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A slew of announcements earlier this month point to new regulations on carbon disclosure. Corporate America better get ready. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has been particularly busy. Acting chairwoman Allison Herren Lee issued a public statement directing the SEC staff “to enhance its focus on climate-related disclosure in public company filings.” In a
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The tech sector’s fascination with tree restoration as a climate solution apparently isn’t unique to U.S. companies.  Latin America’s largest e-commerce marketplace — Mercado Libre, a company with roughly twice the market capitalization of eBay at $78 billion — is putting part of the proceeds from its $400 million sustainability bond toward two forest restoration
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The vaccines against COVID-19 exemplify the potential of human ingenuity. A globally collaborative research effort yielded an innovative solution to a pressing problem, developed with unprecedented speed but also remarkable efficacy. The inspiring effort to create the vaccine has made the bumpier aspects of its rollout all the more disappointing. How could such an eagerly
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Want more great analysis of the clean energy transition? Sign up for Energy Weekly, our free email newsletter. The era of American offshore wind finally may be coming to its shores.  This week, the Biden administration backed the first commercial-scale offshore wind farm in the United States: an 800-megawatt project planned off the coast of
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Week in Review Stories discussed this week (3:28). Features Experiments in circular city innovation (18:50) Urban communities will be central to the success or failure of circular economy models. The World Economic Forum, through its Scale360 initiative, is at the center of this evolution. We chat with Helen Burdett, circular economy innovation lead, about a
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Consumer interest in the use of recycled materials, so-called recyclates, is on the rise. Indeed, the perceived sustainability of a product or brand is playing an increasingly important role in purchasing decisions, as evidenced by one global marketing research firm predicting sales of sustainable products to reach up to $150 billion in the U.S. by
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Democratic U.S. presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden speaks about modernizing infrastructure and his plans for tackling climate change during a campaign event in Wilmington, Delaware, U.S., July 14, 2020. Leah Millis | Reuters With President Joe Biden’s Covid-19 stimulus package just a signature away from becoming law, the White House now turns
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United States Postal Service Postmaster General Louis DeJoy speaks during a House Oversight and Reform Committee hearing on Legislative Proposals to Put the Postal Service on Sustainable Financial Footing on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on February 24, 2021. Jim Watson | AFP | Getty Images House Democrats called on the Biden administration Tuesday to
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Last week, the fast-casual restaurant chain Chipotle Mexican Grill announced a new policy that ties executive compensation in part to environmental, social and governance (ESG) metrics.  Going forward, 10 percent of the annual incentive bonuses for corporate officers — essentially, anyone with day-to-day responsibility for running the company — will be tied to the company’s
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ESG issues continue to gain prominence, with climate change getting the most attention today. We see customers demanding action on carbon emissions, investment firms structuring new green products and governments developing regulations to support the transition to a sustainable future. This has led to a strong focus on two main sectors: energy and transportation. Of
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More than 100 billion tons of resources enter the economy every year — everything from metals, minerals and fossil fuels to organic materials from plants and animals. Just 8.6 percent gets recycled and used again. Use of resources has tripled (automatic PDF download) since 1970 and could double again by 2050 if business continues as
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Want more great analysis of sustainable food systems? Sign up for Food Weekly, our free email newsletter. I wrote recently about the intense level of innovation we’re seeing in food and ag. To try to stay on top of things, I’ll run quarterly roundups that highlight startups with the potential to move the needle on sustainability.
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Week in Review Stories discussed this week (5:05). Features Hacking the climate crisis (21:10) Sanjana Paul, a 23-year-old scientist, electrical engineer and environmental activist, is executive director of EarthHacks, a hackathon that encourages college students to surface solutions for combating climate change. She talks about her mission with Shana Rappaport, GreenBiz vice president and executive
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As the pandemic has killed half a million Americans, too often “essential” workers have felt expendable. Facing far less risk, people with the luxury of working from home nevertheless have faced new stressors on their mental health, including blurred work-life boundaries, social isolation and ceaseless caregiving. Channeling lessons gleaned from the corporate response over the
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2020 undeniably brought the “S” pillar of ESG into greater focus, including issues such as employee wellness, human rights, and diversity, equity and inclusion. But investors didn’t exactly ignore the “E” component and are poised to emphasize it even more in 2021 and beyond, according to a recent Conference Board corporate sustainability disclosure analysis. In
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With the explosive growth of environmental, social and governance (ESG) investing in recent years, it appears that we may be at or approaching an inflection point. As ESG investing becomes ever more prominent, it may be timely to ask whether, as currently practiced, it considers all issues of material importance to investors. In this commentary,
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The major indexes may be kicking off the month in rally mode, but PNC Financial’s Amanda Agati sees trouble under the hood. She believes the rotation into economically sensitive market groups from stay-at-home plays is overdone. “The value side of the equation — that ‘go outside’ trade — has really moved way too far and
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The case for electrifying buildings is a no-brainer. It makes buildings healthier, cheaper and is essential to addressing climate change (building operations account for 28 percent of emissions globally — more than all of the transportation sector). That doesn’t mean electrifying buildings will be easy. Beyond the coordination needed between building owners, contractors and occupants
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Week in Review Stories discussed this week (1:50). Features Navigating a successful sustainability career (24:55) How can CSOs shape business resilience? GreenBiz Vice President and Senior Analyst John Davies chats with the authors of a new report from management consulting firm Korn Ferry, “The Rise of the Chief Sustainability Officer.” Tune in for insights from Korn
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Date/Time: March 18, 2021 (1-2PM ET / 10-11AM PT) The world of environmental, social and governance metrics and ratings has entered a new and dynamic phase. Suddenly, nearly every publicly held company — and many privately held firms — are examining their policies and programs through the lens of investors’ rising interest in ESG metrics.
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Nuclear energy will “absolutely” be politically palatable, billionaire philanthropist, technologist and climate change evangelist Bill Gates recently told Andrew Ross Sorkin on CNBC’s “Squawk Box.” Nuclear power has to overcome a baneful reputation garnered by association with the atomic bomb and radioactive disasters, but it’s a necessary, worthy and surmountable challenge to correct the naysayers,
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Despite the global economic slowdown caused by COVID-19, the case for investing in Africa is stronger than ever. Africa will remain a competitive investment destination for decades to come because of its improving relative risk profiles, regional integration and strong economic fundamentals. However, many challenges remain for local founders despite the record-breaking fundraising year African
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This article originally was published in the BSR Insight. This is the first post in a four-part series on materiality. After years of debate over the definition of materiality, 2020 has brought a consensus that materiality is double — meaning that businesses should report on financially material topics that influence enterprise value as well as
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In 2020, philanthropic donations by major donors saw an almost 7 percent increase on a year-to-date basis. As companies direct more of their money to external charitable causes, internally decision-makers are assessing how the companies’ philanthropic efforts tie into their values, corporate responsibilities and sustainability strategies. For many, this includes weaving sustainability into their already
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A rendering shows how the buses could look once in use. One of the U.K.’s biggest public transport operators is to trial the use of zero-emission buses from Arrival, a firm specializing in the production of commercial electric vehicles in so-called “microfactories.” In a statement Monday, First Bus, which is part of the larger FirstGroup,
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A few years into Danone’s and General Mills’ regenerative agriculture pilots, one thing has become clear: It’s about data collection. Holistically changing our agriculture system to become more sustainable comes later.  “We really don’t have a great understanding of what happens when farmers make these transitions to regenerative systems,” said Steven Rosenzweig, senior soil scientist
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Architect, designer and author William McDonough is well-known to many in sustainability — as a pioneer in green building; as the erstwhile “green dean” of architecture; as co-author of the seminal 2002 book “Cradle to Cradle”; as a designer of breakthrough buildings and materials; as a deep thinker about how design relates to a healthy
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