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Environmental Social Governance, Environmental Protection, Environmental Sustainability

For the past four decades the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Europe, Japan, Australia, and other developed nations have adopted sweeping environmental protection regulations to address the state of their air, water, soil and other natural resources, to protect human life and to protect and preserve the natural environment.  The imposition of environmental regulations on business, while having a steep price, has had the beneficial effect of reversing two centuries of the harmful effects of the Industrial Revolution.  And yet, despite all the progress, the work of protecting and preserving the Earth is never ending.  As the Industrial Revolution spreads to developed nations, there is ever more “environment work” to be addressed. 

The original movement to protect the Earth and its inhabitants in more recent times was the Conservation Movement, stretching back to the 1800s; then more recently came the Environmental Movement; and now we see the emerging global Sustainability Movement.  This section of Accountability Central is devoted to topics environmental, including news, research and insights, commentary and opinion, and more. 

 

News & Updates

September 17, 2021 ESG is broken but we can’t afford to scrap it

Source: Quartz

In a three-part tome released on Medium last month, the former BlackRock chief investment officer called the ESG label—a catch-all for products that promise to tackle environmental, social, and corporate governance issues—a...

September 17, 2021 4 Steps to Add Sustainable Investing Strategies to Your Portfolio

Source: Morningstar

Investors who want to contribute to a more equitable society, address climate-related concerns, or know which companies are effectively managing economic risks face a practical challenge: where to begin.

September 17, 2021 Are sustainability provisions needed for produce purchases?

Source: The Packer

In the answer to a survey question, Should retailers or the USDA include sustainability-related requirements for suppliers in their purchases? Why or why not?” Sixty-five members voted on the poll on Aug. 23, and 68% of those...

Research & Insights

September 14, 2021 76% of Americans Want Sustainable Products—but How You Define That Matter

Source: AD Week (Free Subscription)

According to the survey, sustainability is an important factor to a strong majority of consumers when they’re choosing what to buy—but it’s not as important as cost.

August 24, 2021 Higg provides a sustainability report for consumer products

Source: Inhabitat

While every citizen can help by reducing emissions and lowering their carbon footprint, the largest contributors to the problem are businesses.

August 20, 2021 Majority of Americans Believe Reducing Waste, Increasing Sustainability, Will Help Preserve National Parks

Source: Yahoo Finance

Most Americans (84%) believe reducing waste can help preserve national parks for future generations, and a strong majority (83%) wish it were easier to take actions to reduce the amount of waste they generate, according to a new...

Commentary & Opinion

September 16, 2021 'Dean of Valuation' Aswath Damodaran sees no good points in ESG

Source: Seeking Alpha

Valuation expert and NYU professor Aswath Damodaran said Tuesday that he "cannot find" the good points that derive from the recent focus on environmental, social and governance concerns for corporations and fund managers.

September 14, 2021 Sustainability Is More Than Just a Box to Check

Source: Commercial Observer

Environmentally conscious practices have become increasingly prominent, affecting a range of personal and professional choices, from the goods we purchase and the brands we support, to the food we eat and the ways we get around.

August 13, 2021 Can You Pass the Sustainable Information, Please?

Source: Sourcing Journal

Denim brands, I urge you to take a page from the denim mill playbook and use trade shows as a platform to communicate your sustainability efforts in clear and comprehensive ways.


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