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Embedding sustainability drives greater profitability, says Unilever CEO Polman

Paul Polman, CEO of Unilever and Sustainable Business Leader of the Year, believes the key to successful leadership lies in being human<p>Paul Polman, CEO of consumer goods multinational Unilever, believes a return to core values is essential in order to address key sustainability challenges such as …

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How China Will Dominate the U.S. Electric-Bus Market

The country is emerging as an innovator in green tech.<p>Next Monday, a battery-powered, 40-foot bus is set to roll off the assembly line in a former recreational vehicle factory in Lancaster, California, a blue-collar desert community north of Los Angeles, and be delivered to the local transit …

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The darling of the corporate philanthropy fan club has been TOMS Shoes. And for good reasons.<p>TOMS Shoes is the handiwork of Blake Mycoskie, a young …

Gas Makes Wind Affordable Even Without Tax Credit: Alliant CEO

Cheap natural gas is making wind energy affordable, even without a federal tax credit, the chief executive officer of Alliant Energy said in Chicago Wednesday.<p>Installation of wind farms fell by 93 percent after Congress did not renew wind’s production tax credit last year. The tax credit is back …

Typing and Swiping Could be the New Energy-Efficient Way to Charge Your Smartphone

Zhong Lin Wang and his team at the Georgia Institute of Technology have come up with a generator that powers your smartphone with nothing more than …

These little hacks make cities more sustainable and fun

Sometimes all it takes is imagination, some stealth, and a little elbow grease to turn the mundane into something playful. Rotten Apple, an anonymous …

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Why Tesla Is The Apple Of The Auto Industry: Part Two

Last week, Eugene Groysman called Tesla the “Apple of the auto industry,” and made the case that in order to double its stock price, Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA) has to create a nationwide system of charging stations, build the world’s largest lithium-ion battery factory, and overcome strong political …

GE's Next Billion-Dollar Bet: The 'Industrial Internet'

On the flat plains of central Illinois, dozens of wind turbines tower over the cornfields, intersecting the clean lines of land and sky.<p>As the sun begins to set, Charles Keith Haning, 81, admires the colors reflected on the spinning blades.<p>“Look at ‘em. Certain times of day when the sun’s shining …

Sustainable tourism: 10 key issues investors should consider

From energy consumption and sourcing to poor working conditions and tax avoidance, there are many areas to consider<p>A socially responsible investment (SRI) investor is constantly balancing the potential profitability of an organisation against how sustainable and responsible its business model is. …

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3D printers create a blueprint for future of sustainable design and production

The technology enables localised design and production, boosts local jobs and cuts emissions, argues Chat Reynders<p>Not too long ago, the notion that products could be manufactured using a fairly simple, compact printer was straight out of a science fiction novel. But as with so many technological …

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Redesigning A Less Wasteful New York City, With Giant Trash-Composting Parks

The city spends millions a year to send its heaping piles of waste as far away as Texas. Two local architects have created a new vision of processing trash locally: 10 composting “hubs” that double as parkland around the city’s waterfronts.<p>Much of New York City was built on top of trash generated …

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Sustainable Investments Are The Way Of The Future

Green means "GO" as far as investments exist. With a dire need for alternative energy as we exhaust natural resources, logic would indicate that a significant amount of investment will be needed to fuel future sustainability-minded companies.<p>“The entire world is developing environmental sensitivity …

How to create system change that solves sustainability challenges

For those involved in sustainability, one of the biggest challenges is perspective; how can you tackle the big, systemic problems such as poverty, water scarcity and climate change? At a recent event, hosted by Guardian Sustainable Business and Forum for the Future, sustainability actors from …

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How Patagonia’s New CEO Is Increasing Profits While Trying To Save The World

Since Rose Marcario joined Patagonia six years ago, the badass-by-nature company has tripled its profits. And no, it hasn’t sold its soul.<p><i>Editor’s Note: This story contains one of our Best Business Lessons of 2014. Check out the full list here.</i><p><i>Since Rose Marcario joined Patagonia as CFO in 2008,</i> …

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The CEO of Kimberly-Clark on Building a Sustainable Company

<b>Companies across the globe are tackling some of the world’s greatest societal challenges — water scarcity, climate change, and even the rights of women and girls in the developing world. Tom Falk, the CEO of Kimberly-Clark Corporation since 2002, talks about how the paper company is taking on</b> …

IKEA's Aggressive Approach To Sustainability Creates Enormous Business Opportunities

IKEA released its 2013 Sustainability Report this week, and the results in the energy arena are pretty impressive. The company continues to follow through on its commitment to develop and own renewable electricity supplies, with a 2020 goal of producing more energy than it uses. IKEA has numerous …

Top ten sustainability and social media campaigns – in pictures

The best examples of brands using social media to sell sustainable change through entertainment and useful information

Tesla is not the next Amazon

Before it gains even more traction this week, let’s put an end to this theory now: Tesla Motors Inc. TSLA, -2.10% is simply not the next Amazon.com …

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