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Sustainability in a small place: the Spanish Basque Country as a 21st Century model

The 21st Century is not working out the way many of us hoped: we witness the failure of nations and politicians to address the climate crisis, as well as social unrest in many countries over the failure of a neoliberal economic model that has neglected social equity and environmental sustainability. The Financial Times has even called

It’s time for company directors to step up on sustainability

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) measures are seen as critical for long-term business success. ESG ecosystems must be tailored to their local market, with consideration to cultural and economic differences. Boards of directors should be driving the ESG agenda of their companies. We are living in unprecedented times: geopolitical tensions are increasingly acute; the global

Sometimes Small Economic Development Can Be Good Economic Development

Small NGOs will continue to be criticized by development economists for their lack of efficiencies and small economies of scale. But sometimes they have all the right components to help break families out of poverty. Sometimes, small is good. Louela Nalzaro was desperate. As a single mom in the Philippines — a country with roughly

2019-12-19T04:47:34-06:00Tags: |

The Best Thing You Can Do Is Not Buy More Stuff

Author Adam Minter remembers two periods of grief after his mother died in 2015: the intense sadness of her death, followed by the challenge of sorting through what he calls "the material legacy of her life." Over the course of a year, Minter and his sister worked through their mother's possessions until only her beloved

CRISP Social Ventures – Transforming Nobel Ideas Into Novel Solutions

The beacon of development often conjures up images of radical innovations, disruptive models, and leapfrog technologies. And yet, as nations attempt to embrace the promises of development, there is often a disconnect between imagination and execution in providing for even the most basic of human needs. Measurable social change, ensuring a degree of social equity

2019-12-13T18:36:02-06:00Tags: |

Sustainable Development Goals Report 2019

In September 2015, at the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit in New York, new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were adopted. These SDGs address a comprehensive range of issues, from poverty, health and hunger to gender equality, climate change and energy. Some parts of the world have now re-oriented themselves toward achieving the vision of a

2019-12-13T18:22:14-06:00Tags: |

Banks worth $47 trillion adopt new sustainability principles

Banks with more than forty seven trillion in assets, or a third of the global industry, signed up on Sunday to new United Nations-backed responsible banking principles in a massive boost for climate action and the shift from “brown to green” models of economic growth. In the Principles, launched one day ahead of the UN Climate Action

Beyond Climate: The Crisis of Environmental Sustainability

Last week and this week many of us are correctly focused on the existential threat of climate change but we must not lose sight of the other deep problems of environmental sustainability that also require action. The good news about climate change is we know a great deal about what causes it and how to

The future of sustainability: recycling carbon through the power of the sun

In August last year, the Trump administration proposed the weakening of vehicle emission regulations, causing concern for climate advocates. This follows its decision to withdraw from the Paris agreement, signed in 2015, which sets specific goals to combat climate change and lower carbon emissions globally. The central aim of this agreement is to restrict global temperature increases to

Can Technology Drive Sustainability?

Over recent decades, it’s become clear that humans are simply using more unclean energy and resources than can be sustained over the long term This fact becomes even more apparent when looking at the remarkable growth of China and India, among other countries, which will lead to far greater demand for energy over the coming

How Supply Chains Bridge The Gap Between Sustainability Desires And Reality

I first learned about global warming while still in college in the early 1990s. I had enrolled in “Our Home, the Solar System,” a class taught by the famous astronomer, Carl Sagan. Enrollment was limited to just 15 students, and to get in I had to write an essay. My rationale was that as a

Freaked out about the future of the planet? Don’t let fear ruin your finances

“Do ETFs, REITs and mutual funds still make sense to invest in if the planet won’t survive ’til our retirement?” So read an Instagram DM from a friend earlier this year. The reasoning was fairly clear: A recent report from the United Nations indicates that climate change is harming the world’s food supply to a catastrophic degree,

The Rise Of Biodesign – Growing Our Way To A More Sustainable Future

Permeating our news channels, social media feeds and newspaper headlines is the growing debate around how best to tackle the global climate emergency - as evidenced by the current uproar around the burning Amazon and the relative inaction of billionaires, or others deemed able to intervene.  Often packaged under the term ‘sustainability,’ we are being asked to

4SD—“skills, systems, and synergies for sustainable development”

When David Nabarro worked with the United Nations to develop the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, he noticed a problem: the specialized university tracks many global leaders go through, whether in health, nutrition or development studies, might not prepare them for the kind of cross-disciplinary, people-centered leadership Nabarro deemed necessary to implement the agenda’s 17

2019-08-21T06:54:34-05:00Tags: |

Nearly 200 CEOs just agreed on an updated definition of “the purpose of a corporation”

Since 1997, the Business Roundtable, America’s most influential group of corporate leaders, has agreed on one principle: “The paramount duty of management and of boards of directors is to the corporation’s stockholders,” its mission statement declared. The interests of other stakeholders, like employees, were only “relevant as a derivative of the duty to stockholders.” Now, however,

5 ways to shift consumers towards sustainable behaviour

Most people want to be sustainable, but have a hard time taking the necessary actions. According to Nielsen, a data analytics company, sustainability is the latest consumer trend. Their research shows chocolate, coffee and bath products with sustainability claims grew much faster than their traditional counterparts. Yet only 0.2 per cent of chocolates and 0.4

2019-08-15T07:28:11-05:00Tags: |

The value of sustainability to business

“Treat the Earth well. It was not given to you by your parents. It was loaned to you by your children.” – Kenyan proverb According to James Cook University Australia, sustainability can be defined as the ability to “maintain healthy environmental, social and economic systems in balance, indefinitely, on a global and local scale”. Contrary

2019-08-14T07:40:04-05:00Tags: |

Sustainability: The Key To Future Business Growth

Businesses across the globe have recognized that embracing sustainability is no longer a choice. They realize that they need to be mindful of their operations in order to maintain overall profitability. Climate change is one of the most imminent threats that has unprecedented implications on how people live, work and play. Changes in temperature and

UCLA to help create first-ever sustainability plan

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved an ambitious sustainability plan that calls for phasing out fossil fuels, deriving 80% of the county’s water from local sources and a host of other actions to address climate change and improve quality of life in the region. Sixteen UCLA researchers contributed to the OurCounty plan,

2019-08-08T07:09:23-05:00Tags: |