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European CFOs Publish Practical Ways to Embrace Sustainable Business
European CFOs Publish Practical Ways to Embrace Sustainable Business

LEADERSHIP - Chief Financial Officers (CFO) from Unilever, Sainsbury's and more than a dozen other large European companies making up the Chief Financial Officer Leadership Network (the Network) have published four guides to help the finance and accounting community address the practical issues of integrating sustainability into their business processes and decisions.Prince Charles’ Accounting for Sustainability Project (A4S) launched the Network in 2013 to bring together leaders in the finance, accounting, and investor communities to drive a shift toward resilient business models and a sustainable economy.

Trending: Big Banks Bringing Sustainable Investing Further Into the Mainstream
Trending: Big Banks Bringing Sustainable Investing Further Into the Mainstream

LEADERSHIP - Investors of every stripe are increasingly using Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) data to design their portfolios. While pension funds, insurance companies and sovereign wealth funds have led early ESG integration, mainstream banks are following suit with significant commitments to sustainable finance. Last month, several prominent banks announced programs that indicate the further maturation of global environmental finance and the Green Bond market.

New Reports Say Sustainable Investment Can Stabilize Global Water Risk, European Economy
New Reports Say Sustainable Investment Can Stabilize Global Water Risk, European Economy

THE NEXT ECONOMY - This week, non-profits Ceres and WWF published resources that provide guidelines for how strategic investment at the private and public level can help avert environmental and economic crises felt the world over. The reports also present compelling arguments for how said environmental crises fuel — and could easily eclipse — the global economic crisis.On Tuesday, Ceres released a report and cheat sheet (right) designed to help global investors improve their analysis and decision-making with regards to water scarcity.

What Makes a Board Fit for the Future?
What Makes a Board Fit for the Future?

NEW METRICS - Any regular follower of SB knows that most companies must transform their business models if they are to start helping - rather than hindering - society's transition to a sustainable future; and this year will only see expectations grow, with the launch of the SDGs.

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Survey: Millennials and Women Leading the Sustainable Investing Charge
Survey: Millennials and Women Leading the Sustainable Investing Charge

BEHAVIOR CHANGE - Seventy-one percent of active individual investors describe themselves as interested in sustainable investing, and nearly two in three (65 percent) believe sustainable investing will become more prevalent over the next five years, according to a new survey by the Morgan Stanley Institute for Sustainable Investing.The Sustainable Signals report examines the attitudes and perceptions of individual investors towards sustainable investing and considers the broader implications for investors, corporations and governments.

Lemons to Lemonade? Turning the Climate Crisis Into a Market Opportunity
Lemons to Lemonade? Turning the Climate Crisis Into a Market Opportunity

MARKETING AND COMMS - As much as climate change is now in regular rotation in the daily news, we’re still a long way from knowing exactly how it will change life as we know it. But as changes become evident, new business opportunities have already presented themselves – take, for example, extinction tourism: The concept surfaced in marketing campaigns in 2008 as companies began offering packages tied to global warming, “using climate change as a marketing pitch, a ‘see it now before it’s gone’ kind of thing,” said Ayako Ezaki, communications director for the International Ecotourism Society at the time.

Report: Global Sustainable Investing Market Surpasses $21 Trillion
Report: Global Sustainable Investing Market Surpasses $21 Trillion

BEHAVIOR CHANGE - The global sustainable investment market has grown “substantially” in the past two years with assets reaching $21.4 trillion by the start of 2014, according to a new report by the Global Sustainable Investment Alliance (GSIA).The Global Sustainable Investment Review 2014 finds that the assets employing sustainable investing strategies have risen from 21.5 percent to 30.2 percent of the professional management assets across the regions covered.

Beyond Incremental: Sustainability Initiative at MIT Sloan Takes Innovation to Scale
Beyond Incremental: Sustainability Initiative at MIT Sloan Takes Innovation to Scale

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Once companies tackle the low-hanging fruit of operational improvement — carbon footprints, energy-efficiency retrofits and waste reduction — they are ready to address deeper sustainability challenges.

Citi Launches $100 Billion Initiative to Combat Climate Change
Citi Launches $100 Billion Initiative to Combat Climate Change

LEADERSHIP - Citi announced a commitment to lend, invest and facilitate a total of $100 billion within the next 10 years to finance activities that reduce the impacts of climate change and create environmental solutions that benefit people and communities. Citi's previous $50 billion goal was met three years early in 2013.

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For Leaders, the Return on Investment on Humility Is Huge
For Leaders, the Return on Investment on Humility Is Huge

LEADERSHIP - If there is one aspect of coaching executive leaders that few truly understand well, it is the nature of humility. If you have been born and bred as an alpha-adult - commanding, controlling, dominating - and this is your leadership style, the very word itself can be perceived as a form of weakness, an undesirable quality in a world where lunch is for wimps.Fine, but for those who have this attitude, there are massive returns on investment for both the individual and their businesses that stand there screaming, while the executive hears and sees nothing.

Danone, Unilever Among 6 Major Companies With Comprehensive Deforestation Policies
Danone, Unilever Among 6 Major Companies With Comprehensive Deforestation Policies

SUPPLY CHAIN - Only six major companies and one investor — Danone, Unilever, Nestlé, Procter & Gamble, Kao Corp., Reckitt Benckiser Group, and financial services giant HSBC — have comprehensive policies in place to protect tropical forests, according to a new ranking by Global Canopy Programme (GCP).

How Cryptocurrency Is Lifting Hope for South Africa's Women
How Cryptocurrency Is Lifting Hope for South Africa's Women

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Digital currency, aka cryptocurrency, is shaking up the financial industry’s entrenched institutions, and now its potential for doing good is dawning — as it enables accountability and financial sovereignty one mobile click at a time.Stellar, a nonprofit building a global digital platform for money transfer, is partnering with open-source text messaging network, Vumi, to empower young women in South Africa in an aptly titled program, Give a Girl a Savings Account.

Closing the Loop on Recycling: Unilever, P&G Aim to Give Communities Greater Access to Recycling Programs
Closing the Loop on Recycling: Unilever, P&G Aim to Give Communities Greater Access to Recycling Programs

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Regardless of where we live, we’re neighbors — sharing this grand global space, and thus all of its sustainability challenges and opportunities.Therefore, we believe we also share in the responsibility to develop solutions, and to work together when our combined resources can have a positive impact that none of us could achieve on our own.

Study: Businesses Strengthening Sustainability Through Collaborations
Study: Businesses Strengthening Sustainability Through Collaborations

COLLABORATION - A growing number of companies are turning to collaborations — with suppliers, NGOs, industry alliances, governments and even competitors — to become more sustainable, according to new research by MIT Sloan Management Review, The Boston Consulting Group and the UN Global Compact.The study, Joining Forces: Collaboration and Leadership for Sustainability, found that, as sustainability issues become increasingly complex, global in nature and pivotal to success, companies are realizing that they can’t make the necessary impact acting alone.

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Shell Endorses Shareholder Resolution That 'Boldly Questions Its Own Business Model'
Shell Endorses Shareholder Resolution That 'Boldly Questions Its Own Business Model'

ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE - Last week, Royal Dutch Shell’s board of directors ratified a shareholder resolution that commits the oil giant to investing in a low-carbon future. The resolution called for the company to commit to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions, invest in renewable energy, scrap bonus systems that are associated with climate-harming activities, and base its business model risk assessment against the widely considered “safe” warming limit of 2ᵒC (as signed by 141 governments at the UN’s Copenhagen Accord).

Solomon to Sustainability Laggards: Catch-Up Will Become Harder to Play
Solomon to Sustainability Laggards: Catch-Up Will Become Harder to Play

THE NEXT ECONOMY - Joel Solomon, a pioneer in social venture capital, is chairman of Renewal Funds, Canada’s largest organization in the sector.With $98m in assets under management, Renewal Funds invests in organic food, responsibly made products and environmental innovations. Its portfolio includes Alter Eco, Aquatic Informatics, Elevation Brands, Sensible Organics, Seventh Generation and Sweet Earth, to name a few.

Delivering on Profit and Purpose – a Job for the CFO?
Delivering on Profit and Purpose – a Job for the CFO?

ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE - Back in 2012, a Deloitte study remarked how chief finance officers (CFOs) were ‘coming to the table’ in matters relating to board-level sustainability. The CFO role has evolved to the point where it is now widely perceived as an enabler for sustainable business – customers, shareholders and other key stakeholders are increasingly looking to connect corporate financial performance to social and environmental impacts, and accountability for this tends to rest at the door of the CFO.

WRI Guide Helps Companies Report Emissions From Low-Carbon Electricity Purchases
WRI Guide Helps Companies Report Emissions From Low-Carbon Electricity Purchases

CLEANTECH - The World Resources Institute (WRI) has unveiled new guidance for companies to measure emissions from purchased electricity.The first major update to the GHG Protocol Corporate Accounting and Reporting Standard responds to the rapid growth of renewable energy and other major shifts in the electricity market, WRI says. The GHG Protocol Scope 2 Guidance provides a consistent, transparent way for companies to show how different types of electricity purchases count toward their emissions targets, and will inform corporate decisions on what kind of energy should power their business.

All Capitals Are Unequal, But Some Are More Unequal Than Others
All Capitals Are Unequal, But Some Are More Unequal Than Others

NEW METRICS - “Price is what you pay, value is what you get”Warren BuffettMoving beyond one-dimensional capitalism“All capitals are unequal, but some are more unequal than others.”This was a thought that popped into my mind after a number of real-life and online conversations about the concept of multiple capitals. This notion proposes that there is a range of sources of value (capitals) that give rise to economic and social benefits, but that current accounting and economic approaches recognise only one — financial capital.

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Canadian City Moves Toward First Closed-Loop Organics Waste Management System
Canadian City Moves Toward First Closed-Loop Organics Waste Management System

WASTE NOT - The Canadian city of Surrey has chosen Iris Solutions to build what the city claims will be the first closed-loop, fully-integrated organics waste management system in North America.The Surrey Biofuels Processing Facility will process 115,000 tons of residual kitchen and garden waste from Surrey each year. The process will create a renewable natural gas which can then be used to power the city’s natural gas waste collection trucks. The facility will also produce a compost product that will be suitable for landscaping and agricultural applications.

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