The Swedish fast-fashion giant canceled its “Conscious Choice” collection in September after a 12-year run following a reprimand from the Netherlands Authority for Consumers and Markets for employing vague and unsubstantiated terms that could mislead consumers into thinking the products are better for the environment than they really are.
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The United Nations this week launched a highly-anticipated report urging companies to stop issuing bogus net-zero targets that amount to greenwashing.
The boom in so-called ESG investing has been accompanied by a sharp rise in complaints about greenwashing — exaggerations or misleading statements about environmental claims. It’s a rise driven by the so-called “greenium” — the money companies can save by convincing lenders to offer better terms when borrowing is tied to an ESG (environmental, social or governance) goal.
A UN group set up to crack down on the greenwashing of net zero pledges by industry and government has called for “red lines” to stop support for new fossil fuel exploration and overuse of carbon offsets.
As net zero commitments reshape the world economy, and as the impacts of climate change accelerate, climate politics is getting existential. Vulnerable communities are fighting to survive. This month, one-third of Pakistan, a country of 220 million people, was flooded. At the same time, fossil fuel interest groups – coal, in particular – are trying every tactic to delay the inevitable.
PR firms are paid to engage in unethical tactics that intimidate and silence Americans who are exercising their rights to support actions that combat climate change wealthy and powerful corporate entities are dragging citizens and public interest opponents through meritless. But protracted and extremely costly litigation to expose anyone who dares to stand up to them to financial and personal ruin in its work to silence its critics. — Rep Katie Porter
Internal documents from major oil companies released by Democrats on the House Oversight Committee appear to cast doubt on their supposed climate and green energy commitments
Yvon Chouinard no longer owns Patagonia. Nearly 50 years after founding the enormously successful apparel company, now worth around $3 billion, the 83-year-old came up with an unusual solution to ensure that it continues in a way that aligns with his values and funds important environmental conservation work.
Ever since the award-winning 2015 series from Inside Climate News, the “ExxonKnew” campaign(s) to hold fossil fuel companies accountable for the disinformation and propaganda they spread as part of the industrial playbook to prevent regulation of their profitable pollution have gotten plenty of criticism from people who are carrying out a role in said playbook.
Well over half of Big Oil’s advertisements promote the message that they have embraced clean energy and emissions reductions, and other such “green claims,” according to a new report from InfluenceMap, a think tank based in London. Researchers found that BP, Chevron, ExxonMobil, Shell, and TotalEnergies spent an estimated $750 million last year to promote a climate-friendly image — and the report calls that “a conservative estimate.”