TriplePundit hosted a Twitter chat on Feb. 1 to discuss cross-sector partnerships and their importance post-COP21 as key to making things happen. As a follow-up to the chat, Jonathan Horrell (@HorrellJonathan), director of sustainability for Mondelēz International (@MDLZ), elaborated on some details of the company’s sustainability approach and answered a few additional questions from the chat.
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.
Climate change getting you down? Learn why quirky cartoons might be the first step in bringing climate change back into our everyday conversations and sparking everyday actions.
Last fall, Ford Motor Co. revealed it was a financial contributor to ALEC. Following backlash, this week it became the latest company to cut ties with the lobbying group.
Clean-energy philanthropist Jay Faison implored clean-energy advocates on Thursday to think about how to communicate more effectively about the economic and carbon-cutting potential of nuclear energy.
Brazil is facing an epidemic of the birth defect microcephaly. The government says it’s due to the Zika virus. So does the World Health Organization. But physicians in Brazil and Argentina are insisting that the answer is in the water — and due to Brazil’s controversial use of larvicide.
Joseph Eichler built more than 11,000 mid-century homes, most of which are in Northern California. Now Eichler homes are making a comeback, and the first new ones built in 40 years have opened in Palm Springs — with an eco twist.
According to the UN, at least 98.6 million people were affected by natural disasters ranging from droughts to floods, and the economic damage could have been as high as $66.5 billion.
Most conservatives love a balanced budget, with one notable exception: Our natural capital budget. If the Earth is a business, conservative extraction policies –- can you hear the chants of “Drill, baby drill?” –- are treating this business like a fire sale. Instead of living off nature’s interest, conservatives advocate drawing down irreplaceable natural capital. Mine the lands, drill the oceans, harvest like there’s no tomorrow. Burn, baby burn.
With the recent death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, things just got complicated for the Supreme Court — and for Senate majority members, who see the likelihood of a progressive Obama nomination heading their way. But in an ironic twist of fate, President Barack Obama’s signature Clean Power Plan, which was dealt a legal blow last week, may actually gain some traction from an evenly-split Supreme Court — even if Senate Republicans don’t confirm Obama’s nomination.
Is the energy transition stalling? Two months after COP21, it is time to separate news from trends. The oil price is down; the U.S. Supreme Court blocked the Obama administration’s carbon-emissions plan; and Germany is (understandably) focused on the Syrian refugee crisis, diverting attention away from its energy transition. Notwithstanding, the train has left the station. It would be a mistake to underestimate the power of technology and innovation to keep driving nonlinear change toward a low-carbon economy.