The newswires were buzzing last week over the story that pirates hijacked a commercial ship off the shores of Somalia — but the focus on “pirates” overlooks factors such as overfishing, poverty, smuggling and even deforestation.
Climate & Environment
This category is climate change in relation to sustainability and CSR and how these segments effect one another. This includes how climate change has started to cause a wide range of physical effects with serious implications for investors and businesses, and how the business sector discloses climate risks and manage them.
The Donald Trump administration is considering a move that would severely limit shareholder rights and cut off communication between shareholders and corporate boards. In a letter to the National Economic Council, the CEOs and executive directors of several investment organizations urged the White House to keep current protections in place.
“Methane is a 34 times more potent greenhouse gas than is carbon dioxide,” said Paul Shepson, a professor of analytical and atmospheric chemistry at Purdue University. “It’s a better fuel all around as long as you don’t spill it. But it doesn’t take much methane leakage to ruin your whole day if you care about climate change.”
Despite the Donald Trump administration’s stated plans to roll back federal climate change policies, coastal cities from Texas to California are taking action to mitigate risk.
Protecting forests isn’t just critical for the health of our planet; it’s also smart business, argues Carlos Saviani, VP of sustainable food for the World Wildlife Fund.
Yesterday the $26 billion food giant Kraft Heinz announced a commitment to create a more sustainable supply chain — in part by revamping its palm oil policy. NGOs, so far, have replied with caution.
Today, the WWF announced that it will work with the Rockefeller Foundation and the hospitality sector to launch pilot projects that root out and eliminate food waste.
General Mills and its Cheerios brand wanted to give away wildflower seeds to protect bee populations, but some on the web are calling the effort mere lip service.
U.S. President Donald Trump is poised to sign a new directive dropping climate change as a consideration when evaluating government agency actions. This would prevent the government from using the best available science to inform their decisions and from holding polluters accountable for damages caused by carbon dioxide emissions, argues Noah Kaufman of the World Resources Institute.
The U.K.’s Prince Charles hosted a meeting that brought representatives of the world’s largest chocolate manufacturers, including Mars, Nestlé, Mondelēz and Hershey, together to discuss deforestation.
Leading companies continue to demonstrate that sustainability is not just good for the bottom line; it is the bottom line, argues Amy Augustine of Ceres. She lays out seven trends driving them forward, with or without help from the federal government.
The Nile River Valley, which sustained Egypt since before the reign of the pharaohs, is at a tipping point. And a new dam in Ethiopia and unchecked development could render much of this country uninhabitable as its population continues to surge.