Guest Blog by Joe Keefe, President/CEO, Pax World Funds
FROM THE EDITOR
Canadian Climate Change Program Promises Big Impact
In the Quietly Making Progressive News department . . . our eminently sensible neighbors to the north are engaging in innovative research into sustainable agriculture. The federal Canadian government is sponsoring 20 new projects with the CD$27 million Agricultural Greenhouse Gases Program (AGGP), a partnership with universities and conservation groups across the country, reports Markets Insider. The goal? “The program supports research into greenhouse gas mitigation practices and technologies that can be adopted on the farm.” The AGGP investments support the Global Research Alliance (GRA) on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases, a group of 49 countries working to find ways to grow more food without growing greenhouse gas emissions. (Agriculture, along with forestry, account for 30% of global GHG emissions.) Innovative, collective, government-backed action to deal with climate change: anybody in the US polity interested?
John Howell, Editorial Director
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News & Blogs
(3BL Media/Justmeans) — The growing demand for ESG transparency is driving adoption of MSCI ESG Quality Score, values and risk metrics. In response, MSCI ESG Research has announced that MSCI ESG Fund Metrics is now available on 10 market data platforms globally in a move to help financial advisors and wealth managers provide their clients with environmental, social and governance (ESG) portfolio transparency.
(3BL Media/Justmeans) – The corporate reporting landscape is increasingly complex, as different countries and organizations move to introduce new standards and revised frameworks. Companies with greater clarity on global reporting standards and principles are in a better position to measure and communicate their ESG performance, and manage risks and opportunities more effectively.
(3BL Media/Justmeans) The cocoa industry has a dirty secret. Child labor is way too common in West Africa. Over 70 percent of the global cocoa supply comes from two West African countries: the Ivory Coast and Ghana. Farmers supplying companies with the chocolate they use in their products receive little for the cocoa. That means they are unable to hire laborers to harvest the crop, and child labor is widely used as a result.
Guest blog by Taproot Foundation
(3BL Media/Justmeans) In parts of the Antarctic peninsula, sea ice cover has reduced by over 60% in 30 years; and this has affected the Adélie penguins who are a vital part of the Antarctic food chain. The Adélie is the smallest and the most widespread, species of penguin in the Antarctic. Eating mainly krill and small fish, and are a source of food for predators like leopard seals and killer whales.
(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Global companies have been widening their scope of corporate responsibility to address a variety of challenges facing humanity. From localized sourcing that supports indigenous growers to selling sustainable products that improve the customers’ well-being as well as the environment, these companies are focusing on sustainability in every aspect of their business.