Sustainability Performance Benchmark for Vodafone Group Inc.

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Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Sustainability metrics site CSRHub recently updated its ratings on Vodafone Group Inc. and the 60 companies in the Wireless Telecommunications Carriers industry.  Vodafone’s overall rating currently is 62 after the most recent updates to their CSRHub page.

 

Click “Wireless Telecommunications Carriers” in the CSRHub Sustainability Ratings widget above to see all the companies in this industry.

 

The average rating for the other companies in the Wireless Telecommunications Carriers industry is 53.  Vodafone has maintained a strong position and is currently in 2nd place on the list, using the CSRHub average user profile. You can see more information about Vodafone Group Inc. at their CSRHub page here.

 

Vodafone has a particularly strong score of 72 in the Employees area. This is due to a high score in the Training, Health and Safety category of 73—well above the average for this industry of 54.  The area with the greatest opportunity for improvement for Vodafone is in the Environment area. Here, Vodafone gets a 47 in the Resource Management category, which is below the industry average of 52.

 

See Vodafone Group Inc.’s Corporate Social Responsibility website here.

 


 

CSRHub ratings are on a scale of 0 to 100, with 100 being the highest. To see more on how CSRHub creates a score and the CSRHub rating rules, visit here.

 

CSRHub provides access to corporate social responsibility and sustainability ratings and information on 8,900+ companies from 135 industries in 102 countries. By aggregating and normalizing the information from 300+ data sources, CSRHub has created a broad, consistent rating system and a searchable database that links millions of rating elements back to their source. Managers, researchers and activists use CSRHub to benchmark company performance, learn how stakeholders evaluate company CSR practices and seek ways to change the world.

 

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Are Earthquakes Our Most Effective Ally Against Fracking?

By Carol Pierson Holding
 
In response to pressure from students, faculty — and apparently alumni — who opposeChristchurch, New Zealand earthquake Harvard Endowment’s refusal to divest its fossil fuel stocks, Harvard University’s President Drew Faust’s office issued her second statement on climate change and sent a an email link to Harvard alumni. (N.B.: I am one). Instead of divesting, Harvard will become a signatory to the UN Principles of Responsible Investing and the Carbon Disclosure Project. Alumni are also asked to contribute to a $20 million Climate Change Solutions Fund. Harvard is chipping in $1 million.

 

Meh…

 

I was not alone in my reaction.  My email was buzzing with disappointed environmentalists and sustainability investment managers. 100 Harvard faculty members posted a letter objecting to Harvard’s failure to divest. Students who worked so hard for divestment must be crushed.

 

But really, even Harvard’s full commitment to fossil fuel divestment would be symbolic. Only $33.6 million of the fund’s $33 billion is invested in fossil fuels.

 

And even Harvard’s entire endowment pales in comparison to the reserves the fossil fuel industry holds, valued at $27 trillion. Or the $100 million a day Exxon alone spends in exploration.

 

My own stance against Harvard’s failure to divest hasn’t changed. My argument is both moral and economic. Investment research professionals including Asperio Group have proved that fossil fuels aren’t a good investment over time. But even economic arguments don’t get you far in the face of $27 trillion.

 

If not moral outrage or economics, what can we use to fight fossil fuel companies? Unfortunately, health risks aren’t enough to spur regulators to act. One example: the harm from fracking is widespread and well known. Even oil and gas company executives know that fracking is unhealthy. Exxon’s CEO Rex Tillerson joined a lawsuit against fracking in his wealthy Bartonville, TX neighborhood.

 

For too many of the rest of us, water degradation from fossil fuel drilling and transport has become a fact of life. We get almost daily reports of leaking or exploding pipes and drilling platforms. Just this past Friday, an oil pipeline leaked into the water plant for Lanzhou, China, contaminating water for its 2.4 million residents and sending a fireball across the landscape.

 

If even water desecration isn’t enough to rally regulators, what is?

 

I’m betting on earthquakes.

 

When a big one hits, as happened as a result of fracking in Christchurch, New Zealand, the results are so grim and last so long as to force action.

 

Josephine Ensign, a professor at University of Washington who also teaches Community and Environmental Health in New Zealand, visited Christchurch in February. She describes the earthquake’s after effects in her blog Medical Margins:

 

“I knew we would likely encounter some signs of the destructive earthquakes that hit Christchurch and surrounding areas in September 2010 and again in February 2011 (killing 185 people, including many international students.) But I wasn’t prepared for the magnitude of the still-raw destruction in the downtown core. It’s been almost three years and entire blocks of quaked-out buildings are propped up with shipping containers or just left in charred ruins.”

 

Just a year after the second earthquake, Christchurch’s city council banned fracking entirely.

 

In the U.S., fracking has so far caused only tremors. Nonetheless, they are terrifying. As happened in Christchurch, cities are the first entities to ban the practice. Given the frequency of earthquakes in California, it’s no wonder Los Angeles was the largest city in the U.S. to call a moratorium. Other smaller municipalities in California have done the same, joining cities in Texas – including Dallas! -  New York, Vermont and Colorado in either outright moratoriums or limitations so severe the end result is the same.

 

The state of California is now considering a state-wide ban.

 

Mass media is a great help to the anti-fracking movement. For example, last Friday night, Brian Williams announced on the NBC Nightly News that state scientists in Ohio linked fracking to recent seismic activity. The Associated Press called it “The Big Story.”

 

Unlike protests or even poisoned water and soil, earthquakes are shutting down fracking drills all over the world. And that’s more “earth-shattering” than anything Harvard divestment or economic arguments can do.

 

Image courtesy of Alistair Paterson via Flickr CC.

 


 

Carol Pierson HoldingCarol Pierson Holding writes on environmental issues and social responsibility for policy and news publications, including the Carnegie Council’s Policy Innovations, Harvard Business Review, San Francisco Chronicle, India Time, The Huffington Post and many other web sites. Her articles on corporate social responsibility can be found on CSRHub.com, a website that provides sustainability ratings data on 8,900+ companies worldwide. Carol holds degrees from Smith College and Harvard University.

 

CSRHub provides access to corporate social responsibility and sustainability ratings and information on 8,900+ companies from 135 industries in 102 countries. By aggregating and normalizing the information from 300+ data sources, CSRHub has created a broad, consistent rating system and a searchable database that links millions of rating elements back to their source. Managers, researchers and activists use CSRHub to benchmark company performance, learn how stakeholders evaluate company CSR practices and seek ways to change the world.

 

 

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CSR Performance Benchmark for Northern Trust Corporation

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Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Sustainability metrics site CSRHub recently updated its ratings on Northern Trust Corporation and the 451 companies in the Banking industry.  Northern Trust’s overall rating currently is 59 after the most recent updates to their CSRHub page.

 

Please note, the Sustainability Ratings widget will continually update and show the latest ratings on CSRHub.

 

The average rating for the other companies in the Banking industry is 54. Northern Trust currently ranks 9th on the list, using the CSRHub average user profile. You can see more information about Northern Trust at their CSRHub page here.

 

Northern Trust has a particularly strong score of 71 in the Employees area.  This is due to a high score in the Compensation and Benefits category of 74—well above the average for this industry which is 59.  The area with the greatest opportunity for improvement for Northern Trust is the Resource Management  Environment subcategory.  Here, Northern Trust gets a 44 —well below the industry average which is 54.

 

See Northern Trust Corporation Corporate Social Responsibility website here.

 


 

CSRHub ratings are on a scale of 0 to 100, with 100 being the highest. To see more on how CSRHub creates a score and the CSRHub rating rules, visit here.

 

CSRHub provides access to corporate social responsibility and sustainability ratings and information on 8,900 companies from 135 industries in 104 countries. By aggregating and normalizing the information from 300+ data sources, CSRHub has created a broad, consistent rating system and a searchable database that links millions of rating elements back to their source. Managers, researchers and activists use CSRHub to benchmark company performance, learn how stakeholders evaluate company CSR practices and seek ways to change the world.

 

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Climate Change’s Changing Cultural Meme

By Carol Pierson Holding

 

The prevailing wisdom has been that there’s very little we can actually do about climatewind turbine change. Even environmentalists are prone to admit, after strenuously arguing the opposite, that there is little hope given the amount of money controlled by the fossil fuel industry. As the International Forum on Globalization observed in Outing the Oligarchy, “Cooperative global action to address the most daunting challenge humanity has ever faced is being held hostage by a handful of profiteers who wield decisive power over our governments.”

 

The Koch Brothers, oil and coal profiteers and founders of Koch Industries, a fossil fuel extraction leader, were featured on Friday’s New York Times front page for their new advertising strategy. Through Americans for Prosperity, the conservative nonprofit that has spent about $30 million on advertising in Senate races over the last several months, they’ve been presenting “(Obamacare) as a case study in government ineptitude.” But the organization’s president Tim Phillips, explains his real agenda: “The president’s out there touting billions of dollars on climate change. We want Americans to think about what they promised with the last social welfare boondoggle and look at what the actual result is.”

 

That’s a pretty ingenious positioning for a couple of guys who made their fortune from coal: Government is inept and fossil fuels are the smart economic choice.

 

But that message makes for lousy entertainment.

 

On the other hand, we have climate change’s “hopeless” idea, which makes great entertainment. For example, last year’s movie The Promised Land featured the lovable star of The Office John Krasinski as the anti-fracking hero — who turns out to work for the gas company too. There’s no way out. Many of the teen action movie dystopias from Avatar to dystopian Hunger Games and Divergent could be said to depict a post climate-change world. They’re all built on the idea that there’s little we can do.

 

But in just the last week or so, I’ve run across a new idea, a new meme, that’s proactively fighting climate change:

 

 

  • The Vancouver Art Gallery has an exhibit of photographs by Edward Burtynsky called “A Terrible Beauty.” The show is divided into four sections — Inhabited, Extracted, Manufactured and Abandoned — four types of forceful actions through which human beings have profoundly inscribed their presence on the world. The images are visceral and terrifying, pleading for intervention, especially in Burtynsky’s images of water.

 

  • Zadie Smith, the award-winning novelist, writes in the New York Review of Books’ April 3 edition on “the new normal” in weather. She bemoans the “fatalist liberal consciousness that has…as much of a perverse desire for the apocalypse as the evangelicals we supposedly scorn. …They say to each other: ‘Yes, perhaps we should have had the argument differently, some time ago, but now it is too late…’” But after describing climate induced alterations in her friend’s garden, she moves onto a new climate-change meme: “I found my mind finally beginning to turn from the elegiac what have we done to the practical what can we do?”

 

True, my examples are random and not representative of mass culture, but I believe they mark a distinct change in our culture. It’s no longer “game over, nothing we can do.” It used to feel naïve to talk openly about your actions to mitigate climate change. “It’s all meaningless” would be the response. Watch now as the questions change from “What can be done?” to “What is being done…and what are you doing?”

 

Photo is courtesy of  myxgirl85 via Flickr cc.

 


 

Carol Pierson HoldingCarol Pierson Holding writes on environmental issues and social responsibility for policy and news publications, including the Carnegie Council’s Policy Innovations, Harvard Business Review, San Francisco Chronicle, India Time, The Huffington Post and many other web sites. Her articles on corporate social responsibility can be found on CSRHub.com, a website that provides sustainability ratings data on 8,900+ companies worldwide. Carol holds degrees from Smith College and Harvard University.

 

CSRHub provides access to corporate social responsibility and sustainability ratings and information on 8,900+ companies from 135 industries in 103 countries. By aggregating and normalizing the information from 300+ data sources, CSRHub has created a broad, consistent rating system and a searchable database that links millions of rating elements back to their source. Managers, researchers and activists use CSRHub to benchmark company performance, learn how stakeholders evaluate company CSR practices and seek ways to change the world.

 

 

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Motorola, Inc. CSR Performance Metrics

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Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Sustainability metrics site CSRHub recently updated its ratings on Motorola, Inc. and the 92 companies in the Communications Equipment Manufacturing industry.  Motorola’s overall rating currently is 60 after the most recent updates to their CSRHub page.

 

Click “Communications Equipment Manufacturing” in the CSRHub Sustainability Ratings widget above to see all the companies in this industry.

 

The average rating for the other companies in the Communications Equipment Manufacturing industry is steady at 52.  Motorola is currently in 7th place on the list, using the CSRHub average user profile. You can see more information about Motorola at their CSRHub page here.

 

Motorola has a particularly strong score of 66 in the Employees area.  This is due to a high score in Training, Health and Safety subcategory of 67—well above the average for this industry which is 53.  The area with the greatest opportunity for improvement for Motorola is the Transparency & Reporting subcategory.  Here, Motorola gets a 49—still two points above the industry average of 47.

 

See Motorola’s Corporate Social Responsibility website here.

 


 

CSRHub ratings are on a scale of 0 to 100, with 100 being the highest. To see more on how CSRHub creates a score and the CSRHub rating rules, visit here.

 

CSRHub provides access to corporate social responsibility and sustainability ratings and information on 8,900 companies from 135 industries in 103 countries. By aggregating and normalizing the information from 305+ data sources, CSRHub has created a broad, consistent rating system and a searchable database that links millions of rating elements back to their source. Managers, researchers and activists use CSRHub to benchmark company performance, learn how stakeholders evaluate company CSR practices and seek ways to change the world.

 

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