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March 19, 2014 Sustainability must go mainstream: Interview with Peter Bakker - Peter, please tell îusî about yourself and your journey ... The opportunity to be president of the World îBusiness Council for Sustainable Developmentî (WBCSD) came up just at that time, so I...

March 18, 2014 Were North Carolina Regulators Helping Duke Energy Avoid Big Fines?

Source: Moyers and Company

News broke last week that Duke Energy and its North Carolina regulator had worked together to minimize penalties the utility would have to pay for leeching chemicals into the drinking water. And this was before a coal ash spill...

March 18, 2014 Social responsibility versus self-interest: are the CSR sceptics right?

Source: European CEO

Corporate social responsibility (CSR) is so often looked upon with scepticism by consumers, who believe many of today’s mega corporations are motivated not by a desire to do good, but a single-minded desire to turn profits....

March 18, 2014 Sustainability as a Business Strategy

Source: Arkansas Business

Sustainability is more than just being green. Focusing on a sustainable business means thinking about your business’ impact on employees, the community, the economy, the supply chain and all those affected by your daily...

March 14, 2014 Silicon Valley is turning our lives into an asset class

Financial Times - In the past few decades, Wall Street has made finance a central feature of both the global economy and of our everyday lives a process often described as financialisation;. Silicon Valley, almost...

March 12, 2014 More CEOs Should Tell Anti-Environment Shareholders to Buzz Off

Source: Harvard Business Review

Apple CEO Tim Cook recently said something to a shareholder that you very rarely hear: take a hike. I’m paraphrasing, but only slightly. At the company’s latest shareholder meeting, a think tank, NCPPR, pushed Apple to stop...

March 12, 2014 New York Times: California Drought Not from Global Warming

Breitbart News - On Sunday, The New York Times ran an opinion piece stating that the terrible ... Recent long-term droughts in western North America cannot definitively be shown to lie outside the very large envelope of natural...

March 12, 2014 How to Move ESG from Philosophy to Alpha Generator

Source: Enterprising Investor

Many investors are privately more fervent proponents of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) philosophy than they are in public. Conventional wisdom holds that the investment pro’s job is to make investors money, and...

March 12, 2014 Should Mt. Gox Be Bailed Out?

Source: Verdict

At the end of February 2014, headlines around the globe caused a panic in the Bitcoin and cryptocurrency world. The largest Bitcoin exchange, Mt. Gox, was reporting a loss of nearly 750,000 Bitcoins currency units (referred to as...

March 11, 2014 What's going on with global warming and Antarctica's growing sea ice?

Source: The Guardian

As every good climate science denialist knows, the fact that there's a bit more sea ice in Antarctica is proof enough that global warming is probably a load of old Ade?lie penguin poo.So when a ship carrying climate scientists on...

March 11, 2014 I was a corporate spy who learned tough lessons about business ethics

Source: Jacksonville Business Journal

Huddled with seven colleagues in a dimly lit hotel room in Morgantown, W.V., and bleary-eyed from days of reviewing thousands of pages of documents, a clandestine plan was being hatched that I now regret.

March 10, 2014 Sustainability vs. the growth conundrum

Source: GreenBiz

John R. Ehrenfeld, author of "Flourishing: A Frank Conversation about Sustainability," contends that the world is more unsustainable now than in 1972 in spite of the sustainability programs of firms worldwide. In his recent post,...

March 7, 2014 Wendell Berry: 'for Americans to talk about sustainability is a bit of a joke'

Source: The Guardian

Wendell Berry wrote about and practiced “sustainable agriculture” long before the term was widely used. His 1977 book, The Unsettling of America: Culture and Agriculture, in which he argued against industrial agriculture and for...

March 7, 2014 Global warming is a misleading term because it actually sounds quite nice

Source: The Guardian

What does the phrase anthropogenic forcing mean to you? Or a carbon bubble – would you be more likely to find one in your bath or in your pension fund? Is the greenhouse effect a better way to grow tomatoes? And what is the...

March 7, 2014 EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: A view from Europe on corporate accountability

Source: Reuters

It is no exaggeration to say that, in one way or another, all multinational corporations (MNCs) are struggling to make sense out of the patchwork of laws and regulations among the various countries in which they operate. The...

March 7, 2014 Coming to America: social impact bonds finally make headway

Source: The Guardian

Just over three years ago, a novel approach to use private dollars to improve public social programs and save taxpayer money in the United Kingdom prompted this question: Could the same model work in the United States?

March 6, 2014 An Obama Advisor Is Attacking Me for Testifying That Climate Change Hasn't Increased Extreme Weather

New Republic - Last Friday, the White House posted on its website a six-page criticism of me by the presidentâs science advisor, John Holdren, expanding on testimony he had given to Congress last week claiming that my views...

March 6, 2014 U.S. Trade Deals From the 90's Set Up China As a Pollution Haven

Inside Climate News - China's plans to build remote industrial coal complexes to power its economy are putting the country on a trajectory to wipe out global gains in tackling climate change, scientists fear. But other ......

March 6, 2014 Why Corporate Social Responsibility is Important Today

Source: Business2Community

corporation’s public image is at the mercy of it’s social responsibility programs. According to a study by Cone Communications, 9 out of 10 consumers would refrain from doing business with a corporation if there existed no...

March 6, 2014 The World's Best Sustainability Ideas

Source: Forbes

Based in London, Katerva is the brainchilid of Terry Waghorn, an author and former consultant at KPMG who wanted to find a way to bolster efforts of both non-profits and for-profit businesses trying to come up with sustainable...

March 6, 2014 Icahn's rebrand from devil to angel looks suspicious

Source: SF Gate

I first encountered Carl Icahn at an airport in St. Louis in the spring of 2001. Or more accurately, I first encountered how much people hated him. At the time, the once-venerable airline TWA had successfully filed a bankruptcy...

March 5, 2014 We Are Not Prepared For Climate Change

Talk Radio News Service - Chris Field, a co-chair of the working group drafting the IPCC report, said that we are simply not ready for the extreme weather we will experience. He said, âI think if you look around the world...

March 5, 2014 Seven reasons for any business to become socially responsible

Source: CIOL

SOFIA, BULGARIA: Towards the end of 2013 visitors to 60K's offices in Sofia, Bulgaria, were greeted not by the formal, blandness they might have expected from a business process outsourcer, but by a colourful Christmas bazaar...

March 4, 2014 Water partnership programs and watershed responsibilities: Interview with Coke's Jeff Seabright

Eco-business - This feature news is part of Singapore International Water Weekâs (SIWW) series of one-on-one interviews with global water industry leaders, Conversations with Water Leaders. In this edition, Jeff Seabright,...

February 27, 2014 Market Structure Map - Unwired

Source: Tim Quast, president, ModernNetworks IR LLC

It’s got to stop. Warren Buffett said so. Until the Wall Street Journal’s Scott Patterson broke the story recently, most investor-relations professionals were unaware that Berkshire Hathaway unit Business Wire took fees from...[more]

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