New alignment project seeks to ‘cut the clutter’ in sustainability reporting

Richard Howitt of the International Integrated Reporting Council on today’s launch of an important new phase towards harmonising the ‘alphabet’s soup’ of corporate sustainability reporting standards Business knows it has to change to survive. The concept of “business as usual” has become redundant. It is now commonplace in business circles to hear dire warnings about

2018-11-07T15:49:37+00:00 Tags: |

The science of sustainability

The U.S. city of Louisville, Kentucky isn't known as a hotbed of environmental action and innovation, but that could change as it has recently become home to a first-of-its-kind collaboration between environmentalists, city leaders and public health professionals. The Green Heart Project, funded in part by the United States National Institutes of Health, will plant

2018-10-21T06:21:15+00:00 Tags: |

Great news for champions of sustainable, ethical behavior

Wherever you live, and wherever you stand on the political spectrum, you probably believe that a significant share of the political elite in your country is irredeemably corrupt and unethical. And wherever you work, it is also likely that you know some senior leaders who do a poor job of conveying tone at the top

2018-09-12T13:59:51+00:00 Tags: |

Sustainability Strides

UC Santa Barbara has been named a top performer in three categories of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) 2018 Sustainable Campus Index. The annual index ranks the nation’s most sustainable colleges and universities, as measured by AASHE’s Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS). Highlighting innovative and high-impact sustainability initiatives

2018-09-06T07:55:25+00:00 Tags: |

Does sustainability lead to better companies?

We debate an age-old chicken-and-egg question when we get together with other sustainability leaders: Are sustainable businesses more successful? Or are successful businesses more sustainable? And, honestly, does it really matter which came first? Sustainability and good business go hand in hand, whether sustainability drives business results or is the result of good business practices.

2018-08-04T07:27:11+00:00 Tags: |

Think Your Business Can’t Afford a Sustainability Certification?

Twenty years ago, a company could say it was sustainable and consumers would get excited with little questioning. But in an era of greenwashing lawsuits, consumers are demanding transparency when a business claims it's socially or environmentally responsible. To meet these demands, many organizations have turned to third-party sustainability certifications. Given the recent emergence of

2018-08-05T08:46:35+00:00 Tags: , |

Canadian small businesses leading the way in sustainability

New research from the University of Waterloo shows that Canadian small businesses are important- and often overlooked- drivers of sustainability and the green economy. The Waterloo study, led by researcher Sarah Burch, discovered that eight out of 10 small and medium enterprises (SMEs) surveyed are already implementing sustainable business practices. SMEs make up 98.2 per

2018-05-16T06:27:43+00:00 Tags: |

The need to power datacentres sustainably

As megatrends go, surging demand for cloud-based services seems unstoppable, says Chris Wellise, chief sustainability officer at Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE). “By 2020, half the world’s population is expected to have internet access and machine-to-machine connections will reach 100 billion devices. With this global connectivity, however, come both opportunities and challenges,” he says. The social and

2018-02-20T12:15:06+00:00 Tags: |

Sustainability experts: what’s wrong with impact investing

The lack of an accepted methodology to truly measure investment impact makes the adoption of sustainable development goals in listed  equities increasingly challenging. This was the core issue raised during a discussion on the hopes and hurdles facing sustainable investments at Finanz’18 conference in Zurich. Daniel Wild, head of sustainability investing research and development at

A good life for all within the planet’s means

A study led by the University of Leeds has found that no country currently meets its citizens' basic needs at a globally sustainable level of resource use. The research, published in Nature Sustainability, is the first to quantify the sustainability of national resource use associated with meeting basic human needs for 151 countries. Each country's

2018-02-07T14:14:44+00:00 Tags: |

The world is failing to achieve a circular economy—here’s how

The world economy is only 9 per cent circular, and more than 90 per cent of the raw materials used to do business and sustain the global population go to waste instead of being cycled back into the economy, a new report by Dutch social enterprise Circle Economy has found. Released on Tuesday in Davos,

2018-01-29T13:07:52+00:00 Tags: |

Americans Don’t Want To Get Caught Buying From A Company Exploiting The Planet

Every day, you dutifully separate your recyclables from your trash. Then you notice your neighbor just skips the hassle and tosses everything into a single garbage can. “What’s wrong with that guy?” You’re not alone in your annoyance. Much like the shift we went through on smoking and littering, we’re clearly in the middle of a

Sustainability Is Imperative In Investment Process

Andrew Parry, head of sustainable investing at Hermes Investment Management, which has £30.8bn ($41bn) in assets, said incorporating sustainability has moved from being an option to becoming an imperative. The comments come from an interview with Jake Moeller, head of Lipper UK and Ireland research at Thomson Reuters, in London last week for the Lipper Alpha

Sense in sustainability: the rewards of responsible business

Boards are beginning to acknowledge that sustainability is no longer a siloed concept, but a crucial strategy at the heart of responsible business.  Sustainability has become more than a trendy buzzword in business in the past few years as an increasing number of companies are putting it at the centre of their strategies. Boards are

The impact investment strategies that helped make these funds among the ‘Best for the World’

Private-equity firm CoreCo has an investment thesis you’re not likely to read about in The Wall Street Journal. The $54 million fund spots high-growth businesses in Central America that operate with sustainable business practices. CoreCo is among this year’s Best for the World funds named by nonprofit B Lab, based on an assessment of the impact of each company

Corporate sustainability must give way to corporate responsibility

Today we consume more than twice as much as our relatives did only 50 years ago. In the US, this means generating upwards of 500 billion pounds of garbage every year that’s trucked to one of our 10,000 landfills. This accelerated consumption is exhausting global ecosystems, depleting 30% of global resources and nearly 60% of animal populations since the

What Is the Future of Impact Investing?

“People are revisiting the relationship they want their capital to have with the world.”   This growing awareness around issues of sustainability has led to an expansion of the field of impact investing. In the process, investors have been developing better and better strategies and products for their portfolios, while companies presenting themselves to investor

2017-02-23T10:18:29+00:00 Tags: , |