CWR co-hosts Bill Baue and Francesca Rheannon talk with GreenBiz.com founder and executive editor Joel Makower about the first annual report on The State of Green Business, which GreenBiz.com released today on January 30, 2008. The report identifies the top ten green business news stories of 2007, and also introduces the GreenBiz Index, a collection of 20 indicators ranking the progress of green business practice as “swimming,” “treading,” or “sinking.”
Europe is leaping far ahead of the US in regulating toxic chemicals in products. According to today’s guest, the successes of America’s business community fighting against regulation on the home front may be its downfall in the global economy. Francesaca Rheannon interviews author Mark Schapiro, author of Exposed: The Toxic Chemistry of Everyday Products and What’s at Stake for American Power.
Corporate Watchdog Radio co-hosts Francesca Rheannon and Bill Baue speak with Rachel Louise Snyder, author of Fugitive Denim: A Moving Story of People and Pants in the Borderless World of Global Trade. Snyder discusses innovations in factory monitoring such as the International Labour Organization’s Better Factories Cambodia program and Social Accountability International’s SA 8000 certification system. She also discusses strengths and gaps in factory monitoring by the Gap, as well as the fallout from the end of the Multi-Fiber Agreement (MFA), a global textile quota system.
Finally, she discusses environmental hazards associated with denim and garment manufacturing, such as toxic dyes and “textile miles,” or the distance garments travel from field to fanny measured in carbon emissions.
In the second part of this two-part interview, Corporate Watchdog Radio co-hosts Francesca Rheannon and Bill Baue speak with Ron Pernick and Clint Wilder, co-authors of the new book, The Clean Tech Revolution: The Next Big Growth and Investment Opportunity. Pernick and Wilder, who helped define the clean tech industry in their work with the research and publishing firm Clean Edge, explain three of the six major forces they identified that are driving the clean tech revolution, all starting with the letter “C”: China, consumers, and climate (they discussed the other three, costs, capital, and competition in part one.)
They also describe plug-in hybrids capable of getting 500 miles per gallon, define the “corn conundrum” pitting fuel against food, and survey green building strategies. In the end, they point out that profitability and environmentalism are not necessarily contradictory, but rather can complement one another–especially in supportive regulatory regimes (which they predict will come in the next US presidential administration.)