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“The Corporate Reporting Dialogue Is Looking for Alignment, Not for One Common Framework”
“The Corporate Reporting Dialogue Is Looking for Alignment, Not for One Common Framework”

FINANCE & INVESTMENT - Sustainable Brands recently talked to Wim Bartels, Program Lead at the Corporate Reporting Dialogue (CRD) about key issues and initiatives around the further development of corporate reporting.

Report: Schneider Electric, Vestas Leading Capital Goods Makers in Low-Carbon Revolution
Report: Schneider Electric, Vestas Leading Capital Goods Makers in Low-Carbon Revolution

LEADERSHIP - Innovation in the capital goods sector is driving a low-carbon industrial revolution, according to a new report from CDP. Released today, Bridging low-carbon technologies finds that demand for transformative technologies such as electrification, digitization and automation are growing significantly.

Move Over, Sustainability Accounting: Here Comes Purpose Accounting
Move Over, Sustainability Accounting: Here Comes Purpose Accounting

FINANCE & INVESTMENT - Everyone’s heard of financial performance, asset performance and sustainability performance. Now comes purpose performance, a new measure of organizational performance.

New Methodologies Help Banking Industry Assess Risks, Opportunities of Climate Change
New Methodologies Help Banking Industry Assess Risks, Opportunities of Climate Change

FINANCE & INVESTMENT - On Wednesday, 16 banks, the UN Environment Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) and climate risk advisory firm Acclimatise published new methodologies that will help banks understand how the physical risks and opportunities of a changing climate might affect their loan portfolios. The methodologies are designed to enable banks to be more transparent about their exposure to climate-related risks and opportunities, in line with the recommendations of the Financial Stability Board's (FSB) Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD).

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Circulate Capital Launches to Invest in Solutions to Ocean Plastic Crisis
Circulate Capital Launches to Invest in Solutions to Ocean Plastic Crisis

FINANCE & INVESTMENT - Circulate Capital, a new impact-focused investment management company, launched today in partnership with Closed Loop Partners, a firm that invests in companies, technology and recycling infrastructure to advance the circular economy; and Ocean Conservancy, a leading nonprofit environmental advocacy organization working to protect the world’s oceans.

Future at Heart: Redefining Target’s Corporate Responsibility Strategy
Future at Heart: Redefining Target’s Corporate Responsibility Strategy

PRESS RELEASE - Over the past year, Target’s been building our new corporate responsibility strategy and rethinking the role those efforts play throughout our business. Our focus is on putting the needs of people, communities and the planet at the heart of how we work today, to help create a better tomorrow. “This work is a journey—and while we have a long way to go, I’m proud of our progress,” said Brian Cornell, chairman and CEO, Target. “Every action we take that strengthens the health and vitality of the communities where we live and work is a step forward in building a better, brighter future for Target, the people we serve and the planet we all share.”

New S&P Dow Jones Index Series First to Incorporate Future Carbon Price Risks
New S&P Dow Jones Index Series First to Incorporate Future Carbon Price Risks

FINANCE & INVESTMENT - S&P Dow Jones Indices, the world’s leading index provider, today announced the launch of the S&P Carbon Price Risk Adjusted Index Series, which will measure the performance of companies in each respective underlying index with a weighting scheme based on estimated company market valuation at risk from predicted 2030 carbon prices.

JUST Capital’s New Tool Helps Citizens See, Compare US Companies’ Environmental Impact
JUST Capital’s New Tool Helps Citizens See, Compare US Companies’ Environmental Impact

MARKETING AND COMMS - A new interactive data visualization tool allows the general to see how the largest U.S. companies stack up when comparing their environmental impact. The Environmental Explorer, which is freely available, lets users explore rankings of the 1,000 largest public U.S.

CO2 Challenge Seeks New Tech to Help Cargill Decarbonize the Shipping Sector
CO2 Challenge Seeks New Tech to Help Cargill Decarbonize the Shipping Sector

CLEANTECH - A new global challenge aims to find and scale new technologies capable of reducing a ship’s gross carbon dioxide emissions by ten percent. Businesses and entrepreneurs with a product in need of commercial assessment, testing, investment and scaling are invited to apply to participate in the “CO2 Challenge,” launched by Cargill in partnership with DNV GL and Rainmaking.

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Consumers Ready to Reward Brands That Take Stands
Consumers Ready to Reward Brands That Take Stands

MARKETING AND COMMS - When Dick’s Sporting Goods bans the sale of assault rifles, or McDonald’s makes a commitment to get 100 percent of its packaging from renewable, recycled or certified sources by 2025, how does their position in the marketplace change?

400 Companies Poised to Advance SDGs, Generate Returns Make Up New Swell Investing Portfolio
400 Companies Poised to Advance SDGs, Generate Returns Make Up New Swell Investing Portfolio

FINANCE & INVESTMENT - Highlighting the importance of transparency in investing, impact investing platform Swell Investing has invited the public to vote on the final security in the Impact 400, a portfolio with the goal of offering investors 400 companies poised for impact and returns. Both Apple and Starbucks meet Swell's selective rules-based criteria, and the community will decide which will be included.

Can Blockchain Really Answer All of Our Transparency Challenges?
Can Blockchain Really Answer All of Our Transparency Challenges?

MARKETING AND COMMS - For some, blockchain is the disruptive technology that promises to solve transparency problems by creating one version of the truth; for others, it is all hype with no great real-world application other than cryptocurrency. I attended an SB’18 Vancouver workshop on “How Blockchain Technology Can Power Superior Supply Chain Innovation and Understanding” to move closer to understanding blockchain and its applications.

Collaborating Toward the Good Life: A Conversation with Keurig Green Mountain's Monique Oxender
Collaborating Toward the Good Life: A Conversation with Keurig Green Mountain's Monique Oxender

PRESS RELEASE - A self-proclaimed “complexity junkie,” Monique Oxender, Keurig Green Mountain’s Chief Sustainability Officer, doesn’t bat an eye at tackling big, complicated issues. From the future of coffee to the recyclability of Keurig’s pods, Oxender and her team have provided innovative solutions to complex issues across the value chain — all while embodying Keurig’s signature focus on collaboration.

Q&A: How TD Is Living Its Purpose, Driving SDGs with The Ready Commitment
Q&A: How TD Is Living Its Purpose, Driving SDGs with The Ready Commitment

ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE - TD Bank Group recently launched its corporate citizenship strategy to center on a new multi-year program, The Ready Commitment. Guided by the bank’s purpose, focus on creating shared value and desire to support the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), TD is targeting CDN $1 billion (US $775 million) toward community giving by 2030 in The Ready Commitment’s four focus areas:

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Trending: BofA, Lloyds, CBL Foster Clean Investments with Bond, Lending, Emissions Credits
Trending: BofA, Lloyds, CBL Foster Clean Investments with Bond, Lending, Emissions Credits

FINANCE & INVESTMENT - Projects that reduce emissions, generate clean energy or aid sustainable development could benefit from more financial support this year thanks to recent announcements from financial firms in the United States, United Kingdom and Australia. From Bank of America (BofA) issuing its fourth and largest green bond to date, to Lloyds Banking Group’s new £2 billion scheme to offer discounted financing and a partnership that will see more emissions reduction credits listed on CBL Markets (CBL)’s global exchange, it’s been a good month for green investments.

Bank of America Issues Fourth and Largest Corporate Green Bond for $2.25 Billion
Bank of America Issues Fourth and Largest Corporate Green Bond for $2.25 Billion

PRESS RELEASE - Bank of America Corporation announced today the issuance of its fourth and largest green bond for $2.25 billion in aggregate principal amount, furthering the company’s commitment to deploying capital to advance sustainable projects. The bond’s proceeds will support increasing renewable energy generation. With this offering, Bank of America becomes the first U.S. financial institution to issue four corporate green bonds, raising a total of $4.35 billion for renewable energy projects since 2013. The company has also been the leading underwriter of green bonds globally since 2007, underscoring its continued leadership in addressing climate change by financing the transition to a low-carbon, sustainable economy.

Machine-Readable Disclosure and ESEF 2020 – A New Era of Corporate Digital Reporting?
Machine-Readable Disclosure and ESEF 2020 – A New Era of Corporate Digital Reporting?

MARKETING AND COMMS - New regulation in the EU mandates public companies to file financial statements in digital format. Does the move to HTML and Big Data have the potential to push corporate reporting into the digital age?

TD Launches The Ready Commitment to open Doors for An Inclusive Tomorrow
TD Launches The Ready Commitment to open Doors for An Inclusive Tomorrow

PRESS RELEASE - TD launches The Ready Commitment to open doors for an inclusive tomorrow Only one-in-three North Americans feel confident about the future and ready to embrace change, TD survey finds The Ready Commitment targets $1 billion in total by 2030 towards areas that will help individuals and communities thrive in a changing world.

Cox Enterprises announces investment in solar energy partnership
Cox Enterprises announces investment in solar energy partnership

PRESS RELEASE - As part of its effort to expand its clean energy portfolio, Cox Enterprises announced it has become the majority investor in a USD 25 million partnership that created four solar farms in Georgia and Florida,the company said. The project is part of the company´s national Cox Conserves sustainability program, which celebrated its 10th anniversary last year. The program has long employed new sustainable technologies and programs to create environmental solutions and create new business ventures.

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AkzoNobel Puts ‘True Price’ on Natural, Social Capital; Increases Business Value
AkzoNobel Puts ‘True Price’ on Natural, Social Capital; Increases Business Value

NEW METRICS - “Organizations rely on a diverse set of ‘capitals’ to function effectively,” says Emma Ringström, Sustainability Manager, Pulp and Performance Chemicals at AkzoNobel. By measuring these, she says, “We can find ways to make the most impactful improvements and ultimately increase business value.”

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