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Report: Existing Climate Solutions Sufficient to Reach ‘Drawdown’ by Mid-2040s
Report: Existing Climate Solutions Sufficient to Reach ‘Drawdown’ by Mid-2040s

THE NEXT ECONOMY - ‘The Drawdown Review’ provides the most in-depth assessment to date of climate solutions and their potential to reduce greenhouse gases and build a climate-safe future.

Trending: Visions of a New Energy Future from Vattenfall, BP?
Trending: Visions of a New Energy Future from Vattenfall, BP?

CLEANTECH - Two strikingly different displays emerged this week, as the energy companies shared their visions of how we might achieve a global clean energy future.

WWF Reveals Biggest Losers in Unchecked Nature and Climate Crisis
WWF Reveals Biggest Losers in Unchecked Nature and Climate Crisis

THE NEXT ECONOMY - New report projects a US$10T hit to the global economy by 2050, as well as the countries set to be worst affected by continued biodiversity loss.

From CSR to Social Purpose in the New ‘Roaring Twenties’
From CSR to Social Purpose in the New ‘Roaring Twenties’

ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE - In the 1920s, people didn’t pay attention to the problems brought on by market excess — and that decade begat the Great Depression. Today, truly modern companies are showing the way to a different kind of decade.

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Q&A on LTSE: SASB Founder Jean Rogers on the First Legally Binding, Sustainable Stock Exchange
Q&A on LTSE: SASB Founder Jean Rogers on the First Legally Binding, Sustainable Stock Exchange

FINANCE & INVESTMENT - Created by some of the brilliant minds who built the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB), the Long-Term Stock Exchange is a first-of-its-kind exchange that invests in companies focused on long-term value creation, while requiring the listed companies to report on their sustainability.

Will We Get Closer to Circularity in 2020?
Will We Get Closer to Circularity in 2020?

THE NEXT ECONOMY - While the concept of a circular economy has made its way into the public consciousness; unfortunately, as of 2018, circularity globally is only at 9%. In order for circularity to deliver on its potential in this decade, we’ll need to see more of the following …

Sell Responsibly… or Else? It’s Time to Face (Over)-Consumption and Come Up with Creative Solutions
Sell Responsibly… or Else? It’s Time to Face (Over)-Consumption and Come Up with Creative Solutions

MARKETING AND COMMS - We shouldn’t lure people into buying more than they need; but rather, help people make it all add up to a more meaningful life. Brands might be able to keep afloat on a short-term strategy and hide behind a cloak of innocence, but every dinosaur step is one closer to extinction.

How Being a Benefit Corporation Can Legally Protect a Company’s Mission
How Being a Benefit Corporation Can Legally Protect a Company’s Mission

WALKING THE TALK - The rise of the benefit corporation is in direct response to shareholder primacy. Under benefit corporation frameworks governed by state law, corporations that operate according to a “doing well by doing good” ethos may be shielded from a range of acquisition tactics and shareholder suits.

We Need a Business Revolution — and We Can’t Base It on the Kindness of CEOs
We Need a Business Revolution — and We Can’t Base It on the Kindness of CEOs

THE NEXT ECONOMY - Entrepreneurs and investors across the US and Europe see the need to redefine ownership and governance — so much so that a grassroots global movement is emerging to develop and support business models rooted in stakeholder governance.

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Report: Overhaul of Paper, Textile Industries Can Halt Climate, Extinction Crisis in a Decade
Report: Overhaul of Paper, Textile Industries Can Halt Climate, Extinction Crisis in a Decade

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Canopy’s ‘Pulp Thriller’ outlines a plan to save the world’s forests and climate by replacing 50% of forest fiber from pulp manufacturing with next-generation, alternative fibers such as agricultural residues and waste cotton.

Powering Inclusive Growth from the Ground Up
Powering Inclusive Growth from the Ground Up

FINANCE & INVESTMENT - As the digital age ushers in a ‘new generation of inequalities’ around information, technology and education, the private sector must play a pivotal role in connecting people to the resources and networks they need to get by and get ahead in a changing economy.

Starbucks Commits to a Resource-Positive Future, Giving More than It Takes from the Planet
Starbucks Commits to a Resource-Positive Future, Giving More than It Takes from the Planet

THE NEXT ECONOMY - In a public letter to all company stakeholders, CEO Kevin Johnson sets 2030 science-based targets for carbon, water and waste as part of a multi-decade aspiration.

Dispelling 5 Common Myths about Regeneration and Regenerative Business
Dispelling 5 Common Myths about Regeneration and Regenerative Business

THE NEXT ECONOMY - Regeneration is about leaving nature and society healthier, better off and more resilient than we found them. It’s the future of sustainability. And the business case for regenerative business and regenerative leadership in all aspects of life has never been stronger.

Microsoft Will Remove Its 45 Years' Worth of Carbon Emissions by 2030
Microsoft Will Remove Its 45 Years' Worth of Carbon Emissions by 2030

WALKING THE TALK - The tech giant has committed to carbon-negativity within a decade, and erasing its entire carbon footprint — everything it has emitted since its founding in 1975 — by 2050.

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Regenerative Agriculture: Not Just for Beef Anymore
Regenerative Agriculture: Not Just for Beef Anymore

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Beef is naturally at the forefront of the conversation around regenerative ag because of the direct and dramatic improvement properly managed ruminants can have on soil quality. But that doesn’t mean that other foods shouldn’t be held to the same standards.

BlackRock Responds to Demands for Stronger Climate Action with Bold New Commitments
BlackRock Responds to Demands for Stronger Climate Action with Bold New Commitments

FINANCE & INVESTMENT - CEO Larry Fink has called for “a fundamental reshaping of finance” in response to the climate crisis, but BlackRock remains the largest investor in fossil fuels and the companies driving deforestation around the world.

Here’s How to Encourage People to Dine Out More Sustainably
Here’s How to Encourage People to Dine Out More Sustainably

BEHAVIOR CHANGE - Created in collaboration with food-service experts, WRI’s new playbook is designed to enable the already-rich-in-expertise industry — so adept at marketing and selling foods — to help diners choose healthier and more sustainable, plant-rich options.

5 Tips for Leaders Who Want to Create a Strong Sustainability Culture
5 Tips for Leaders Who Want to Create a Strong Sustainability Culture

LEADERSHIP - In order to integrate sustainability into the core of a business, it has to be a part of the company’s culture. For this to happen, a top leader must be willing and ready to go first and evolve, according to leadership advisor Sandja Brügmann.

Why I Invested in a 'Smart Gun' Company
Why I Invested in a 'Smart Gun' Company

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - While money and special interests are unlikely to leave US politics, I’m optimistic that Biofire can change the conversation around guns: Why can’t a for-profit company build safer handguns?

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And then there were 10 …
And then there were 10 …

THE NEXT ECONOMY - In the case of the climate crisis, we’re not facing one tipping point, but two. The hard part: These two tipping points would tilt us in opposite directions! But our current situation doesn’t mean it’s game over — it means it’s game on.

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