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November 13, 2014 Good Corporate Governance Correlates to Higher CSR Performance and Shareholder Wealth

Source: NewsWise

Berkeley-Haas’ Center for Responsible Business has awarded its 2014 Moskowitz Prize to the authors of a study suggesting good corporate governance correlates with higher CSR initiatives. And in turn, these increased CSR...

November 12, 2014 Verdantix Says Sustainability Leaders at High-Revenue Firms Have Growing Influence

Source: Herald Online

NEW YORK — According to a new global survey of 260 heads of sustainability conducted by independent analyst firm, Verdantix, sustainability leaders have increasing executive committee influence, decision-making authority and...

November 12, 2014 Investors, business leaders at odds on value of sustainability

Companies are struggling to effectively communicate with investors on sustainability as 88%, according to the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI).

November 10, 2014 Just 90 companies caused two-thirds of man-made global warming emissions

Source: The Guardian (UK)

"This study is a crucial step forward in our understanding of the evolution of the climate crisis. The public and private sectors alike must do what is necessary to stop global warming," Gore told the Guardian. "Those who are...

November 10, 2014 Dirty coal power plants could still be running in 2030, scientists warn (UK)

Source: Business Green

The UK's coal power stations could operate into the 2030s and risk breaching mandatory emissions reduction targets unless the government acts, a report has found.

November 7, 2014 Man-made Global Warming is Worsening

politicalnews.me - U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said the new report from the U.N. îIntergovernmental Panel on Climate Changeî is expected to make the strongest case yet for decisive action to curb greenhouse gas...

November 7, 2014 New Study Compares Perspectives of Current and Future Sustainability Leaders

Busbyway - BSR (îBusiness for Social Responsibilityî), GlobeScan, and Net Impact have jointly released a new industry study which reveals how current and future leaders view the state of sustainable business,...

November 6, 2014 KPMG launches guide to key issues in sustainability reporting

Source: IR Magazine

KPMG has launched a guide meant to help companies pinpoint ESG issues that matter most to investors in a bid to improve sustainability reporting.

November 4, 2014 GOP power shift unlikely to alter economy's path

experience.usatoday.com - Surveys released last week by îthe Conference Boardî and Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan ... has been held up for years by Obama administration îenvironmentalî reviews,...

November 2, 2014 UN climate panel on final stretch of key report

Yahoo News - "Things are progressing," said Alden Meyer of the US-based îUnion of Concerned Scientistsî (UCS). "The report is going to tell a fairly clear story" about climate change and options for tackling it, he...

October 31, 2014 These Maps of California's Water Shortage Are Terrifying

Source: Mother Jones

Just how bad is California's water shortage? Really, really bad, according to these new maps, which represent groundwater withdrawals in California during the first three years of the state's ongoing and epochal drought:

October 29, 2014 Why the C-Suite Needs a Chief Sustainability Officer

Source: Huff Post

Does your corporation intend to be in business in another 100 years? Adding a Chief Sustainability Officer (CSO) to your C-Suite may make the difference. But do enough CEOs understand the sustainability role and why it matters?...

October 29, 2014 Gender Equality Gap Greatest in Islamic Countries, Survey Shows

CNS News - As a bloc, the Muslim worldâs showing in this yearâs âGlobal Gender Gapâ report, compiled by the îWorld Economic Forumî (WEF) and released on Tuesday, is even worse than in previous...

October 28, 2014 2 million barrels of oil from BP spill may be on ocean floor

Source: The Economic Times

Almost two million barrels of oil from the disastrous 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico may be trapped in the ocean floor, a new study suggests

October 28, 2014 CNN poll: Voters are angry

Source: CNN

Nearly 7 in 10 Americans are angry at the direction the country is headed and 53% of Americans disapprove of President Barack Obama's job performance, two troubling signs for Democrats one week before the midterm elections, a new...

October 24, 2014 Survey: Half Of Surveyed Financial Professionals Have Offered SRI Options To Clients

IT Business Net - according to the findings of the first annual "First Affirmative Survey on the Views of Financial Professionals About SRI" released today by îFirst Affirmative Financial Networkî. The major new...

October 23, 2014 First-of-its-Kind Report Ranks U.S. Insurance Companies on Climate Change Responses

Source: Ceres

Amid growing evidence that climate change is having wide-ranging global impacts that will worsen in the years ahead, a new report from Ceres ranks the nation's 330 largest insurance companies on what they are saying and doing to...

October 23, 2014 Harvard Launches Sustainability Plan

Source: Harvard Magazine

The University has unveiled an ambitious five-year Sustainability Plan—the first of its kind for Harvard—detailing a strategy to build on existing greenhouse gas reduction goals and setting priorities in five core areas: energy...

October 22, 2014 REPORT: Substantial Progress on Sustainability Initiatives at 55 Stock Exchanges; Key Capital Market Leaders Convene at Largest Sustainable Stock Exchanges Global Dialogue

Source: 3BL Media

As the initiative’s flagship event, the Global Dialogue convened CEOs of stock exchanges, companies and institutional investors, alongside high-level policy makers and capital market regulators. This unique gathering offered a...

October 22, 2014 Report: The Chief Sustainability Officer Role is Evolving

Source: Triple Pundit

It was not long ago that the chief sustainability officer—or whatever title that person or committee tucked into their email signature—was often someone on the outside looking in. For many companies, appointing a CSO was done to...

October 21, 2014 Shareholder ‘No’ Votes on Pay Show Uptick

Source: CFO

A new report on the 2014 proxy season show a rise in the number of executive compensation plans that failed to receive majority shareholder support.

October 21, 2014 Perils of drinking sugary soda: weight gain, cavities, shortened lifespan and

Source: Dallas Morning News

This report comes via the Washington Post, which in turn saw it in the American Journal of Public Health. But enough giving credit where it’s due. The important news is this: More soda = shorter telomeres = shortened life span.

October 21, 2014 Debris Mass in Huge Sinkhole Shows Hawaii's Tsunami Risk: Study

Source: NBC News

A massive earthquake strikes Alaska’s Aleutian Chain, spawning a 30-foot-high tsunami that blasts onto Hawaii’s shore and fills a huge sinkhole with debris. Researchers sift through it 500 years later, find evidence of the...

October 21, 2014 Natural Gas Detrimental to Low-Carbon Economy, Study Says

Source: Triple Pundit

Compared to dirty coal, natural gas looks like a clean fuel. As fracking becomes more widespread, natural gas is becoming more abundant. It is often touted as a bridge fuel, serving our energy needs until technology advances in...

October 20, 2014 World Bank Publishes 2014 Sustainability Report

Source: World Bank

The World Bank, a vital source of financial and technical assistance to developing countries around the world, released its web-based 2014 sustainability report. This is the second year the World Bank followed the Global...[more]

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