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October 23, 2015 Panera And Shake Shack Create Sustainability Platform That Wins With Millennials

Source: Forbes

Millennials have brought the sustainability mindset into the food and restaurant space. When it comes to diets, Millennials are less concerned about calories and are more concerned about creating balanced sustainable lifestyles.

October 23, 2015 New book claims climate change is not being properly addressed by market based economies and business

ABC Online - "I think the science is clear and the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) is actually a very conservative body. "There are many groups and businesses that are looking at the impact of climate change if...

October 22, 2015 China's Rise: Rhetoric and Reality

Source: Huff Post

Chinese leaders consistently express a commitment to a "new model of major country relations" based on three pillars of non-confrontation, mutual respect, and win-win cooperation. However, over the past five years, the first...

October 22, 2015 How Conscious Consumers Are Changing Business

Investopedia - In our data-driven age, businesses know their markets more fully than ever before. And now, with the growth conscious consumerism, corporations must evolve or lose ground to new, ethos-bases entrepreneurial models....

October 22, 2015 If science is good for climate change, why not for GMOs?

Source: Green Biz

We have an important battle going in our society: the conflict between science and emotion — facts vs. fabrications and nuance vs. simplicity. When I started working in the field of sustainability, I thought science was...

October 21, 2015 Here's why you should care about how CEOs get paid

Source: Fortune - Eleanor Bloxham

Paying CEOs in stock and options sounds innocent enough, but the temptation for them to boost share prices is too tempting to pass up.

October 21, 2015 Why Having Diversity On Your Board Matters

Source: Forbes

Choosing a board of directors may be one of the most important steps a startup’s CEO will ever take. You may wake up at night wondering, “Will I end up being led astray and selling my $60 million company for $500,000, like Kevin...

October 20, 2015 Why the Fed may not even raise rates next year

Source: CNBC

With Wall Street doubting the Fed's willingness to hike interest rates this year, Deutsche Bank's chief U.S. economist said he does not have a lot of confidence the Fed will even raise the fed funds rate next year.

October 20, 2015 How entrepreneurs are monetising sustainability

Source: The Guardian

One of my favorite examples of a business that connects entrepreneurship with sustainability is Crop Mobster, a community exchange program in the San Francisco Bay area that uses social media and instant alerts to spread the word...

October 20, 2015 Back to School: Unlearning Nine Environmental Myths


Rooted not in fact and science but in myth and fear, these certainties keep environmentalism from moving forward and being more relevant to the contemporary world. For my new students — and all environmentalists — here’s a quick...

October 20, 2015 Business ethics: The spare wheel in the auto industry?

Source: Investment Week

The Volkswagen scandal is another painful reminder for investors of the widespread breakdown in business ethics and probity. Indeed, Volkswagen's controversy is merely one of many breaches in the auto sector with record fines for...

October 19, 2015 Rich nations lag in 'fair share' of climate action - study

Source: Reuters

The United States and other rich nations are doing less than their fair share to fight climate change under a U.N. accord due in December while China is outperforming, a report by 18 civil society groups said on Monday.

October 19, 2015 How will we feed 9 billion people in 2050?

Source: Reuters

On paper, we produce enough food to feed our current population of 7 billion. Yet an estimated 805 million people go to bed hungry each night, and hidden hunger – or micronutrient deficiency – affects an additional 2 billion.

October 19, 2015 Get Ready For The Fiscal Abyss

Source: Forbes

Former Federal Reserve Board Chairman Ben Bernanke coined his most famous phrase – the fiscal cliff – to describe what at the time was the possibility of spending cuts and tax increase all happening at about the same time. Given...

October 16, 2015 Britain's water crisis

Source: The Guardian

The immediate cause of the early drying out at the source of the Ouse was simply that there was not enough water in the underground aquifer on which it feeds. But that turns out to be part of something bigger.

October 16, 2015 Matt Taibbi Is Wrong: The Great Crash And Recession Were Not Caused By Fraud And Corruption

Source: Forbes

The root of the 2008 crisis lay in a broad criminal fraud scheme, in which huge masses of home loans were given to people who couldn’t afford them. Those loans in turn were bought back up by giant banks and resold to investors...

October 16, 2015 Can Nations Reach a Strong Agreement at COP 21?

Source: Reuters

Scientists agree: we need to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions drastically in the next decade if we are to avoid the worst ravages of climate change. World governments agree: the way to do that is to forge a global agreement at...

October 16, 2015 Here are the five dumbest excuses for a bad quarter

Source: Fortune

Netflix missed subscriber growth projections in its latest quarterly earnings report, and has blamed the transition to chip-based credit and debit cards for its bad quarter.

October 15, 2015 US Public Sector Pensions: Understanding The Risk

Source: ValueWalk

The high cost of retiree pensions is putting stress on city and state budgets. Most municipalities will absorb the expense, but some won’t. We’ll see increased market volatility and rating downgrades and, possibly, defaults.

October 15, 2015 Silicon Valley's 'smartest guy' on deep learning and sustainability

Source: GreenBiz

Steve Jurvetson has been referred to as “the smartest guy in the room,” “the smartest person in Silicon Valley” and a “brainiac,” among other laudatory monikers attesting to his prodigious intellect.

October 15, 2015 Oxymoron: Business Ethics on Wall Street, from Volkswagen to tobacco

Source: CD News

When it comes to moral and ethical behavior, Wall Street, big business in general, leaves a lot to be desired. Recent events on Wall Street and revelations about Volkswagen seem to be only the tip of a very large iceberg. And no...

October 13, 2015 The funds which are focused on ethics

Manchester Evening News - ACCORDING to î??Ethical Investment Research Servicesî??, £6.1bn is invested in 90 ethical retail funds in the UK (including unit trusts, investment trusts and Oeics). Some 70 per...

October 8, 2015 Money Talks – the Dark Secret of the Sustainability Event Circuit

Source: Sustainable Brands

If you are a sustainability practitioner and attend events on the topic – do you know the approach those events take to recruiting speakers, and do speakers have to pay to play? Do you know which experts are onstage because of...

October 4, 2015 Feedback: Corporate Governance Lessons of VW Affair

Source: Financial Times

Andrew Hill and Michael Skapinker both looked at the unfolding VW scandal in their columns last week. Readers debated the corporate governance implications of the carmaker’s cheating during emissions tests.

October 4, 2015 China Is Gearing Up For Corporate Governance

Source: Institutional Investor

We are embarking on a new era in global markets -- likely one that has at its core China's increasing integration into the global financial system...

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