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February 8, 2016 Q&A with Lee Ballin, Head of Sustainable Business Programs at Bloomberg

Source: Ethical Corporation

We recently had the chance to ask Lee about his role at Bloomberg, his thoughts on the continually expansive scope of corporate sustainability and his ideas on the Sustainable Development Goals. Ethical Corporation - Management...

February 8, 2016 How to see through the Sustainability Kaleidoscope

Source: Greenbiz

It often strikes me that the sustainability reporting has been bit like a snowball, gathering up all sorts of agendas and wish lists as it thunders down the slope.

February 8, 2016 Last two centuries of “wrong tree” planting in Europe worsened climate change

Source: Tampa Bay Review

A new study has challenged the assumption of the positive impact of planting trees on climate change. In most cases, we all have learned that growing more trees would help reduce climate change, but growing the “wrong tree”...

February 8, 2016 Examining Carbon Reduction ROI and Competitive Positioning

Source: Alphasense - Pamela Styles, principal, Next Level Investor Relations LLC

Carbon reduction is a hot topic in the ESG / Sustainability field for investor consideration as well as in the general public discourse. The Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) and other influencers...

February 8, 2016 Are drought conditions in the American Southwest here to stay?

Source: CS Monitor

A new study suggests that extremely dry conditions may now be standard in the central and western US, as precipitation and storms there have seen a marked decrease through the past decades.

February 5, 2016 The Profit Potential In Running An Ethical Business

Source: Forbes

Sometimes intangible topics like business ethics drive tangible issues like government regulation of an industry. Right now a battle is being fought between the financial service industry and the Department of Labor (DOL) over a...

February 5, 2016 Has the U.S. Really Reached an Epic Turning Point in Energy?

Source: National Geographic

As the new UN climate accord pushes countries to cut carbon emissions, the United States is making progress, But will it continue, and will it be enough?

February 5, 2016 Davos Insight: Will the Fourth Industrial Revolution Drive Global Economies or Eliminate Millions of Jobs?

Source: Bloomberg Business

The merger of man and technology was the main theme at Davos, highlighting how the trend could drive an unprecedented economic cycle laden with opportunities. But is this a good thing for everyone?

February 5, 2016 Does the IMF Composition Align with Whom it Represents'

Economy Watch - Similar discrepancies prevail in the World Bank, the World Trade Organization and other international institutions, which remain dominated by American, European and Japanese interests, as reflected by their voting...

February 5, 2016 Will extreme weather events get Americans to act on climate change'

THE CONVERSATION - And there could be more to come. Although many extreme weather events are driven by natural variability alone, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change expects that climate change will raise the prevalence...

February 5, 2016 From Grievance to Governance: 8 Features of Transformative Campaigns

Source: Demos

Transformative Campaigns are a means to create the operational alignment our progressive infrastructure needs to build a new, and specific, type of power: the power to govern based on our values. The capacities needed to govern...

February 4, 2016 Excellent: Goldman Sachs Says Brexit Could Cause 20% Sterling Slump

Source: Forbes

Brexit is the idea that Britain will vote to leave the European Union when and if the referendum vote happens. I am not impartial on this matter: I think we should never have joined, the EU itself should not exist and that we and...

February 4, 2016 The TPP, World's Largest Trade Pact, Finally Gets Signed

Source: Forbes

The Trans-Pacific Partnership has just been signed over in New Zealand and so we can welcome the world’s largest trade deal. Except, if we’re honest about these things, it’s not such a big deal really. Because the global level of...

February 3, 2016 Have Oil Companies Finally Had a Climate Epiphany?

Source: CNS News

As world leaders gathered in Paris in December for the United Nations climate summit, many seemed surprised that several large oil companies, including BP and Shell, endorsed a carbon tax as a “key element” of any international...

February 3, 2016 Effective corporate governance

Source: MuscatDaily

All of us agree that governance is the basic pillar for the success of an organisation. It is the basic architectural design on which an organisational edifice’s soundness rests upon.

February 3, 2016 6 Reasons You Need To Up The Budget For Your CSR Program

Source: Forbes

While investing in corporate philanthropy – particularly employee-centered programs like volunteering and giving – is vital to remaining competitive in a business world that increasingly prioritizes good corporate citizenship,...

February 2, 2016 Climate change in charts: from record global temperatures to science denial

Source: The Guardian

The world’s hottest year on record has prompted much media coverage. But there haven’t been enough charts and graphs

February 2, 2016 Why companies don't change - and don't want to talk about it

Source: The Guardian

As anti-establishment parties and candidates gain ground with voters throughout Europe and in the United States, political leaders who continue to pursue a business-as-usual approach could find themselves looking for new jobs....

February 2, 2016 5 New Solutions For The Fashion Industry's Sustainability Problem

Source: Fast Coexist

It's the holy grail for the fashion industry: Can manufacturers seamlessly close the loop on fabric, so an old T-shirt or dress headed for the landfill can be turned into something new? The world now buys more clothing than ever...

February 2, 2016 Retirement Plans Will Be ‘Next Evolution’ in ESG Investing

Source: Think Advisor

The next push in ESG investing will come from retirement advisors following the Department of Labor's new interpretive bulletin that replaced language warning fiduciaries away from such investments in 2008, according to Gregg...

February 2, 2016 Will America's economy get dragged into recession?

Source: CNN Money

Concerns are rising that the American shopper won't be able to save the U.S. from heading into a recession. It's a big worry given that consumers make up about 70% of the U.S. economy and lately they haven't been opening their...

February 2, 2016 Morgan Stanley: This Is What a World Without Oil Looks Like

Source: Bloomberg Business

"Oil’s role in driving hour-by-hour market moves is overstated. But its place in the broader macro debate remains central," write the analysts. "Energy companies are no longer leading equity or credit indices higher or lower. In...

February 2, 2016 U.S. vulnerable to global slowdown, volatility: Fed's Fischer

Source: Reuters

The U.S. economy could suffer, with inflation remaining too low, if recent volatility in financial markets persists and signals a slowdown in the global economy, the Federal Reserve's second-in-command said on Monday.

February 2, 2016 Proxy Access: Looking Back at 2015 and Ahead at 2016


During the 2015 proxy season, one of the most prominent governance topics was the submission of proxy access proposals by shareholders. New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer submitted shareholder proposals for proxy access on...

February 2, 2016 Wind Powering America's Transformation to a Clean Energy Economy

Source: Huff Post

2016 is shaping up as a pivotal year for America's transformation to a renewable energy economy. Leading the charge is low-cost, clean wind power which set new records and passed key milestones in 2015 to advance the renewable...

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