Many of today’s corporations behave like irresponsible teenagers, according to Terry Mollner, a founder of Calvert Funds and Board member of Ben and Jerry’s. Mollner discusses his ideas about maturing the corporation to make the good of society a priority. He also discusses the behind the scenes story of the Ben & Jerry’s buyout, and the need for a broader strategy to retain corporate social responsibility in the face of buyouts and mergers.
Dan Henkle, senior vice president of Social Responsibility at Gap Inc, discusses how the company is contributing 50 percent of profits on merchandise in its (PRODUCT) RED campaign to the Global Fund to help women and children affected by HIV/AIDS in Africa. Dan Rosan, program director on public health at the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility (ICCR), assesses the effectiveness of the PRODUCT (RED) campaign in general and the Gap’s participation in it specifically, as well as discussing the strengths of how the Global Fund functions. Rosan also discusses a recent ICCR report that is the first to benchmark performance on HIV/AIDS across the top 10 biggest pharmaceutical companies globally–and finds company responses to the pandemic sorely lacking.
Raymond Shadis, of the New England Coalition, discusses how the Nuclear Regulatory Commission fails to safeguard the environment and public from the hazards of America’s aging nuclear power plants. We begin with a review of the recent failures of nuclear power plant regulation, and zoom in for a closer examination of the looming hazards of Vermont Yankee. Finally, we discuss the potential for independent safety assessment, an in-depth review process which has only been conducted at one plant, Maine Yankee. The findings of that review led to the plant’s eventual closure.