(3BL Media/Just Means) -Air travel accounts for 2 percent of all emissions, but it gets a lot of attention in any conversation about climate change mitigation efforts. While Obama wants new limits on aviation emissions, the UN’s International Civil Aviation is also expected to set new limits early next year.
(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Several research studies in recent years have shown that companies with high ratings on environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors frequently outperform the market in the medium and long term, and have a lower cost of debt and equity. Business sustainability has emerged as a key source of competitive advantage in today’s economy.
(3BL Media/Justmeans) – In 2009, at the peak of the financial crisis, one of the revelations was the absence of up-to-the-minute, accurate data about who was being impacted and to what degree. The suddenness with which the global economy plunged into the crisis exposed the gaps in the governments’ knowledge and understanding of the changing economic conditions.
(3BL Media/Just Means) - Another major technology company is increasing its commitment to sustainable, renewable power. Cisco has entered an agreement with NRG Renew, a subsidiary of NRG Energy, for the power company to develop a 20 megawatt solar energy facilty to supply Cisco's San Jose headquarters with clean power. This is a massive boost to the 2MW worth of solar power Cisco has installed over the last two years.
(3BL Media/Justmeans) - In Pope Francis’s encyclical, he appeals to the international community–particularly rich countries–to step up and alter their economies and lifestyles in order to address ‘the ecological crisis.’ Governments are called on to address the issues, but there are corporations whose gross revenues surpass the GDP of entire countries. So what then is the responsibility of corporations, when multiple stakeholders are impacted by these companies?
Guest blog by Marvin Smith, Future 500
(3BL Media/Just Means) - Fish are endangered in the Mediterranean Sea. While sunlight-deprived Europeans flock to Mediterranean beaches for their summer breaks, offshore the action is a tad less quaint. The old Med has turned into a jammed criss-cross of fishing activity that have led fish populations to the brink of collapse. Now it ranks as the most over-exploited fishing region on the planet.
(3BL Media/Just Means) - Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Atlantic airline has some good news. The company posted its latest figures on greenhouse gas emissions and it has gone down by 12 percent.