Last week I attended the New York City Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator’s demo day, where the accelerator’s latest cohort of startups presented themselves to a large audience of investors and venture capitalists. The presentations were great, but one thing caught my attention: None of the startups (well, except maybe one) could be considered a sustainable startup.
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 an effect on company growth. Topics include: Conscious Capitalism, Social Enterprise, B-Corps, Circular Economy, Sharing Economy
To close out our series with CVS on disrupting short-termism, we checked in with the health company’s SVP of Corporate Social Responsibility Eileen Howard Boone to see how their business was impacted by the decision to remove tobacco products from their product portfolio.
US$6.2 trillion is a wall of money. Today, trillions of dollars are being managed with ‘sustainability inside,’ based on self-reported, unverified, voluntary disclosures by investors globally. For many in the investment industry, it’s both inspiring and a little bewildering. The number keeps growing, but what’s in the number is not exactly clear. It’s also not enough.
These politicians believe a hefty corporate tax break is key to gaining bipartisan support for an aggressive carbon tax. Will it provide Republicans with enough political cover to stand up to the fossil fuel industry?
A new report concludes that more than half of North Americans have “woken up to a new way a new way of getting the products and services they need. It’s called the collaborative economy, and it’s the biggest shift in the business landscape since the advent of the Internet itself … To compete in this growing economy, established corporations must develop new strategies.”
Always wanted to win $20 million? Well, now’s your chance. Figure out how, and what to convert the world’s carbon emissions to, and you’ll have the attention of scientists all over the world. Oh, and you may just solve one of the biggest challenges yet facing our battle against climate change.
The American Sustainable Business Council meeting in D.C. hosted a “platform-off” between reps for Clinton and Sanders. Co-Vermonters Ben + Jerry spoke enthusiastically for the Sanders camp.
America was meant to be a land of endless possibilities and self-determination. This country was established to give religious and economic freedom to its citizenry. Adams, Jefferson, Franklin, and other signers of the Declaration of Independence knew their proclamations would mean very little without economic freedom. Money is and always has been a major part of the “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” that was promised to Americans. Worker-owned companies can fulfill that promise.
If Nova Scotia’s Mi’kaq First Nations are successful in their petition to the Canadian government, the island of Cape Breton will be a new home for Syrian refugees. And if the Israeli company SodaStream gets its way, it will be able to provide jobs for 1,000 refugees – in Israel. A variety of companies and communities are stepping up to help the burgeoning flow of refugees – in some cases, to the consternation of their governments. Is this the new humanitarian movement, or just a gentle encouragement for governments to help? Either way, they are committed to making a difference in Syria’s humanitarian crisis.
So do low interest rates explain why green bonds are selling for 20bps (.20%) over market rates? That’s a big deal in fixed income land. Barclays was reported by Bloomberg saying “Sales of “green bonds” have been increasing, but so have their prices.” It may be that the case for investing in the underlying assets – solar, wind, green infrastructure – is so strong that investors are willing to pay the green premium. But is that all that’s happening?
Underscoring the buy-in of the business community on climate action is a bold commitment from a group of top Fortune 500 companies: to meet 100 percent of their electricity needs using renewable sources.
Today, 1.2 billion people, or almost a fifth of the world’s population, live in areas of water scarcity, and, according to the U.N., this number will climb to almost 2 billion by 2025. The good news is that citizens, governments and businesses are waking up and acknowledging the importance of water stewardship.