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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

December 3, 2021 Californian firm touts ‘mushroom leather’ as sustainability gamechanger

Source: The Guardian

Vegan alternatives to leather could save more than just animals. The scientists behind fashion’s new latest must-have – the “mushroom leather” handbag – believe that mycelium, a material grown from fungi which can be engineered...

December 3, 2021 Qantas Gives Flyers Rewards for 'Being Sustainable'

Source: Treehugger

"The Green tier will sit alongside existing flying tiers, and is designed to educate, encourage and reward the airline’s 13 million frequent flyers for everything from offsetting their flights, staying in eco-hotels, walking to...

December 3, 2021 Green Matters Natural Dye Company does contract, plant-based dye work for clothing brands both big and small.

Source: Gear Patrol

As important as the designers employing eco-friendly materials in their designs are, those that make the raw materials — or treat the raw materials, in the case of Green Matters Natural Dye Company — are vital as well.

Research & Insights

December 3, 2021 STATUS REPORT: BUSINESS AMBITION FOR 1.5°CRESPONDING TO THE CLIMATE CRISIS

Source: The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Special Report

We faced an important dilemma. The IPCC report was a stark reminder that every tenth of a degree matters. There was a clear case to ratchet up ambition in corporate target setting, but also warnings that doing so could slow...

November 16, 2021 Globally institutional investors placing greater emphasis on companies' ESG performance: Survey

Source: The Economic Times

More than three-quarters (77 per cent) of those surveyed say that, over the next two years, they plan to step-up their analysis of "physical" risks – the impact of climate change on a business' ability to provide its products and...

November 12, 2021 How sustainability has become an advantage in the talent war, but candidates aren’t fooled by ‘greenwashing,’ say experts

Source: Digiday

New research - 34% of U.K. office workers would refuse a job offer if a company’s environmental, sustainability or climate control values do not align with their own. In the U.S., the figure is even higher: 41%. France and Chile...

Commentary & Opinion

November 23, 2021 Former Unilever CEO Paul Polman Says Aiming for Sustainability Isn’t Good Enough—The Goal Is Much Higher

Source: Harvard Business Review

How can a company profit from solving the world’s problems, not from creating them? Is the world better off because your business is in it, or not? These are some of the fundamental questions that Paul Polman, former CEO of...

November 9, 2021 Opinion: We need smarter, sustainable water stewards

Source: Arizona Capitol Times

In an era of historic drought and hotter temperatures, EPCOR understands the importance of conserving our most precious resource: clean drinking water. That’s why we reuse, recharge or recycle nearly 100% of our water. Since...

October 27, 2021 Commentary Sustainability isn’t an aesthetic, it's a commitment to growth

Source: Central Michigan Life

If you search sustainability online, a lot of different images will pop up. Most of them are green -- aerial shots of trees, green light bulbs, and cute graphics of wind turbines, bicycles and solar panels.


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