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March 30, 2015 CSR Looks Like This: Business Leadership and LGBT Equality

Source: Triple Pundit

Despite the recent wave of historic progress regarding same-sex marriage equality, Republican-led state legislatures from Arizona, to Arkansas, to Indiana and beyond have been working to pass legislation that the Georgia Chamber...

March 30, 2015 Getting serious about risk management

Source: Property Casuality 360

Success in today’s complex business environment is greatly dependent upon workforce productivity. Creating a proper work environment—one that is safe and secure for employees, customers and data—is vitally important. It means...

March 30, 2015 Climate change does not cause extreme winters, new study shows - Climate model simulations by the îIntergovernmental Panel on Climate Changeî (IPCC) showed similar results: as the climate warms, temperature differences in mid-latitudes decrease, and so does temperature...

March 27, 2015 Corporate governance in Japan - Fanuc stoops to conquer

Source: The Economist

YOSHIHARU INABA, the president of Fanuc, a secretive Japanese maker of industrial robots and machine-tool controllers, has something of importance to say to the outside world. Having invited your correspondent to visit its...

March 27, 2015 Eliana Herman: Expanding the definition of sustainability

Source: The Michigan Daily

The surprising thing about words is that they can be completely ineffective. Coming from a person who clearly adores words — at least enough to have her own column — this is a strange declaration. But it’s exactly because I think...

March 27, 2015 EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Only capitalism can save the planet

Source: Reuters

It’s not “sustainable” business when a company takes a long view and targets problems that aren’t going away — it’s smart business.

March 27, 2015 Testifying about Sustainability and the American Diet

Source: Union of Concerned Scientists

The day before yesterday, together with my UCS colleagues Lindsey Haynes-Maslow and Deborah Bailin, I went to the National Institutes of Health to testify on the Scientific Report of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory...

March 27, 2015 9 Reasons Your Sustainability Communications Fail

Source: Environmental Leader

Sustainability leaders have to talk – a lot. Sometimes they speak at conferences, other times they speak to clients, or they might even write a guest article for a website. Regardless of the audience or platform, if you’re in...

March 27, 2015 The Only Thing Oil Analysts Can Agree On Is Disagreement

Source: Bloomberg

Standard Chartered Plc’s Paul Horsnell forecasts oil will rise to $90 a barrel in the fourth quarter. Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s Francisco Blanch predicts $58. Six months ago, they were just $1 apart.

March 27, 2015 Guess What's Destroying the Middle Class?

Source: Bloomberg

Perhaps the biggest question in American political economy right now is why middle-class wages have been falling. There are three main hypotheses. Roughly, these are: Robots, unions and China.

March 26, 2015 The Four Filters of ESG Performance

Source: Forbes

Michael Muyot, president and founder of CRD Analytics, a leading provider of independent sustainability investment analytics, is an acknowledged leader in sustainable investing. He has developed a unique set of tools that are...

March 26, 2015 Is “Sustainability” Sustainable?

Source: Power Line

I recall taking in a British comedy sketch on TV over in London many years ago that featured the familiar device of an “interview” with a historical figure—in this case, the Lord Jesus Christ himself. The deadpan interviewer...

March 26, 2015 The Thorny Task of Advocating Good Corporate Behavior

Source: NY Times

In the war to control corporations, the California Public Employees’ Retirement System, the $300 billion pension fund, has decided that it is willing to actively press companies to emphasize the environment, diversity and good...

March 26, 2015 Are Buffett and Heinz overpaying for Kraft?

Source: Fortune

On Wednesday morning, ketchup maker H.J. Heinz said it would buy mac-and-cheese giant Kraft Food. Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway ( BRK.A -0.00% ) is playing a big role in the blockbuster deal, which will create a food company...

March 26, 2015 Why this Wal-Mart gun lawsuit could change everything for the company

Source: Fortune

An upcoming lawsuit over firearms filed against Wal-Mart could have big implications on the future of corporate governance. New York City’s Trinity Church is suing Wal-Mart over not allowing shareholders to vote on a resolution...

March 26, 2015 Market Structure Map - Compensation Model

Source: Tim Quast, president, ModernNetworks IR LLC

What do you get paid to do? That’s the question the SEC may soon pose to high-frequency traders, according to a story from Bloomberg yesterday. [more]

March 25, 2015 Expert: America 'one-sided' on climate change

Source: The Desert Sun

Stanford University professor Jon Krosnick has been studying Americans' attitudes about global warming for nearly two decades and has found in repeated polls that a large majority see climate change as a threat to future...

March 25, 2015 Five Reasons China Should Care About Climate Change

Bloomberg - reporting on the latest assessment of the îIntergovernmental Panel on Climate Changeî on website China Dialogue last March. One particularly frightening impact will be a marked increase in extreme weather...

March 25, 2015 Obama’s most at-risk legacy isn’t Obamacare. It’s climate change.

Source: Washington Post

We'll start with the video below, which shows testimony from Bryan Koon, head of the emergency division for the state of Florida, before a committee of the state Senate. As you might have heard, former state employees told...

March 24, 2015 Which geopolitical risk do investors fear the most'

Yahoo Finance - In January, the îWorld Economic Forumî named international conflict as the biggest risk for the global economy. In March, a joint statement by the heads of the World Bank, International Monetary Fund,...

March 24, 2015 Global Climate in 2014 marked by extreme heat and flooding

China - as highlighted by the Fifth Assessment Report of the îIntergovernmental Panel on Climate Changeî," said Jarraud. "The record-breaking temperatures, extreme precipitation and floods we witnessed in 2014 are...

March 24, 2015 Study: Gulf Stream slower than ever before

Source: UPI

POTSDAM, Germany -- The Gulf Stream is the weakest it's been in the last 1,000 years. And as glacier melt in the Arctic continues to accelerate, the foot of the Atlantic's most powerful ocean current keeps pressing harder and...

March 24, 2015 Does Coca-Cola Inc's CEO Deserve a 24% Raise'

The Motley Fool - Moreover the folks at shareholder activist group îAs You Sowî recently released their survey of the 100 Most Overpaid CEOs, which analyzed executive compensation using over 30 "red flag" indicators...

March 23, 2015 Co-founder of Greenpeace explains why he is a climate skeptic

American Thinker - Moore is just getting warmed up. He makes the salient point that the îIntergovernmental Panel on Climate Changeî (IPCC) has a massive conflict of interest in researching global warming: By its...

March 23, 2015 Corporate Sustainability – The Board’s Role in Oversight: Protecting a company’s social license to operate

Source: The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel

MCC: People often think of corporate sustainability activities in terms of environmental, energy or corporate philanthropy-related issues. How does NACD define sustainability?

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