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COP21 — Two Months On: Time to Separate News from Trends

Is the energy transition stalling? Two months after COP21, it is time to separate news from trends. The oil price is down; the U.S. Supreme Court blocked the Obama administration’s carbon-emissions plan; and Germany is (understandably) focused on the Syrian refugee crisis, diverting attention away from its energy transition. Notwithstanding, the train has left the station. It would be a mistake to underestimate the power of technology and innovation to keep driving nonlinear change toward a low-carbon economy.

Barclays, Credit Suisse Settle with Record Fines for Misleading Investors

Dark pools? If it seems as if the names of financial-trading systems are getting murkier these days, you’re not alone. But the SEC and the New York attorney’s office have taken up the task of clearing the water for investors. Last month, regulators convinced Barclays and Credit Suisse to join the long list of financial institutions now accused of misleading investors in dark pool systems. The settlement garnered another $150 million for fed and state coffers and an admission of guilt from Barclays. But will it be enough to head off any more financial trainwrecks?

Oil Lobby Trolls Obama’s New Tax Proposal

Late last week, President Obama announced he would include a $10 per barrel tax on oil in the FY2016 budget that his administration is proposing to Congress. The oil industry is saying, “No way.”

ExxonMobil Seeks to Limit Shareholder Action on Climate Change

ExxonMobil is trying to exclude a climate change proposal from this year’s proxy ballot, and if the oil and gas giant succeeds, its shareholders won’t be able to vote on the proposal at the company’s annual general meeting on May 25.

Securing Buy-in From the Top: 7 Benefits of Integrated Thinking

Change isn’t an easy process in any organization. The challenge for many CSOs is getting their boards and corporate leadership to think beyond short-term quarterly and yearly earnings and realize the substantial value that sustainable thinking can have on mid- to long-term growth.

10 Sustainability Trends in the Luxury Industry

Positive Luxury unveils trends and makes predictions for sustainability in the luxury industry. Global conditions, changing consumer expectations and a modern business landscape require sustainability as an industry priority.

BP Suffers Record Annual Loss

BP is reporting a total loss of $6.5 billion during FY2015 — $2.2 billion last quarter alone — with the company expecting to fire 7,000 workers by the end of 2017, or 8.2 percent of its global workforce.

GRI and the SDG Compass: Moving Beyond the Report

The Paris Agreement and SDGs integrate the highest aspirations of the world community, defining the path for a world in transformation. Every sector of global society is called upon to be part of the process. For CEO Michael Meehan, engaging this multi-stakeholder approach is the foundation for the future of GRI and sustainability reporting in the context of our transformative economy.

Not Too Big to Fail: How Mega Investment Firms Do Sustainability

Mega investment firms are not too big to fail sustainability. Not all investment portfolios return above-average performance to their investors. We should hope for more, but set our expectations for mega investment firms in the same way.