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Catalyst Credit Line: A Financial Lifeline for Pre-Profit, Sustainable Startups
Catalyst Credit Line: A Financial Lifeline for Pre-Profit, Sustainable Startups

FINANCE & INVESTMENT - Young, sustainable companies have it tough. With all that excitement and idealism in building a new company comes a mountain of obstacles to overcome. But for purpose-driven companies pursuing opportunities that also create impact, that risk/reward ratio may be even higher.

UPS Ramps Up Use of Renewable Natural Gas to Deliver on 2025 Sustainability Goals
UPS Ramps Up Use of Renewable Natural Gas to Deliver on 2025 Sustainability Goals

WALKING THE TALK - UPS is ramping up its use of renewable natural gas (RNG), signing a new agreement with Big Ox Energy, a subsidiary of Environmental Energy Capital (LLC), to purchase 10 million gallon equivalents of RNG per year until 2024 — the largest investment in RNG to date for the company. Compared to convention diesel, RNG yields up to a 90 percent reduction in lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions.

#NewMetrics, Day 3: Digging Even Deeper Into Next-Generation Impact Metrics
#NewMetrics, Day 3: Digging Even Deeper Into Next-Generation Impact Metrics

NEW METRICS - Live Well San Diego: A visionary partnership to define and measure 10 quality-of-life metrics By Anna Shugoll

Ørsted issues green bonds
Ørsted issues green bonds

PRESS RELEASE - Today, 16 November, we announced our intention to issue our first green bonds; a EUR 500m green hybrid capital security and a minimum EUR 500m green senior bond in the euromarket. Issuing green bonds is yet another step in our green transition.  Henrik Brünniche Lund, Head of Investor Relations, says: “At Ørsted, we want to create a world that runs entirely on green energy. We need to transform the way we power the world; from black to green energy. This is also reflected in our investments. For 2017 we expect them to amount to DKK 18-20bn in wind power, biomass conversions and the installation of remote-read power meters. With green bonds, we invite investors to join us in the green transformation.”

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JPMorgan Chase Sinks $900K Into Sustainable Infrastructure for Detroit
JPMorgan Chase Sinks $900K Into Sustainable Infrastructure for Detroit

FINANCE & INVESTMENT - JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPMorgan Chase) is doing its part to get Detroit back on its feet, announcing a $900,000 investment to support sustainable infrastructure projects in the former Motor City. The firm has also revealed plans to retrofit over 70 percent of Chase branches in the city with LED lights and new building management systems.

Evolution of Disclosure, CEO Engagement, Measuring What Matters Take Center Stage at #NewMetrics
Evolution of Disclosure, CEO Engagement, Measuring What Matters Take Center Stage at #NewMetrics

NEW METRICS - As Sustainable Brands' New Metrics '17 conference kicked off in Philadelphia on Monday, speakers from SASB, CSRLab, WRI, the World Happiness Summit and more presented a range of topics revolving around a few common themes: Correctly measuring what matters, disclosing material data and knowing your audience when you do. From disclosure to performance: Building a virtuous loop By Jessica Bast

25 C40 Cities Commit to Become Carbon Neutral by 2050
25 C40 Cities Commit to Become Carbon Neutral by 2050

ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE - Just weeks after 12 C40 mayors signed the C40 Fossil-Fuel-Free Streets Declaration in an effort to curb air pollution and improve the quality of life for urban dwellers while tackling climate change, the mayors of 25 pioneering cities have pledged to develop and begin implementing more ambitious climate action plans by 2020 to deliver emissions-neutral and climate-resilient cities by 2050.

CPAs and Sustainability Thought Leadership: An Interview with RISCPA CEO Bob Mancini
CPAs and Sustainability Thought Leadership: An Interview with RISCPA CEO Bob Mancini

FINANCE & INVESTMENT - Ahead of his attendance at this week’s New Metrics ’17 conference in Philadelphia, we caught up with Bob Mancini, CEO of the Rhode Island Society of CPAs (RISCPA), to learn more about why the concept of sustainability is finally being recognized in the finance world, and what this means for the future of the industry.

The Current State and Evolution of Corporate Sustainability Assessment Organizations
The Current State and Evolution of Corporate Sustainability Assessment Organizations

MARKETING AND COMMS - CDP, RobecoSAM, EcoVadis — they are all organizations that assess the sustainability performance of companies worldwide. They all have their own agenda and targets, and of course, their own methodology to assess a portfolio of companies.

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Water Stewardship Ramps Up, But More Investment Needed to Mitigate Climate Change
Water Stewardship Ramps Up, But More Investment Needed to Mitigate Climate Change

FINANCE & INVESTMENT - Corresponding with the kickoff of COP23, the World Water Council (WWC) has shed light on the current state of water infrastructure and what it means for mitigating climate change and delivering on the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The key takeaway: water infrastructure investment must triple to €255 billion annually in order to meet sanitation targets and tackle climate change.

From ESG to SDGs: An Investor’s Perspective on Sustainability Reporting
From ESG to SDGs: An Investor’s Perspective on Sustainability Reporting

MARKETING AND COMMS - Investors are stepping up their appeals for robust corporate sustainability reporting, with increased focus on climate impact and long-term performance in a carbon-constrained world. These reports have been standard for some time, though the metrics and definitions for success have transformed within this framework over time.

Member Spotlight: Atlanta McIlwraith from Timberland on how she supports innovative approaches to natural restoration around the world and in her own hometown
Member Spotlight: Atlanta McIlwraith from Timberland on how she supports innovative approaches to natural restoration around the world and in her own hometown

MEMBER SPOTLIGHT - We recently sat down with Atlanta McIlwraith (@timberland_ATL), Senior Manager of Community Engagement at Timberland, to learn about the exciting work Timberland is doing to re-introduce organic crops and support communities with urban greening projects. In addition to supporting sustainable agroforestry models around the world, read on to learn about Atlanta’s personal work with organic agriculture, including her Christmas tree lot and nonprofit farm.

HSBC Pledges $100 Billion to Tackle Climate Change
HSBC Pledges $100 Billion to Tackle Climate Change

FINANCE & INVESTMENT - HSBC is making moves to tackle climate change, unveiling five new commitments aimed at helping drive the transition to a low-carbon economy. A major component of the financial giant’s climate push is a pledge to make $100 billion in financing available for sustainability projects by 2025.

World Bank Group Names 20 African Startups to Participate in Digital Acceleration Program
World Bank Group Names 20 African Startups to Participate in Digital Acceleration Program

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Selected from a pool of over 900 applicants, 20 promising African digital startups will participate in the XL Africa residency, the flagship initiative of the business accelerator launched by the World Bank Group’s infoDev program last April. Running from November 6 – 17 in Cape Town, South Africa, selected entrepreneurs will have the opportunity to learn from their mentors and peers, increase their regional visibility and get access to potential corporate partners and investors.

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From Niche to New Normal: Scorecards Enabling Holistic Shifts to Sustainable Product Portfolios
From Niche to New Normal: Scorecards Enabling Holistic Shifts to Sustainable Product Portfolios

MARKETING AND COMMS - Shifting an entire product portfolio to align with an ambitious sustainability strategy is no small feat. Even those considered leaders in corporate sustainability are still refining their approach. This session on day two of SB'17 Copenhagen explored how sustainability scorecards have been developed and used to support product innovation processes for sustainability at several major brands. In introducing the session, Eric Mugnier of EY France set the scene: Companies are increasingly expected to bring sustainable solutions to market through innovating and preferentially investing in products that are good for life.

Visa Launches Foundation, Grants $20M to Support Women Entrepreneurs
Visa Launches Foundation, Grants $20M to Support Women Entrepreneurs

FINANCE & INVESTMENT - Building on its larger social impact strategy, which seeks to support the growth of micro and small enterprises around the world, Visa has launched the newly-incorporated Visa Foundation. As its first order of business, the Foundation has made a financial commitment of up to $20 million to Women’s World Banking.

GM Earns Global Leadership in Water Conservation
GM Earns Global Leadership in Water Conservation

PRESS RELEASE - Managing company water in a sustainable way can drive both business and community value. CDP, a nonprofit global environmental disclosure platform, listed GM on its Water A-List for effective water management practices implemented around the world. CDP develops the ranking at the request of 827 investors with assets over $100 trillion. Hundreds of companies submit their information for assessment and scoring, with 10 percent making it on the A list. Beyond the environmental benefits, GM sees the following drivers behind industrial water conservation. 1. Reduced risk and increased cost savings and efficiency

Visa Launches Foundation With Inaugural Grant to Women’s World Banking
Visa Launches Foundation With Inaugural Grant to Women’s World Banking

PRESS RELEASE - Visa (NYSE:V) today marked the launch of the newly-incorporated Visa Foundation, which has been established as part of Visa’s larger social impact strategy that will prioritize the growth of micro and small enterprises around the world, enabling individuals, businesses, and economies to thrive. To mark its inception, the Visa Foundation is making its first financial commitment of up to $20 million to Women’s World Banking.

Making Large-Scale Energy Efficiency Easier (and More Affordable)
Making Large-Scale Energy Efficiency Easier (and More Affordable)

BUSINESS CASE - Energy efficiency is a simple, quick and cost-effective method to reduce both costs and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. That’s why companies are scaling up their energy-efficiency projects in an effort to achieve greater results. And it’s important that they do: Buildings play a considerable role in GHG emissions: Commercial buildings, in particular, make up roughly 20 percent of total U.S. energy. So, it’s no surprise that optimizing building systems is on the rise.

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Report: Corporate Performance Falls Short on Supply Chain Due Diligence for Conflict Materials
Report: Corporate Performance Falls Short on Supply Chain Due Diligence for Conflict Materials

SUPPLY CHAIN - The Responsible Sourcing Network (RSN), a project of the nonprofit organization As You Sow dedicated to ending human rights abuses associated with raw materials, has released a new report analyzing 206 companies’ due diligence regarding the use of conflict materials in their supply chains. In a year-on-year comparison, almost all participants decreased their scores, despite demonstrating strong initiative to mitigate risks.

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