CSR-Friendly Tax Policy: Unlocking Value and Aligning Interests

Tax policy can enhance the social impact of business and support business at the same time, says Wayne Dunn, president of the CSR Training Institute. We are seeing some governments making corporate social responsibility (CSR) policy into a tax, setting minimum amounts that companies must spend on CSR, often with little thought for value and impact.
Dunn puts forward the case for replacing that with its polar opposite – using tax breaks to incentivize and enhance CSR to everyone’s benefit.

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California Democrats Cave In To Oil Lobby

A California Senate bill would have required a 50 percent reduction in petroleum use by 2030. Last week, California Gov. Jerry Brown and Senate Democrats caved in to pressure from oil industry lobbyists and dropped the provision.

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Are the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals Doomed?

On Sept. 25, more than 150 world leaders will convene at the United Nations headquarters in New York City to formally adopt an ambitious new sustainable development agenda. However, according to a report released by a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit, The Rules, the entire process has been “fundamentally compromised” by powerful corporations with an interest in maintaining the status quo.


Policy Points: Government Shutdown Would Be a Job-Killer

535 Americans returned from a month-long vacation recently, only to find they had a month to avoid something that could cost the economy billions of dollars. We’re talking, of course, about the threat of a government shutdown.


Aspen Goes 100 Percent Renewable

Aspen, Colorado, just became the third U.S. city to meet all of its electricity needs with renewable energy.

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The Endowment Economy

Most endowments are the result of wealthy individuals setting aside money for a particular cause or set of causes. Or, in the case of universities, it is the result of an accumulation of donations and grants. So, it makes sense that we don’t have thousands of massive endowments. On the other hand, we have witnessed numerous injections of capital into the economy by the federal government in the form of stimulus packages and quantitative easing. So, why don’t we have more big endowments?

When it comes to water and fracturing, it’s all about location and time.

The Clean Power Plan: What’s Water Got To Do With It?

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s new Clean Power Plan has been heralded as a major step toward a low-carbon economy in the United States. However, the plan’s impact on water resources has been largely overlooked, even though power plants are significant water users across the U.S., accounting for 45 percent of total water withdrawals.


Will Climate Change Pledges Be Enough?

“It is clear that if the Paris meeting locks in present climate commitments for 2030, holding warming below 2 degrees Celsius could essentially become infeasible, and 1.5 degrees Celsius beyond reach. Given the present level of pledged climate action, commitments should only be made until 2025,” said Bill Hare, founder and CEO of Climate Analytics.

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Early Lights on the Road to COP21 Turning Green

Just about everyone who is paying attention to climate change is looking forward with anticipation to the COP21 meeting in Paris. Indeed, many pundits have announced that the need for a significant actionable agreement is in the “do-or-die” range.


Seafood Companies Bolster the President’s Fight Against IUU Fishing

Last year, the Obama administration set its sights on preserving America’s seafood and the global supply chain by launching a task force to combat illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing. Fortunately, many of the world’s tuna companies are already taking proactive steps aimed at combating IUU fishing within the industry. These companies are part of an innovative public-private partnership that has committed the world’s leading seafood companies to transparency.


Scooping Up Diplomacy: The ‘Invisible’ Ambassadors of Summer

University students like Anel, Mavutho and Umar are participating in the U.S. Department of State Exchange Visitor Program, which provides more than 80,000 students the opportunity to live and work in the United States on a J-1 Summer Work Travel visa during their summer break.


Choose Between Prosperity and Sustainability: Both?

By greening economic growth, we can create prosperity and wealth — while also safeguarding our environment and our climate, argues Li Yong, director general of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization. That’s why, in a few weeks, the U.N. plans to make inclusive and sustainable industrial development one of the Sustainable Development Goals to be achieved by the year 2030.

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How A Carbon Tax Can Win Bipartisan Support

The advocacy group Washington Carbon is attempting to add a carbon tax to the 2016 Washington State ballot. The initiative would tax fossil fuels at $25 per metric ton of carbon dioxide. That’s 25 cents per gallon of gas.