In a world where businesses understand the clear benefit s of being perceived of as good socio-environmental performers, companies will market themselves thus, even when this means baseless self-promotion and/or outright deception known as ‘greenwashing.’ This article chronicles the rise of private international social and environmental standards in the globalization context, describes how these standards are evolving, and evaluates the strengths and challenges of these standards from a public interest perspective.
The complexity and local nature of the global water crisis requires collaboration, from community-based organizations to governments to businesses and others. Knowledge of water risks and opportunities can help businesses mitigate those risks and contribute to water security.
Effective water management can provide a multitude of benefits, such as ensuring sustainable water supplies, reducing flood risk, and improving water quality. In addition, many water management strategies can provide additional benefits to the environment, economy, and society, including providing wildlife habitat, capturing greenhouse gases, and enhancing community livability.
In this interview, Sonali Abraham, Heather Cooley, and Cora Kammeyer of the Pacific Institute discuss the findings of their report,“Sustainable Landscapes on Commercial and Industrial Properties in the Santa Ana River Watershed.”
There is broad recognition that adapting to climate change, coupled with the need to address aging infrastructure, population growth, and degraded ecosystems, will require rethinking programs and policies and investing in our natural and built water systems.
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