All tagged Transparency

Is purchasing eco-labelled products a concrete, accessible entry point for the average Joe?

I just can’t bring myself to advocate that consumers search for ecolabels. That just reinforces the status quo, business as usual approach that in my view urgently needs to change. The trouble I have with ecolabels is that some of them are OK, especially when done well. But they can also be highly misleading, promoting for example the idea of sustainability when workers are so disgustingly exploited.

The No Deforestation Blame Game

Couldn't we have a more mature dialogue between companies and NGOs, encouraged by the reporters that tell their stories, where we get as much information and data as we can before we jump to judgment? Where we take people at their word that they are in fact serious about implementing their policies based on their fundamental values and beliefs? If we can, we might stand a chance of getting the better of these massive, wicked problems.

Into the Light

Wilmar’s step into the light really is a revolution. If Wilmar can do it, everyone else must too. Wilmar is not some itsy-bitsy niche company - they’re the world’s largest palm oil company for goodness sakes. We can expect transparency to be the new order in the years ahead and it started last week with Wilmar’s announcement.