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May 7, 2015 Can Sustainability Standards Build Stronger Businesses And Better Informed Investors?

Source: Forbes

Late last year, I spoke with Andrew Winston about building more sustainable organizations to better serve investors, customers and the public interest. One of the organizations leading the charge in the U.S. is the Sustainability...

May 7, 2015 Ohio hides its $11 billion pension debt

Source: Ohio Watchdog

Ohio owes $11 billion in unfunded retirement benefits, but because of the state’s outdated accounting methods reports a debt of just $156 million, according to tax experts who analyze government accounting.

May 6, 2015 Investing with your heart

Source: Brandenton Herald

The history of socially responsible investing stretches at least as far back as the mid-18th century, but its more modern form began taking shape in the 1960s, amidst the fight for civil rights and the emerging anti-Vietnam...

May 6, 2015 15 ways to powerfully communicate climate change solutions

Source: The Guardian

Should campaigners be publishing in more local languages, or pushing for climate change to be taught at school? Our panel share their suggestions for the best ways to promote positive action

May 5, 2015 How would climate change regulations help now? Study seeks answer.

Source: CS Monitor

For years, the debate about efforts to find the best way to rein in greenhouse gas emissions has wrestled with a generation gap: The worst effects of climate change are projected to occur in the distant future over a wide area,...


Source: BNA Accounting Blog

"This was a strong start to the year," said Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg on the company’s first quarter earnings release reported April 22. “To supplement its consolidated financial statements prepared in accordance...

May 5, 2015 What Norway Can Teach the U.S. About Getting More Women Into Boardrooms

Source: The Atlantic

Men dominate the upper echelons of the business world: Women hold only 15 percent of seats on the boards of the S&P 1500, up a mere 3.7 percent over the last seven years. There are more directors with the first names James,...

May 5, 2015 How fjords are helping curb global warming

Source: CS Monitor

Oslo — Fjords from Alaska to Norway soak up potentially damaging carbon from the atmosphere, making the steep-sided inlets an overlooked natural ally in offsetting man-made climate change, a study showed on Monday

May 4, 2015 Current carbon pledges won't stop dangerous global warming, says Lord Stern

Source: The Guardian

The study by the author of an influential report on the economics of climate change found that countries’ pledges ahead of a crunch UN climate summit in Paris this December would not keep warming below 2C, the level that previous...

May 4, 2015 Clinton, Cool, Gross Are Names to Listen For at Buffett Meeting

Source: Bloomberg

Warren Buffett’s annual meeting Saturday will draw tens of thousands of investors seeking insight on his Berkshire Hathaway Inc., the economy and topics from ketchup to geopolitics. Here are a dozen names they’ll be listening for...

May 1, 2015 Luxury and Sustainability

Source: Creative Review

May 1, 2015 Nine things I learned at the 2015 Global Water Summit

Global Water Intelligence - 7) There are alternatives to the traditional utility model: We hosted the îWorld Economic Forumîâs Global Agenda Council on Water to work on a new economic model for water access. The...

May 1, 2015 Executive Pay Gluttony

Source: Bloomberg

Executive compensation is in the news again as the Securities and Exchange Commission gets ready to issue new guidelines on pay disclosures. As mandated by the Dodd-Frank Act, the new rules are supposed to provide “greater...

May 1, 2015 Pro&Con: It's time for Americans to embrace freedom of speech over political correctness

South Coast Today - As îUnited Nationsî Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon recently declared: âOnly when journalists are at liberty to monitor, investigate and criticize policies and actions can good governance...

May 1, 2015 How Government Works To Help The Rich And Not You

Source: Huff Post

The issue of big money in politics is receiving increased attention as the country barrels toward a presidential election cycle where all spending records are expected to be smashed. Democratic presidential candidates Hillary...

April 30, 2015 When Investing, Seek Out CEOs Who Are All In

Source: Forbes

Every CEO, of course, holds some equity in his or her company. It’s often equity that was granted as opposed to an actual investment, though. Our clients want companies where the boss has pushed all in, where his or her wealth is...

April 30, 2015 Sustainability, Full Speed Ahead: 5 Questions with Ford’s Sheryl Connelly

Source: Brand Channel

When it comes to automakers, “sustainability” could be a Ford Motor Company’s middle name. Several years ago, Ford Chairman William C. Ford Jr. became one of the industry’s early advocates for a “green” ethos that extended beyond...

April 30, 2015 EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Banks key to advancing sustainable trade

Source: Reuters

Global use of material resources has increased ten-fold since the start of the 20th century and is set to double again by 2030. Worryingly, this escalating demand may jeopardise access to some essential resources, threatening the...

April 30, 2015 Top scientists start to examine fiddled global warming figures

Source: The Telegraph

Last month, we are told, the world enjoyed “its hottest March since records began in 1880”. This year, according to “US government scientists”, already bids to outrank 2014 as “the hottest ever”. The figures from the US National...

April 30, 2015 Sustainability’ must be more than a word

Source: Sonoma Valley Sun

Since the Industrial Revolution humans have set in place trends resulting in excessive global warming, alarming species extinction, air and water pollution, and over-consumption of natural resources, the consequences of which...

April 30, 2015 Climate Changes In Arctic And Antarctic Linked For The First Time

Source: HNGN

A research team compared ice cores from the northern and southern hemispheres, and found abrupt temperature changes in the North Pole had an influence on South Pole temperatures, Montana State University reported. Climate change...

April 30, 2015 Chip Bergh: Why Levi Strauss Cares About Sustainability

Source: Forbes

I recently spoke with Chip Bergh, who is the President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Levi Strauss & Co, a leading global apparel and consumer goods company with sales in more than 110 countries. In the interview, he talks...

April 29, 2015 The great unraveling of globalization

Source: Washington Post

In late 2013, Cisco chief executive John Chambers used a portentous phrase while telling analysts that sales in emerging markets were spiraling downward, forcing the networking equipment company to cut its three- to five-year...

April 29, 2015 The invisible organisms that threaten to make climate change much worse

Source: Washington Post

When we think about greenhouse gas emissions, a few obvious culprits — coal-fired power plants or automobiles — come to mind. But the burning of fossils fuels isn’t the only process spewing carbon into the atmosphere. A much less...

April 29, 2015 9 things you might want to know about the massive Pacific trade deal - Since the 1990s, the îWorld Trade Organizationî (WTO) has overseen tariffs and industry-specific rules on exports and imports, and helped resolve disputes â for example, between the U.S....

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