According to Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC), “one thing is clear: businesses, governments and communities across the world need to plan for a warming world – not just 2C, but 4C or even 6C.” Given this cheery prologue, what are the characteristics that businesses should be preparing for as we look forward to a destabilizing climate?
Category: 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.
“We need women playing a role at all levels, from product development to government policy – alongside their role as consumers, making choices for themselves and their families. Many women do not realise the huge impact they could have on society and the environment.”
The New York State Assembly last week approved a two-year moratorium on fracking, extending a de facto ban that has been in place since 2008. The moratorium, if approved by the State Senate and signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, will extend to 2015.
NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg has advocated for shrinking the U.S. coal industry, and the coal industry has fired back with a letter in defense of “clean” coal.
Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us, the new book by Michael Moss has an interesting CSR angle – no matter how you look it, this story is not just about salt, sugar and fat, but also about corporate responsibility, or more accurately about the lack of it.
Michelle Obama’s column “The Business Case for Healthier Food Options” tries to show CEOs and Wall-Street the business case for doing the right thing. However, while she made a pretty good case, I doubt the target audience of this column will take it seriously.
Shell has been known for exercising foresight through their extensive, and carefully considered scenario planning efforts for forty years. Their latest report, which was just released last week, contained a combination of good news and bad news.
This year (2013) marks the International Year of Water Cooperation. As countries and corporations vie for control over precious water resources, is it right for companies to have a say in how the planet’s valuable water resources are managed, distributed and restricted?
Last week the Biomimicry 3.8 Institute announced the round-one winners of the Student Design Challenge. The three teams designed a water filter based on fish gills, a produce chiller inspired by honeybees, and a farming strategy for the driest desert in the world.
Ready to throw in the towel when it comes to getting people to change their recycling habits, Houston officials have decided to reach out for a technological fix instead. The Total Reuse—One Bin For All initiative was Houston’s entry in the Mayor’s Challenge, a Bloomberg Philanthropies competition.
Since California’s cap-and-trade program for greenhouse gases officially entered into force this year, many have focused on its cost to businesses – particularly energy companies and industry. However, California consumers will actually start seeing some rewards – even in disadvantaged communities.