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August 12, 2014 'Gadfly' Trio Leads Proxy Season DisharmonySource: Corporate Counsel
So far this year three individuals have been the most frequent filers of corporate shareholder proposals, according to a new study, "Frequent Filers: Shareholder Activism by Corporate Gadflies," from the Manhattan Institute for...
The chemical triclosan has been linked to cancer-cell growth and disrupted development in animals. Regulators are reviewing whether it’s safe to put in soap, cutting boards and toys. Consumer companies are phasing it out....
Source: The Guardian
Hugh Welsh saw his stock bonus cut last year when his firm missed its sustainability targets. But he’s still believes tying bonuses to environmental goals is the right thing to do
August 11, 2014 U.S. Public Pensions Show Biggest Investment Gain in Three YearsSource: Bloomberg
U.S. state and local-government pension investments gained the most in three years as stocks soared, according to a report to be released today by Wilshire Associates Inc. Public pensions had median increases of 16.9 percent for...
August 11, 2014 Keystone carbon pollution more than figuredSource: Capital Journal
The much-debated Keystone XL pipeline could produce four times more global warming pollution than the State Department calculated earlier this year, a new study concludes. The U.S. estimates didn’t take into account that the...
August 11, 2014 California Drought Transforms Global Food MarketSource: Bloomberg
For more than 70 years, Fred Starrh’s family was among the most prominent cotton growers in California’s San Joaquin Valley. Then shifting global markets and rising water prices told him that wouldn’t work anymore
August 11, 2014 Business finding its voice: The rise of campaigning & advocacy in sustainability strategiesSource: Eco Business
We have long known that multinationals are powerful agents of global change. Their potential to motivate, persuade and mobilise is enormous. Whilst it is unlikely that we will see activists from big business scaling the glass...
August 8, 2014 The Federal Reserve Is Telling Us The Economy Is PitifulSource: Huff Post
Fewer than one-third of Americans report being better off financially than they were five years ago, with weak household savings and hefty debt burdens holding back large segments of the economy, according to a new Federal...
August 8, 2014 We have until 2050 to cut emissions, says U.N. draftSource: Tech Times
If humanity is to escape the worst effects of the global warming already being felt on every continent, we must by mid-century achieve deep reductions of greenhouse gas emissions of 40 to 70 percent, a United Nations report says.
Source: Triple Pundit
Sustainability reporting should be comprehensive, transparent, non-biased and standardized, and the best way to improve the quality of reporting, according to the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), is to get those sustainability...
August 8, 2014 Russian cyber attack 'could cost £1.4bn'Source: Telegraph
A cyber attack by a Russian hacker group that resulted in the theft of 1.2 billion internet credentials from major companies around the world could cost £1.4 billion, according to an insurance group.
Source: The Energy Collective
My Columbia University colleagues Bill Eimicke and Alison Miller recently joined me in authoring a new book entitled Sustainability Policy: Hastening the Transition to A Cleaner Economy. If all goes well, Jossey-Bass publishers...
August 7, 2014 Bank of America Offers U.S. Biggest Settlement in HistorySource: NY Times
After months of lowball offers and heels dug in, it took only 24 hours for Bank of America to suddenly cave in to the government, agreeing to the largest single federal settlement in the history of corporate America. The...
August 7, 2014 For most of us, global warming has become ‘normal’ climateSource: Reuters
Global warming has been going on for so long that most people were not even born the last time the Earth was cooler than average in 1985 in a shift that is altering perceptions of a “normal” climate, scientists said. Decades of...
Source: The Economic Times
HAMPSHIRE: As President Barack Obama considers sidestepping Congress to loosen US immigration policy, a Reuters/Ipsos poll shows Americans are deeply worried that illegal immigration is threatening the nation's culture and...
August 6, 2014 FDIC Says ‘Too Big to Fail’ Bank Bailouts Could Happen AgainSource: The Fiscal Times
The Treasury Department, just last week, assured lawmakers and taxpayers that new safeguards put in place by the Dodd-Frank Act after the financial crisis mean that U.S. taxpayer would never again be on the hook for the bailout...
August 6, 2014 6 things about the McKinsey survey on sustainabilitySource: Eco-Business
McKinsey & Company’s latest survey on sustainability revealed that businesses no longer question its importance, although not all succeed in implementing it.
August 6, 2014 Russia May Be Losing Influence Over European Energy MarketsSource: NY Times
The Ukraine crisis is unlikely to produce many benefits. But it could serve as a kind of stress test to see whether Europe’s approach to energy policy is working. The European authorities have been far more interventionist than...
August 6, 2014 Russian hackers steal more than 1 billion passwords. Security firm seizes opportunity.Source: Washington Post
For security firms, a major online security breach is a potential marketing opportunity. The latest is legitimately scary: Russian hackers stole 1.2 billion unique username and password combinations – that’s nearly the population...
August 5, 2014 Obama says CEOs should quit complaining: EconomistSource: Yahoo/Reuters
President Barack Obama said corporate America has done well under his economic policies, telling the Economist magazine that chief executive officers should stop complaining about regulations and show greater social...
Source: CS Monitor
LOS ANGELES — The twin perils of fires and floods are hitting both ends of California at the same time. With at least 20 simultaneous wildfires burning in the north, prompting evacuations and a state-of-emergency declaration from...
August 5, 2014 Why sustainability leaders don’t impress Wall StreetSource: GreenBiz
It’s a question for the ages — or, at least, the age of sustainability: If sustainable business practices create profits and shareholder value, why aren’t mainstream investors paying attention? Some new research by McKinsey &...
August 5, 2014 Behind Toledo’s Water Crisis, a Long-Troubled Lake ErieSource: NY Times
TOLEDO, Ohio — It took a serendipitous slug of toxins and the loss of drinking water for a half-million residents to bring home what scientists and government officials in this part of the country have been saying for years: Lake...
An interesting little piece of information over at Angry Bear about the current wave of corporate tax inversions. A little piece of information that leads to the conclusion that the standard complaint, that the US Treasury will...
Health authorities tested water for toxins in Toledo, Ohio, on Sunday as some 400,000 people remained without safe drinking water for a second day following the discovery of high toxin levels from algae on Lake Erie.
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