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How companies can adapt to climate change

Taking effective action can turn risk into competitive advantage.<p><b>From the early days</b> of seafaring trade, dealing with the weather has been an …

Fossil Fuels

U.S. Trust

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While You Were Getting Worked Up Over Oil Prices, This Just Happened to Solar

Every time fossil fuels get cheaper, people lose interest in solar deployment. That may be about to change.<p>After years of struggling against cheap …

2015: the year businesses recognize that climate change is real

It would be an understatement to say that a lot happened in 2014.<p>There was pervasive civic and social unrest across the US, bringing issues like racism and justice to the forefront yet again, as well as a historic agreement with China to mitigate carbon emissions. Meanwhile, India enacted a law …

Crowd investing: Could you be backing the next Google?

<b>Investing often used to seem like a closed shop - the preserve of a wealthy, privileged elite keeping business opportunities all to itself.</b><p>Special Report: The Technology of BusinessUltra HD gives firms clearer pictureTranslation tech talking businessUkraine's green tech start-ups bloomRecycling …

Venture Capital

‘Ethical’ Investing in Emerging Markets?

Socially Responsible Investing Around the Globe Isn’t Easy<p>Emerging markets may not be the wilderness they once were for “socially responsible” investors.<p>Most investors lured by the glint of growth in markets like Brazil, South Africa and China accept the greater political, currency and liquidity …

Stock Markets

New EU Requirements on Transparency and Social Responsibility signal that now is the time to look at CSR within your company

Posted 02nd October 2014 by Tatiana Stotz<p>Investing in Responsible Supply Chain Management (RSCM) and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) measures …

Sustainability: an irksome truth, a necessary theme

In 2005, American science writer Jared Diamond produced a book of extraordinary ambition and importance: ‘<i>Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or</i> …

12 Industry Leaders Unveil Methodology for Assessing Social Impacts of Products

Related:<p>A group of companies united in the Roundtable for Product Social Metrics today announces the publication of the Handbook for Product Social …

How Itaú Asset Management Is Driving Integration of ESG Criteria into Fundamental Equity Valuation

Image credit: Itaú Unibanco<p>Related:<p>Is the investor community of the world’s most advanced economies informed, engaged and excited enough to make …

Investing

Sustainability’s strategic worth: McKinsey Global Survey results

Executives at all levels see an important business role for sustainability. But when it comes to mastering the reputation, execution, and …

A new green wave

BILL MCKIBBEN, an American environmentalist, once dismissed sustainability as “a buzzless buzzword”. That seems about right. A survey of 2,000 …

Acumen

The elephant in the atmosphere

IN SEPTEMBER 2013 a group of institutional investors with $3 trillion of assets under management asked the 45 biggest quoted oil firms how climate …

A world without water

The River Nar, a minor waterway about 100 miles north of London, is barely known to the average Briton. And at first glance, it is hard to understand …

Academics and Wall Street

2014-01-03T10:24:07.000Z<p>By: Izabella Kaminska<p>Over the new year the New York Times published a scathing attack on Professor Scott H. Irwin of the …

Awesome new video: A cell phone tool to help micro-entrepreneurs get loans

In the developing world, would-be entrepreneurs are easily able to get microloans. But getting access to formal financial institutions — the kind …

Ten Predictions for China’s Economy in 2014

China has recently made major decisions about its economic future. On November 15, 2013, China announced dramatic new social and economic policies contemplating much greater reliance on market forces than it has in the past and inviting private-sector participation and foreign competition in …

Sustainable change won't come through moralising, only through movement

Don't fly. Don't eat meat. Don't drive a car. Don't buy stuff. And whatever you do, make sure to turn off the lights.<p>This is often how environmentalists are perceived – as people, who do not really appreciate life and would prefer it if human activity ceased in order to safeguard our …

Sustainability

Is the corporate sustainability movement too much of a clique?

We all know the well-worn phrase that it is often who you know that is more important than what you know.<p>But is there an inherent risk that the corporate sustainability movement is built on the fragile foundations of personal connections rather than the solid bedrock of institutional change?<p>The …

Sustainability

UN climate talks in Warsaw: what you need to know

The aim is to forge a legally binding global climate treaty in Poland to cut carbon emissions. But it's easier said than done<p><b>What is happening in Warsaw?</b><p>It is COP19 of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change – or, in other words, the latest round of the ongoing United Nations talks aimed at …

China reform plan: in summary

China’s reform plan released after the Communist Party’s Third Plenum has been hailed as ambitious and bold. It certainly has far more in it than …

Michael Porter unveils new health and happiness index

Can Harvard professor Michael Porter do for wellbeing and happiness what others have so far failed to achieve?<p>The creator of the shared value concept, who has the ear of both big business and governments, has unveiled a "rigorous" new Social Progress Index (SPI) that hopes to put social and …

Costa Rica

Why the easing of the one-child policy is no surprise

<i>By Norma Cohen, Demography Correspondent</i><p>News that China is planning to ease its decades-old “one child” family planning policy should come as no …

Going Beyond Corporate Social Responsibility | Inc.com

<i>This column is part of an ongoing series, originally published by McKinsey & Company, about how entrepreneurs are making a societal impact around the world.</i><p>The old paradigm of development is unsustainable. Long gone are the days where everyone sat back and waited for governments and multilateral …

CSR

2013 'one of warmest' on record

<b>This year is likely to be among the top 10 warmest on record, according to the World Meteorological Organization.</b><p>It continues a pattern of high temperatures blamed directly on man-made climate change.<p>The president of the World Bank, Jim Yong Kim, told BBC News that warming could no longer be …

Climate Change

Why corporations like Microsoft are investing in renewable energy

In a move that underlines the growing appeal of corporate investment in renewable energy, Microsoft announced Monday that it will power one of its data centers with electricity from a Texas wind farm.<p>The software giant has agreed to buy all of the output from the 110MW wind farm for 20 years. The …

Renewable Energy