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Even as many big corporations make progress on their sustainability goals, serious gaps remain on how they continue to facilitate sexual exploitation

Companies Touting Sustainability Efforts Make List of Companies Facilitating Sexual Exploitation

The National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE) recently launched its 2019 Dirty Dozen List of companies and entities that facilitate sexual exploitation in the U.S. Four of the companies on the list tout their sustainability programs. Those companies are Amazon, Google, Twitter, and United Airlines. There is a serious disconnect with these companies between their sustainability efforts and their efforts…

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Water Efficiency for Business

Much too often the narrative for business about sustainability centers on immediate costs. Claims that it is too costly or complicated to adopt sensible strategies to increase efficiency, conserve resources, and reduce environmental impact is simply not true. This infographic, courtesy of Illinois-based Dober, shows five simple examples for improving water efficiency at low or now cost. Dober

The world needs more corporate transparency

Why the World Needs More Corporate Transparency

There are powerful social, environmental and economic implications associated with transparency. Corporations are not the only ones that should be concerned about transparency; governments, employees, consumers and the whole of civil society all have a stake. Transparency is about open access to an organization’s activities and this has implications for everything from climate change to the bottom line. Starbuck’s CEO Howard Schultz effectively communicated the…

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Five Ways Supply Chain Leadership Can Improve Sustainability

Guest post by Michael Koploy Take a look at some of the largest companies in the world–Apple, Nike, Walmart, Toyota–and you’ll find some of the most sophisticated, complicated supply chains. Today, consumers and shareholders alike are taking a deeper look into these supply chains and asking for businesses to increase visibility and promote responsibility throughout its networks. According to a…

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TD Bank Group Launches TD Forests Conservation Initiative, Highlighting ‘Deep Roots’ in Environmental Sustainability

With severe drought conditions threatening US forests and agriculture for a second-year running, Canada’s TD Bank Group today announced TD Forests, a forest conservation program that in addition to unifying the bank’s longstanding forest conservation community programs “under one canopy,” also includes “a major conservation and education program to protect critical forest habitat across North America.”

Climate change and pension funds

Climate Change a Growing Factor in Pension Funds’ Strategic Asset Management Allocation

Climate change is a fundamental factor in strategic asset allocation and risk management decisions being made by more than half the institutional investors participating in Mercer’s ‘Climate Change Scenarios – Strategic Asset Allocation’ project.

Strategic Environmental Philanthropy

Businesses are often perceived as environmentally destructive forces, but they can also be powerful models of change. An organization that addresses societal needs can at the same time advance business interests. Strategic philanthropy emerged in the 1980s as a management practice to support social responsibility in organizations in the United States. Strategic philanthropy is defined by Dr. Linda Ferrell as “the synergistic use of organizational core…

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