Corporate responsibility. Sustainability reporting and disclosure. Diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI). Environmental, social and governance (ESG). There are a lot of common terms in the sustainable business space, with a lot of mixed opinions hitting the headlines when it comes to sustainability and equity in the economy. But what do they all mean? What do they look like in practice? And what approaches are actually promoting positive change? TriplePundit brings a fresh take on solutions journalism to the sustainable business space, with an eye toward the emerging solutions that take a unique, impactful approach to corporate citizenship and a purpose beyond profit.
Keeping up with these important economic topics doesn't need to leave you feeling confused, angry or hopeless. Understanding the necessary context for economic problems without dwelling on them, and learning about the steps people are taking to solve them, allows us to find manageable ways to engage with the issue head on.
A renewed focus on social and racial equity, new philanthropy models that get funds where they're needed most, changing regulatory and reporting landscapes that push business to go further, and the rise of new-economy concepts like stakeholder capitalism and degrowth prove economic problems are not insurmountable — and there's no single way to solve them. The sooner we delve into new solutions, what's working and what isn't, the closer we step toward the change we want to see.
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The U.S. EPA is Set to Distribute $27 Billion to Underserved Communities. Will It Reach Them?
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is set to distribute up to $27 billion through the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund in March. But will it really reach the low-income communities it's intended for?
On Valentine's Day, Let's Consider Where Our Chocolate Comes From
The cocoa industry generates roughly $200 billion in annual profits, yet the farmers who produce it often make less than a dollar a day from growing and selling cocoa. As we celebrate Valentine’s Day, WWF's Jason Clay examines how companies can invest in the people and places that sustain cocoa production.
Why It’s Hard to Discuss Race At Work (and How to Make It Easier)
Talking about race at work often devolves into defensiveness that invalidates people of color and their perspectives. To have productive conversations, you should arrive capable of managing your own feelings while accepting hard truths about yourself, this diversity and inclusion expert recommends.
This Tool Helps Brands Measure the Impact of Their Investments in Black Communities
Many brands will mark Black History Month by announcing new investments aimed at supporting Black communities. But how will they measure the results? This tool can help, but few financial companies actually use it.
Bridging the Gap Between Donations and Meaningful Connections
Subaru has donated millions of dollars to local and national nonprofits across the U.S., and its community commitment manager says one lesson stands out most: Businesses cannot make a genuine impact on behalf of a community without building a meaningful connection first.
Greenhushing at Work: Why 70% of Companies Are Hiding Their Climate Goals
More companies are staying mum about their progress, a practice known as "greenhushing." But despite pushback against environmental, social and governance (ESG) principles in the U.S., American companies remain far more vocal than their global peers, new research shows.
Book Bans and ESG Backlash: Top Issues Brands Must Address in 2024
Along with another critical year in the fight against climate change, these issues are sure to be at the forefront for brands as we head into the new year.
ESG Investing Will Have A Good Year In 2024, Despite Turmoil In The U.S.
Critics have raised plenty of opposition to investments made through the lens of environmental, social and governance (ESG) principles, but most of that energy has gone to waste. The only clear losers appear to be the very people that anti-ESG legislation ostensibly aims to protect.
A Chilling Legal Landscape Has Racial Equity Efforts Under Attack
Advocates warn that lawsuits filed in 2023 add up to a murky legal landscape in which racial equity programming can be labeled discrimination.
With Harmonized Sustainability Reporting Requirements On the Horizon, Companies Must Prepare Now or Be Left Scrambling
Global sustainability reporting is finally on the brink of unifying around a set of disclosures. This is great news for business leaders who are choking on the alphabet soup of sustainability reporting standards, but preparing to meet the new requirements is still a challenge.
What CEOs Are Saying About AI Heading Into 2024
The rise of artificial intelligence (AI) has organizations grappling to keep pace. The training and employment consultancy nonprofit Per Scholas surveyed C-suite leaders to get a sense of what's on their minds when it comes to AI and how they plan to upskill for 2024 and beyond.
What Happened in Panama? How Transparency Measures Can Fight Corruption in Mining
In November, thousands of Panamanians took the streets to protest a copper mining contract. Their story is one of many unfolding around the world, in which corporate and government corruption make way for mining projects that harm the public good. Measures like the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative can help.
Tina writes frequently for TriplePundit and other websites, with a focus on military, government and corporate sustainability, clean tech research and emerging energy technologies. She is a former Deputy Director of Public Affairs of the New York City Department of Environmental Protection, and author of books and articles on recycling and other conservation themes.
Mary has reported on sustainability and social impact for over a decade and now serves as executive editor of TriplePundit. She is also the general manager of TriplePundit's Brand Studio, which has worked with dozens of organizations on sustainability storytelling, and VP of content for TriplePundit's parent company 3BL.
Taylor’s work spans print, podcasts, photography and radio. She brings her passion for covering social and environmental issues through the lens of solutions journalism to her work as editorial assistant.