Last week was a busy and eventful one for the solar energy industry as market participants from across the U.S., and around the world, gathered in Anaheim, Calif. for the Department of Energy’s (DOE) “SunShot Grand Challenge Summit 2014.” Among the highlights: The Energy Department launched a $1 million solar “soft costs” innovation crowdsourcing contest and $10 million in R&D funding for six thermochemical energy storage projects.
This category is about the relation between business economies and sustainability and CSR. Company economies have great impact on how much effort they put into their CSR strategy and incorporating green strategies can have an effect on company growth. Topics include: Conscious Capitalism, Social Enterprise, B-Corps, Circular Economy, Sharing Economy
How does a company that has been practicing responsible citizenship for 75 years drive even more impact for people, the economy and the environment? By making its citizenship efforts and business strategy fully and inextricably intertwined.
Join TriplePundit, CSRwire, and HP for a Twitter chat – live from Sustainable Brands ’14 in San Diego. You can participate from home using #livingprogress!
VW is making substantial progress in realizing the strategic goals laid out in its “Think Blue” strategy. As its 2013 group sustainability report shows, the multinational auto and transportation manufacturer’s sustainability initiatives course through all its operations, and extend well beyond factory doors.
Heineken CEO Jean-François van Boxmeer: “Sustainable commercial agricultural production is vital to the health and well-being of Africa’s economy and people.”
Abengoa’s 206-MW Mount Signal Solar, built for Silver Ridge Power, will deliver clean, renewable electricity to some 72,000 homes in the San Diego area. The U.S. sustainable energy market now accounts for 28 percent of Abengoa’s overall business, and it’s turning to U.S. capital markets to raise as much as $600 million in a yieldco IPO.
‘Cheater economics’ enables polluting products to be sold cheaper than many clean products and includes subsidies for fossil fuels, pesticides and toxic chemicals. Cheater economics tolerates pollution externalities, as economists have noted.
An alternative to top-down management, sociocracy is an organizational structure for distributed leadership, empowering people and groups within domains.
SPECIAL SERIES: Sustainable Seafood
High in Europe and North America, awareness of, and demand for sustainable seafood is growing worldwide. Just over 10 percent of fisheries are now certified by the Marine Stewardship Council, and that’s bringing economic, as well as environmental, benefits to seafood industry participants and consumers, according to the latest facts and figures from the MSC.
The Global Compact Business For Peace program brings a new degree of coordination to private sector initiatives in international development. These initiatives seek to address the needs and desires of people for a higher standard of living and better quality of life leading to more stable societies wherein conflict is less likely.
Can the principles of the free market solve some of the most pressing challenges facing our national forests? The National Forest Foundation (NFF) hopes so, announcing it has just extended the deadline for its Barrett Foundation Business Concept Challenge which offers $100,000 in prize money for market-based solutions to the forests’ current issues.
You’ve heard it before: Job searching is about relationship-building. It’s good advice, no matter how many times you hear it—but it’s especially true of the sustainability job search. The fact is, if you’re spending your time looking for sustainability job postings online, you’re going about the job search the wrong way.
Environmental concerns have hindered construction of utility-scale concentrating solar (aka solar thermal) power plants, but Chile’s environmental ministry has approved Abengoa’s 110-MW Cerro Dominador CSP project. Cerro Dominador will not only be the largest CSP facility in South America, but also the first to supply solar-generated electricity 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Did you miss (or participate in?) our recent conversation with McDonald’s Corporation? Here are the highlights from the #McDsustainability Twitter chat with VP of Sustainability Bob Langert, CSRwire, and our 227 chat participants.
The impact and sustainable investing market is a crowded place these days with big business, social entrepreneurs, private investors and governments all getting into the act. Yet investors are still finding deal-sourcing a challenge. At the same time, intermediaries and entrepreneurs are still struggling to develop deals and find partners. So, how can we bring the different parts of the sector together to speed up the pace of change and make more impact?