Fresh off of the release of their most recent report, Towards a Sustainable Economy: The Commercial Imperative for Business to Deliver the UN Sustainable Development Goals, we spoke with Aris Vrettos, Programme Director for CISL’s executive education programs about the role of business in society, the process of putting together the report, and the business challenges and opportunities that were uncovered during the process.
UPS announced that it has entered into an agreement to purchase up to 11.5 million gallon equivalents of renewable biogas a year, helping the company reduce its carbon footprint well into the next decade.
While it may seem that we have taken – and are taking – giant steps backwards, it is important to remember that evolution happens when the climate changes. And faced with this ‘climate change’ – people, governments and businesses are standing up and speaking up for what matters – environmentally, socially and economically. That will, ultimately be the thing that matters most from 2017. If we continue to act.
SPECIAL SERIES: Dreamforce 2017
Artificial intelligence’s potential is limitless – from refugee assistance, to helping students at risk of not completing school, to shortening the response time for teens who are in a personal crisis. Leaders from the education and tech sectors talked about AI’s benefits during the recent Dreamforce conference in San Francisco.
SPECIAL SERIES: Making Agriculture "Climate Smart"
The VP of Global Sustainability, Stakeholder Engagement and Corporate Insights for Monsanto outlines the power and opportunity the agriculture industry has to abate climate change.
In Brazil, a proposed bill would drastically lower the country’s federal taxes on the country’s vast offshore oil reserves – undercutting much of the global competition in the oil sector while increasing climate change risks worldwide.
C40 and 15 cities are searching for artists, architects, designers, developers, entrepreneurs and environmentalists to work together and compete for opportunities to transform these 46 sites worldwide into leading examples of urban sustainability and resiliency.
In a tragic demonstration that renewable energy and microgrids offer greater resiliency, Puerto Rico is still struggling to restore conventional power.
As World Toilet Day approaches, this day is a reminder that as more companies align their strategies with the SDGs, raising awareness about the need for improved sanitation is one way in which businesses can help solve this problem.
What happens if you introduce technology into the way farmers grow and harvest mint in India? Will it make it more profitable for farmers and offer a better quality of life? Mars, a major purchaser of menthol and peppermint oil, was banking on it. And it now has the stats to show it will.
SPECIAL SERIES: Not All Carbon Credits are Created Equal
If you were to pick your favorite way to reduce carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, what would it be? Would it be helping an endangered species survive in Madagascar’s rainforest? Or perhaps funding the creation of new and safer cookstoves that support small business development? Or a biogas project in a rural community that helps convert solids to power and methane to low-carbon energy?
Mining giant Rio Tinto is moving fast to sell off its last remaining coal operations. The company has put its Australian operations on the market, and once those assets are sold, the $33 billion mining juggernaut will no longer include coal within its global business operations.
According to the environmental NGO GreenBlue, the volume of PET manufactured worldwide for fibers and yarns used in textiles and upholstery is actually greater than what is used in containers. The result is vast amounts of waste, but also huge potential to groom more of a circular economy.
Nonprofit Tipping Point Community, which works to combat poverty and homelessness in the Bay Area, has realized that solutions to intractable problems like education reform, housing and support for reducing homelessness don’t just depend on public funding. They emerge from innovative research and collective dialogue with all stakeholders. We chat with Founder and CEO Daniel Lurie and Tipping Point’s T Lab Director, Stephanie Lewis about their innovative and effective approach.