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May 19, 2016 Fed signals interest rate hike firmly on the table for June

Source: Reuters

Federal Reserve officials felt the U.S. economy could be ready for another interest rate increase in June, according to the minutes from the central bank's April policy meeting released on Wednesday.

May 19, 2016 McDonald's fish: Row over sustainability 'cover-up'

Source: BBC

A leaked New Zealand government memo casts serious doubts on the sustainability of fish that are widely used in McDonald's restaurants.

May 19, 2016 We need a Paris climate talks to fix the global food system

Source: Quartz

International trade in food has grown markedly in recent decades. Some 20% of food now crosses an international border.

May 19, 2016 New Obama Overtime Regulations Could Harm Tech Startups And Small Businesses

Source: Forbes

By in large, the U.S. economy has since evolved into a services and information economy where more workers are salaried and paid not just in cash but also other forms of benefits such as equity compensation

May 18, 2016 GMOs Are Safe, But Don't Always Deliver On Promises, Top Scientists - text/audio

Source: NPR

The National Academy of Sciences — probably the country's most prestigious scientific group — has reaffirmed its judgment that GMOs are safe to eat. But the group's new report struck a different tone from previous ones, with much...

May 18, 2016 5 essential lessons in sustainability messaging

Source: GreenBiz

Time flies when you’re working toward a sustainable future with some of the best in the field. As I mark my fifth anniversary leading communications for Business for Social Responsibility (BSR), I’ve taken a moment to thank my...

May 18, 2016 Why We Should Stop Calling California's Water Shortage a Drought

Source: Fortune

“As long as the public sector continues to refer to this as the drought, public policy is not going to change, because everyone is going to wait for a good rain,” he said at Fortune’s Brainstorm E conference on Tuesday in...

May 18, 2016 Millions more workers would be eligible for overtime pay under new federal rule

Source: Washington Post

The Obama administration will unveil a new rule Wednesday that would make millions of middle-income workers eligible for overtime pay, a move that delivers a long-sought victory for labor groups.

May 17, 2016 U.N. experts find weed killer glyphosate unlikely to cause cancer

Source: Reuters

The pesticide glyphosate, sold by Monsanto in its Roundup weed killer product and widely used in agriculture and by gardeners, is unlikely to cause cancer in people, according to a new safety review by United Nations health,...

May 17, 2016 Warren Buffett's Berkshire takes $1 billion bite of Apple - text/video

Source: Reuters

Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc (BRKa.N) revealed a more than $1 billion stake in Apple Inc (AAPL.O) in a rare foray into the technology sector, which the billionaire has largely shunned apart from a poorly performing...

May 17, 2016 Climate change puts 1.3bn people and $158tn at risk, says World Bank

Source: The Guardian

The global community is badly prepared for a rapid increase in climate change-related natural disasters that by 2050 will put 1.3 billion people at risk, according to the World Bank.

May 17, 2016 Starbucks Is Asking Investors to Fund Sustainability Projects

Source: Fortune

The company is selling $500 million worth of bonds with the express purpose of funding eco-friendly practices, according to Securities and Exchange Commission filings. The 10-year senior notes have an interest rate of 2.45%,...

May 16, 2016 A 2020 roadmap for corporate sustainability

Source: GreenBiz

Plotting a company’s future is never a static process. Circumstances shift. Technologies change. Trends accelerate. This is surely the case as global businesses grapple with sustainability pressures like climate change, water...

May 16, 2016 Oil prices rise on Nigerian outages, Goldman forecast

Source: Reuters

Oil prices jumped over 2 percent on Monday to their highest since October 2015 on growing Nigerian oil output disruptions and after long-time bear Goldman Sachs said the market had ended almost two years of oversupply and flipped...

May 16, 2016 American retail is transforming before our eyes — and it's a nightmare for these companies

Source: Business Insider

Macy's said sales plummeted, Nordstrom's sales were bad, and Kohl's disappointed. Gap's preliminary results highlighted weak spots in the business, and JCPenney disappointed as well.

May 16, 2016 Fitch say that Brexit would increase downside risks to EU sovereigns

Source: Forex Live

•negative actions would become more likely in medium term if economic impact were severe or significant political risks materialised

May 13, 2016 Oil at $45 a Barrel Proving No Savior as Bankruptcies Pile Up

Source: Bloomberg

Three bankruptcies this week shows that $45 a barrel oil isn’t enough to rescue energy companies on the verge of collapse.

May 13, 2016 Investors Care More About Sustainability Than Many Executives Believe, Study Shows

Source: MarketWired

Sustainability is increasingly important for a growing number of investors, as evidence mounts that companies' environmental, social, and governance (ESG) performance has an impact on their long-term financial success. The...

May 13, 2016 Weak world economic growth lingers, with only modest improvement seen – UN

Source: UN Centre

With little prospects for a turnaround in 2016, growth in the world economy remains weak, posing a challenge to the implementation of development targets, a new United Nations report released today has found.

May 13, 2016 Brexit Could Hit Growth, House Prices and the Stock Market, IMF Warns

Source: Bloomberg

The International Monetary Fund capped a week of warnings by heavy-hitting supporters of Britain staying in the European Union, all unanimous in their view of the dire consequences of a so-called Brexit.

May 12, 2016 The hollowing of America's middle class

Source: CBS

The middle class has retreated in nine out of 10 U.S. metropolitan areas since 2000, as income inequality widened after the recession, according to a new study from the Pew Research Center.

May 12, 2016 World’s Largest Fashion Sustainability Summit to Drive Responsible Innovation

Source: Eco Watch

More than a thousand experts, NGOs, opinion makers, media and politicians gather Thursday for the Copenhagen Fashion Summit—the world’s largest event on sustainability in fashion. Jonas Eder-Hansen is development director at the...

May 12, 2016 WHO: 4 in 5 city dwellers live in overpolluted urban areas

Source: CNN

New research released Thursday found that air quality levels exceed WHO limits for 80% of those living in urban areas that track air pollution, putting people more at risk for respiratory diseases, stroke, heart disease and lung...

May 12, 2016 California’s Wavering Water Rules

Source: Pacific Standard

California is contemplating relaxing some of its water-saving rules at the same time it’s permanently banning other flashier, water-using habits. Governor Jerry Brown issued an order on Monday that will forever forbid hosing off...

May 11, 2016 Defining Sustainability For Your Business

Source: 3bl Media

The term “sustainability" is often used interchangeably with corporate responsibility (CR), corporate social responsibility (CSR), corporate citizenship, social enterprise, sustainable development, triple-bottom line, corporate...

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