Where Was Sustainability at the Consumer Electronics Show?
Bill Clinton, in his role as President of the Clinton Foundation and ambassador for the Samsung Hope for Children Foundation, headlined one day of last week’s Consumer Electronics Show 2013 (CES) in Las Vegas.
I didn’t get to go myself, but I just got my hands on a copy of the 200 page show magazine from January 10th. According to the report Clinton tackled climate change, gun control and healthcare challenges – very encouraging for us corporate sustainability folks for some of our topics to be included in a keynote.
I also see from a supplement to the show magazine that the CEA, the Consumer Electronics Association, is addressing a number of important societal and environmental sustainability issues, including energy efficiency, e-waste, accessibility, safe driving and immigration reform. There is a full page section on Green Innovation.
Some of the advertising in the magazine makes note of eco or societal benefits – Panasonic, Adiovox, GreenPower Banks (solar assist chargers) and Bob Marley’s House of Marley line. Encouraging, too.
But overall it is notable how few out of the hundreds of advertisers and articles saw sustainability as worthy of mention. And I didn’t see one word about human rights in the supply chain.
I know one magazine isn’t the be all and end all of the whole show, but a look through the conference tracks on the CES website doesn’t identify anything in the way of interest in issues of CSR and sustainability either. I am thinking that we still have a long way to go. Sadly, I think the paucity of coverage of sustainability evidenced by the CES daily magazine risks being more of an ease to conscience than a foundation for real change. All the more disappointing given how much potential there is for ICT to be a driver for change.
Is anyone who attended able to identify anything more encouraging from the show? Or is this perhaps the wrong place for me too look for an interest in sustainability?
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