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Why Does Long-Termism Matter?

What does the focus on the future of our people, planet, and profits ultimately boil down to? Long-termism. We’ve seen an accelerated interest in the impact of long-termism on business and sustainability – inextricably linked as they are – through a number of different investor-focused efforts, like Larry Fink’s letter to BlackRock portfolio companies, the recommendations of the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD), and Nasdaq’s voluntary ESG reporting guidelines for the Nordic and Baltic markets, to name a few examples of many.

Canada’s NAFTA Upgrade Calls for Improved Worker Rights in U.S. and Mexico

The Trump administration may have high hopes for “modernizing” NAFTA, but so do Canada and Mexico. For Canada it starts with a lofty list of social improvements, including getting rid of US “right-to-work laws” and bringing Mexico’s labor rights in line with its northern neighbors.

Coal-Fired Power Plants Cost U.S. Consumers $10B a Year

According to Carbon Tracker, the closing of unprofitable coal-fired power plants across the U.S. could save consumers as much as $10 billion a year by 2021 and increase the country’s competitiveness.

How to Conceal with Flair: NRA Hosts First-Ever ‘Fashion Show’

The catwalk sported a new image this August, as the NRA unveiled its first-ever fashion show. The point on this runway, however, wasn’t what you could see on the models, but what you couldn’t. Paris couturiers, meet the American concealed weapon industry.

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Apparel Industry Stands by the Higg Index

It’s hard to imagine two brands more different  than Walmart and Patagonia, yet in 2009 they aligned their unique strengths and issued a call to the industry. In an invitation to some of the world’s largest retailers, then Walmart chief merchandising officer, John Fleming, and Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard proposed an industry collaboration unlike any attempted before. The idea was to join competitors together to develop an index to measure the environmental impact of their products.

Amazon’s Satellite HQ Could Reap Billions in Tax Breaks

Amazon could over $10 billion in reduced tax breaks and other incentives for its recently-announced second headquarters, but some civic leaders question the wisdom of giving a very profitable company billions that could go to schools or infrastructure.

Why the Green Climate Fund Matters

The U.S. recently began shifting its global gaze to an inward focus, and climate policy is no exception. From President Trump declaring he represents Pittsburgh and not Paris, our once broad and inclusive views have narrowed considerably.

Trump’s DOE Invests $13M in Alternative Fuel Vehicles

New electric vehicles that can support mass transit are on the horizon, according to an announcement by the Department of Energy Vehicle Technologies Office. The office has just dolled out $13.4 million to encourage the production of alternative fuel vehicles that can support community mass transit.

The Economic Benefits of Peace

Not only could business activity build peace in the right settings, business can also gain significant profits from high-opportunity post-conflict contexts. Targeted investments towards identified drivers of peace in fragile states can trigger virtuous cycles where peace and prosperity mutually reinforce each other.

Solar Power to Rival Nuclear by End of 2017

According to a recent report, solar power capacity not only continues to surge worldwide, but will rival the amount of nuclear power generated across the globe by the end of this year.

Massive Infrastructure Needs Require Creative Funding Approaches

Municipal bonds have helped pay for some our country’s most iconic projects, including the Erie Canal and the Golden Gate Bridge. Today they help pay for the full spectrum of critical infrastructure, from schools, roads, and airports to hospitals, water systems, and affordable housing. But while municipal bonds have helped animate the growth of the United States for the past 200 years, to meet our nation’s infrastructure needs for the next 200 years, new financing tools are required.