Category: Greenwashing

N.H.L. partnership with chemical company leaves environmental watchdogs cold

Read the full story in the New York Times.

A new report accuses the league of using its N.H.L. Green program to promote refrigerants that will contribute to global warming.

Climate labels, greenwashing and the row over the ‘climate-controlled pig’

Read the full story at Food Navigator.

Pork producer Danish Crown has been forced to back-track on its company-developed eco-label the ‘climate-controlled pig’ as Denmark pays increasing attention to climate labels amid allegations of greenwashing.

Court dismisses Greenpeace lawsuit against Walmart

Read the full story at Waste Today.

Sept. 20, U.S. District Court Judge Maxine Chesney dismissed a lawsuit Greenpeace Inc. filed against Walmart in late 2020, saying the organization lacked standing for the case to be considered on the merits. In the suit, Greenpeace USA alleges that Walmart uses unlawful, unfair, and deceptive business practices by incorrectly labeling and advertising its various private-label plastic products and packaging as recyclable.

ASU researchers find detergent pods are not as eco-friendly as brands claim

Read the full story at The State Press.

ASU researchers released a study on plastic pollution from detergent pods which found the pods not as earth-conscious as some brands boast, raising environmental concerns and how eco-friendly is defined by corporations.

Slow-walking the climate crisis

Read the full story in the New Yorker.

Travellers arriving in an unfamiliar city used to worry that they’d climb in a taxi and be driven to their destination by the most circuitous route possible, racking up an enormous bill. That’s pretty much what Big Oil and its allies in government and the financial world are doing with the climate crisis—in fact, at this point, it’s the heart of the problem.

How academics are getting to grips with corporate greenwashing

Read the full story in The Irish Times.

The Greenwatch Project, which launched last year, is developing artificial intelligence-based methods to detect greenwashing, in order to improve the measurement of progress towards the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

These self-described trolls tackle climate disinformation on social media with wit and memes

Read the full story in the Washington Post.

Environmental activists, researchers, lawmakers and others are haunting corporate social media feeds to push back against greenwashing.

Corporate ‘greenwashing’ poses growing threat to ESG goals: report

Read the full story at CFO Dive.

Sustainability-related financing has tripled since 2015, with a tenfold increase in flows to environmental, social and governance (ESG) funds, an eight-fold increase in sustainable debt issuance and a doubling in the value of ESG-related deals by private equity and venture capital firms, according to a report by Generation Investment Management.

Yet “failure to tackle greenwash poses a serious risk to the sustainable transition,” Generation said, noting “growing unease at the low quality of some net zero commitments, the gap between goals and actions and the absence of guardrails for those utilizing natural solutions, including as offsets.”

“The time for celebrating vague, distant goals on net zero or ‘nature positive’ has long passed,” Generation said, adding “investors need clarity over how companies will turn goals to actions in the next few years.”

Is Tokyo 2020 the greenest Olympics ever or the most greenwashed?

Read the full story at Treehugger.

Organizers say the Tokyo Games have set a new standard for sustainability, but critics beg to differ.

How greenwashing may be affecting your investments

Read the full story from Nerd Wallet.

“All natural,” “eco-friendly” and “green” — we’ve seen it all before. Food, home goods and clothing companies have all jumped on the sustainable bandwagon, and it’s not just because of their undying devotion to the environment.

According to the 2019 Accenture Chemicals Global Consumer Sustainability Survey, more than half of consumers surveyed would pay more for sustainable (meaning recyclable or reusable) products. Turns out, there’s good money in going green.

But not every company is genuine in its pursuits of a cleaner planet or more equitable society. And making false or misleading claims about “greenness” can affect investor trust.

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