Soccer is the world’s most popular sport and a catalyst for social change and international development beyond the pitch and the athletes of the game.
Sustainability reporting may be a big winner of this week’s UN Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro. Paragraph 47 of Rio+20’s outcome document outlines the importance of organizations’ commitment to sustainability reporting.
Led by the Corporate Eco Forum and The Nature Conservancy (TNC), 24 companies are developing a methodology to assign a value to the world’s forests, freshwater and marine systems.
Turning the world we have today into a truly sustainable one could be as simple as making things cost what they truly cost. Unfortunately, that appears to be much easier said than done. A report from the Environmental Integrity Project (EIP) evaluated the health impacts of the 18 dirtiest coal plants, from the standpoint of sulfur dioxide emissions, and found that the cost of health care required as the result of the pollution, exceeded the cost of electricity produced by the plants.
A new global report by Forest Trends’ Ecosystem Marketplace Initiative shows that the voluntary carbon market is booming. It also appears to be driving new innovation in the sustainable development initiatives.
To become appropriately engaged, Allen suggests, “If you do not pay attention to what has your attention you will give it more attention than it deserves.” A key lesson is to have the ability to shift in and out of the tasks we are doing. In other words, we need to be able to change and refocus where we place our attention and engagement.
When it comes to corporate social responsibility, and the desire on the part of companies to make a positive impact in the world, starting at home, there is a secret weapon that all companies possess, but few, if any, take full advantage of: employee passion. The power of this force cannot be overestimated.
How do you make a cookstove into a carbon credit? Take a region where charcoal is the cooking fuel of choice, switch it out for a cleaner burning fuel that doesn’t contribute to global warming quite so dramatically, then, somehow, track the whole thing accurately enough that it’s possible to measure the tons of emissions the switch represents.
Can charitable $ be recycled? In the words of famed venture capitalist John Doerr of KP, can you “write one $10M check and have that capital sustain itself?”
This morning in Geneva, the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), a coalition of more than 200 companies, announced the launch of Changing Pace, an aggressive, detailed road map of policy recommendations aimed at scaling up business solutions to our planet’s most pressing sustainability challenges.
Our personal data form an incredibly important resource for many technology companies, leading some to regard the massive amounts of data we generate as the 21st century version of oil. Although potentially unlimited from a supply perspective, is our personal data a sustainable resource for the companies that rely on it?
Omidyar Network is a philanthropic investment firm started in 2004 by eBay founder Pierre Omidyar. Since 2004, the firm has invested close to $500 million in both non-profit and for profit ventures, all of which have a stated mission to catalyze social, economic, and political change. We’ve written about many of the companies that Omidyar has … Continued