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Rethinking Sustainability In The Middle Of A Pandemic

2020 is making us rethink our lives, per the pandemic and other worldwide events, which is why sustainability is fast becoming the new business reality.   Some people would call 2020 “biblical.” Fires raged across Australia for almost 80 days; a locust plague has ravaged East Africa; the Covid-19 pandemic has dramatically changed our way of

85% Of Americans Are Thinking About Sustainability As Much As Or More Than Ever

Most of us want the government and brands to prioritize sustainability even while facing other issues. When the coronavirus shutdown hit California, San Diego-based clean manufacturing firm Genomatica sent its desk workers home to work remotely, which gave more room to its lab workers to maintain physical distance from one another. As the weeks went on, Genomatica’s co-founder and

Sustainability Reporting by the Largest U.S. Companies Hits New Highs

Amid growing pressure from investors, America’s largest corporations are embracing sustainability reporting. Nine in ten companies on the S&P 500 index, one bellwether of U.S. stock market performance, published sustainability, corporate responsibility or citizenship reports in 2019. That’s up from only 20 percent in 2011 and 86 percent in 2019, according to Governance & Accountability (G&A) Institute findings released

The Disparity Between Climate Urgency And Action: How Businesses Can Make Sustainability Programs More Meaningful

Before the coronavirus reached pandemic levels, nine in ten executives said their businesses felt the increasing impacts of climate change, according to a recent Deloitte Global report. Yet business environmental sustainability initiatives often failed to match executives’ sense of urgency, the report states. One reason for the disconnect between urgency and action is that well-intentioned environmental

Roles Foundations Play in Shaping Impact Investing

“Impact investing,” as a term of art, was coined at Rockefeller Foundation retreats in northern Italy in 2007 and 2008. The attendees visiting the foundation's Bellagio Center near Lake Como—people working in organized philanthropy, asset management, social enterprise, and consulting—discussed how to describe the wide variety of their activities that had for decades engaged private

How Leading Global Companies Are Using Sustainability As A Market Differentiator

It’s no secret that Millennials and Gen-Z are different than their previous generational counterparts. As the ability to connect and learn more about a company has improved in the last few years, their desire to see programs, services, and investments that make a difference in the environment and the world are becoming an increasingly larger

Impact Investing Won’t Save Capitalism

Next month will be the anniversary of the U.S. Business Roundtable’s 2019 call for a shift from “shareholder capitalism” toward “stakeholder capitalism.” Business leaders asked us to imagine a transformed world, but a bat virus in Wuhan had its own ambitious plans — and has, for the time being, transformed the world in quite another way. It

Impact Investment, Business and Poverty

Traditional investors often put money into companies focused mainly on the returns they will see, while many nonprofits and government agencies provide funding for programs in return for measurable social impact. Impact investing attempts to join business and social concerns. The point of impact investing is to fund companies that not only generate financial returns but

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Food for thought on sustainability

Sustainability may be a big buzzword in business, but for chartered accountant Ravi Abeywardana it’s a basic part of his job. As Finance for Sustainability Lead at global food and agri-business Olam International, he has the task of working out how sustainability principles can be worked into the profit and loss account. It’s a challenge. Farming

The Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology

It is amazing how much change can be caused by one person’s idea. The Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (MEST) is a result of Jorn Lyseggen’s believe that with guidance and support people can achieve remarkable results. Established by the non-profit Meltwater Foundation, MEST developed its program in Accra, Ghana in 2008 as an effort

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PAUL KRUGMAN: Power and wealth

America is in principle a democracy, in which every vote counts the same. It's also a nation in which income inequality has soared, a development that hurts many more people than it helps. So if you didn't know better, you might have expected to see a political backlash: demands for higher taxes on the rich,

Why We Can’t Shop Our Way to Sustainability

Sustainability is usually framed as a problem of consumer choice, in which the solution to the climate crisis is in recycling, eating more organic vegetables, or cutting back on single-use plastic. This makes a sharp contrast with the current public health crisis—in which government, citizens, and business are combining to shelter in place and work

Investors’ next high-yield bets should be on ocean sustainability, researchers say

KEY POINTS As the world grapples with climate change and an economic downturn, new research from the World Resources Institute suggests that sustainable ocean-based investments will yield benefits at least five times greater than the costs. Over the next 30 years, investing $2 trillion to $3.7 trillion globally across several sustainable ocean-based policy interventions would

How large a role should business play in improving society?

All societies have problems. I am sure this is not a shock to anyone. Neighbors have disputes, poverty exists and inequality grows. Simply put, if each individual of a society is imperfect, so too is society, and since no one is perfect, we each play a part in making society imperfect. And like people, institutions

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Wealthy investors’ growing demand for sustainability suggests new investment trend

The world’s uber wealthy are increasingly putting their money towards socially, ethically and environmentally conscious businesses, which could spur the growth of sustainable investments. In Capgemini’s World Wealth Report 2020, more than a quarter (27%) of high net worth individuals (HNWIs) — those with investible assets of $1 million or more — said they were interested

The Longer We Wait, the More Difficult it Will Be for the Future of Social Security

Social Security policy is unsustainable in its current form. What has consumed a significant portion of America’s paychecks and helped sustain a significant portion of America’s seniors is destined for change. In 2019, the trustees of the Social Security program released a report predicting that all of the trust fund’s reserves would run out by

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Coronavirus will heighten adviser focus on ESG

Teamshares is a provider of business purchasing services intended to provide liquidity to small entrepreneurs through buyouts. The company acquires small businesses with fast decision making in initial interviews and deal closing within months after signing LOI, thereby enabling business owners to easily sell their established business at a fair market price and retire