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 $3.7 Billion Benefit That Bats Bring to U.S. Agriculture

By Anum Yoon Mentioning bats usually elicits one of two reactions: “how cute” or “get it away!” No matter where you stand when it comes to the bats themselves, it is impossible to deny the massive benefits that they offer to the agriculture industry, both in the United States and worldwide. So, why exactly are … Continued

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As Droughts Worsen, Food Companies Take Action on Water Risk

Food companies are feeling the pinch from worsening droughts in the U.S. Southwest, Australia and beyond. Firms like Cargill and Unilever reported drought-related losses over the past fiscal year. Yes, water risk is a pressing issue — and investors are demanding to know more about how food companies plan to tackle it. Now, six brands are stepping up to the plate.


States Sue on Behalf of Big Coal to Stop the Clean Power Plan

Coal companies, which pollute our environment and destroy our mountains without paying the true costs of their impact on our planet, want to continue polluting for free. And they’re pushing 24 states to sue the Environmental Protection Agency and stop President Obama’s plan.


CSR After the Volkswagen Scandal

In the weeks following the Volkswagen emissions scandal, critics have been queuing up to slam the whole concept of corporate social responsibility (CSR) as a “dangerous racket” built on false promises and unreliable self-assessment. But despite the criticism, CSR matters more than ever. Volkswagen illustrates that all companies must strive to avoid a gap between communications and performance.

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St. Louis Landfill Fire Near Nuclear Waste Dump Poses Concerns

A fire has been slowly burning underneath a landfill in the St. Louis, Missouri, area for five years. The Bridgeton Landfill, part of the West Lake Landfill, is less than a quarter of a mile away from 8,700 tons of radioactive barium sulfate, which was illegally dumped in the ’70s. Last weekend, an above-ground fire occurred at the landfill, highlighting the landfill’s mounting problems.


Ben & Jerry’s CEO: How to Get Your Social Impact Game On

If you ever want to one-up someone in a conversation about corporate social responsibility, all you have to do is toss in the words “Unilever” or “Paul Polman,” and it’s over. But you know what would even be an even bigger win? Becoming a company like Unilever or a CEO like Polman. So, I interviewed the CEO of everyone’s favorite Unilever brand, Ben & Jerry’s. Part man, part dessert god, Jostein Solheim shares how to integrate social good into your business model, measure impact and recruit more brand fans.


Exxon Could be Guilty of Big-Tobacco Racketeering

Tobacco is, ironically, bringing Exxon closer to an investigation. A former Department of Justice lawyer has alluded to a parallel between the racketeering investigations against cigarette companies in 2006, and the discovery that Exxon knew decades ago that climate change would be exacerbated by the company’s carbon emissions. Meanwhile, the Heartland Institute put out an op-ed charging that this is all a political maneuver being used by Bernie Sanders to win the presidency. Nothing, however, is said about the fact that Sanders is only one of the many calling for an investigation of Exxon.


The Quick & Dirty: Climate Change — Rinse and Repeat

When it comes to climate change negotiations, we’ve been repeating the same thing since 2009: We have the science to show we need to do something serious right now, but treat it like fiction when it comes to the actual agreement and commitments. Rinse and repeat. The life of climate change. Loud voices make big claims, but nothing will happen to slow down what is killing us.


Consumers to the U.N.: Kick Big Polluters Out of Climate Negotiations

As the world turns its attention to Paris in advance of the United Nations climate negotiations in December, hundreds of thousands of people are also unifying around a common cause: kicking the very polluters that have caused the climate crisis out of those negotiations.


More Innovation is Needed in Sustainability Reporting: Consider ‘4-D’

Caterina Camerani, a sustainability expert at AkzoNobel, recently attended the New Metrics’15 conference in Boston, where she gave a keynote address and presented results from a unique pilot project called 4-D reporting. This article represents her observations of the state of sustainability reporting in the corporate world, the value of such reporting and the difficulties companies have with measurement along the entire value chain.


Bill McKibben’s Brash One-Man-Stand Against Exxon and Climate Change

There are more than 160,000 gas stations in the U. S., more than three times the number of supermarkets. Yet when founder Bill McKibben set up his one-man protest outside an Exxon gas station in Vermont and forced it to close, he did more than get arrested. Months-old news about a simmering accusation of cover-up is once more back in the headlines and in front of lawmakers.


The Federal Reserve’s Role in Saving the Planet

The Federal Reserve has a very clear mission that includes three basic objectives: maximize employment, keep prices stable and keep interest rates reasonable. The Federal Reserve is also responsible for “containing systemic risk that may arise in financial markets.” Given the objectives mentioned, take a moment to strategize on how you might convince the Federal Reserve to take a more active role in addressing climate change.