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April 27, 2015 If HSBC is willing to quit, has the attack on banks gone too far'

Daily Telegraph - HSBC, which only moved to Britain from Hong Kong in 1992, would face a fairly easy choice. The îHong Kong Monetary Authorityî extended an olive branch shortly after HSBC announced its review, and the...

April 27, 2015 Letters: Corporate governance is simply not suitable for a one-size-fits-all model

Source: FT

Sir, In Europe we have an understanding that diversity in corporate governance models is important for our companies. This understanding is challenged by the European Commission’s proposal to revise the Shareholder Rights...

April 27, 2015 Earth Day Goes Viral

Source: On Earth

Prince Ea is a musician on a mission. The St. Louis–based rapper uses spoken word to promote social change, and his latest video, Dear Future Generations: Sorry, written for Earth Day’s 45th anniversary, has struck a chord.

April 24, 2015 Environmental Disasters Are About Responsible Governance

Source: Huff Post

Vancouverites are angry. And we should be. The release of bunker fuel into the sanctuary of English Bay, and its aftermath, have highlighted a reckless, heady and myopic approach to economic development characteristic of...

April 24, 2015 7 Steps to Up Your Corporate Social Responsibility Game

Source: Entrepreneur

In an age when tweets about an earthquake move faster than the human experience of the tremors themselves, good global citizenship is nearly impossible to fake. I could prove this by producing charts and graphs showing how your...

April 23, 2015 Shareholder Engagement On Executive Compensation A Primer On The Why, When, Who And How

Source: Value Walk

As the 2015 proxy season enters the final stretch and shareholder votes are tabulated, calendar year public companies will be analyzing their Say-on-Pay outcome, lessons learned and next steps. While solid design and...

April 23, 2015 Getting the Politics Out of Proxy Season

Source: Wall Street Journal

On April 14 the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit overturned a lower court’s injunction that would have required Wal-Mart to include on its proxy statement a shareholder resolution challenging the retailer’s sale of...

April 23, 2015 Obama should embrace nuclear energy

Source: CNN

)—If there was ever any doubt that the Obama administration's Clean Power Plan is an energy policy plan, not a carbon reduction plan, all you have to do is look at how they treat nuclear energy

April 23, 2015 Should You Be a Socially Responsible Investor?

Source: Daily Finance

Sustainable, responsible and impact investing -- often called socially responsible investing, or SRI -- has gained popularity in recent years as investors weigh environmental, social and corporate governance criteria when...

April 23, 2015 Some Sustainability Reports are Little More than Thinly Veiled Public Relations Documents

Source: Forbes

As more companies publish sustainability reports, there is increasing value in organizations that read those report and celebrate those companies showing a truly exemplary effort to improve sustainability. The Corporate Knights...

April 23, 2015 The Big Mac Test Shows That The Job Market Is Working Just Fine To Distribute Wealth

Source: Forbes

“Some 15 years ago, searching for a consistent way to compare wages of equivalent workers across the world, Orley Ashenfelter, an economics professor at Princeton University, came upon McDonald’s.

April 22, 2015 Celebrating 45 years, Earth Day proves sustainability

Source: Mercury

In the most basic definition, sustainability is the endurance of systems and processes. The Merriam-Webster dictionary calls it “a method of harvesting or using a resource so that the resource is not depleted or permanently...

April 22, 2015 Lupica: Bill de Blasio must help New York City before traveling across the country

Source: NY Post

It wasn’t so long ago that Bill de Blasio’s job was being public advocate for New York City, which carries about as much power as being third-base coach for the Mets. Now he travels to Iowa and Nebraska and acts as if his current...

April 22, 2015 Sustainability Professionals Need to Be Weird to Grow Revenues

Source: Triple Pundit

On this Earth Day, I want to recognize and challenge the dedicated community of sustainability professionals. What these talented people have achieved over the last 10 years is historic. From Apple to Walmart, from San Diego to...

April 21, 2015 Earth Day 2015: Freebies, deals and frugal green-living tips

Source: Times Union

Wednesday marks the 45th anniversary of Earth Day, and this is just a simple reminder that saving the planet and saving money aren’t necessarily mutually exclusive. You can adopt a greener lifestyle without spending a dime and...

April 21, 2015 What is sustainability, anyway'

The Chronicle Journal - It might surprise you to learn that TransCanada was named to the îDow Jones Sustainabilityî World Index for the 12th consecutive year in 2013. The îDow Jones sustainabilityî index...

April 21, 2015 Poll Shows We Need to Come Out on Climate Change

Source: Huff Post

A new poll released this week by the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication reveals that Americans rarely--very rarely--hear people they know talk about climate change and surprisingly few hear about it on a weekly basis in...

April 20, 2015 Sustainability: What’s the End Game?

Source: Triple Pundit

If we have joined industrialist Ray Anderson at the top of Mt. Sustainability, “a mountain higher than Everest … that symbolizes zero footprint – zero environmental impact,” how has business, collectively and around the globe,...

April 20, 2015 5 Megatrends in Energy

Source: Motley Fool

Oil and gas prices might be down, but the energy sector isn't out, not by a long shot. Instead, the industry is just stuck in one of its occasional cyclical ruts, as demand has outpaced supply for the time being. Longer-term...

April 20, 2015 Opinion: Earth Day 2015

Source: North

THE 45TH ANNIVERSARY of the first Earth Day provides the occasion for some measured celebration, but also a time for reevaluation and reflection. How much progress have we made here in the United States with the continuing...

April 20, 2015 Everyone freaking out about the strong dollar is ignoring 4 things

Source: Business Insider

Pundits and journalists keep referencing the supposed negative effects that the recent surge in the dollar may be having on the US real economy and economic growth.

April 20, 2015 The Savvy Parent's Shopping Guide For Earth Day 2015

Source: Forbes

I’ve decided to give Earth Day an image makeover. Instead of feeling guilty and depressed about how much more we have to do, we will be focused on how appreciating the earth makes us smarter, more productive and thus, happier.

April 17, 2015 California Drought a Shortage of Water or Common Sense?


Californians seem to have remarkably good attitudes about the sacrifices they'll make as the drought heads into its fourth year. Based on polls, they even are supportive of crackdowns on excessive water use, which may explain...

April 17, 2015 Business Viewpoint: The fracking truth may be a different truth

Source: Tulsa World

Whether scorned by those who view it as an environmental threat, or touted as the savior of the domestic energy industry, fracking is in the news. But, can you believe all you read? Is it true that fracking has resulted in...

April 17, 2015 Why We Need to Change How We Talk About Climate Change

Source: Huff Post

The scientific community has reached a resounding consensus on climate change -- 97 percent of scientists worldwide agree that the climate is warming, and that these warming trends have been caused by human activities. Yet,...

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