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March 15, 2016 The 10 commandments for sustainability collaborations

Source: GreenBiz

McDonald’s had never done this before — inviting NGO leaders into a closed-door, "first look" strategy meeting, with a whole morning dedicated to sustainability.

March 14, 2016 Fed’s Plans to Raise Interest Rates Are Delayed, Not Derailed

Source: NY times

WASHINGTON — Federal Reserve officials will gather in Washington on Tuesday and Wednesday to debate whether a bumpy start to the year is now in the rearview mirror, clearing the way for higher interest rates.

March 14, 2016 The more we learn about Antarctica’s past, the scarier the present looks

Source: Washington Post

For the second time in a month, leading scientists have closely tied the ancient history of the vast Antarctic ice sheet to a key planetary parameter that humans are now controlling — the amount of carbon dioxide in the...

March 14, 2016 Mosquitoes' Rapid Spread Pose Threat Beyond Zika

Source: Fortune

As the world focuses on Zika’s rapid advance in the Americas, experts warn the virus that originated in Africa is just one of a growing number of continent-jumping diseases carried by mosquitoes threatening swathes of humanity.

March 14, 2016 Why Microsoft gave sustainability a promotion

Source: GreenBiz

Sustainability has been kicked upstairs at Microsoft Corp., a promotion in terms of where it sits, to whom it reports, what it does and how it is viewed across the organization. And therein lies a hopeful tale for the entire...

March 11, 2016 Atmospheric carbon dioxide levels are showing a startling increase

Source: Post-Gazette

Atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations have spiked more in the period from February 2015 to February 2016 than in any other comparable period dating back to 1959, according to a scientist with the National Oceanic and...

March 11, 2016 Why chief sustainability officers are in a pickle

Source: Greenbiz

Sustainability is about transformation — creating more value with far fewer resources. Many industries will be transformed in the next decade, and examples already abound. Without owning a single hotel room, Airbnb grew in just...

March 11, 2016 Want Equality? Start with Providing Housing That People Can Afford

Source: Larry Checco, featured commentator

Upwards of $22 TRILLION! That’s what some experts estimate we’ve spent since LBJ launched his Great Society in 1964 in an attempt to eliminate poverty and racial injustice in America. Yet, little has changed. [more]

March 10, 2016 Moody’s Settles Calpers Ratings Lawsuit for $130 Million

Source: Bloomberg

Moody’s Investors Service Inc. agreed to pay $130 million to settle claims by the California Public Employee Retirement System over allegedly inflated ratings on residential-mortgage bond deals.

March 10, 2016 What does gender have to do with sustainability?

Source: GreenBiz

The point is that gender matters now more than ever — not just for the sake of individual women, but for the prospects of the global economy, the environment and society at large.

March 10, 2016 Volkswagen's top U.S. executive out amid emissions scandal

Source: CBS News

Volkswagen's (VLKAY) top U.S. executive is resigning amid the automaker's ongoing emissions cheating scandal. Volkswagen Group of America announced Wednesday that president and CEO Michael Horn is leaving "to pursue other...

March 9, 2016 5 Things to Know About This Bull Market on Its 7th Birthday

Source: Time

Seven years ago today, the stock market hit rock bottom, as gigantic companies in key industries from finance to auto manufacturing were teetering on the brink of collapse.

March 9, 2016 Soy Growers Take Sustainability Seriously

Source: Hoosier Ag Today

U.S. soybean farmers practice sustainability in order to survive and that’s a message they need to share with end users of their products who are growing more persistent in their demand for sustainably produced products. Mike...

March 9, 2016 Home Depot settles consumer lawsuit over big 2014 data breach

Source: Reuters

Home Depot Inc (HD.N) agreed to pay at least $19.5 million to compensate U.S. consumers harmed by a 2014 data breach affecting more than 50 million cardholders.

March 8, 2016 Socially responsible investing is coming of age

Source: Investment News

Fueled by younger investors, women, and growing political support, investing based on social and environmental ideals is gaining momentum. Even if it doesn't quite feel like a mainstream concept yet, it's here and it's expanding...

March 8, 2016 Opinion: Give stockholders better tools to be socially responsible investors

Source: MarketWatch

Investments have always had more than just financial impact. Social and environmental impacts also matter.

March 8, 2016 The SEC Turns A Blind Eye To Corruption In CSR Initiatives

Source: Forbes

It appears the SEC’s right hand does not know what its left is doing. In its implementation of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, the U.S. corporate watchdog recently proposed a new rule to explicitly...

March 7, 2016 4 tools to tell if your company is walking the walk on CSR

Source: GreenBiz Group

Talk is plentiful in the world of corporate sustainability — companies engaged in triple bottom line activity often go to great lengths to make sure everyone knows about what they are up to. Often, this communication comes in the...

March 7, 2016 Target, Hershey, Waitrose Join Consortium to Shape Future of Protein

Source: Sustainable Brands

Protein is an essential part of any diet. As the global population surges to reach 9.6 billion by 2050, meeting the world’s demand for protein will become increasingly difficult. Having researched the issue and after working with...

March 7, 2016 New Evidence Bolsters Claims of Connectivity Between CSR and Market Caps

Source: Center for Sustainable Organizations

Last August, I published an article here in which I described what, to me, is the most compelling business case for corporate sustainability or CSR extant: the fact that it literally drives the market values of publicly traded...

March 6, 2016 Domtar's collaborative approach to sustainable forestry

Source: GreenBiz Group

Billions could be spent developing state-of-the-art technologies that capture carbon dioxide out of the air, and they wouldn’t come close to the elegance and cost-effectiveness of the greatest carbon sequestration tool already at...

March 3, 2016 Why companies see circular thinking as an emerging strategy

Source: Greenbiz

When products are designed with material extraction and reuse in mind, or 'designed within a system,' then value is created by freeing the material for new revenue production

March 3, 2016 One year later: McDonald's supply chain, sustainability chief Francesca DeBiase

Source: GreenBiz

A Chicago native from an immigrant family, and first in her family to get a college degree, she works now in the C-suite of the iconic brand, overseeing its beef, chicken lettuce and buns — as well as its 2020 Sustainability...

March 3, 2016 Monarch butterflies make impressive comeback in Mexico’s Wintering Grounds

Source: Maine News Online

Monarch butterfly population has bounced back as per the data collected from Mexico. Officials at the US Fish and Wildlife Service announced that a surge has been seen in the population of wintering monarchs in Mexico. The...

March 2, 2016 This Top Fed Official Has a Darker Outlook for the Economy

Source: Fortune

An influential Federal Reserve official on Tuesday said he sees downside risks to his U.S. economic outlook, an assessment that could flag a longer pause before the Fed’s next interest-rate hike than he and his colleagues had...

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