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CDP: World’s Biggest Companies Face US$1T in Climate Change Risks

CDP: World’s Biggest Companies Face US$1T in Climate Change Risks

Study finds that financial sector companies see the most potential revenue (US$1.2T) from sustainable products & services, while also being exposed to almost 80% of all financial risk value.

Q&A: A Practical Guide to Science-Based Targets

Many companies are intrigued about setting science-based targets, yet are unsure about what this means in practice. So, we spoke to South Pole's Charles Henderson to learn more.

Sustainability Skeptics, No More: Getting Past the Three Walls

You’re sitting across from the decision-maker for a large potential sustainability project. It’s taken months, possibly years, to get here. If your numbers look good, the decision is much more likely to be a positive one for you, for them and for the world.

Danone CEO Directs Brands to ‘Be Bold or Die’

SB'19 Paris opened with a powerful statement from Danone CEO Emmanuel Faber, which in large part set the tone of the discussions for the week ahead, and outlined how his company is championing being a brand for good.

Breaking Through to the C-Suite: A ‘How To’ for Sustainability Executives

Even at this advanced stage of our climate and resource debacle, sustainability practitioners still do not possess the same status in corporations as their purely business-minded brethren. How do we get sustainability officers both the recognition they deserve and the clout that should go with it?

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NYU Stern Research Illustrates ROI for Sustainably Marketed Products

Seminal research shows that sustainability is driving market growth in CPGs; products marketed as sustainable grew 5.6x faster than conventionally marketed products, and 3.3x faster than the CPG market.

Trust Barometer’s Pressure Points Reveal Huge Opportunity for Purpose-Driven Companies

The mass population is far more skeptical of institutions than the informed public, only one in five people believes the system is working for them, and large majorities express a sense of injustice and a desire for change.

Champions 12.3: Restaurants Realize 7:1 ROI by Reducing Food Waste

New research finds rather compelling business case for restaurants to reduce the amount of food they throw away.

Corporate Giants’ Suppliers Have Saved $19.3B by Reducing CO2

CDP says 10 years of corporates requesting supplier transparency has triggered a step-change in environmental action.

Scenario Analysis: Determine Your Business’ Resilience to Climate Change

Prepare for the costly effects by creating different scenarios to predict the impacts of climate change on your current and future financial performance.

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Why Environmental Changes Are a Growing Public Health Crisis

Three years ago in Paris, Dignity Health was privileged to be among the delegations from around the world that came to consensus on how we needed to urgently curb our carbon emission rates or face irreparable harm. Now, as many of those same representatives meet at COP24 in Poland, disaster after disaster have claimed thousands of lives.

Trending: Closer Looks into Reporting on, Business Benefits of the SDGs

Nearly three-quarters of organisations surveyed (72 percent) mention the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in their annual corporate or sustainability reports — an increase of 10 percent on last year, according to a new study by PwC. But concrete measures and integration remain elusive for many as organisations struggle to identify actions beyond business-as-usual targets.

New Tool Reveals $1.6T Risk of Failing to Account for Natural Capital

Following the release last month of its groundbreaking guide to help financial institutions understand and assess their reliance on natural capital, this week the Natural Capital Finance Alliance (NCFA) launched the world’s first comprehensive tool linking environmental change with its consequences for the economy.

'Purpose Premium' Found to Create Reputational Gains for Companies

“Purpose” is one of three critical dimensions of overall reputation, according to the 2018 Porter Novelli/Cone Purpose Premium Index: How Companies Can Unlock Reputational Gains by Leading with Purpose.

SDG 16: A Matter of Interest to the Financial Sector

Countries with peace and security thrive in terms of economic development and human rights advancements, while those that suffer from weak governance cannot seem to break the cycle of chronic conflicts and turmoil. This clear correlation between sustainable development and societal stability has long been recognized by scholars and sustainability professionals, yet overlooked by most of the global indicators for sustainable development, such as the Global Reporting Initiative and the United Nations Global Compact.

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Addressing Corporate Scope 3 Value Chain GHG Emissions: Part 2

To keep the global temperature increase to well below 2⁰C and meet the goals laid out in the Paris Agreement, everyone must take bold action to reduce their share of emissions as soon as possible. Companies are responsible for the majority of global emissions and therefore play an integral role in meeting these goals.

New China-EU Agreement Paves Way for Global Adoption of Circular Economy

China and the European Union have jointly expressed their commitment to sign a Memorandum of Understanding on Circular Economy at the 20th EU-China Summit taking place today and tomorrow in Beijing. Both governments stand to gain from aligning on policies that support the transition to a circular economy, which can unlock new sources of economic growth and innovation while benefiting people and the environment, for example by reducing pollution and congestion.

Dow’s Nature Projects Generated $120M, Engaged 380K Students in 2017

The Dow Chemical Company’s newly released 2017 Sustainability Report details its progress against its goals for 2025, including surpassing the year’s target for savings and revenue from projects that are “better for ecosystems.” Such projects generated $120 million in cost savings and new cash flow in 2017 against the goal to reach $1 billion by 2025.

DOE’s Better Buildings Partners Have Saved $3.1B, 380T BTUs

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)’s Better Buildings Initiative has grown to include more than 900 organizations, which represent 30 of the country’s Fortune 100 companies, 12 of the top 25 U.S. employers, 12 percent of the U.S. manufacturing footprint and 13 percent of total commercial building space, as well as 28 states and close to 100 cities and counties across the nation. Even more impressive is the progress they have made through the program.

#BusinessCase: Employee-Led Sustainability Projects Have Saved Conagra $237M

Conagra Brands, Inc. is once again celebrating its employees’ commitment to sustainability throughout the organization at its annual Sustainable Development Awards.

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