Sustainability News and Blogs Update – 29.08.2009

This week has been another interesting week and I have come across some interesting Sustainability/CSR news and blog posts. Here are my top 3 news items and blog posts of the week.


Top 3 News:

Online revision of AA1000 Stakeholder Engagement Standard begins: The AccountAbility AA1000 Stakeholder Engagement Standard (SES) is being revised and AccountAbility is seeking your input with the wiki-based feedback platform.

Green Consumers Worried About Economy – Poll: A very interesting poll with the main message that people will not care about the environment once this costs to much for them to afford. This is the reality unfortunately.

Annual cost of climate change ‘will be £190bn’: Shocking numbers on how much climate change related costs will damage our economies in the future if we do not get a move on and change something about it.

Top 3 Blog Posts:

51 Great Sites For Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability: A great compilation of interesting Sustainability / CSR websites and people on Twitter in this field.

Green Denial Amongst Smaller Businesses: Another very interesting blog post by David Connor. A must-read in my opinion.

How to READ a CSR report: This is Elaine Cohen’s version of how to read a Sustainability / CSR report. Very useful information

Picture Credit: lumaxart

Video: Time to Wake Up, Freak Out – then Get a Grip

I just came across another great video on Climate Change. I know that I had several posts about Climate Change videos over past few months but this is different in the sense that it explains the whole problem in a very interesting way and in a constructive way outlines changes what we need to do in order to avoid the global temperature tipping point.

This is the video. I can not recommend it highly enough:

Wake Up, Freak Out HD cut from Leo Murray on Vimeo.

The director also has a website where you can find out more about the video and you will be able to have a look at the whole script of the video as well for you to share with others if they need some convincing.

Poll Results: CSR Reporting should be mandatory but to what extent?

I am conducting a poll every two weeks at the moment and last week I asked on Twitter what question my followers would like to have a poll on. Elaine Cohen had a really good question. She was curious what people where thinking about whether CSR Reporting should become mandatory for companies or not.

I really liked the idea and went straight ahead and used it as my poll question of the week.

Here are the results of the poll:

This is the direct link to the poll:

So what is the message from this poll?

The indisputable message here is that CSR reporting should be mandatory for companies.

84% are saying this. But the most interesting aspect is that there is a split between people demanding reporting for all organizations (44%) and people only demanding this for large and middle sized companies (40%).

I am interpreting this result in this way that reporting should be mandatory but a differentiation between small companies and large/medium sized companies is needed.

But what should this differentiation be? Maybe that small companies should either not have to report or have the choice to report? Or is there another differentiation you can think of?

New Commenting Feature now live on

As some of you may know am I also managing the website The purpose of the website is to be a resource for interesting Sustainability news, blogs, events and discussions. And the new version of the has now been online for 2 months and the next tasks now is to ad several new features and parts that make the site one step at a time.

This week we added a new commenting system based on Disqus, pronounced “discuss”, is a service and tool for web comments and discussions. The Disqus comment system can be plugged into any website, blog, or application. Disqus makes commenting easier and more interactive, while connecting websites and commenters across a thriving discussion community.

Now everyone using these three sites:

1)    Facebook
2)    Open ID and
3)    Twitter

will also be able to leave comments without having to register with us. This new commenting system makes it very easy to leave comments and looks good at the same time.

Her is a screenshot of how the new commenting field looks like.

Your comments are extremely important to me and that is why I hope this new feature will encourage more comments using Twitter and Facebook, as a member of the or as a guest.

Poll: Should CSR reporting become mandatory for all public companies?

I am conducting another poll this week as part of my series of interesting questions on the current Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) issues.
The poll question this week is:

This is the link to the poll:

There is no registration necessary just visit the poll, let us know what you think and what your opinion is. The current voting results will be shown instantly. We currently already have 40 votes and the result looks to be interesting indeed.

I will write about the results next week here if you are interested in the results once the poll closes on Saturday morning.