NEW! The Sustainable Century Podcast Featuring Guest Ruth Solomon on CSR in Ethiopia

In this edition of The Sustainable Century Podcast, host Marc de Sousa-Shields speaks with Ruth Solomon.

Ruth is director of Organization for Social Development in Ethiopia, a vibrant country, rich in culture at the cross roads of Africa and Arabia. Its recent history is one where hope and poverty abound in frequent destabilizing events from war, to mass immigration in and out of the country.

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Two Sustainability Costs & Walmart’s New Supply Chain Fees

Walmart announced last week it would require all suppliers to pay warehousing and shelf stocking fees. The new policy, the company says, brings consistency to supplier treatment as some vendors had been charged in the past, whereas others had not. Walmart claims the changes are aimed at working with suppliers to serve “shared customers” and achieve the low prices “they expect and deserve.” The fees may be yet another way take squeeze more out of suppliers who will be tempted to further externalize costs labor, communities and the environment many of which make stuff the world hardly needs let alone deserves high prices on.

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G7 Leadership Punting the end of Carbon?

I am told we should applaud the recent announcement by G8 leader on ending carbon use by 2100. We should do so because it is a truly moment of unity on a crucible of our age.

The G8 leaders have put the strongest rhetorical line in the sand threatening to push and that is very good but words alone will not be strong enough to easily and quickly overcome entitlements, national self-interest, market inertia, influential, obstinate, well-financed vested interests, and cheaper fossil fuels.

The problem, most inconveniently, is now however and not in 85, not in 50, not even in 30 years. Until we seen swift effective action we must assume G8 leaders are simply punting to those next in line.

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