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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Less Talking, More Doing: This $700M Climate Laboratory Shows ESG is Alive and Well
The New York Climate Exchange is a powerful example of how businesses can take meaningful action on climate change, regardless of political headwinds.
The Role of Development Banks in Mining Projects, and How Communities Can Hold Them Accountable
Development banks can offer an avenue for communities impacted by mining projects to seek justice. We take a closer look as part of "Undermining Progress," a solutions journalism series focused on human rights and environmental concerns tied to mining for the low-carbon energy transition.
Embracing Planetary Boundaries is the Secret to Business Success
From rolling rivers to honeybees, the ecosystem services nature provides are crucial to business success, but many businesses fail to account for them. By doing business with planetary boundaries in mind, companies can fortify their economic resilience and outpace their peers.
What Should We Do With All of This Empty Office Space?
All year we’ve seen companies take their stance on returning to in-person work. But what if returning to the office doesn't mean working there?
Racial Bias in the Home Appraisal Process: A Hidden Barrier to Generational Wealth Through Homeownership
If advocates are committed to eliminating racial inequities in wealth building, we must also be committed to disrupting the barriers that devalue home prices because of race.
How Businesses Can Protect Human Rights as They Transition to Clean Energy
Despite their best intentions, many companies still encounter human rights risks within the renewable energy market. As they look to improve supplier visibility and third-party risk management, these five considerations can help guide the way.
The Energy Transition is Hiding a Human Rights Problem: Due Diligence ‘Takes the Cover Off’
While the mining industry still has a long way to go, human rights due diligence requires an intimate examination of supply chains and pushes the needle toward better and more just practices as the energy transition accelerates.
We Thought These Things Would Create a More Equitable Economy: What Happened?
From the sharing economy and the rise of stakeholder capitalism, to the push toward degrowth led by movements like Occupy Wall Street, we had a lot of ideas for how to improve the economy in the 2010s.
Want a Better Company Culture? Make More Space for DEI
Making the time for DEI within the regular workday is one of the most effective solutions to truly change company culture, experts say.
Hidden Costs: The Impacts of Net-Zero on Human Rights and the Environment
Renewable energy technologies require specific minerals like cobalt, copper and lithium, but mining these minerals has been linked to human rights abuses in some parts of the world.
Evidence-Based Pathways for Business to Support the SDGs
The Global Private-Sector Stocktake takes a first-of-its-kind look at business impact on the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals, with tangible action items and resources that companies can consider to drive progress on the road to 2030.
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 managing editor of TriplePundit. She is also the general manager of TriplePundit's Brand Studio, which has worked with dozens of brands and organizations on sustainability storytelling.
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.