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Circulate Capital Incubator Network to Accelerate Ocean Plastic Solutions in Asia
Circulate Capital Incubator Network to Accelerate Ocean Plastic Solutions in Asia

THE NEXT ECONOMY - Circulate Capital, the impact-focused investment management firm dedicated to financing companies, projects and infrastructure that prevent ocean plastic; and SecondMuse, a global business accelerator that works with local stakeholders, leading corporations and government agencies to build resilient economies, today announced the launch of The Incubator Network by Circulate Capital and SecondMuse, a new initiative to accelerate solutions to ocean plastic waste by partnering with existing incubators t

Lenders Focus on SMEs Playing a Giant Global Role
Lenders Focus on SMEs Playing a Giant Global Role

FINANCE & INVESTMENT - As the world’s focus turns to the opening of the United Nations’ 73rd session of the General Assembly, attention will turn to the state of progress on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), an overarching set of aims intended to improve environmental, economic and social conditions by 2030.

Stanley Black & Decker Recognized as Global Sustainability Leader on 2018 Dow Jones Sustainability Indices
Stanley Black & Decker Recognized as Global Sustainability Leader on 2018 Dow Jones Sustainability Indices

PRESS RELEASE - Stanley Black & Decker (NYSE :SWK) today announced that it has earned the distinction of being a component of the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index (DJSI) by S&P Dow Jones Indices and RobecoSAM.

GCAS: 400 Investors, Salesforce & Friends 'Step Up' to Ensure Climate Turning Point by 2020
GCAS: 400 Investors, Salesforce & Friends 'Step Up' to Ensure Climate Turning Point by 2020

COLLABORATION - Today, among a flurry of big announcements at the Global Climate Action Summit (GCAS) in San Francisco, Salesforce announced its leadership in the creation of the Step Up Declaration and strategic corporate commitments to help catalyze a climate turning point by 2020.

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California Mandates 2 Largest Pension Funds Factor Climate Risk into Investments
California Mandates 2 Largest Pension Funds Factor Climate Risk into Investments

FINANCE & INVESTMENT - Big news from California: The state legislature has just passed a bill, SB 964, that requires two massive pension funds run by the state, the California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS) and the California State Teachers' Retirement System (CalSTRS), to factor in climate-related financial risk and report progress both on that, and towards meeting the goals of the Paris Agreement.

GIIN to Impact Investors: SDGs in Dire Need of Capital Infusion
GIIN to Impact Investors: SDGs in Dire Need of Capital Infusion

FINANCE & INVESTMENT - A new GIIN report reiterates the need for impact investors to raise and direct new capital to help meet the UN SDGs by 2030.

Mastercard & Bank of America Support Small Business Growth with Launch of Second Annual “Grow Your Biz Contest”
Mastercard & Bank of America Support Small Business Growth with Launch of Second Annual “Grow Your Biz Contest”

PRESS RELEASE - Sixty percent of small businesses nationwide are planning to grow their businesses over the next five years*. Mastercard and Bank of America want to help them do just that with the launch of the second annual Grow Your Biz Contest, a call to action for small business owners from across the country to pitch their business for the opportunity to win $25k and business consultation with industry experts.**

The Nestlé Family welcomes Terrafertil, A Natural Foods Company
The Nestlé Family welcomes Terrafertil, A Natural Foods Company

PRESS RELEASE - Nestlé today completed the acquisition of a majority stake in Terrafertil, a natural foods company and main global producer of goldenberries, following approval of relevant antitrust authorities. This investment is one of the latest examples of how Nestlé’s enhanced growth strategy harnesses the entrepreneurial spirit on which the company was founded 150 years ago. With this new investment, Nestlé is very well positioned to be the leader in the plant-food based segment in Zone Americas with the addition of the NATURE'S HEART and ESSENTIAL LIVING FOODS brands.

UK Public Supports Urgent Action, Litigation on Climate Change
UK Public Supports Urgent Action, Litigation on Climate Change

MARKETING AND COMMS - According to a new survey from UK-based environmental law charity ClientEarth, the British public wants urgent action on climate change and strongly supports holding fossil fuel companies and the UK government accountable for the negative effects of climate change. After a record heatwave in the UK and northern Europe, the majority of Brits surveyed think fossil fuel companies, whose products contribute directly to climate change, should be made to pay damages for their role in contributing to global warming (71 percent), and that the UK government must do more to help prepare for and adapt to climate change (62 percent).

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How to Be a Company Society Requires for the Next 100 Years
How to Be a Company Society Requires for the Next 100 Years

FINANCE & INVESTMENT - This post has been translated from Japanese — read the original interview here.

SAP: Building a Business Case for Sustainability through Data
SAP: Building a Business Case for Sustainability through Data

PRESS RELEASE - While many businesses recognize the importance of sustainability, not enough are investing in a strategic plan powered by data. How can companies place benchmarks on and distill this often obscure information into actionable insights? As part of the Thought Leaders channel on the openSAP platform, SAP and the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA®) are working to help answer this question through a free online course, “Improving Confidence in Sustainability Performance Data.”

The Developing World Is Taking Over Renewable Energy
The Developing World Is Taking Over Renewable Energy

CLEANTECH - Last year, the leading economies in renewable energy investment growth were not to be found in North America or even Europe — the leaders in growth were countries often described as developing, such as China, Brazil, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Argentina. These big shifts in renewables investment have, in fact, been emerging since 2004, and portend a strong outlook for continued growth in global renewable energy investment and reaching carbon-reduction targets.

Your Stakeholders Are Listening, So What Are You Saying?
Your Stakeholders Are Listening, So What Are You Saying?

MARKETING AND COMMS - Understanding who your business affects and how they affect your business is key to long-term success. If you only focus on customers, you are falling way short. To truly take your business from local to national and on to global levels, you have to consider all the ways your company interacts with the world around it and, most importantly, what stories you are telling.

Financial Services Behind Global Average on Climate Change Disclosure
Financial Services Behind Global Average on Climate Change Disclosure

FINANCE & INVESTMENT - Financial Services firms are lagging behind all other industries when it comes to climate change disclosure, according to a new data brief released by Datamaran — a global leader in Software as a Service (SaaS) solutions for non-financial risk management.

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Amalgamated Bank Commits $700M to Finance Socially Responsible Businesses
Amalgamated Bank Commits $700M to Finance Socially Responsible Businesses

FINANCE & INVESTMENT - Amalgamated Bank — the US’ largest socially responsible bank, which recently acquired New Resource Bank — has committed to double the amount of assets New Resource has dedicated to financing socially responsible businesses over the next two years, moving from its current commitment of $350 million to at least $700 million by 2020.

Study Reveals How Tax Havens Are Subsidizing Environmental Destruction
Study Reveals How Tax Havens Are Subsidizing Environmental Destruction

WALKING THE TALK - The release of classified documents such as the so-called Panama and Paradise papers in recent years has provided a glimpse into the opaque world of tax havens and their role in the global economy.

Visa Announces Progress in Latest Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability Report
Visa Announces Progress in Latest Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability Report

PRESS RELEASE - Visa today released its 2017 Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability Report, the company’s summary of progress in its ongoing commitment to corporate responsibility, sustainability and ethical leadership. The report addresses the commitments and progress Visa has made across its most significant environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues.

Global Investors Urge RSPO for Stronger Standards
Global Investors Urge RSPO for Stronger Standards

FINANCE & INVESTMENT - More than 90 institutional investors representing more than $6.7 trillion in assets under management have called on the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) to strengthen its draft standards for certifying the sustainable production of palm oil, a key ingredient found in nearly 50 percent of all packaged goods, from cosmetics to cleaning products to candy.

Sustainable Brands Prioritizes the Importance of Measuring the ROI of Sustainable Business
Sustainable Brands Prioritizes the Importance of Measuring the ROI of Sustainable Business

PRESS RELEASE - SAP, Lyft, Danone and others confirmed to speak at New Metrics 2018 Conference SAN FRANCISCO, August 9, 2018 – Sustainable Brands® recently unveiled full program details for New Metrics 2018: The ROI of Sustainable Business, running October 29-31 in Philadelphia, PA.

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From Alternative to Mainstream: An Honest Look at Doing Good Business
From Alternative to Mainstream: An Honest Look at Doing Good Business

FINANCE & INVESTMENT - For many, the sustainable choice is the alternative choice: alternative lightbulbs, alternative cars, alternative shopping bags, alternative business models. But there’s no longer a need for the sustainability community to present itself this way — especially in relation to business. Every day, businesses face new and emerging risks related to environmental, social and governance (ESG)-related issues. In a world more connected than ever, these risks can be felt more directly and more immediately than they used to be.

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