J.M. Smucker Company has taken promising first steps to address climate risks.
This blog was written by climate change program director David Waskow. Hurricanes season is upon us (it officially starts tomorrow, June 1). In vulnerable communities in places like Haiti and Central America, everyone knows it’s a time when the consequences of extreme storms can be devastating. But it’s also a moment when businesses should be […]
Last week the Louisiana legislature passed the Louisiana Master Plan for Coastal Protection. The Master Plan is the most comprehensive effort by a state to address the effects of climate change. While there has been resistance across the US South to address the effects climate change, Louisiana has experienced severe climate related hazards including hurricanes […]
Communities from the Ecuadorian Amazon may finally have what they need to hold Chevron-Texaco accountable for the billions of gallons of oil and toxic wastes dumped into their lands and water.
Heat-related deaths in the field. Child labor. Wage theft. And decrepit housing. You might think that I was talking about conditions in a developing country, but actually this is the picture of our own agriculture system here in the United States. A report released last week by Oxfam America and the Farm Labor Organizing Committee […]
Today’s blog post is an update to a previous post, With a Name Like Smucker’s… Today’s shareholder vote at the Smucker’s annual meeting marked an important step towards getting the company to report on climate risks associated with their coffee business and supply chain. The proposal received roughly 30% support (based on preliminary numbers). While 30% might […]
When you think of Smucker’s, jelly and jams typically come to mind, but they are just the tip of the iceberg. The J.M. Smucker Company is actually a leading distributor of Folgers and Dunkin’ Donuts coffee brands (who knew?), with coffee accounting for 40% of the company’s net sales and nearly half of its profits. […]
Spring is the season of Annual General Meetings (AGMs) – a rare moment when corporate executives have to account to their shareholders. For the growing “socially responsible investment” (SRI) movement and a handful of NGOs and other advocates, AGMs provide a chance to raise critical issues and rally shareholder support for corporate change. Chevron’s AGMs […]
The draft UN Guiding Principles for business and human rights allows for too many “shoulds” in place of “shalls”, and too little support for the actual rights of individuals and communities, but also clarifies needed government and corporate actions to protect human rights.