(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Decarbonising the global economy is an ambitious plan. Now, corporate leaders understand the size of the challenge and the importance of meeting it. We are on the threshold of an economic revolution that will transform how we think about productive activity and growth.
(3BL Media/Justmeans) – According to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the world has the capacity to produce enough food to feed everyone adequately. However, nearly 800 million people still suffer from chronic hunger, despite the progress made over the last two decades. More than 160 million children below five years of age continue to be chronically malnourished.
(3BL Media/Justmeans) - Mostly, we think of the Internet, the cloud and the explosion of mobile technology as things that save us energy: letting our fingers do the walking, avoiding unnecessary trips, being more precise when we do go looking for something, and buying online. And for the most part, that is the case. Those UPS trucks running up and down your street, even though they are bigger than anything you’re driving (I would hope), they are running a specific route that passes near your house anyway. That makes them more efficient than your going to the store is likely to be. But that is not to say all that convenience comes without a cost.
In 2013, US data centers used 91 billion kWh of electricity. That’s enough to power NYC twice over. That number is expected to grow by half again by 2020. It’s become enough of a concern, that electricity providers have warned that they might not be able to keep up with demand, causing some data center operators to seek their own dedicated power sources, including some, like Apple, Microsoft and Google to use solar or wind power for theirs.
(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Corporate ethics professor Stephen Brenner writes in The Journal of Business Ethics that all organizations have ethics programs, but most do not know that they do. A business ethics program must be made up of values, policies and activities that impact the propriety of organization behaviors. Ignoring ethical values or creating an environment of fear at the workplace can discourage employees from speaking up on ethical matters.
(3BL Media/Justmeans) – World’s leading companies with a strong brand heritage and extensive presence across continents can leverage their power to transform the world for the better. They can drive sustainability not just in terms of mitigating their environmental footprint, but also by making a positive social and cultural impact in the communities where they operate.
Water is necessary for life and it is necessary for business. The World Economic Forum Global Risks 2015 list ranked water crises, including drought, as the number one risk facing humanity.
Guest blog by B Lab
Guest blog by Emma White, Auvisa.org
(3BL Media/Justmeans) – The environmental footprint of global companies has an economic cost that affects their valuations and competitiveness. The risk of environmental damage increases when these companies have a substantial presence in emerging markets. Even institutional investors with significant exposure to emerging markets may have liabilities for unsustainable operations in the developing world.