.


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KEYWORDS: Volunteerism & Community Engagement, Diversity and Human Resources, Coca-Cola Company, millenials, social responsibility, social innovation


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CVS Health Supports St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® Through Multi-Faceted Campaign



CVS Health is proud to support the life-saving work of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® and its Thanks and Giving® campaign. For the past 11 years, CVS Health – with the help of its customers and colleagues – has raised nearly $43 million to help fund the vital research and treatment that happens every day at St. Jude. A portion of these funds helped create the CVS Health Rehabilitation Services Center, which enables St. Jude to  help children reach their greatest potential by eliminating barriers so they can lead healthy, happy lives.

This year, CVS Health has developed a multi-faceted in-store, social media and digital campaign to support St. Jude.

  • We are raising awareness of the life-saving work St. Jude is doing through in-store radio and signage in all CVS/pharmacy locations encouraging customers to make a donation at
  • Starting 11/28, customers can also make a $1 donation at
  • New this year, customers who donate to St. Jude and purchase $25 or more through the CVS/pharmacy digital Holiday Guide will also get free shipping for their items at
  • Finally, through the end of 2014, CVS Health will utilize its social media channels for a Twitter fundraising campaign. For every retweet of the St. Jude post on @CVSinAction, the company will give $1 to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®, up to $25,000.*

100% of donations will benefit St. Jude, which is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. To learn more, visit

*You can support the campaign on CVS Health’s Twitter community  handle, @CVSinAction. For every retweet we get for the message included below, from now through the end of this year, CVS Health will give $1 to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® up to $25,000.  Click here to join the campaign and retweet this message “We’re supporting the @StJude THANKSandGIVING Campaign!  For every RT through end of year, we’ll give $1 to #StJudeGIVETHANKS up to $25,000.”

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KEYWORDS: Philanthropy, Health, CVS Health, St. Jude’s Children Research Hospital, Fundraising

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Nestlé Is Using Chocolate to Power a Factory

SOURCE: Nestlé in the U.S.


The confectionery giant has started using chocolate to gin up electricity at a factory that manufactures Rolo’s candy in the United Kingdom.

Here’s how it works: Misshapen or expired chocolate that would otherwise be discarded is collected and combined with leftover ingredients like sugar and starch. The mixture is melted and left to rot in an airtight tank. Methane and carbon dioxide are released as the ingredients break down. Gas is then used as fuel to run an engine that creates electricity.

If that sounds deceptively simple, it is. The process of breaking food down into gas without air—known as anaerobic digestion—occurs naturally. Now, Nestlé has found a way to harness the end result for power.

The unique energy generator has been up and running at Nestlé’s plant in Fawdon, U.K., for nearly a year. But the candy company waited until last week to publicly announce the project.

Nearly 8 percent of the electricity needed to power the factory now comes from the 200 kilowatt unit designed by British company Clearfleau. That cuts back on air pollution. It also saves Nestlé money. The company says the project is set to lower its electricity bill by roughly $157,000 each year.

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KEYWORDS: Energy, national journal, Nestle, chocolate, Rolo plant powered in part by chocolate, sustainability, electricity

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