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In this article ULVR-GB The former CEO of consumer goods giant Unilever has taken a swipe at firms who prioritize short-term goals over longer term ones rooted in sustainability. Paul Polman has castigated some companies who proclaim “they are the second coming” while simultaneously slowing efforts down. Speaking at CNBC’s Sustainable Future Forum on Monday,
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The circular economy — the idea of integrating sourcing, production and consumption within common systems to minimize waste, extend the life-cycle of products and stimulate innovation across the value chain to advance sustainability — is a powerful concept. While not a new idea — it builds upon methods such as life-cycle analysis and the pioneering
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Empty shelves that usually stock bottled water at Sainsbury’s supermarket, Greenwich Peninsular, on September 19, 2021 in London, England. Chris J Ratcliffe | Getty Images The U.K. has emerged from the Covid-19 pandemic to find itself faced with an onslaught of new economic crises that have left the country in “a precarious position,” experts have
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In 1988, during the U.S. presidential campaign, George H.W. Bush famously said, “Those who think we are powerless to do anything about the greenhouse effect forget about the White House effect.” A third of a century later, that pithy sound bite turned out to be hollow, as most political pronouncements about climate change were at
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All eyes at next month’s COP26 climate conference will be on governments’ willingness to back up their rhetoric on cutting greenhouse gas emissions with solid, verifiable commitments. Yet no matter what the politicians deliver, getting the job done will rest largely on the shoulders of the world’s business leaders. Business has undeniably helped fuel the
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The growing supply of environmental, social and governance-related exchange-traded funds won’t be enough to meaningfully mitigate broad issues such as climate change, Van Eck Associates’ CEO says. “ESG is good as a coherent investment approach on a fund-by-fund basis to make a difference and it’s good signaling, but to put it in perspective, it’s not
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This week’s run time is 37:56. WEEK IN REVIEW (2:30) FEATURES What’s in store for COP 26 (16:30) James Murray, editor in chief of BusinessGreen, offers a preview of developments we might expect from the highly anticipated summit starting Oct. 31 in Glasgow, Scotland. Tips for being ‘climate positive’ (27:40) Sustainable business strategist David Jaber
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Dealing with climate change can seem impossibly costly. By all accounts, the toll will be many trillions of dollars annually for many years to come. So far, efforts have been patchy and painful. Washington is momentarily engaged in a high-wire act to fund a multitrillion-dollar, climate-focused package that could make or break Uncle Sam’s decarbonization
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Climate tech solutions can sometimes seem vexingly distant on the horizon, but as climate impacts bear down hard, the urgency of the problem is palpable. That’s why it’s invigorating to see a solution such as Remora, which reduces emissions from long-haul trucking by sucking up carbon dioxide directly from the tailpipe. The company has been
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All hail accountants! The green-eyeshades profession’s stock has risen recently, as companies seek to address their sustainability challenges. Accountants’ ability to translate risks and opportunities into numbers, the theory goes, will enable the rest of us to evaluate the financial impacts and assess the resilience of a given product, brand or company. And by embedding
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Mars has ramped up its net-zero target to cover its entire business and supply chain, including the greenhouse gases generated by its agriculture and suppliers as well as emissions produced by consumers using its food, drink and pet food products, the multinational firm announced this week. The new net zero by 2050 target marks a
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This week’s run time is 37:05. WEEK IN REVIEW (2:40) FEATURES How Logitech calculates product-level carbon disclosures (11:55) Prakash Arunkundrum, global head of operations and sustainability for consumer electronics company Logitech, discusses the methodology it uses to produce carbon disclosures on all of its product packaging and why it hopes others will borrow its approach.  
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Date/Time: November 4, 2021 (1-2PM ET / 10-11AM PT) California is facing power insecurity at levels unlike anything in its recent history: heightened winds and aging infrastructure, record wildfires, more frequent and longer duration outages that are both unintentional and intentional. Leaving the individuals, communities, and business looking for their own power security, and fast.
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Last spring, as the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic triggered disruptions and demand imbalances throughout the global food supply chain, Gro Intelligence founder and CEO Sara Menker found herself worried about another crisis: a Biblical plague of locusts that had descended on Africa, threatening already stressed farming communities. Predictive models from Gro’s agricultural intelligence platform,
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Ford CEO Jim Farley, whose grandfather devoted his professional life to the automaker’s Rouge Complex in Dearborn, Michigan, worries everyday about employment risks related to the electric vehicle transition. As Farley and other industry executives have noted, it takes fewer workers to assemble EVs, and dealers could see much of the profit-rich repair business associated
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Pumpkin spice everything, leaves turning color, and a fraught run-up to COP26 are all signs of fall and the soon-to-be end of another year riddled by a global pandemic. Many of us yearn for travel and respite from the new normal of staycations amidst the confluence of daily disasters we face — dangerous air quality
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Cooling towers at the Tricastin Evolutionary Power Reactor nuclear power plant in France. Bloomberg | Bloomberg | Getty Images LUXEMBOURG — France is pushing the EU to reduce its energy dependency on foreign countries as gas prices soar across the continent. The EU has been grappling with higher energy costs in recent weeks, prompting governments in Spain, Italy, Greece,
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An icon of sustainable business has a new book. Paul Polman, former CEO of Unilever, has co-authored — along with sustainability consultant Andrew Winston — ”Net Positive: How Courageous Companies Thrive by Giving More Than They Take.” Given that intriguing title, I thought it would be time to check back in with Paul Pullman, who I interviewed
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Wall Street may be on the verge of an uncharacteristically painful quarter. Wharton finance professor Jeremy Siegel, who’s known for his positive market forecasts, is sounding the alarm on the market’s ability to cope with inflation. “We’re headed for some trouble ahead,” he told CNBC’s “Trading Nation” on Friday. “Inflation, in general, is going to
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This is an excerpt from “Rethinking Corporate Sustainability in the Era of Climate Crisis — A Strategic Design Approach.” It is reproduced here with permission. [Editor’s note: The text has been lightly edited to meet GreenBiz style standards.] Interest in the circular economy has been growing over the last three decades. The introduction of the
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What’s the question you are most frequently asked when trying to set up a new sustainability initiative? I bet “how much will it cost?” is a leading contender. It’s no different for farmers — the CEOs of businesses with often slim margins.  That’s why the challenge of financing the adoption of regenerative agricultural practices comes
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This week’s run time is 47:03. WEEK IN REVIEW (2:30) FEATURES Brave enough to be positive (18:44) Former Unilever CEO Paul Polman, now co-chair of consultancy Imagine, chats about his new book, “Net Positive: How Courageous Companies Thrive by Giving More Than They Take.” He’s hoping to start a movement: “We really have to start
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Like politics or religion, artificial intelligence is a topic that elicits strong opinions. Many in the environmental and sustainability communities sing its praises as a technology for combating climate change, citing its superhuman ability to optimize the integration of renewables into electric grids, or to detect deforestation and other threats to biodiversity, or drive corporate
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