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2 weeks 2 days ago

Guest blog by Michael Bloomberg, Bloomberg L.P.

Since our founding in 1981, Bloomberg has been guided by the principle that making markets more transparent empowers investors, fuels entrepreneurs, and supports economic growth. As new developments in markets arise, we are committed to making sure that our clients have the tools they need to understand them—and act on them. Sustainability, especially as it relates to climate change, is a great example.

In recent years, we have taken a number of steps to enhance the data on sustainability that our products provide. We’ve added Environmental, Social...


1 month 4 days ago

Guest blog by Nancy Himmelfarb, NJH Sustainability Consulting

Pop star Justin Bieber asks “What do you mean?”

Consumers ask the same question when they see and hear corporate sustainability communications that are generic and uncompelling or misleading and incomplete.

It’s that consumer confusion that prompted me to look closely at pain points experienced by brands and to create the three Vs of sustainability communication™.

This...


1 month 2 weeks ago

Guest Blog by Jerin Arifa

(3BL Media/Justmeans) - On International Women’s Day, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Center for Corporate Citizenship organized a thought-provoking panel on why and how businesses can increase financial inclusion for women while boosting their profit margins. There were several outstanding examples of how this innovative approach works in actual practice.

Photo: Lipscomb and Marcela Hahn, Executive Director, Strategic Partnerships, CARE 

Exhibit A: As the number...


1 month 2 weeks ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) - Over 1,000 Walgreens stores and offices will switch off all unnecessary lights to support Earth Hour, which takes place this Saturday, March 19, from 8:30 – 9:30 pm. Last year’s participation saved an amount of electricity equal to powering 30,000 homes for an hour.

“Walgreens is committed to reducing energy consumption,” says Monica Ferrer, senior manager of Energy and Utilities. “Earth Hour and other initiatives that lower carbon emissions impact our environment and ultimately help people across the world lead healthier and happier lives.”

Walgreens’ support of Earth Hour...


2 months 5 days ago

Guest blog by Dave Armon

Despite warnings that millennials are only interested in saving the world, recent college graduates are actually focused almost exclusively on getting their first job, says the chief purpose officer of accounting giant Pricewaterhouse Coopers.

The urge by Generation Y to do more than earning a paycheck does not manifest itself in dramatic fashion until 18 months into a new position, when they get itchy to change jobs, Shannon Schuyler told attendees at the GreenBiz sustainability conference in Phoenix.

“Is sitting in this cube...


2 months 6 days ago

Guest blog by Brigg Patten

Social responsibility is a set of ethical ground rules that an organization or individual has an obligation to the community or society at large. It stipulates a duty for every individual to perform so it maintains a balance between the ecosystems and economy. It focuses on the idea that companies should not be focused only on profit, but developing a positive relationship to the society which they operate out of. Generally, green companies have made social responsibility an integral part of their operations.

Some investors use a company’s social...


2 months 1 week ago


Guest blog by Tane Clark

Energy efficiency is defined as ‘’using less energy to provide the same service." In 2016, energy efficiency is a primary concern for many countries. With diminishing fossil fuel resources and rapid population growth, there are several reasons why countries all over the globe are looking to improve their energy efficiency. Not only is energy efficiency important for environmental matters – it is also linked with economic competitiveness. By many measures, an economy’s level of efficiency is a significant indicator of its proclivity to modernise.There are countless ways that companies can...


2 months 3 weeks ago

 

Blog by Hazel Henderson, Ethical Markets Media

Since the crises of 2008, the global financial system has shaken many societies, causing job losses, homelessness, sluggish economies, overhangs of unrepayable debt with central banks trying stimulative exercises to substitute for failing fiscal policies and political will.  Financial markets retreated into risk-averse, short-termism while needed long-term investments in infrastructure maintenance and redevelopment stalled.  Meanwhile, risks in the real world proliferated: water shortages, severe weather events and...


2 months 3 weeks ago

Earlier this year, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack proclaimed that "There is incredible opportunity for highly skilled jobs in agriculture." He was referring to a report by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Purdue University, which showed significant demand for recent college graduates with agriculture-related degrees. Specifically, the report estimates there are 57,900 openings in the U.S. annually in related fields — food, agriculture, natural resources and environment — but only 35,400 qualified U.S. graduates annually. That's 22,500 unfilled roles annually. ...


2 months 3 weeks ago

Blog by Kendyl Salcito, NomoGaia

Sugar. It’s such a labor-intensive crop that it drove the slave industry in the Caribbean for decades. Even in the two centuries since then, sugar has been at the center of allegations of forced labor, child labor and deadly working conditions.

Belize is home to perhaps the world’s most ethical sugar supply chain. It is nearly 100% certified by Fairtrade, from seed planting through sugar refinement — and on to rum production and ice cream churning.

Belize’s sugar industry is not without its issues, but the labor...


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