A confluence of powerful trends shaped up in Germany in 2014. Renewable energy production rose, greenhouse gas emissions and power prices fell while the economy expanded, according to Agora Energiewende’s 2014 annual report.
Category: New Economics
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 en effect on company growth.
This last week marked the one-year anniversary of a chemical spill that shut down the tap water for nine counties in West Virginia and brought the city of Charleston to a commercial standstill for more than a week. It also marked the announcement that the four top executives of Freedom Industries — the company responsible for the spill — have now been indicted for violations under the Clean Water Act. The CEO, Gary L. Southern, who had been hit by numerous lawsuits, has also been indicted for scheming to defraud bankruptcy creditors.
As more and more institutions face pressure to divest from fossil fuel companies, some are looking to shareholder engagement as an alternative. Decades of such engagement, however, have produced strikingly little result.
From manufacturing to universities, schools, communities and government facilities, renewable energy is expected to continue its rapid rise, despite the recent sharp drop in world oil prices.
In a recent op-ed in the Washington Post, former Treasury Secretary Lawrence “Larry” Summers makes the point that, with gasoline taxes at levels not seen in years, this would be an excellent time to implement a carbon tax.
Special guests from TriplePundit, PwC, PwC Foundation, and Campbell Soup Company came together on January 6th for a Twitter Chat on CSR trends to watch in 2015. We heard from the experts and addressed questions from the audience, too!
Hellmann’s decision to drop a suit against its startup competitor Hampton Creek was more a lesson in changing attitudes about food than right-or-wrong values. With an increasing focus on vegan foods and consumer support for small, innovative concepts that are touted as sustainable, Just Mayo was the expected winner in this tussle. But it may just point to a new trend in food marketing, too.
Have you been grinding your teeth wanting to tell it like it is on who is helping or hurting the adoption of sustainable solutions? Here’s your chance.
When I talk about optimism, I’m not talking about burying your head in the sand or daydreaming about a utopian future, but about a very realistic “hopefulness and confidence about the future,” which is exactly what I found in September at TED@Unilever.
How important was environmental protection in 2014? Well, to be honest, our findings are a mixed bag. While California comes out first for its progressive efforts to stop the effects of toxic chemicals, other regions of North America fell woefully short in bolstering legislation against greenhouse gas emissions and climate change. But on the whole, 2014 was a get ‘em done year.
This year’s battle over the fate of a supermarket chain is emblematic of the dilemma that will continue to face American businesses in 2015: extracting maximum value for shareholders or reinvesting in workers’ long-term value.
New year, new start. That should be the motto for your business as you take a back seat for 2015 and delegate to your capable staff.