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2 weeks 4 days ago

Guest blog by Hazel Henderson

Surprising most pundits, Trump seems to be a Keynesian.  The growing consensus in the US and most countries sees a better chance to shift to fiscal policies, stimulating their economies with needed infrastructure spending.  The fragility of the global economy and legacy financial systems can no longer rely on central banks and fiat currencies to restore their flagging GDP-growth recipes. Growing ranks of green, low-carbon investors, pension funds can now step in and shape infrastructure spending to foster healthier forms of growth beyond GDP.  These are in the United Nations’ (UN)...


1 month 3 days ago

Interview by Kelly Eisenhardt

(3BL Media/Justmeans) - In a world that has long relied on business and science to make a better and healthier planet, we see traditional disciplines embracing collaboration with artists to gain new perspectives in solving the world’s problems. Impact investors have been looking for similar opportunities in the creative economy, but there have been none – until now.

Laura Callanan is the founding partner of Upstart Co-Lab, a nonprofit connecting artists, industry leaders, and investors to solve social challenges. She is the former senior deputy chairman of the National Endowment for...


1 month 2 weeks ago

Guest Blog by Tamara Barker, UPS 

In today’s world, the basic model for the production of goods is linear: natural resources are extracted and turned into products that are used for a limited time. While some of these products are recycled, most eventually end up in the world’s landfills. This model is becoming increasingly unsustainable and expensive for businesses. Commodity prices rose more than 150 percent between 2002 and 2010 and an additional...


2 months 1 week ago

Guest blog by Tina Hodges

When I was young, my parents taught me that helping other people is a part of life—if you’re fortunate enough to have, you should give to people who don’t. That’s why I believe that as business owners, it’s our responsibility to give back to our communities. But, managing corporate giving can be a full-time job, and that may mean that it’s time to create a separate entity to facilitate it.

My husband and I have been running our business together for 16 years. As the company grew, so did our passion to give back to our community. At a holiday event in 2012, the Executive Director of one of...


2 months 2 weeks ago

 

Guest blog by Jason Howell

The 4th annual CSR Investing Summit, “Summer in the City,” took place over the summer in New York City. Produced by S-Network Global Indexes and co-sponsored by The SRI Conference, the full-day conference featured expert practitioners and thought leaders who shared their experiences and viewpoints on how to define, manage, and measure responsible investing. Additionally, the Summit featured eight panels addressing a wide range of topics related to CSR investing including ESG as a risk mitigation tool, the state of ESG data in 2016, reputation risk, making ESG data investor grade, and the...


3 months 1 week ago

Guest blog by Joss Tantram

Recent years have shown us, through economic uncertainty and growing inequality, that our current systems are far from perfect. With a clearer picture of the challenges of the next few decades evolving, and an emergent global movement for delivering shared goals such as the UN Sustainable Development Goals, we need to both address the instabilities of our current systems and...


4 months 3 days ago

Guest blog by Audrey Ball

Monsanto shares the goal of advancing sustainability in business and has joined with other corporations, academics, and policymakers in the commitment to build on progress made at the 21st annual United Nations Climate Conference in Paris this past December. Two Monsanto leaders – Gabriela Burian, sustainable agriculture global...


4 months 6 days ago

Guest blog by Yaniv Vardi

It isn’t hard to understand the thinking behind early architecture. Dangerous neighbors called for high, sturdy walls. Nomadic lifestyles called for tents. Colder climates called for fireplaces, which called for chimneys. Whatever the circumstances of life or geography, chances are we had a building for it.

Most of those structures evolved with the introduction of steel, concrete, glass and other building materials, turning over towering cityscapes unrecognizable to those who came before. The goal of construction, however, remained the same: to keep those inside safe, comfortable and...


4 months 1 week ago

Guest blog by Sarah McAuley, EnerNOC

An increasing number of enterprises are focused on going 100% renewable, driven in large part by the recent push to established science-based carbon reduction goals. Three of the supporting energy strategy trends to help enterprises achieve these goals are Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs), Virtual PPAs, and Renewable Energy Certificates. None of these is probably a term that comes tripping off the tongue of the average businessperson.

But understanding these wonky terms can be essential to fully appreciating the benefits of a holistic energy strategy through the lens of what...


5 months 1 week ago

Guest blog by Robb Fraley

This week, the annual Aspen Ideas Festival is happening in Aspen, Colo. The Festival  attracts a unique mix of thought leaders  for conversations on a wide range of topics, but one topic in particular has brought Monsanto to the table as a sponsor: The Future of Food: Our Planet, Our Plates.

At Monsanto, we are dedicated to helping provide the world’s farmers with the tools they need to grow food for a balanced meal today and in the future. Everyone agrees we need to produce food more sustainably: growing enough food while using...


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