World Catching On to Importance of Blue Economy

Humans have always depended on the “blue” covering most of our planet. Yet only recently have we become more aware of the magnitude of our impacts — and realized what we must do to conserve and be able to continue to benefit from these waters.

It may surprise you to learn that 60% of the world’s oceans are waters that do […]

China and India Perform Badly in Deforestation Ranking

Just seven global companies and investors are doing enough to prevent deforestation, says a report by think tank Global Canopy Programme.

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While Latin American countries ranked highest on average, China, which is responsible for importing more than a fifth of the value of all forest risk commodities, and India, a […]

Apple Swings for The Fences with $848 Million Solar Deal

In October, Apple‘s Vice President of Environmental Initiatives Lisa Jackson told a GreenBiz audience that the Silicon Valley tech giant is “swinging for the fences” on sustainability and renewable power.

On Tuesday, Apple made good on Jackson’s promise — and then some — by announcing the largest commercial purchase of solar power ever with an $848 million deal with First Solar […]

Beyond the Politics of Climate Change

We understand the challenges facing lawmakers who must wrestle with these complex issues on Capitol Hill, but we believe the politics of climate change shouldn’t change industry’s commitment to reducing carbon intensity. At Nestlé, we are determined to take concrete, measureable and transparent action on these issues in the U.S. and all over the world no matter which way the […]

How To Do Business in A World Running Out of Water

In this context of ever-rising tension over rights and access to clean water, the United Nations Global Compact and the Pacific Institute have issued a Guidance for Companies on Respecting the Human Rights to Water and Sanitation (PDF). The key takeaway for businesses is that water scarcity and resulting human suffering — which can turn into social turmoil reverberating through […]

Be The Change and Certify as a B Corporation

I recently participated on a panel discussion as part of a conference on creativity for MBA students. The subject veered into the territory of a corporation’s social responsibility, and a banker on the panel—a really sharp guy—said that as far as he was concerned, if you created a job, you had fulfilled a social promise.

He also admonished the audience against […]

Companies Struggle to Reduce Environmental Impact, Says New Report

The world’s biggest companies are addressing their environmental impacts, but it isn’t making much of a difference, according to State of Green Business 2015, a report from GreenBiz Group and Trucost.

The eighth annual edition of the report, which measures the global progress of large, publicly traded companies around the world in addressing a myriad of environmental challenges, echoes the previous […]

Prioritizing Social Enterprise Sustainability

Despite the conventional wisdom that organizations that invest in developing a robust infrastructure are more likely to succeed and recognition of financial support for capacity building as a philanthropic best practice by Grantmakers for Effective Organizations, social impact funders have yet to collectively make a substantial financial commitment to building organizational capacity. In an article published by Stanford Social Innovation […]

Barclays: Quit Bankrolling The Coal Industry

Barclays CEO Antony Jenkins talks of courage, values and purpose, so why is he a lead financier of coal, a major contributor to climate change?

There is an invisible DNA thread that links companies to their original purpose, which executives ignore at their peril. Because our transactional-based economic structures focus attention only the tiny sliver that is our conscious mind, business […]

Be Sustainable: The Power of Principles

According to the UN Global Compact’s Guide to Corporate Sustainabiliy, to be sustainable, companies must do five things, which starts with a company’s value system and a principled approach to doing business. This means operating in ways that, at a minimum, meet fundamental responsibilities in the areas of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption.

Responsible businesses enact the same values and […]

Social Innovation through The Sharing Economy

The sharing economy is a prime example of social innovation. At a basic level, sharing (rather than owning) assets is more economically efficient, environmentally sustainable, and community-oriented.

The sharing economy addresses a range of social problems—including isolation, over-consumption, and economic scarcity—in new ways. In addition to helping individuals meet their needs and expand their universe of opportunities, it also builds social […]

Human Population & Climate Change

These days, we rarely hear about the need to stabilize soaring human population growth, but clearly this is at the root of many of our problems, such as climate change and biodiversity loss.

In September, the United Nations will update Sustainable Development goals and an international coalition wants universal access to family planning recognized as integral to “climate-compatible development.”

 

Right now, world […]

Obama Budget Permanently Extends Renewable Energy Tax Credits

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Noting that the US has spent over $300 billion in direct costs to recover from extreme weather events and wildfires in the past decade, the White House would attack climate and encourage renewable energy through the following:

Renew the Wind Production Tax Credit and solar Investment Tax Credit and make them permanent (costs $31 billion over 10 […]

Global Water Crisis Demands Business and Government Action

You may be surprised to learn that the one issue that keeps the world’s leaders up at night is not weapons of mass destruction or cross-border conflict. It’s not the threat of another fiscal crisis or the spread of infectious diseases. It’s water.

The World Economic Forum announced this week at its annual meeting in Davos that the global water crisis […]

JetBlue’s Secret for Sustainability Liftoff

JetBlue started with the idea that the better you treat people, both your own and outside of the company, the better the experience, the better the product, the better the profit.

From that, JetBlue grew up with a very strong CSR in philanthropy. It grew a robust and generous program focused on community needs like literacy and the importance of play […]

TD Named to 2015 Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World

Companies named to the Global 100 index are the top overall sustainability performers in their respective industrial sectors. Maintained by Corporate Knights Capital, the Global 100 index automatically considers all publicly traded companies with a large market capitalization. For information on Global 100 index’s full rankings, please visit: www.corporateknights.com/reports/global-100.


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Amazon Finally Buys Some Renewable Energy

“Long criticized for its disinterest in lowering emissions or using clean energy, Amazon.com is finally taking steps in that direction…

Amazon Web Services Wind Farm expands Fowler Ridge, one of the largest wind farms in the world. Spread across 50,000 acres, so far it has 355 turbines and 499.8 MW of capacity.”

(Source: sustainablebusiness.com) […]

U.N. Global Compact Expels Hundreds for Non-Compliance

2014 was a mixed year for the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) initiative, which has been working to increase the adoption of sustainable practices in the global business sector.

The organization announced last week that it had expelled 372 companies in the last half of 2014 for not submitting their Communication of Progress (COP) reports, which members are required to submit […]

Is It Profitable To Let The World Go To Hell?

Is It Profitable To Let The World Go To Hell? » $cale¢hange

“It is cost-effective to postpone global climate action. It is profitable to let the world go to hell…

I believe that the tyranny of the short term will prevail over the decades to come. As a result, a number of long-term problems will not be solved, even if they could […]

How Social Media Engagement is Advancing Sustainable Leadership

Creating bridges between the corporate world and its stakeholders, social media closes the gap on knowledge management and business intelligence. Social media for sustainability communications has become a risk or an opportunity. Monitoring, listening, and dialoguing with key stakeholder in the social space not only offers a competitive advantage but also provides other key ingredients for successful social media engagement.

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