It only took half a century for plastics to move from being a symbol of modern domestic bliss to becoming a magnet for derogatory adjectives. As 8 million tonnes of the material enter the ocean each year, the big question now is how to reconcile plastic’s undeniable functionality with a system that can work long term, avoiding loss of material value and environmental consequences.
At the end of last year, a cooperative of independent smallholders – KUD Tani Subur, which includes 190 farmers – were the first group to achieve Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) certification in Kalimantan, the Indonesian part of Borneo.
There’s not much in the corporate world that Richard Edelman hasn’t seen since 1978, when he joined the communications agency firm his father founded back in 1952. But this year’s Edelman Trust Barometer reflects a marked change. Trust in the media has collapsed. Trust in CEOs, however, has recovered. Now is the time for business to lend its voice to the battle for truth.