Monthly Archives: January 2008

The State of Green Business 2008

Joel Makower
Joel Makower
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.”

SocialFunds.com article transcribing highlights of this interview

GreenBiz.com

State of Green Business 2008

Joel Makower’s Blog: Two Steps Forward

“The Six Sins of Greenwashing”

“The Six Sins of Greenmuting”

Getting a Grip! with Frances Moore Lappe

Francis Moore Lappe
Francis Moore Lappe

The Idea of the Corporation is one of the most powerful forces in our world – both constructive, efficiently moving money and goods, and destructive, polluting our environment and disempowering workers and citizens. Author Francis Moore Lappe’ shares her ideas for re-framing the the corporation, the citizen and the economy from her new book, Getting a Grip: Clarity, Creativity and Courage in a World Gone Mad.

The Toxic Chemistry of Everyday Products

Mark  Schapiro
Mark Schapiro
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.

Book website: Exposed

Mark Schapiro’s “Toxic Toys” article in The Nation

Fugitive Denim Author on Textile Miles and Factory Monitoring

Rachel Louise Snyder
Rachel Louise Snyder
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.

Fugitive Denim: A Moving Story of People and Pants in the Borderless World of Global Trade

Better Factories Cambodia

SA 8000

Multi-Fiber Agreement

The Clean Tech Revolution Part Two

Clint Wilder
Clint Wilder
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.)

The Clean Tech Revolution

Clean Edge

SocialFunds.com book review of The Clean Tech Revolution by Francesca Rheannon