sustainable investing

Investing in Sustainable Cities to Spur Economic Growth

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – In the next 15 years, more than two-thirds of total investment infrastructure will be made in cities. By 2050, about 66 percent of the global population will live in urban regions. Africa alone will have about 800 million more people living in cities than today.

Long-Term Orientation Improves Business Performance

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Having the ability to envision the company’s future is a critical element of successful corporate leadership. Setting bold, long-term goals allows a company to move into new, emerging areas of growth and opportunity and become future-ready. 

Microsoft’s Redmond Campus Achieves ‘Zero Waste’ Status

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – According to the EPA, about 55 percent of the 220 million tons of waste generated each year in the US ends in one of the 3,500 landfills. Municipal solid waste landfills constitute the second-largest source of human-related methane emissions in the country.

World Bank Highlights New Tools to Help Cities Meet Climate Challenges

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Cities around the world are responsible for two-thirds of the world’s GHG emissions and 70 percent of energy consumption. Therefore, the implementation of the Paris climate agreement in full force should begin with a focus on the cities. National and local governments can develop climate action plans and create a transparent system to monitor how the cities are performing.

Technology is Changing the Way Companies Engage with Employees

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Barely a decade ago, technology in the workplace would typically imply the introduction of new hardware and gadgets for the employees that might help improve their operational efficiency. However, technology is now deployable in ways that can help advance employee skills, improve relationships, and help people become more engaged.

Bill Gates Leads 21 Marquee Investors to Launch $1B Energy Tech Fund

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Investors have recognized over the years that the traditional Silicon Valley model of VC investing is not likely to work for cleantech. Therefore, a variety of new models have been introduced, including Cyclotron Road, which is collaborating closely with university labs; the energy research shop of Otherlab; regionally focused groups like the Energy Excelerator; and industry-focused projects such as Powerhouse.

Companies with Gender-Diverse Boards Gain Financially: MSCI Research

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Increased participation of women in top management positions should not be seen as an exercise in public image and reputation building. Research has consistently shown that having more women in senior positions and board of directors has a positive impact on a company’s financial performance and improves market returns for the investors.

Corporate Sustainability Helps Improve Employee Engagement

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Employee engagement is the psychological engine that drives corporate performance. While employee engagement worldwide is on a decline, some companies are managing to beat the trend. These companies typically have a sustainable business model that places environmental and societal considerations front and center along with growth and profits.

New Energy Commitments to Help Drive Zero-Emissions Economies

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – According to Damian Ryan, Acting CEO of The Climate Group, the world is witnessing greater corporate action on climate than ever before due to the initiative of the world’s most influential companies. Using cleaner energy in efficient ways brings cost savings, lowers emissions, and improves corporate reputations.

Impact Investing Receives Boost with Funds Focusing on ESG Performance

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – A growing number of investment funds are profitably deploying private capital as a tool for effective change. The value proposition of this strategy is that investors are increasingly interested in looking at investment options that integrate sustainability.

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