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What 1,000 CEOs Really Think About Climate Change and Inequality

To buy into a new vision of business, CEOs need to connect to it as people and write it into their own personal narrative of how their work fits into the world. They need to ask: What’s my legacy?

As Government Pulls Out, US Private Sector Renews Support of Paris Agreement

Cross-Posted from Business Case. US business leaders have long been vocal supporters of the Paris Agreement — especially since the President declared his intention to withdraw. In the past year, the private sector has renewed its clarion call for the US to step up its policies to protect the economy from climate change.

Scandinavia, Australia Dominate 2019 Global Destination Sustainability Index

The GDS-Index has released its 2019 sustainability ranking of 50 global business tourism and events destinations. Increasingly, the Index is being used on a political level to allow local governments to evaluate their progress in sustainability.

SB’19 Madrid Offers Tasting Menu of ‘Moonshot Thinking’ for the Future of Humankind

Cross-Posted from The Next Economy. At SB’19 Madrid last week, a diverse array of innovators in various fields demonstrated the notion that asking the right questions and being willing to use imagination to find solutions to the climate crisis and other pressing global issues can turn a Moonshot into reality.

Unlocking the Transformational Power of Sustainability Thought Leadership

Because it lacks the self-serving undercurrents associated with other types of marketing, sustainability thought leadership is one of the most effective tools for building trust among stakeholders while establishing your brand as an industry authority.

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European CEOs Identify 5 'Jobs to Be Done’ to Foster Enduring, Sustainable, Inclusive Growth Model

Report features insights from discussions with 27 top business leaders as part of Xynteo’s Europe Delivers program — including CEOs of AXA, Danone, EDF Energy, IKEA Group, Mastercard, Nestlé, Nokia, Schneider Electric and Tesco.

94 Mayors Recognize Global Climate Emergency, Support Global Green New Deal

At the C40 Summit in Copenhagen, mayors of 94 cities herald a Global Green New Deal to “drive an urgent, fundamental and irreversible transfer of global resources away from fossil fuels and into action that averts the climate emergency.”

With Less Than 4,000 Days to Go, Business Contribution to SDGs Falling Woefully Short

Cross-Posted from Finance & Investment. Despite some progress since the goals were launched in 2015, advancement over the past four years has been stifled due to socioeconomic, geopolitical and technological uncertainties, hindering CEOs’ sustainability efforts.

Redesigning the Purpose of Business for Humanity: Let’s Talk Know-How

A few weeks ago, The Business Roundtable reached a major milestone on the path toward a broadly accepted redefinition of business purpose. What's next? We have some ideas.

6 Exceptional Young, Female Activists Recognized for Environmental Leadership

A signature element of Earth Island Institute’s year-round New Leaders Initiative, Brower Youth Award winners demonstrate passion and leadership, as well as a commitment to the communities their work serves.

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3 Ways Your Company Can Answer the Business Roundtable’s Call to Support Communities

Last month, 181 CEOs in the Business Roundtable (BRT) agreed to new principles for how corporations should act. But how can we develop policies, strategies and programs that really do “support the communities in which we work,” as the principles state?

180 CEOs Redefine Corporate Purpose to Promote ‘An Economy That Serves All’

The new Statement outlines a modern standard for corporate responsibility; while framed in the context of the US, it should serve as a new standard for business globally. 

Automakers, California Reach Landmark Agreement on Clean Emission Standards

Cross-Posted from Cleantech. Ford, VW, Honda and BMW — which together represent about a third of the US market — are using their collective heft to fight for cleaner air in the US.

200 CEOs Call on New EU Leaders for Sustainable Europe by 2030

The CEOs say they will be calling on three newly elected EU leaders to work with them to implement an overarching strategy for a Sustainable Europe by 2030.

New Online Library, Curriculum Aiming to Engage Students, Researchers on the SDGs

The aim of this new venture from academic publishing giant Taylor & Francis is to enable students and tutors to deliver the change they want throughout their careers and lives.

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Report: Highest-Emitting Companies Off-Track to Meet Paris Climate Goals

Landmark ‘State of the Transition’ research assesses 274 high-emitting companies for $14 trillion-backed Transition Pathway Initiative, and puts investors on “emergency footing.”

6 Ways to Shift Business for Real, Positive Impact

To answer the call of this climate emergency, we need business to shift from being ‘less negative’ to being ‘for good,’ and to redefine ‘profit’ to include social and environmental benefit.

Business for Nature: Our Economy, Wellbeing Depend on Restoring Biodiversity

A diverse group of influential international organizations has launched a global coalition to elevate a business call for comprehensive action to reverse nature loss and restore the planet’s vital natural systems.

The Evolution of the CMO

Considering today's rapidly changing media landscape, it's clear that the scope and sphere of the CMO role has shifted dramatically.

Committing to the Sustainability Journey: How Do You Know When Your Company Is ‘Ready?’

Deciding if you’re ready is a lot like deciding if you’re happy. “Ready” doesn’t mean totally or even confidently prepared. Here’s a starter checklist to help you know when your company is ready — and any one of these can be enough of a spark to light a fire.

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