Over and over – from the proposed ban on transgender military services members to the proposal to end DACA protections for America’s DREAMers – CEO activism made 2017 a year when business leaders moved out of their comfort zones to take public stands for causes they believe in and issues they care about.
Policy & Government
A catch all category for government, politics and initiatives to influence either.
The future of carbon capture and storage in the U.S. may be bleak due to the tax reform bill poised to pass Congress. But while coal company executives are fuming over a tax reform plan that would eliminate carbon capture incentives, the U.S. energy secretary is moving forward on the technology with Saudi Arabia.
A community in the Houston area has a new flood prevention plan in the works. It involves lovingly remaking the city’s defunct golf course into a recreation area with 5 big pits to hold floodwaters during hurricanes and torrential downpours. It’s the latest rethink as to how to keep Houston cities green and safe in the face of worsening climate change.
Patagonia is suing the Trump Administration over its announcement that it will reverse federal protections for public lands such as those within Bears Ears National Monument. Five national monuments will see their size reduced if the White House’s plan comes to fruition.
The last federal body charged with addressing community resilience to climate change received the ax from the Trump administration. In the last two years the panel had succeeded in attracting a private sponsor of scientists and doctors and was on its way to amassing data on ways to implement better resilience in local communities.
More bad news for coal: the Republican-led tax “reform” bill could chop out a key provision that provides low cost funds for carbon capture projects.
The signing of the Paris Agreement in December 2015 was a “watershed moment,” for international unity and also for business, says Cynthia Cummins, Director of Private Sector Climate Mitigation for WRI, in a recent interview with TriplePundit.
Wisconsin’s renewable energy profile is a little behind the national average, but it is strong enough to shutter coal power plants and attract new jobs.
Fundación Grupo Puntacana claims it serves as a model of how the public and private sectors can allow tourism to thrive while mitigating any environmental and social impacts in local communities.
Thanks to cheaper and more efficient air travel, not to mention the growth of the middle class in emerging economies, more people are traveling abroad than ever before. Yet tourism operates in its own silo – that needs to change if this industry can grow at stratospheric rates while becoming more sustainable.
EPA Hides Clean Power Plan Hearing; Can’t Hide Truth About Business Case for Cutting Carbon, Clean Energy
The Trump Administration and new EPA chief Scott Pruitt claim that by putting limits on carbon pollution on existing power plants, the Clean Power Plan will hurt our economy and jobs. They say businesses don’t like the plan. That’s just not true.
If it were, the EPA might’ve been more forthcoming when planning this week’s hearing. Instead, it held the hearing yesterday, the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, in the not-so-easy-to-get-to-city of Charleston, West Virginia, the epicenter of the nation’s coal industry back when coal was king.
Canada’s softwood lumber may not be its biggest export industry, but it has been an essential import for the U.S. for decades. But things may be changing between the two countries. U.S. tariffs and political differences about how to price a country’s lumber are driving a wedge at the NAFTA negotiation table. And Canadian companies may not be the ones that will suffer the most from those tariffs, says the National Association of Homebuilders.
The question many businesses are forced to ask themselves is how to enforce human rights compliance across an increasingly complex global network if the current system isn’t working. A great first step would be to stop enforcing, and start engaging. In other words, a little less stick and a little more carrot.
The Green Climate Fund, which was supposed to ensure that developing nations would receive the necessary help and funding to adapt to climate change, is facing steep criticism these days. The problem, critics say, is not just that there isn’t enough money to complete the staggering number of climate mitigation projects needed, but that there isn’t enough transparency as to how the money is being allocated.
By Michael Eberhart Forward-thinking business leaders are increasingly choosing to take the “high road” by offering their employees better wages, flexible schedules, and benefits like paid family leave and paid sick days. They understand that taking care of their employees is good for their business – increasing morale, productivity, and profits. But beyond that, … Continued