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New Sustainability Reports Highlight Companies' Progress in Events, Flooring Industries
New Sustainability Reports Highlight Companies' Progress in Events, Flooring Industries

ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE - MCI, a leading agency in the global meetings, events and association and congress industries, used its sixth sustainability report, Building Possibilities, to assess the performance of MCI’s client-focused activities in addition to its own internal sustainability strategy.

UN Secretary-General Calls on Businesses to Help Finance Sustainable Development
UN Secretary-General Calls on Businesses to Help Finance Sustainable Development

LEADERSHIP - Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday called on the corporate community “to be our partners in supporting and financing this agenda” at a global conference on financing for development.The International Business Forum in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia was tasked with finding resources for a 17-point, 15-year UN plan on meeting human needs, protecting the planet and ending poverty. These Sustainable Development Goals will be up for final approval at the UN General Assembly in September.

Investors Worth $1.5 Trillion Support Federal Methane Emissions Reduction Plan
Investors Worth $1.5 Trillion Support Federal Methane Emissions Reduction Plan

LEADERSHIP - Leading investors representing $1.5 trillion in assets under management released a statement of support on Thursday for a strong federal standard to reduce methane emissions from the oil and gas industry, according to Ceres. The White House’s proposal, released in January 2015, would cut methane emissions from the oil and gas industry by 45 percent below 2012 levels by the year 2025. A draft rule is expected this summer.

Lexmark Predicts Connected Future Built on ‘Economy of Use’
Lexmark Predicts Connected Future Built on ‘Economy of Use’

CLEANTECH - The emerging Internet of Things (IoT) space represents one of the most disruptive, yet lucrative, forces in the business world today. Research by McKinsey & Co estimates that IoT technology offers a potential economic impact of $3.9 trillion to $11.1 trillion a year by 2025. At the top end, that level of value would be equivalent to about 11 percent of the world economy.

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Report: Sustainability Innovation Powering Business Growth
Report: Sustainability Innovation Powering Business Growth

NEW METRICS - Revenues from company-defined portfolios of sustainable products and services grew by 91 percent between 2010 and 2013, according to a new report by The Conference Board, a public interest research association.For S&P Global 100 companies that break out revenue for sustainable products or services separately, that revenue stream grew at six times the rate of overall company results.

Trending: New Benchmark, Indices Show Continued Momentum Behind Impact Investing
Trending: New Benchmark, Indices Show Continued Momentum Behind Impact Investing

NEW METRICS - Private impact investment funds — specifically private equity and venture capital funds — that pursue social impact objectives have recorded financial returns in line with a comparative universe of funds that only pursue financial returns, according to a first-of-its-kind analysis from global investment advisor Cambridge Associates (CA) and the Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN).

Wells Fargo, USCM Honor Cities for Best Neighborhood Stabilization Programs
Wells Fargo, USCM Honor Cities for Best Neighborhood Stabilization Programs

LEADERSHIP - The mayors of Baltimore, MD, Little Rock, AR and West Sacramento, CA have been recognized with top honors in an awards program administered by The U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) and funded by the Wells Fargo Foundation.Presented Monday at USCM’s 83rd Annual Meeting in San Francisco, the 2015 CommunityWINS (Working/Investing in Neighborhood Stabilization) Grant Program includes monetary grants to city-based non-profit organizations and recognizes mayors for exemplary leadership in developing local programs that promote long-term economic prosperity and improve the quality of life for residents in three categories: neighborhood stabilization, economic development and job creation.

A Planetisation of Finance: The Earth as a Going Concern
A Planetisation of Finance: The Earth as a Going Concern

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - “We have statesmen and politicians who profess to guide our destinies. Whither are they guiding our destinies?”— H.G WellsValuing continuing existenceIn recent decades considerable effort has been invested into describing and identifying the planet’s natural environment in terms that can be appreciated and integrated into the language of economics and finance.

Verb Secures $2.3M in Seed Funding to Help Social Entrepreneurs Solve 'Wicked' Problems
Verb Secures $2.3M in Seed Funding to Help Social Entrepreneurs Solve 'Wicked' Problems

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Social enterprise Verb has closed $2.3 million in series seed funding — one of the largest rounds ever for an Austin-based social enterprise, according to a recent announcement.The investment capital will be used to fund global expansion, platform development and strategic hires, the company says. Recent additions to the company include a chief operating officer and chief creative officer, and Verb says it expects to continue to grow the team throughout the year.

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Lego Group Investing $150M in R&D for Sustainable Materials
Lego Group Investing $150M in R&D for Sustainable Materials

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - This week, LEGO Group announced an investment of 1 billion Danish Kroner (~US$152 million) in the research, development and implementation of sustainable raw materials to manufacture LEGO® toys and packaging materials.

Thread Raises $3.5M to Scale Transformation of Trash Into Dignified Jobs, Useful Products
Thread Raises $3.5M to Scale Transformation of Trash Into Dignified Jobs, Useful Products

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Pittsburgh-based startup Thread announced today it has closed a Series A Round of $2.8M, led by Draper Triangle Ventures, to create upcycled fabric from plastic waste collected in developing countries. The financing, which completes a $3.5M funding cycle, will help expand production capabilities, while growing data and content collection throughout Thread’s unprecedentedly clean, transparent supply chain.

Ceres Releases Water Risk Disclosure Search Tool
Ceres Releases Water Risk Disclosure Search Tool

CLEANTECH - Ceres has released a new search tool that enables users to access water risk disclosures in company filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).The SEC Sustainability Disclosure Search tool allows users to find disclosures in 4,500 U.S. companies’ annual filings relating to water availability, scarcity, quality, pollution, regulation and innovation. The tool covers 10-K filings from 2009 to the present and helps stakeholders, including investors, companies, academics and analysts, better understand how businesses are measuring, managing and disclosing material water risks and opportunities.

Morgan Stanley Closes Issuance of Inaugural $500 Million Green Bond
Morgan Stanley Closes Issuance of Inaugural $500 Million Green Bond

MARKETING AND COMMS - Morgan Stanley has announced that it closed on the issuance of a $500 million green bond, its first green bond, as part of the company’s strategy to advance market-based solutions to social and environmental challenges.Funds equal to the net proceeds of Morgan Stanley’s green bond will be allocated to various renewable energy and energy efficiency projects. Much of these funds will correspond with investments in existing and future third-party renewable energy projects, primarily wind farms, including Route 66 Wind, a 150 MW wind farm under construction in Texas, and Rattlesnake Wind Energy Center, a 207 MW wind power project also under construction in Texas.

Back to the Roots Discusses $2 Million Investment From Top Food, Tech CEOs
Back to the Roots Discusses $2 Million Investment From Top Food, Tech CEOs

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Oakland-based food startup B​ack to the Roots (BTTR) today ​announced the close of its first round of funding, raising $2 million to accelerate its mission to undo food and build the “new Kraft Foods.”

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Norwegian Government Makes Largest Coal Divestment in History
Norwegian Government Makes Largest Coal Divestment in History

BEHAVIOR CHANGE - The Norwegian parliament has unanimously voted for the Norwegian Government Pension Fund (GPFG) to adopt strong divestment criteria for companies involved in coal mining and coal fired utilities, including 49 companies and subsidiaries based in the United States.The GPFG is the world’s largest sovereign wealth fund and the new criteria will most likely force it to divest from 122 companies totaling $8.7 billion, according to calculations made by Urgewald, Greenpeace and Future in Our Hands.The exclusion criteria states that any company deriving more than 30 percent of its activity from coal will be excluded from GPFG’s portfolio, including both coal mining and coal fired utilities.

ASU report details green schools roadmap for Albania
ASU report details green schools roadmap for Albania

PRESS RELEASE - TIRANA, Albania – A new Arizona State University study outlining a national plan for energy-efficient schools throughout Albania determined that the nation's education system could be transformed through a series of innovative sustainable repairs and improvements to its 3,300 schools. The study was presented on June 4 by ASU sustainability scientists at a special event in Tirana with Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama, Minister of Education and Sports Lindita Nikolla.

Building 'a Single Version of the Truth': How BASF, thinkstep Are Scaling Sustainable Portfolio Management, Part 1
Building 'a Single Version of the Truth': How BASF, thinkstep Are Scaling Sustainable Portfolio Management, Part 1

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - On Wednesday at SB ’15 San Diego, BASF and thinkstep announced their collaboration in marketing the Sustainable Solution Steering method developed by BASF for sustainable portfolio management. The two organizations have signed a licensing agreement that extends their existing partnership to support BASF customers and other organizations in assessing and steering their product portfolio in line with sustainability criteria.

#SB15sd: How to Design One-Click Impact Investment Opportunities for Employees
#SB15sd: How to Design One-Click Impact Investment Opportunities for Employees

ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE - Tuesday, day two of SB ‘15 San Diego, marked a transition from workshops to breakout sessions and this morning’s session on practical tips and case studies for employee engagement featured a star-studded lineup of experts from Kiva, Google, HP and HIP Investor.We kicked things off with a welcome from WeSpire, host sponsor of the “Workplace of the Future” track, who asked the question: How do we give employees the opportunity to bring their best selves to work?

Mars, J&J, P&G and a Dozen Other Consumer Brands Join Investors in Pressing RSPO for Stricter Standards
Mars, J&J, P&G and a Dozen Other Consumer Brands Join Investors in Pressing RSPO for Stricter Standards

SUPPLY CHAIN - Today, institutional investors representing more than $4 trillion in assets are joining Mars, PepsiCo, Kellogg Company and a dozen other giants from the food/beverage and personal care industries to call on the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) to strengthen its standards for certifying the sustainable production of palm oil. Palm oil is found in an estimated 50 percent of all packaged goods, from cosmetics to candy.

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How Can We Operationalize Business Transparency?
How Can We Operationalize Business Transparency?

ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE - The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently voted 3-2 on a proposed rule to link CEO compensation to company financial performance. The rule came from the 2010 Dodd-Frank Act, and while the information required in the rule is already publicly available, the rule would make it more transparent and simpler for stakeholders to find and understand.

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