“All businesses, like humans, fight death. And fight [the fossil fuel industry] will, with all the considerable power they have,” Paul Gilding, former executive director of Greenpeace International, wrote in Australia’s REnewEconomy. “But in the end, the fossil fuel giants have no strategy that involves fossil fuels which makes any business or economic sense.”
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Climate change economics is emerging as a disruptive mega-trend driven by estimates that the cost of global climate change will reach a staggering $72 trillion. Obesity is now projected to carry a global economic cost of more than $100 trillion during the 21st century. In response to these alarming economic realities, a revolution is stirring in who customers buy from, the way investors allocate funds and the companies set to rise to the top.
SPECIAL SERIES: Graduate Interviews: EMSL
Today’s business leaders must be ready to keep up with the curve-balls the 21st century is poised to throw at them, from shifting economic landscapes to a changing climate. Jamie Bohan, a recent graduate of the Executive Master’s in Sustainability & Leadership (EMSL) program at ASU, took notice of this after ending a 20-year stint at Honeywell to manage the sustainability department of waste service company Republic Services.
World Water Week is going on right now in Stockholm, Sweden. This year marks the 25th edition of the annual international event aimed at calling attention to issues surrounding water. A new tracking tool was launched at the event that may help businesses rethink water risk.
Commodity investing may sound risky, but there are benefits to including commodities in your investment strategy. Oil, gas and precious metals are just a few of the popular commodities that industry leaders have considered safe investments, but over time, these have all seen extreme ups and downs.
Extractive industry projects may not be created to victimize women, but violence against women has become a major by-product of these project operations. It’s time for the industry to take responsibility for its impact on indigenous women and their communities, argues economist Rebecca Adamson.
Why did President Obama give the green flag to arctic drilling in the Chukchi Sea? And what does it mean for the environment? There’s a million theories about why the president, who has made climate change solutions his administration’s legacy, has opened the door to Shell’s petition. But could we expect anything different in a region defined by human nature and geopolitical competition for world resources?
Unlike banks, many philanthropic foundations and public charities have mission statements and objectives that align with the Federal Reserve’s objective of maximizing employment. This makes the nonprofit sector an ideal partner for the Fed.
SPECIAL SERIES: The ROI of Sustainability
How can we measure the ROI of sustainability? Our series with MeterHero this summer explored that question by examining case studies of companies, organizations and communities that have successfully implemented sustainability programs. Is ROI simply a business calculation? Is the dollar value of sustainability — as defined by conventional business metrics — the best way to measure ROI? In this post, McGee Young, founder and CEO of MeterHero, shares his final thoughts on the subject.
To hear some farmers tell it, the farm-to-table concept doesn’t work. There’s too much opportunity for restaurants to build on hype, and too little assurance the consumer is getting what is paid for. But one popular farm-to-table program is defying that statement, proving that farm-to-table partnerships can not only inspire consumers to come to the table, but sink valuable dollars into regional businesses as well.
What will be the next public Benefit Corporation or B Corp? This spring Etsy went from private B Corporation to public. Now there’s talk of global consumer packaged goods giant Unilever taking the plunge. Whichever firm it is will benefit from the experience of Plum Organics, a B Corporation purchased last year by Campbell Soup Co.
It became clear at the recent U.N. Financing for Development Conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, that both public- and private-sector involvement will be needed to finance the forthcoming Sustainable Development Goals.
The evolution of carbon markets, particularly for forestry, may open carbon markets to a whole new set of participants. This market evolution will potentially result in new opportunities where carbon revenue can help advance conservation and stewardship objectives, particularly for landowners. Increased landowner participation is one of several critical variables determining the future size and strength of the forest offset market.
The local garment industry’s minimum wage is $128 per month, but the industry leaders are eyeing $177 to compensate for the cost of living in Cambodia.