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The Next Economy

The myriad new models and processes aimed at fixing the flaws in capitalism and laying the groundwork for practical, alternative economic frameworks designed to benefit all stakeholders.

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Let’s Not Feed the ‘Futurism Frenzy’

If we look at the original Greek root of the word “crisis,” we learn it means to “sift and separate” — what if we are being called on to sift through and look at our lives, and let fall all that is not important? What does not get sifted, what remains with us, is where our energy should go.

Back to the ‘50s: Predictions for a Post-Coronavirus World

With luck, we’ll avoid the worst case scenario and be able to ignore this article. But some of the trends are already in motion; and even if the pandemic and its consequences are severe, they offer opportunities for brands that can embrace them.

Teach a Man to Fish: Why Some Travel Companies Support Microfinance

Cross-Posted from Finance & Investment. While sustainable tourism offerings are increasing along with traveler interest in giving back to the communities that they visit, most operators support local organizations through donations. But a growing wave are opting for microfinance to create larger, lasting impacts for more people.

IBM’s 2020 Call for Code Challenge Takes on Both Climate Change and COVID-19

The annual challenge aims to address society’s most pressing issues; which is why this year, IBM is asking developers, data scientists and problem solvers to address two urgent crises that have the power to compromise our health, our planet and our survival.

100 US Companies, Investors Throw Weight Behind Transportation and Climate Initiative

Cross-Posted from Collaboration. A diverse group of investors, companies and organizations across the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic US are urging the region’s governors to adopt the TCI — what they’re calling a ‘once-in-a-generation opportunity.’

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New Tool Shows Billions at Stake in Meat Sector Due to Climate Concerns

Cross-Posted from Finance & Investment. $20T investor network releases first-of-its-kind tool to model the financial impacts of climate change on five leading meat firms and the animal protein sector at large.

Tide Slowing Turning Toward a Future Free from Coal

Cross-Posted from Cleantech. Clean power is finally taking over. Yes, it has taken far longer than most environmental campaigners wanted. But with investors fearing the worst and the majority of global economies slowly weaning themselves off of coal, the planet should breathe a huge sigh of relief.

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

‘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.

How Partnerships Can Extend Sustainable Solutions

Partnerships and closer collaboration between organisations are critical if we are to build new, more sustainable ecosystems. One key to the success of any collaboration is that the partners have complementary strengths to exploit.

WWF Reveals Biggest Losers in Unchecked Nature and Climate Crisis

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.

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Anti-Plastic Regulation Risks Less Sustainable Alternatives

Faced with shortages of suitable recycled material, a growing consumer backlash and a hostile regulatory environment, it is no wonder that some companies are shifting away from plastics. But encouraging this shift towards material choices that do little to improve end-of-life environmental impact would be the worst possible outcome for the planet.

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

Cross-Posted from 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?

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

Cross-Posted from 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.

Big Finance Is About to Unify Its 3 Distinct Sustainability Brands

Cross-Posted from Finance & Investment. To profit from sustainability, financiers first must be set free from the current profit-and-risk framework; so they, too, can see the infinite possibilities that lie beyond a carbon-based economy.

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What Will a Circular Economy Mean for Branding?

Cross-Posted from Marketing and Comms. While a circular economy will present huge challenges to most brands' conventional business models, there are huge opportunities for those who embrace and adapt to this change — while those who drag their heels with incremental changes will undoubtedly fall behind.

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

Cross-Posted from 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

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.

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

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

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.

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