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January 4, 2013
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Setting the Example 
  • Report: Venture capital investments in clean tech fell in 2012
    Venture capital investments in clean technology worldwide slumped to $6.46 billion in 2012, down 33% from 2011, according to research and consulting firm Cleantech Group. The leading industry last year in terms of amount invested was biofuels and biochemicals at $952 million, followed by transportation at $927 million, the report showed. The declining cost of natural gas and the global economic downturn drew away investors in 2012, said Cleantech Group CEO Sheeraz Haji. San Jose Mercury News (Calif.) (free registration) (1/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
10 ways to inspire creativity in your staff.
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Creating Accountability 
Green Marketing 
  • Retailers settle bamboo-mislabeling claims
    Amazon, Macy's and Sears have agreed to make payments and submit to compliance monitoring by the Federal Trade Commission to settle lawsuits alleging that the retailers sold rayon products mislabeled as eco-friendly bamboo. "Consumers expect that they will get what they pay for; here, they didn't," says Stuart Delery, head of the Department of Justice's civil division. Bloomberg Businessweek (1/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
The Responsible Leader 
  • Green companies don't dodge taxes
    Google and Starbucks have taken "admirable steps" toward sustainability in recent years, but they're undercutting their CSR efforts by avoiding tax payments, writes James Murray. The firms aren't doing anything illegal, but their actions reduce the credibility of their sustainability programs. "[I]t is hard to see how this avoidance is compatible with their erstwhile position as green and ethical business pioneers," Murray writes. BusinessGreen (U.K.) (1/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
 
Powering Tomorrow 
  • Wind tax-credit extension will have gradual effect, executive says
    The extension of the wind-energy Production Tax Credit as part of "fiscal cliff" legislation is a victory for the industry, but it is unlikely to immediately revive orders, said David J. Rosenberg, the vice president of marketing for Gamesa USA. "I think it will take a little while for this to work its way to the manufacturing sector, but it will be a stimulus," he said. The Philadelphia Inquirer (1/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Engage. Innovate. Discuss. 
  • Get personal to engage your team
    When John Bossong's 17-year-old daughter picked up her first paycheck, she found that her boss had added a brief handwritten note welcoming her and encouraging her to give her all. That simple act showed the boss' commitment to achieving a "higher purpose" and keeping workers motivated and engaged, Bossong writes. "If you want a team that is unified and aligned, make leadership personal," he adds. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (1/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
SmartQuote 
[A]ny company that wants to be seen as an 'ethical' and 'sustainable' pioneer cannot engage in aggressive tax avoidance."
--James Murray, journalist, writing at BusinessGreen
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