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The UN Forum on Business and Human Rights 2022, Day 1: Holding Business to Account
The UN Forum on Business and Human Rights 2022, Day 1: Holding Business to Account

WALKING THE TALK - This is the first of three daily updates from the UN Forum on Business and Human Rights 2022. Day one started a week that focuses not on holding individual companies to account, but where the systems that will enable this are being framed.

COP27 Yields Landmark Deal to Compensate Developing Nations for Climate Damage, But Backpedals on Phase-Out of Fossil Fuels
COP27 Yields Landmark Deal to Compensate Developing Nations for Climate Damage, But Backpedals on Phase-Out of Fossil Fuels

WALKING THE TALK - COP27 ended with an agreement to create a funding facility to compensate vulnerable nations for ‘loss and damage’ from climate disasters; but weakened language around the phase-out of fossil fuels opens a dangerous loophole that could threaten decarbonization before it’s too late.

COP27 Yields More Impressive Forest-Conservation Commitments; But Will Our Efforts Go Up in Smoke?
COP27 Yields More Impressive Forest-Conservation Commitments; But Will Our Efforts Go Up in Smoke?

WALKING THE TALK - From COP27, we see more and more business initiatives focused on not only reaching sustainability, but averting a climate crisis and achieving nature positivity — but have climate-fueled forest fires already nullified our chances at an effective carbon market?

IBM Collaborates to Accelerate Clean Energy Transition for Vulnerable Populations Around the World
IBM Collaborates to Accelerate Clean Energy Transition for Vulnerable Populations Around the World

CLEANTECH - The second cohort of the IBM Sustainability Accelerator comprises five organizations helping marginalized communities get just and equitable access to sustainable energy resources around the world.

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New Report Guides Private Sector on How to Simultaneously Tackle Escalating Climate, Health Crises
New Report Guides Private Sector on How to Simultaneously Tackle Escalating Climate, Health Crises

THE NEXT ECONOMY - New research from Forum for the Future and four healthcare giants calls on businesses, policymakers and the finance community to accelerate progress against the mounting threats to human health from the climate crisis.

We Must Invest in the Missing Middle to Boost Smallholder Farmers’ Climate Resilience
We Must Invest in the Missing Middle to Boost Smallholder Farmers’ Climate Resilience

FINANCE & INVESTMENT - By supporting smallholders to access agricultural innovation on their farms and in their communities, it will enable them to both thrive in a changing climate and contribute to tackling its causes.

WWF, Ørsted Partner to Develop Offshore Wind Farms That Enhance Ocean Biodiversity
WWF, Ørsted Partner to Develop Offshore Wind Farms That Enhance Ocean Biodiversity

CLEANTECH - The unique partnership aims to advance offshore wind deployment that enhances ocean biodiversity, and drive a global shift towards addressing both climate and biodiversity goals.

Empowering Waste Pickers, Building Communities and Closing the Loop
Empowering Waste Pickers, Building Communities and Closing the Loop

FROM PURPOSE TO ACTION: BUILDING A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE TOGETHER - In Latin America, where recycling rates remain below 10%, grassroots circular solutions are slowly beginning to scale — thanks to growing legitimacy, education, organization and protections for informal waste workers, who remain the backbone of the region’s collection and recycling infrastructure.

3rd Annual Fairtrade Mural Campaign Reminds Us All to Prioritize a Fair Deal for Farmers
3rd Annual Fairtrade Mural Campaign Reminds Us All to Prioritize a Fair Deal for Farmers

MARKETING AND COMMS - By celebrating the growers behind popular chocolate and tea brands, the murals remind the public to ‘Choose the world you want’ by supporting products and brands that help give farmers a sustainable livelihood.

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Seeking Better Progress Toward Sustainability? Consider a Business Collaboration
Seeking Better Progress Toward Sustainability? Consider a Business Collaboration

COLLABORATION - No matter where your company is in its sustainability journey, the sooner it joins or initiates a collaboration with industry peers, the better. This guide should be in every sustainability professional’s back pocket when defining an ESG strategy.

4 Ways the Commercial Real Estate Industry Can Help Address Water Scarcity
4 Ways the Commercial Real Estate Industry Can Help Address Water Scarcity

CLEANTECH - Commercial real estate is the second-largest consumer of publicly supplied water in the US. Imagine if we came together to tackle this problem head on! Here are four recommendations for how property managers and building owners can lead the way.

Quantifying the Benefits of Women’s Empowerment: The Missing Metric for Game-Changing Climate Action
Quantifying the Benefits of Women’s Empowerment: The Missing Metric for Game-Changing Climate Action

NEW METRICS - The W+ Standard is the first globally recognized framework that measures and monetizes women’s empowerment. Empower Co. is engaging with companies keen to cement their women’s-empowerment programs with robust data — and shift the mindset around climate action from mitigation to net positivity.

In Our Water- and Climate-Stressed World, There’s No Excuse for Wastewater Going to Waste
In Our Water- and Climate-Stressed World, There’s No Excuse for Wastewater Going to Waste

CLEANTECH - Globally, 80% of wastewater is discharged into local environments with minimal or no treatment — water that could be recycled and reused. California-based startup Aquacycl's waste-to-energy solution protects water resources while helping companies reduce costs.

Team of Scientists Unveil Space-Tech Platform That Tracks Carbon in Every Tree
Team of Scientists Unveil Space-Tech Platform That Tracks Carbon in Every Tree

NEW METRICS - CTREES’ global dataset provides a nearly real-time picture of the carbon implications of forest conservation and restoration at the local, national and global level — ensuring results from efforts to reach global climate targets can be accurately reported.

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‘Rivers Are Life’ Highlights Local River-Restoration Efforts with Potential for Global Impact
‘Rivers Are Life’ Highlights Local River-Restoration Efforts with Potential for Global Impact

FROM PURPOSE TO ACTION: BUILDING A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE TOGETHER - The platform highlights and connects individuals who are enacting river-beneficial solutions in their own communities. These 'River Heroes' represent efforts that start on a local scale but create ripple effects that expand beyond.

Study Finds Social Cost of Carbon More Than Triple the Current Federal Estimate
Study Finds Social Cost of Carbon More Than Triple the Current Federal Estimate

NEW METRICS - A multi-year study of the social cost of carbon, a critical input for climate policy analysis, finds that every additional ton of CO2 emitted into the atmosphere costs society $185 — far higher than the current federal estimate of $51 per ton.

John Oliver’s Inconvenient Truth: The Voluntary Carbon Market’s Biggest Problem Is the Market Itself
John Oliver’s Inconvenient Truth: The Voluntary Carbon Market’s Biggest Problem Is the Market Itself

THE NEXT ECONOMY - By failing to acknowledge our industry’s flaws, we could hinder meaningful progress on real issues going forward — namely, making sure carbon offsets actually contribute to reducing GHG emissions.

Brands Are Only as Strong as the Weakest Link in Their Supply Chain
Brands Are Only as Strong as the Weakest Link in Their Supply Chain

SUPPLY CHAIN - Demand for low-cost goods has pushed manufacturing into the farthest regions of the world — many of which are increasingly vulnerable to climate change and harsh conditions. Eliminating the most vulnerable links only creates more problems; brands are only as strong as the weakest link in their supply chain.

Diageo Innovation Fund to Help Smallholder Farms in Africa Withstand Climate Change
Diageo Innovation Fund to Help Smallholder Farms in Africa Withstand Climate Change

SUPPLY CHAIN - Diageo has committed to cultivating solutions to enable the farmers in its African supply chain — who are particularly vulnerable to the effects of increasing droughts and floods — to maintain steady farming cycles and income in a climate-changing world.

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Technological Ingenuity in African Nations: How They Are Solving the Plastic Waste Challenge
Technological Ingenuity in African Nations: How They Are Solving the Plastic Waste Challenge

FROM PURPOSE TO ACTION: BUILDING A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE TOGETHER - Enabling a circular economy is a complicated challenge that governments, communities and businesses globally are struggling to solve. But as Dow’s work in Africa proves, solutions exist — and success comes when organizations and communities collaborate to create change rooted in local context.

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