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Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Sustainability

"Are you cool enough to keep the arctic from melting?" Ben & Jerry's partnered with the World Wildlife Fund a few years ago to form the Climate Change College, an innovative way "to inspire grass-roots practical action on climate change." From the website:

Each year one candidate per participating country wins a place on the Climate Change College to put their own creative solution on climate change into action. The prize consists of a 9 month business mentoring programme (worth €21,000 per participant, including e-learning modules, a 3-day workshop in London and a 2-week Arctic trip) and a €7,000 monetary grant to launch your project!

Visit the Climate Change College today!


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Comment by Henk Campher on March 3, 2008 at 2:49pm
We continue to forget about Africa in the climate change debate. Africa might suffer more from the changing climate than any other continent. Especially because of the lack of social safety nets provided by governments. Is there a solution for Africa when they have so much else to focus on - health, poverty, war and hunger? Or are we caught in a Catch 22 with no sustainable solutions? More on this in my blog at http://angryafrican.wordpress.com/2008/03/02/solving-the-changing-african-climate-a-catch-22/
Comment by Thomas Bertrand on March 4, 2008 at 5:20am
I think not just Africa but the developing world as a whole. What's their role in solving climate change, should they have the same limits as the developed world when the "developed" world didn't have any constraints during its growth periods?
Comment by Lauren Miller on March 10, 2008 at 12:55pm
I think it's the developed country's responsibility to give Africa the basics to start worrying about climate change. When you're fighting to keep your family from starving, it's hard to worry about your effect on the environment. I believe the movement of microlending in Africa, and with the help of fairtrade and other organizations that help bring people above the poverty level, will help lead Africa into a more environmentally conscious continent.
It would be unfair to put constraints on their growth when they barely have enough to put their feet on the ground. Rather, more developed countries should be responsible for helping them grow in a more environmentally sound way. For example: Recently 1 of the 2 members of SC Johnson's Sustainable branch came in to speak to my class. They are currently in Africa trying to develope products for the people to sell that are 1)environmentally friendly 2)create jobs in the slums and lead to a better economy and less black market jobs 3)will help the health of the people by stopping the spead of disease through insects. If you start a whole continent off environmentally friendly (with the help of big corporations around the world), with no other alternatives, it will grow into an even better environmentally friend continent when it has the means.

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