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Sustainability themes too important to ignore

2019 was a pivotal year in the journey towards a more sustainable future. The recent wave of public attention generated by the nature documentary series ‘Blue Planet II’ has helped to create a backlash against single-use plastics. Sustainability issues have made front-page news courtesy of environmental movement Extinction Rebellion and Swedish teenage climate activist Greta

Future of the workplace: Sustainability, climate change and COVID-19

Environmental and sustainability professional, Dr Leyla Acaroglu, and next generation employee experience platform and intranet provider, Unily, have launched the Future of Workplace Sustainability Report, which explores how sustainability, climate change and COVID-19 are shaping the future of the workplace. We are living in a time of great and immediate change, and COVID-19 and climate change are just two of

Defining and Measuring Sustainability

While the U.S. national government rushes to dismantle regulation, last week’s Wall Street Journal featured a series of articles about the move by top corporations to adopt sustainability measurement and management. Even the venerable Journal has figured out that corporate managers are increasingly saving money while reducing the environmental damage caused by their organizations. Moreover, the best and brightest

5 ways social innovators are leading the reskilling revolution

Social entrepreneurs are at the forefront of reskilling those who need it most to prepare them for the jobs of the future. Here are 5 ways in which social innovators are leading the reskilling revolution around the world. Social entrepreneurs are using their ingenuity to equip people today for the jobs of tomorrow. The Schwab Foundation

Why COVID-19 is a litmus test for corporate attitudes to sustainability

ESG is growing in importance for businesses and stakeholders everywhere. The pandemic is helping increase awareness that companies must focus on long-term sustainability over short-term profits. It will serve as a litmus test, dividing those firms who are serious about a low-carbon future – and those who are not. The pandemic has proven the viability

Pandemic prompts upsurge in commitment to corporate sustainability

According to research commissioned by the Carbon Trust, over 70 per cent of companies interviewed said environmental management and/or sustainability priorities are likely to become ‘somewhat more important’ or ‘significantly more important’ for them as a result of Covid-19. Built environment driven by sustainability and technology Of those companies experiencing significant disruption, 69 per cent expect

Jerome Powell’s ironic legacy on economic inequality

If there's anyone who should be talking about economic inequality it's Jerome Powell, a man who as Fed chair has aimed a spotlight on the issue and put the Fed on an intentional trajectory toward reducing it through policy. Yes, but: Pressed for answers on how the central bank's policies have impacted wealth and income inequality

What Links Accounting and Sustainability?

The turn towards corporate social responsibility may have started as a moral one. However, the economic arguments are starting to speak louder and accounting firms are uniquely positioned to support this growing interest. Why Focus on Sustainability? Most businesses have operated under the same fiduciary concept since the 1970s. From Milton Friedman's New York Times

Climate Action Is Too Big for ESG Mandates

Since the 1990s, it has become increasingly normal to take environmental (E), social (S), and governance (G) factors into account when considering investing decisions. Yet the roots of what we now call “ESG investing” go as far back as the 1800s, when religious beliefs were an investing criterion for Methodists, Muslims, and Quakers. More recently,

Emerging Stronger From a Crisis

Days before the launch of Harambee’s newest partnership with the South African presidency to scale up in-person job placement centers across the country, COVID-19 forced the country into lockdown. Plans came to a halt, and Harambee pondered how to move forward in the face of an unexpected crisis. We imagine that many of our peers recognize

Mapped: The Uneven Recovery of U.S. Small Businesses

Small businesses are the backbone of the U.S. economy, employing nearly half of the private sector workforce. Unfortunately, lockdown and work-from-home measures brought about by COVID-19 have disproportionately affected small businesses – particularly in the leisure and hospitality sectors. As metro-level data from Opportunity Insights points out, geography makes a great deal of difference in the proportion

Accenture Sets 3 New Sustainability Goals, Will Achieve Net-Zero Emissions by 2025

Accenture today announced new commitments to sustainability — including goals for net-zero emissions, as well as a newly created leadership role — as it moves to embed responsible business practices across every area of the company. The company’s three new goals are: Achieve net-zero emissions by 2025. Accenture will make actual reductions in emissions by powering offices with 100% renewable

States can pave the way on closing the racial wealth gap

Racial inequality, be that in housing, education, jobs, or our justice system, is holding back our economy and limiting the realization of the American Dream. Too often, gridlock on Capitol Hill does not address these challenges head-on, allowing them to grow into more significant problems. State governments, our laboratories of democracies, have a much-needed role

The Link Between Climate Finance and Building Resilience after COVID-19

In 2020, the world’s poor find themselves at the nexus of two crises: COVID-19 and climate change. The people most vulnerable to COVID-19 – low-income individuals, women, workers in the informal economy, and ethnic and racial minorities – are the same citizens that are most vulnerable to weather and climate crises. The poor disproportionately face

Sustainability is a growing business priority as a result of Covid-19, research shows

Over 70% of companies interviewed for the research commissioned by the Carbon Trust said environmental management and/or sustainability priorities are likely to become ‘somewhat more important’ or ‘significantly more important’ for them as a result of Covid-19. Even those companies that have been significantly impacted by the pandemic still believe sustainability is going to become more important.

Study Finds People Want to Make Healthy and Sustainable Living Choices but Do Not Know Where to Start

Just-released global public opinion research shows that people all around the world are willing to adopt more sustainable and healthy behaviours, but they do not know where to start. The 27-country study was conducted in June 2020, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. In total, 27,000 people took part in the global study that

Planetary ‘safety net’ could halt wildlife loss and slow climate breakdown

World leaders are preparing to join a key summit on biodiversity being hosted in New York amid mounting evidence that governments are failing to halt the unprecedented loss of species around the world. Earlier this month, a UN report revealed that the international community had failed to fully achieve any of the 20 biodiversity targets

How Washington’s embrace of the stock market is fueling an unequal recovery

President Donald Trump regularly promotes the soaring stock market as a barometer of the economy's health, tweeting again on Monday that it's a key reason he should be reelected. But investors aren’t sharing the wealth. The reality is that the wealthiest 1 percent of Americans own 50 percent of the value of stocks held by

Impact Investing Calls for a Head, Heart and Math Approach

Impact investing—in which social and environmental performance is considered on par with financial performance–has become an increasingly popular investment approach in the last few years. According to a Global Impact Investing Network report, the impact-investing sector has doubled in size over the past couple years. Moreover, impact investors say their impact investing allocations will continue to grow.