S & S News: The Week in Highlights – 07.04.2019

S & S News: The Week in Highlights shares a collection of current articles, reports and stories that are newsworthy in the realm of sustainability, social responsibility and beyond. Feature promise: Absolutely no fake news.sustainability, social responsibility and beyond. Feature promise: Absolutely no fake news.

The latest this week has got marine eco systems on our mind. With the mass decline of coral babies, whales and mutilated dolphins washed ashore, as well as the effect of global warming on sea turtles reproductivity, our oceans are urgently calling for our attention. This is further supported by a new study that puts a price on plastic pollution for marine ecology at up to $2.5 trillion annually.

On land, Canada leads on its carbon pricing strategy to offset higher energy costs for 70% of people (VS UK 23%/US 18%/China 25%). 

Corporate governance makes headlines as the gender pay gap widens, Google dissolves it’s AI Ethics board after a fortnight and Amazon employees frequently suffering from carpal tunnel after all that Prime picking fail to gain protection.

In Westminster this week, butts were bared over Brexit and more than the governments failing negotiations were exposed as climate protestors Extinction Rebellion sought to protest the neglect of climate change in a HOC debate by stripping down.

On the food frontier, Morrisons goes old school with the launch of its paper grocery bags and Nespresso calls for caffeine collaboration and showcases best practice as it calls for competitors to join its global coffee pod recycling scheme. Meanwhile, it is reported that the UK has a 40% higher rate of death from junk food than our European neighbors, calling food organizations into issues over accountability, responsible marketing and product development.

The fashion industry sees Chinese luxury consumers begin to embrace a shared economy and Patagonia wins my heart once more as it refuses to provide fin tech uniform corporate logo vests (think Wall St/ Canary Wharf/Silicon Vally ) to companies that are ecologically damaging and do not prioritize the planet.

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