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July 28, 2014 Sustainability is Becoming a Key Part of Decision Making for Brands, Consumers

Source: Brand Channel

As consumer demand for greater transparency by brands increases, companies are stepping up their commitment to sustainability. Procter & Gamble is partnering with the Malaysia Institute for Supply Chain Innovation to help small...

July 25, 2014 Sustainable Purchasing 101: Tools for Buying Greener Products

Source: Triple Pundit

Sustainable purchasing is an effort to buy greener, healthier, and more sustainable products from greener, more sustainable companies. It is based on the simple concept that every single purchase has hidden human health,...

July 25, 2014 Obama urges Congress to tackle tax loopholes

Source: CBS News

Most of President Obama's West Coast fundraising trip has been spent raising money behind closed doors, but appeared publicly to the Los Angeles Technical College Thursday to push Congress to close loopholes for U.S. businesses...

July 25, 2014 Western US water crisis worse than thought

Source: Telegraph

The water crisis in the south west of the US is likely to worsen according to a new study carried out by the American space agency and University of California. Research has found that the Colorado River Basin, the prime source...

July 25, 2014 Why regulators should go to work on Wall Street

Source: PBS

From K Street to Wall Street, it’s the career move everyone loves to hate but makes anyway: the revolving door. Consider Sheila Bair, former head of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. Before she accepted a position as a...

July 24, 2014 Corporates can lead on sustainability but there are no "good companies" yet

Source: The Guardian

At the launch of Tom Levitt's new book, Welcome to GoodCo - Using the Tools of Business to Create Public Good, the nibbles were laid on by the John Lewis Partnership and ice cream came courtesy of Ben & Jerry's. So far, so...

July 24, 2014 Standard & Poor's may face SEC charges over ratings

Source: Reuters

The parent of Standard & Poor's, which is defending against a $5 billion lawsuit by the federal government over its credit ratings, said on Wednesday it may soon also face U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission charges over...

July 24, 2014 White House to Begin $10 Billion Farm Investment Fund

Source: NY Times

The White House Rural Council will announce plans on Thursday to start a $10 billion investment fund that will give pension funds and large investors the opportunity to invest in agricultural projects. Those include wastewater...

July 24, 2014 Market Structure Map - Take and Make

Source: Tim Quast, President, ModernNetworks IR LLC

What if exchanges stopped paying fast traders to set prices? Oh, you didn’t know? Read on. Off Salt Island in the British Virgins is the wreck of the HMS Rhone, a steamer that sank in an 1867 hurricane. Even if you’re a...[more]

July 24, 2014 Euro-Area PMI Surveys Signal Economic Activity Is Picking Up

Source: Bloomberg

Euro-area manufacturing and services activity strengthened in July in a sign that a recovery in the 18-nation region is gathering pace. A Purchasing Managers Index for both industries jumped to 54 from 52.8 in June, matching a...

July 23, 2014 9 key trends in corporate sustainability reporting


Nearly three-quarters of sustainability professionals ranked CSR above seven out of 10 in relation to their business objectives (with one being low and 10 being high.) Meanwhile, most organizations dedicate between $34,000 and...

July 23, 2014 US SEC poised to adopt reforms for money market funds

Source: Economic Times

US regulators are expected to adopt rules on Wednesday that force "prime" money market funds used by large institutions to float their share price. Proponents have suggested that moving from the current stable $1 per share net...

July 23, 2014 9/11 Commission: Americans can’t be complacent about new security threats - text/video

Source: PBS

A decade since the release of a major report on the nation's preparedness and response to the September 11th attacks, the original bipartisan commission reconvened to produce a new assessment of current threats and challenges....

July 23, 2014 NY Fed found serious problems at Deutsche Bank's U.S. arms: source

Source: Chicago Tribune

The Federal Reserve Bank of New York has found serious problems in Deutsche Bank's U.S. operations, including shoddy financial reporting, weak technology and inadequate auditing and oversight, a person close to the matter told...

July 23, 2014 The Factory in the China Food Scandal Is Foreign-Owned. That Could Have Made It a Target

Source: Time

No company should be allowed to get away with unsafe products, but the harsh spotlight shone on multinational enterprises in China could be part of an effort to undermine them in favor of local businesses

July 22, 2014 Missed targets: when companies fail to keep their key sustainability promises

Source: The Guardian

When the Walt Disney Company reached out to Rainforest Action Network for help in crafting a new sustainable paper sourcing policy in 2012, the nonprofit was all ears. As the world's largest publisher of children's books and...

July 22, 2014 The World Just Had Its Hottest June On Record

Source: Huff Post

The globe is on a hot streak, setting a heat record in June. That's after the world broke a record in May. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Monday that last month's average global temperature was 61.2...

July 22, 2014 China food scandal spreads, drags in Starbucks, Burger King and McNuggets in Japan

Source: Reuters

The latest food scandal in China is spreading fast, dragging in U.S. coffee chain Starbucks, Burger King Worldwide Inc and others, as well as McDonald's products as far away as Japan. McDonald's Corp and KFC's parent Yum Brands...

July 22, 2014 Why targeting 4 human emotions is key to marketing sustainability

Source: The Guardian

While brands have been remarkably successful at feeding universal human drives, such as the desire for adventure, power or status, sustainability has not been seeing the same success in its messaging. What sustainability needs to...

July 22, 2014 Report: Hedge funds escaped billions in taxes

Source: USA Today

Two large banks used a complex financial scheme to help 13 hedge funds avoid paying billions of dollars in taxes and evade federal borrowing limits on brokerage accounts over a 15-year period, according to the findings of a...

July 21, 2014 Sonic cannons for E. Coast: Obama approves oil exploration despite ‘threat to sea life’

Source: RT

The Obama administration has announced it is reopening the US Eastern Seaboard to offshore oil and gas exploration, clearing the way for the use of sonic cannons to locate energy deposits - despite the threat to sea life.

July 21, 2014 Wall Street reform law only half done

Source: CNN Money

Four years have passed since Congress passed a reform law aimed at limiting the fallout of another Wall Street collapse. Only half of the intended rules are in place

July 21, 2014 Take sustainability seriously if you want to attract 'Generation Y'

Source: TTG Digital

This is the generation that was brought up to be the “Green Generation”; they choose the products they buy and the companies they buy from very carefully. These potential employees were taught about sustainability at school. ...

July 21, 2014 Commodities: Water should be traded on financial markets to avoid global crisis

Source: The Telegraph

Britain, as the rest of the world, is facing a water crisis, leading some experts to predict that by the end of the decade H2O will be traded on financial markets like other finite commodities such as crude oil, or iron ore....

July 18, 2014 Germany is most energy efficient major economy, study finds

Source: The Guardian

Germany is the world's most energy efficient country with strong codes on buildings while China is quickly stepping up its own efforts, an environmental group said Thursday. The study of 16 major economies by the Washington-based...

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