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What Is the Payoff from Product Sustainability Investments?
What Is the Payoff from Product Sustainability Investments?

NEW METRICS - Those of us in the field may share a deep-seated belief that sustainability efforts across the product value chain pay clear dividends — but it’s nice to have proof.

Citibank: Tackling Climate Change Would Create Positive ROI for the Global Economy
Citibank: Tackling Climate Change Would Create Positive ROI for the Global Economy

NEW METRICS - Taking action to mitigate climate change by investing in a low-carbon energy mix will save more money in the long run than inaction, even before accounting for savings from avoided climate damage costs, according to a new report by Citi Global Perspectives & Solutions (GPS), a division within Citibank.

At Last, a Business Case for CSR That Even Milton Friedman Could Love -- The Sustainability Effect!
At Last, a Business Case for CSR That Even Milton Friedman Could Love -- The Sustainability Effect!

NEW METRICS - Way back in 1962, Nobel Prize-winning economist Milton Friedman famously proclaimed, “… there is one and only one social responsibility of business — to use its resources and engage in activities designed to increase its profits …” And while most of us in the CSR and sustainability worlds have tended to recoil in horror at those words, some of us have no less earnestly longed for a way to live up to them. Isn’t it possible, we’ve asked, for sustainability to be good for society, the environment and shareholder value, all at the same time? What better way to achieve sustainability in commerce, that is, than to disarm its most formidable foe - the presumed lack of a business case?

Trending: Promising Innovations, Public Sector Momentum Around Solar in the US
Trending: Promising Innovations, Public Sector Momentum Around Solar in the US

CLEANTECH - President Obama made several announcements on Monday at the National Clean Energy Summit in Las Vegas, mainly related to executive actions under the Clean Power Plan. New financial commitments include $1 billion in loan guarantees for “innovative” energy projects, $220 million in energy-saving activities for veterans and low-income households, and $24 million for 11 solar panel technology development projects.

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Global Investors Urging Food, Beverage Companies to Better Manage Water Risks
Global Investors Urging Food, Beverage Companies to Better Manage Water Risks

BEHAVIOR CHANGE - Amid growing concerns over escalating water scarcity and pollution risks, more than 60 leading North American and European institutional investors, collectively managing $2.6 trillion in assets, sent joint letters to 15 food and beverage companies last week calling for increased water risk management and disclosure practices.

#BusinessCase: CalPERS, CalSTRS Report $5.1B Losses on Fossil Fuel Investments
#BusinessCase: CalPERS, CalSTRS Report $5.1B Losses on Fossil Fuel Investments

THE NEXT ECONOMY - A new report from Trillium Asset Management finds that California’s two major public pension funds, the largest in the nation, lost a combined $5.1 billion on fossil fuel-related investments last year. The California Public Employee’s Retirement System (CalPERS) posted a 28 percent decline on its oil and gas portfolio, while the California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS) lost 27 percent on a similar set of investments for the fiscal year ending June 30th. Over the same period, most other stock investments held by the two pension funds rose.

Ingersoll Rand Debuts on FTSE4Good Index Series
Ingersoll Rand Debuts on FTSE4Good Index Series

MARKETING AND COMMS - Irish global diversified industrial company Ingersoll Rand has been added to the FTSE4Good Index Series, an equity index series designed to facilitate investment in companies that meet globally recognized corporate responsibility standards.The company, which claims to make “comfortable, sustainable and efficient environments,” was independently assessed according to the FTSE4Good criteria, and satisfied the requirements to become a constituent of the index.Created by the global index company FTSE Group, FTSE4Good companies must meet stringent environmental, social and governance criteria.

WWF Combines Finance With Conservation to Protect Sumatran Rainforest
WWF Combines Finance With Conservation to Protect Sumatran Rainforest

COLLABORATION - Through an ambitious project model combining innovative financing approaches with traditional conservation, World Wildlife Fund (WWF), Frankfurt Zoological Society (FZS) and The Orangutan Project (TOP) are partnering with local communities to actively manage Thirty Hills, 100,000 acres of former logging forest in Sumatra, Indonesia.

USDA Invests $63M to Support Renewables and Energy Efficiency
USDA Invests $63M to Support Renewables and Energy Efficiency

CLEANTECH - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on Friday announced $63 million in loans and grants for 264 renewable energy and energy efficiency projects nationwide that USDA is supporting through its Rural Energy for America Program (REAP).Eligible agricultural producers and rural small businesses may use REAP funds to make energy efficiency improvements or install renewable energy systems, including solar, wind, renewable biomass, small hydroelectric, ocean energy, hydrogen and geothermal.

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5 Evolving Reasons Every Business Should Care About #NewMetrics
5 Evolving Reasons Every Business Should Care About #NewMetrics

NEW METRICS - If you are a regular or even semi-regular reader of Sustainable Brands, you are likely familiar with our New Metrics (#NewMetrics) events and publications.

Investor-Spurned Startup Turns to the Crowd to Fund Eco-Friendly Lunch Box
Investor-Spurned Startup Turns to the Crowd to Fund Eco-Friendly Lunch Box

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - San Francisco Bay Area startup ECOlunchbox has launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise $30,000 to bring to market its Blue Water Bento collection, a new line of lunch containers that combine no-leak silicone lids with non-toxic stainless steel bottoms.

Trending: Reports Show #BusinessCase for Sustainable Forestry, While Banks Still Need to Recognize Value
Trending: Reports Show #BusinessCase for Sustainable Forestry, While Banks Still Need to Recognize Value

SUPPLY CHAIN - A new WWF cost-benefit analysis released today of Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification on a cross-section of forest operators finds that tropical and small or medium producers, regardless of geography, can benefit significantly from attaining FSC certification.

Stakeholders Applaud Biggest U.S.' Carbon Emission-Reduction Measure in History
Stakeholders Applaud Biggest U.S.' Carbon Emission-Reduction Measure in History

BEHAVIOR CHANGE - Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the final version of its Clean Power Plan, the nation’s first-ever limits on carbon emissions from power plants — the single largest source of U.S. global warming pollution.

365 Companies, Investors Send Letters Announcing Support for EPA's Clean Power Plan
365 Companies, Investors Send Letters Announcing Support for EPA's Clean Power Plan

THE NEXT ECONOMY - In an unprecedented show of business support for tackling climate change, 365 companies and investor groups sent letters today to more than two dozen governors across the United States voicing their support for the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan for existing power plants and encouraging the state’s “timely finalization” of state implementation plans to meet the new standards.The letter, organized by sustainability advocacy group Ceres, comes just days before the expected finalization of the rule aimed at reducing U.S. power plant carbon pollution by 30 percent by 2030.

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Co-operative Bank Upholds ‘Beyond Carbon Neutral’ Commitment, Customer-Led Ethical Policy
Co-operative Bank Upholds ‘Beyond Carbon Neutral’ Commitment, Customer-Led Ethical Policy

ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE - The UK-based Co-operative Bank has published its first Values and Ethics report, highlighting its significant environmental achievements, along with progress against its customer-led Ethical Policy, established in 1992. It is the only UK bank to have an ethical policy co-created by customers, and views this policy as essential to its comeback after its financial collapse in 2014.

Faith-Based Investors Support National Legislation Mandating Corporate Disclosures on Trafficking, Slavery Risks
Faith-Based Investors Support National Legislation Mandating Corporate Disclosures on Trafficking, Slavery Risks

LEADERSHIP - The Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility (ICCR), a coalition of 300 investors with assets under management of over $100 billion, along with Calvert Investments and Christian Brothers Investment Services, commend Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and Congressman Chris Smith (R-NJ) for this week’s introduction of The Business Supply Chain Transparency on Trafficking and Slavery Act of 2015 in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Bank of America Expands Environmental Business Initiative to $125B by 2025
Bank of America Expands Environmental Business Initiative to $125B by 2025

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - This week, Bank of America (BoA) pledged to expand its $50 billion investment in low-carbon business to $125 billion by 2025, signaling its leadership in environmental finance.BoA’s environmental commitment focuses on addressing energy efficiency, renewable energy and transportation, and other critical areas including water conservation, land use and waste.Over the next 10 years, the bank’s environmental business initiative will support lending, investing, capital raising, advisory services and client financing solutions.

Apple, Google, Walmart Among 13 U.S. Companies Pledging $140B for Climate Action
Apple, Google, Walmart Among 13 U.S. Companies Pledging $140B for Climate Action

COLLABORATION - Yesterday marked the launch of the American Business Act on Climate Pledge, uniting 13 of the largest U.S. companies in pledging a collective $140 billion of low-carbon investments in the global economy and over 1,600 MW of new renewable energy. The high-profile pledge is the latest indicator that the White House is succeeding in its effort to garner private-sector support for a substantive climate agreement at COP21.

TruValue Labs Expands ESG Monitoring to NYSE and NASDAQ
TruValue Labs Expands ESG Monitoring to NYSE and NASDAQ

CLEANTECH - Information technology company TruValue Labs has announced a major update to Insight360, a technology-based platform offering real-time environmental, social, and governance (ESG) and sustainability data.The new release allows the tool to substantially increased its coverage, from the 500 largest companies to now over 5,000 publicly traded companies in the United States, representing all companies that are traded on the NYSE and NASDAQ exchanges.

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Trending: HP, Other Tech Giants Making Huge Investments in Wind Energy
Trending: HP, Other Tech Giants Making Huge Investments in Wind Energy

CLEANTECH - Technology giants are making strides towards a sustainable cloud: in the past two weeks, HP, Facebook and Amazon announced significant investments in wind energy.HP’s first utility-scale renewable energy purchase involves a 12-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with SunEdison for 112 megawatts (MW) of wind energy, which will power 100 percent of its Texas-based data center operations.

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