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April 14, 2016 Fed survey finds US economy still expanding

Source: Washington Post

The Federal Reserve said Wednesday that the economy kept expanding in late February and March, despite weakness in the energy sector and a slowdown in exports of some factory and farm products because of global weakness and the...

April 13, 2016 Supercharging sustainability metrics with science

Source: GreenBiz

Science has helped identify, quantify and measure some of the world’s most pressing sustainability challenges — including climate change, water scarcity and land use — but companies traditionally have set sustainability goals in...

April 13, 2016 Earth Day 2016: A Historic Day For Earth's Future

Source: Forbes

Earth Day in 2016 will be one to remember for its significance on a global scale climate agreement between two economic powerhouses. The Earth Day movement, started in the 1970?s by John McConnell, has since seen billions take...

April 13, 2016 Don't confuse evading taxes (immoral) with avoiding taxes (perfectly legal) (Commentary


Last week I pointed out that the U.S. had fared pretty well from the leak of the Panama Papers. There are Americans named who hold offshore accounts, to be sure, but so far, they seem to be random people with a bit of money, not...

April 13, 2016 US budget deficit up sharply to $108 billion in March

Source: Washington Post

WASHINGTON — The federal government’s budget deficit rose sharply in March, pushing the deficit for the first six months of this budget year above the same period a year ago.

April 12, 2016 Investors with $6 trillion in assets back ExxonMobil climate change resolution: UK Church fund

Source: Reuters

Institutions managing $6 trillion in assets plan to back a call for U.S. oil major ExxonMobil to disclose the impact of climate change policy on its business, one of the organizers of the vote said On Tuesday.

April 12, 2016 World leaders to sign Paris climate agreement on Earth Day

Source: Ecology

This year, in a rare and special event, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has invited every world leader to the United Nations to officially sign the Paris Climate Agreement reached this past December. It is no...

April 12, 2016 Dodd-Frank Rule Could Restrain CEO Pay

Source: Accounting Today

A long-awaited regulation from the Dodd-Frank Act of 2010 requires companies to disclose the ratio of the CEO’s compensation to the median pay of employees and could prove to be effective in restraining the growth of CEO pay,...

April 12, 2016 The Nature Conservancy Launches Center for Sustainability Science

Source: Nature

The Nature Conservancy launched the Center for Sustainability Science to advance conservation outcomes by working with partners to implement more sustainable business practices and policies. Increasingly, companies and agencies...

April 11, 2016 When traditional culture meets modern corporate sustainability

Source: Huff Post

The modern corporate responsibility movement is maturing. Evidence continues to build showing that sustainable business practices can help to mitigate risks and enhance opportunities

April 11, 2016 U.S. banks' dismal first quarter may spell trouble for 2016

Source: Reuters

It is only April, but some on Wall Street are already predicting a rotten 2016 for U.S. banks. Analysts say it has been the worst start to the year since the financial crisis in 2007-2008 and expect poor first-quarter results...

April 11, 2016 German justice minister appeals to press to hand over Panama Papers

Source: Reuters

German Justice Minister Heiko Maas appealed in a newspaper interview to media to hand over the Panama Papers that show how offshore firms are used to stash the wealth of the world's elite.

April 11, 2016 Economic growth vs environmental sustainability

Source: Live Mint

The Environmental Kuznets Curve hypothesis says “pollute first; clean up later”, but the validity of the EKC hypothesis has been seriously questioned

April 11, 2016 Water in IR Communications Today

Source: Alphasense- Pamela Styles, principal, Next Level Investor Relations LLC

Water is a prominent “Hot Topic” in the rapidly evolving ESG / Sustainability field. I recently used AlphaSense to look for evidence of its current impact on traditional Investor Relations (IR) communications to the broader...

April 8, 2016 The Panama Papers, One Week Later: What We Know, and What We Still Don’t

Source: Time

The repercussions of the biggest-ever data leak continue to reverberate for governments, politicians, celebrities and private individuals

April 8, 2016 Fed chair defends rate hike: ‘I certainly don’t regard it as a mistake.’

Source: Washington Post

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen on Thursday defended the central bank’s decision to begin removing its historic support for the U.S. economy last year despite weakening in global growth and jitters in financial markets that...

April 8, 2016 What's More American: Democratic Socialism or General Electric?

Source: The Street

Chances are, you've put a General Electric (GE - Get Report) light bulb in a lamp before. Or baked pizza in a GE oven. Or flown in an airline powered by a GE engine.

April 8, 2016 Al Gore Optimistic About Improving Global Sustainability

Source: Harvard Crimson

In almost fitting fashion, former Vice President and Nobel Laureate Al Gore ’69 drove from Manhattan after inclement weather cancelled his flight, and arrived only 20 minutes late to deliver his talk, “Confronting The Climate...

April 7, 2016 1MDB parliamentary probe blames ex-CEO; board of directors resign

Source: Straits Times

The Malaysian parliament's bipartisan Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has blamed the founding chief executive of 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) for the state investor's financial troubles which have rocked market confidence...

April 7, 2016 Panama vows action to boost financial transparency

Source: USA Today

President Juan Carlos Varela vowed late Wednesday to take swift action to improve financial transparency in the Central American country following leaks that showed Panama-based law firm Mossack Fonseca helped some clients avoid...

April 7, 2016 The State of Green Business: Sustainability becomes an employee perk

Source: GreenBiz

When it comes to creative corporate benefits, Facebook is no slacker. But one of its newer employee incentives — a $10,000 bonus for those who move closer to to its corporate campus — underscores the value it sees in encouraging...

April 6, 2016 Scrutiny on officials worldwide increases in offshore leaks

Source: Washington Post

LONDON — Iceland’s prime minister became the first major figure brought down by the leak of millions of records on offshore accounts as the scrutiny intensified around officials from other countries, including Ukraine’s president.

April 6, 2016 Drought rules pushed Californians to cut water use by nearly 25 percent

Source: Reuters

Residents and businesses in drought-stricken California cut back water use by nearly 25 percent from June 2015 through the end of February 2016 – enough to supply nearly 6 million people for a year, officials said Monday

April 6, 2016 Sustainability professionals report record levels of job satisfaction

Source: Business Green

Sustainability and environmental professionals are generally happy in their work, highly qualified, and well-remunerated. That is the conclusion of a the latest annual survey from the Institute of Environmental Management...

April 6, 2016 Excessive, Wrong-Headed Regulation of 'GMOs' Stifles Innovation And Slows Economic Growth

Source: Forbes

Arguably, the underlying disease is the panoply of anti-innovation policies, actions and attitudes of the Obama administration, which has been an outlier–to the high side–of “economically significant” regulations (those that are...

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