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September 24, 2014 Sustainability reporting falling short


But the quality and consistency of sustainability reporting remains a problem, with some companies distorting their reporting to highlight positive news. Despite the sector being driven by the needs of socially responsible...

September 24, 2014 Soda companies pledge 20 percent calorie cut by 2025. Is it too late?

Source: CSM

Coca Cola, PepsiCo, and the Dr Pepper Snapple Group have pledged to cut the calories consumed from their sugary drink offerings by 20 percent over the next decade. But if falling soda sales and public policy initiatives are any...

September 24, 2014 Home Depot data breach triggers fraudulent transactions: WSJ

Source: Reuters

Data breach at home improvement retailer Home Depot Inc (HD.N) has led to fraudulent transactions across the United States, draining cash from customer bank accounts, the Wall Street Journal said.

September 23, 2014 Countries, companies mobilize around carbon pricing ahead of UN summit

Source: Reuters

The World Bank said Monday that 73 national and 11 regional governments and some 1,000 companies will join forces to push for policies setting a price on carbon emissions to encourage a shift to cleaner energy technologies.

September 23, 2014 Health Woes to Worsen Due to Climate Change, Study Warns

Source: US News

Coupled with worldwide marches demanding action on climate change, a new study warns that rising temperatures and altered weather patterns in the United States may soon exacerbate many existing health risks.

September 23, 2014 U.S. SEC to pay $30 million-plus in largest whistleblower award

Source: Reuters

An anonymous tipster living abroad will be receiving more than $30 million, in the largest whistleblower award ever doled out by U.S. securities regulators as part of a program that aims to incentivize insiders to report...

September 23, 2014 The Unexpected Sustainability of Gen Y - text/video

Source: Huff Post

Gen Y has been accused of being selfish, lazy and bad recyclers--hardly poster children of an environmentally sustainable future. However, enabled by technology and in reaction to their financial challenges, Gen Y is finding all...

September 22, 2014 C02 emissions from burning fossil fuels surge to highest level in human history

Source: The Sydney Morning News

Global greenhouse gas emissions from burning fossil fuels and cement production surged to a record-breaking 36 billion tonnes of CO2 last year, pushing emissions to their highest level in human history.

September 22, 2014 Minnesota's global outlook helps land sustainability conference

Source: Star Tribune

An announcement expected Monday in New York will break the news that Minneapolis will host a major global conference on sustainability that will attract the former heads of state of nearly 100 countries to Minnesota in October...

September 22, 2014 Hundreds Of Thousands Turn Out For People's Climate March In New York City

Source: Huff Post

NEW YORK -- More than 400,000 people turned out for the People's Climate March in New York City on Sunday, just days before many of the world's leaders are expected to debate environmental action at the United Nations...

September 22, 2014 Watch Out Walmart: Alibaba To Become World's Largest Retailer By 2016

Source: Forbes

“We want to be bigger than Walmart,” said Jack Ma, the founder and driving force of Alibaba Group, to CNBC on Friday, as his company’s shares began trading on the New York Stock Exchange.

September 19, 2014 World Smashes All-Time Temperature Records Ahead of UN Climate Summit


The June through August period was the warmest such period on Earth since record-keeping began in 1880, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced Thursday. In addition, the month of August was the...

September 19, 2014 BASF evaluates sustainability of portfolio via new process

Source: GreenBiz

BASF has developed a new process for evaluating its product portfolio based on sustainability criteria.In a move that it says will better help its customers align environmental and societal aspects with business success, the...

September 19, 2014 World’s Leading Institutional Investors Managing $24 Trillion Call for Carbon Pricing, Ambitious Global Climate Deal

Source: Ceres

Days before UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon convenes the Climate Summit at the United Nations to spur climate action and facilitate a global climate agreement in 2015, nearly 350 global institutional investors representing over...[more]

September 19, 2014 Dow, S&P 500 at records as Fed-driven rally continues


US equity markets have rallied for three consecutive sessions as the Fed's stance eased investor worries the central bank was ready to pivot away from its years-long policy of holding rates at rock bottom levels, which stimulated...

September 18, 2014 Fed says it will be ‘considerable time’ before rates are lifted

Source: MarketWatch

The Federal Reserve on Wednesday repeated that interest rates are likely to stay low for a “considerable time” after it ends its bond-buying program in October, but the central bank also took concrete steps to prepare for an...

September 18, 2014 5 ways boards of directors can support sustainability

Source: GreenBiz

While corporate responsibility has risen as a strategic priority for many companies, boards have not been driving this change. The UN Global Compact LEAD board program conducts extensive surveys and interviews with board members,...

September 18, 2014 Holder: Wall Street executives being investigated

Source: USA Today

Citing Wall Street's "troubling return'' to risky conduct that preceded the 2008 financial collapse, Attorney General Eric Holder said Wednesday that federal authorities are poised to file criminal charges against an undisclosed...

September 18, 2014 Market Structure Map - Risk

Source: Tim Quast, president, ModernNetworks IR LLC

Is the stock market poised for an advance to the rear? Gains yesterday notwithstanding, our measures of market sentiment reflected in the ten-point ModernIR Behavioral Index dipped to negative this week for the first time since...[more]

September 17, 2014 Fight Against Climate Change Seen Driving Economic Growth

Source: Bloomberg

Countries can expand their economies through emissions reductions in cities, land use and energy, according to a report released today by the Global Commission on the Economy & Climate, a panel set up by seven nations including...

September 17, 2014 Channel NewsAsia launches Asia’s first sustainability ranking for businesses

Source: Channel NewsAsia

HONG KONG: Regional broadcaster Channel NewsAsia, in partnership with CSR Asia and Sustainalytics, on Tuesday (Sep 16) launched the Channel NewsAsia Sustainability Ranking for Asia’s top businesses at the CSR Summit in Hong Kong.

September 17, 2014 China Bans Use of Coal With High Ash or Sulfur to Fight Smog

Source: Bloomberg

China will ban sales and imports of coal with high ash or sulfur in a move to promote cleaner types of the fuel and improve the nation’s air quality.

September 17, 2014 Climate Report Details Flood Risk to Sites in Washington

Source: NY Times

WASHINGTON — The nation’s capital is likely to see record flooding by 2050, putting about $7 billion worth of property, three military bases and parts of the National Mall at risk as a result of climate change that is raising sea...

September 16, 2014 Sustainability Reporting: The What and Why

Source: Environmental Leader

For more than a decade now, many leading global organizations have produced some form of sustainability reporting. Sometimes these documents manifest in reports sent directly to stakeholders, and in other cases they adhere to...

September 16, 2014 Study: Faulty gas wells, not fracking, pollute water

Source: USAToday

Faulty wells, not deep underground fracking, is the main reason that natural gas extraction from shale rock has contaminated drinking water in parts of Texas and Pennsylvania, says a study Monday by researchers from five...

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