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March 25, 2014 Water Should Be More Valued to Reflect Worth, Nestle Chief Says

Bloomberg - âIf something isnât given a value, people tend to waste it,â Bulcke said at a îWorld Water Weekî seminar in Stockholm. âWater is our most useful resource but those using it often...

March 25, 2014 Is the Green Movement a Passing Fancy'

Businessweek - "Green" is not a corporate function housed in a separate unit devoted to social responsibility; green solutions and îsustainableî strategies are ... According to a îThomson Reutersî (TRI)...

March 25, 2014 Is Apple an Environmental Leader or Loser'

Yahoo! News - So what's a company to do' [Is Apple Going Far Enough'] It all started in early July when Apple quietly withdrew its products from the îElectronic Product Environmental Assessment Toolî (EPEAT) registry,...

March 25, 2014 What Does “Sustainable” Food and Agriculture Really Mean?

Source: PR Web

This landmark COSA report illuminates the salient findings of research from nearly 18,000 comparable surveys in Africa, Asia and Latin America for coffee and cocoa - two important commodities that are the bellwethers for...

March 25, 2014 Is Shareholder Activism Here To Stay?

Source: The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel

Kochian: I am primarily an M&A lawyer, doing a fair mix of public and private, U.S. and cross-border deals. I have also represented a fair number of public reporting companies, and that combination of experience lends itself to...

March 25, 2014 Dissent among scientists over key climate impact report

Source: BBC News

Senior scientists and government officials are meeting in Japan to agree a critical report on the impact of global warming. Leaked documents speak of significant effects on economies, food supplies and security. But some...

March 25, 2014 The "Cardinal Sin" That GM May Have Committed On Chevy Cobalt

Source: Forbes

The furor surrounding General Motors’ recall of 1.6 million 2003-2007 vehicles is exposing some of the company’s long-hidden practices. Last week, Bloomberg News reported that the company’s zeal for slashing parts prices in the...

March 24, 2014 Environmentalists: Hold Your Noses But Deal With Carbon Capture And Shale Gas Drilling

Source: Forbes

It didn’t exactly stop the presses. But at least it made the back pages: China will cut its coal use to 65 percent of its electricity generation by year-end instead of by 2017, which is nearly 1 percent less than in 2013....

March 24, 2014 The vital role of business in tackling the water and sanitation crisis

Source: The Guardian

Take a moment to reflect on the over 750 million people who do not have access to safe drinking water, and the 2.5 billion people who live without basic sanitation. We take these services as a given in the west, and we've done so...

March 24, 2014 Time Is Right to Be a Socially Responsible Investor

Source: Noozhawk

Many investors seek investment vehicles that reflect their social values. This is true for a sizable segment of the investor population in California, and especially here in Santa Barbara. The challenge has been finding...

March 22, 2014 Exxon Decision Shows Growing Climate Clout Of Investors

Law 360 - Law360, New York (March 21, 2014, 7:34 PM ET) -- ExxonMobil Corp.'s agreement to disclose how it evaluates the climate change risks of its energy assets is a rare, significant victory for shareholder activists that...

March 22, 2014 Did Nasa fund 'civilisation collapse' study, or not?

Source: The Guardian

Blogger Keith Kloor, who writes for Discover magazine, claims that my article on a Nasa-funded study modelling civilisational collapse scenarios is so inaccurate that it constitutes "a sad commentary on journalism today." The...

March 22, 2014 World Water Day puts focus on new sustainability challenge

Source: Fuel-fix

What does water have to do with energy? Like the song says, you can’t have one without the other. Water and energy are inseparable because water is required to produce energy, and energy is required to produce water. That’s why...

March 21, 2014 Chasing The Dragon - Is The Chinese Economy Flaming Out'

Seeking Alpha - The Rise of the Dragon as the World's Largest Trading Nation Since becoming a member of the îWorld Trade Organizationî (WTO) in December 2001, China's economy has grown eightfold to overtake Japan as...

March 20, 2014 Climate Change? Global Warming? This is About Science…What Are Scientists Thinking?

Source: Hank Boerner, Chairman, G&A Institute

Climate change. Real or not? Global warming. Really? The argument goes back and forth — is Mother Earth warming? Or perhaps cooling? (Skeptic: Look at this winter weather. What warming?) Is climate change the result of human...

March 20, 2014 Why Cities Work Even When Washington Doesn't

The Atlantic - âBeing a mayor, especially in a âstrong mayorâ city system, gives you tremendous opportunities,â I was told early this year by Don Ness, the mayor of Duluth, Minnesota ... Greenville region...

March 20, 2014 Issues of corporate governance

Source: The Hindu

If you are a multinational company with a foreign subsidiary that contributes more to your bottomline than even your home business, general wisdom would be that you handle the subsidiary and its issues with care. Not so with...

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...

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