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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...

3 weeks 1 day 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...

1 month 1 day ago

Guest blog by Jason Howell

The 4th annual CSR Investing Summit, “Summer in the City,” took place last month 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 revenue...

1 month 2 weeks 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...

2 months 2 weeks 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...

2 months 2 weeks 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...

2 months 3 weeks 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...

3 months 3 weeks 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...

3 months 3 weeks ago

Guest blog by Bibi Gratzer

Blue has always been my favourite colour. Maybe because I am oceanophile, maybe because blue is a colour that has both, calming and awakening properties. Maybe also because I am a marine ecologist and would change the name of our planet from Earth to Planet Ocean if I could – 73% of our world is covered by water after all. I had a dream career waiting for me, working for a large International NGO in a developing country for a couple of years. But even though I was living in the dream of others, I wasn’t satisfied with the results of the work I did. Even though I had made great efforts to protect...

4 months 1 week ago

Guest Blog by Tarek Soliman, CDP

Cement is not often at the forefront of investors' minds – unless perhaps they are involved in a property project. However, it is an everyday necessity, and leading cement companies face an enormous challenge in the wake of the Paris Agreement to become compatible with the future transition to a low-carbon economy.

The stakes couldn’t be higher.

The cement industry accounts for 5% of global emissions and research released today by CDP...