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Ampersand Nation Rising
Ampersand Nation Rising

10 years ago - “Focus” is having a great run these days. Daniel Goleman’s book on it is excellent. People with focus are able to capture more information, complete tasks sooner, become skilled in a discipline earlier. Malcolm Gladwell has written eloquently about the need to spend 10,000 hours in order to truly master a subject. There’s a lot to be said for single-mindedness.

Disney, Wells Fargo, Google Among U.S. Companies Proactively Pricing Carbon, Says CDP
Disney, Wells Fargo, Google Among U.S. Companies Proactively Pricing Carbon, Says CDP

10 years ago - CDP announced today that 29 major publicly traded companies based in or operating in the U.S. disclosed an internal price on carbon pollution to CDP (formerly known as the Carbon Disclosure Project) in 2013, detailing both the risk and potential business opportunity for early action by their companies. Prices range from $6-60 dollars, and exist at companies spanning all sectors of the economy, including energy, utilities, airlines, technology and the financial industry. Twenty-seven of the companies are listed in the S&P 500, while the other two (BP and Royal Dutch Shell) are foreign-based.

For Those Who’d Rather Give Than Receive, #GivingTuesday Marks True Start to Holiday Season
For Those Who’d Rather Give Than Receive, #GivingTuesday Marks True Start to Holiday Season

10 years ago - While thousands of retailers across the U.S. and cyberspace are dusting their shelves and crossing their fingers for lucrative Black Friday and Cyber Monday takes, respectively, thousands of organizations around the world are gearing up for an event that represents the true spirit of the holiday season, #GivingTuesday.

Sustainia Selects Groundbreaking Water Grid Solution as Best Innovation of 2013
Sustainia Selects Groundbreaking Water Grid Solution as Best Innovation of 2013

10 years ago - Sustainability think tank Sustainia today presented TaKaDu, an Israeli company that produces technology that reduces water distribution losses, with an award honoring the world’s best sustainability innovation.In front of an audience of over 1,000 guests gathered in Copenhagen, TaKaDu was announced winner of the Sustainia Award 2013. TaKaDu was first chosen as the best solution for IT when Sustainia announced its top 10 innovations, out of more than 500 projects and technologies from 79 countries, in September.

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Help Us Help You: Thrive as a Purpose-Driven Brand with New Data, Tools and Success Stories
Help Us Help You: Thrive as a Purpose-Driven Brand with New Data, Tools and Success Stories

10 years ago - Sustainability experts often talk about the need for — and opportunities in — embedding systems thinking and sustainability-driven innovation into every aspect of a business. It sounds quite sexy, but it very often is a long and messy process that takes years, even at companies whose executives ‘get it’ (and that is still a small minority of companies, mind you). Baking significant improvements into product design, manufacturing, supply chain and operations is challenging enough, but not at all the end of the story for companies that want to capture a full set of sustainability benefits.

Microsoft Achieves Carbon Neutrality, Increases Green Energy Use By 70%
Microsoft Achieves Carbon Neutrality, Increases Green Energy Use By 70%

10 years ago - Microsoft says it achieved carbon neutrality after introducing an internal carbon fee for renewable energy and carbon offsets, which led the company to increase the purchase of green energy in the U.S. by 70 percent, from 1.1 billion kilowatt hours (kWh) in 2011 to 1.9 billion kWh in 2012.

Consumers Give Microsoft, Disney, BMW, Google Highest Marks for CSR Performance
Consumers Give Microsoft, Disney, BMW, Google Highest Marks for CSR Performance

10 years ago - For the second year in a row, consumers named Sustainable Brands® corporate member Microsoft the company with the best CSR reputation, according to a new study by corporate reputation management consultancy Reputation Institute. This year, the IT company was joined at the top in a four-way tie with fellow SB member The Walt Disney Company, Google and SB ’13 sponsor BMW.

New NRDC Report Finds Progress on Promises Made at Rio+20, But Calls for More Accountability
New NRDC Report Finds Progress on Promises Made at Rio+20, But Calls for More Accountability

10 years ago - There has been significant progress on many of the key globally negotiated and voluntary commitments made at Rio+20, the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development held in June 2012, according to a new study by the Natural Resources Defense Council and Stakeholder Forum.“Fulfilling the Rio+20 Promises: Reviewing Progress Since the UN Conference on Sustainable Development” is a first-of-its-kind assessment by civil society organizations on progress toward some of the key commitments made at Rio+20.

Ambitious Day Two Agenda Educated and Challenged New Metrics Audience on Next-Generation Practices
Ambitious Day Two Agenda Educated and Challenged New Metrics Audience on Next-Generation Practices

10 years ago - The New Metrics of Sustainable Business Conference convened some of sustainability’s top minds to examine leading-edge work that is expanding the way business creates, quantifies and manages the value it delivers through the metrics it adopts. This is the second of two posts summing up some of this year’s highlights (see the first one here).

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IPCC Confirms Climate Change Caused By Human Action
IPCC Confirms Climate Change Caused By Human Action

10 years ago - Leading scientists around the world are now 95 percent confident that human influence is the dominant cause of global warming, according to the Fifth Assessment Report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), released Friday.Statistically speaking, this means that that the debate is over — climate change is occurring due to human action. As a result of past, present and expected future emissions of carbon dioxide, the effects of climate change will persist for many centuries even if carbon dioxideemissions stop, IPPC says.

Leaders Discuss Private Sector's Role in Mitigating Climate Change at REDD+ Talks: NYC
Leaders Discuss Private Sector's Role in Mitigating Climate Change at REDD+ Talks: NYC

10 years ago - Last Thursday at the Bronx Zoo, the United Nations hosted an event to celebrate the five-year anniversary of the Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD) program and its offshoot REDD+.

The Opportunities in Tackling Climate Change
The Opportunities in Tackling Climate Change

10 years ago - Climate change is a serious challenge for our society and for businesses around the world. As a company, we are focused not only on ways for us to reduce the environmental impact of our business, but also on the important business opportunity climate change presents.

Microsoft, Diageo Among Latest Companies Urging Policymakers to Address Climate Change
Microsoft, Diageo Among Latest Companies Urging Policymakers to Address Climate Change

10 years ago - Business calls for strong climate change action are getting louder. A half-dozen more leading global companies including Microsoft, Owens Corning, Diageo, Thornton Tomasetti, and Acer America Corporation last week joined hundreds of other U.S. businesses in signing the Climate Declaration, which calls on federal policymakers to seize the economic opportunity of addressing climate change, according to CERES.

Carbon Policy: Inside Microsoft's Efforts to Integrate Sustainability Into Its Financial Model
Carbon Policy: Inside Microsoft's Efforts to Integrate Sustainability Into Its Financial Model

10 years ago - Originally written for and published on CSRwire's Commentary section, Talkback, on September 12, 2013.On July 1, 2012, Microsoft issued a new corporate policy across 14 business divisions in over 100 countries: Every division would now be accountable for its carbon emissions.

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Ecosystem Services & Corporate Sustainability: Integrating the Value of Forests Into Business with REDD+
Ecosystem Services & Corporate Sustainability: Integrating the Value of Forests Into Business with REDD+

10 years ago - Ecosystem services — or the flows of natural capital from the environment into human economies and societies – have traditionally been thought of and treated as ‘free,’ resulting in their mismanagement and degradation. Emerging research is beginning to change this paradigm by quantifying the values of ecosystem service flows — and the implications are becoming especially relevant for corporations.

13 New Types of Data Analysis Every Business Should Consider
13 New Types of Data Analysis Every Business Should Consider

10 years ago - As many stakeholders — including investors, employees and consumers — begin to re-evaluate their perception of value, it is becoming imperative for companies of all industries to credibly measure, analyze and interpret the entire range of costs and benefits for which they are responsible. Below are 13 fairly (as of yet) uncommon types of data analysis that help businesses do just that. You have nothing to lose and much to gain by learning how to:

Intel, Microsoft and Kohl’s Top EPA’s Green Power Rankings
Intel, Microsoft and Kohl’s Top EPA’s Green Power Rankings

10 years ago - Intel recently topped the Environmental Protection Agency’s Green Power list of partner organizations utilizing renewable energy. The technology and telecom company uses renewables such as biogas, biomass, small-hydro, solar and wind to generate more than 3.1 billion kilowatt-hours (kWh) of clean energy each year.Microsoft came in second, producing just under 2 billion kWh, and Kohl's a close third, generating over 1.5 billion kWh.

#BetheStart Campaign - Week 4: Smarter Travel
#BetheStart Campaign - Week 4: Smarter Travel

10 years ago - With transport now the fastest growing source of greenhouse gas emissions in the UK, sustainable travel can make a significant contribution to mitigating the effects of climate change.

Puma, Microsoft Call For Forest Protection To Combat Climate Change at REDD+ Talks
Puma, Microsoft Call For Forest Protection To Combat Climate Change at REDD+ Talks

11 years ago - Corporate leaders and experts on global warming and climate change policy came together on Earth Day in Sausalito, California for REDD+ Talks, an inaugural event focused on how emissions from deforestation contributes to global warming and how this will affect the business world.

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Cisco, Google Top Greenpeace's Cool IT Leaderboard for Energy Innovation
Cisco, Google Top Greenpeace's Cool IT Leaderboard for Energy Innovation

11 years ago - “Tech giants have the capacity to lead society to cleaner, smarter energy systems, as both Cisco and Google have demonstrated,” announced Greenpeace International Senior IT analyst Gary Cook. The two companies tied for first place in a recent evaluation of the top 21 IT and telecom firms that prioritize energy solutions to climate change as a core aspect of their business model.