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Posted: Feb 22, 2017 – 06:00 AM EST
Gone are the days when sustainability was a small part of Corporate Social Responsibility for business. Globally, sustainability challenges are becoming extremely material, reaching thresholds of importance to companies’ long-term strategies, to their customers, and external stakeholders. From increasing demand for natural resources to economic disparity to climate change, companies are facing a more complex array of trade-offs and risks across their value chains.
Posted: Feb 17, 2017 – 06:00 AM EST
Are you planning to set up a donation drive in your company? As much as it’s a great cause, and an amazing team activity, it also happens to be a task that needs a lot of planning. You need to understand the nature of the donations, and how they work. Then, there is the marketing side of this drive. Here you will need to do a lot of publicity and bring as many people together as you can.
Posted: Feb 15, 2017 – 06:00 AM EST
Public Health and Healthcare organizations have recently started a long but fruitful journey into to the world of sustainability. Discovery of the wonders of sustainability, such as energy efficiency, reduced waste and lean systems, has been slower in the health sector than some other industries. However, since The Lancet declared climate change “the biggest global health threat of the 21st century”, health organizations from small businesses to international NGOs have started to take notice.
Posted: Feb 13, 2017 – 06:00 AM EST
The organic baby food market is about to explode even further.
While the global market is expected to account for $5.6 billion by 2020, representing an annual growth rate of more than 10%, the market in the so-called BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India and China) is projected to reach $3.5 billion, a growth rate of a staggering 19.5% between now and 2020.
Posted: Feb 09, 2017 – 06:00 AM EST
We often think of soil health and water security as distinct conservation issues, but in fact they are inseparable. A new study from The Nature Conservancy (TNC) underscores how good soil management is not only foundational to safeguarding water supplies, but also generates additional benefits on local to global scales.
Posted: Feb 08, 2017 – 06:00 AM EST
Over the last few years we’ve seen sustainability climb the corporate ladder, to the point where many companies have put it at the heart of their business strategy.
Here are several corporate sustainability trends to watch out for in 2017:
1. Climate Change and Paris Agreement COP21 and next steps
Climate change has been on the agenda for many decades, with awareness steadily growing but with no significant commitments. Yet in 2015 a bold new agreement was signed in Paris, which sets out a global action plan to put the world on track to avoid dangerous climate change by limiting global warming to well below 2°C.
Posted: Feb 06, 2017 – 06:00 AM EST
I wrote a piece for Virgin.com just before Christmas; a sort of 2016 round up piece. And I used it to have a bit of a rant about the UK version of The Apprentice, the very popular TV show that plays out in the run up to Christmas every year.
Posted: Feb 03, 2017 – 06:00 AM EST
Interface’s ‘Mission Zero’ is arguably the most well known example of a bold move towards radical circularity. When Ray Anderson sought to undertake the journey to heal and overturn his petroleum-intensive carpet company he experienced important realizations – ones which have turned Interface into the archetypal carpet manufacturer in today’s world markets.
Posted: Feb 01, 2017 – 06:00 AM EST
Sustainalytics, a leading global provider of ESG and corporate governance research and ratings, has launched ESG Signals, an innovative quantitative risk management and portfolio tool that provides securities-level financial risk and opportunity signals based on environmental, social and governance (ESG), trading and financial data.
Posted: Jan 30, 2017 – 06:00 AM EST
According to a 2014 survey by Kelton Global, just half of Americans say they recycle 75% or more of their recyclable items and only 8% say they recycle all recyclables. With respect to packaging waste, the U.S. EPA’s most recent figures (2014) state that 51.5% of all packaging is recycled; however this includes transport packaging such as pallets, shrink wrap and corrugated cardboard generated in the commercial and institutional sector, which is recovered at a higher rate than household packaging.
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