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M&S Makes Progress on Customer-Centric Eco and Ethical Goals

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Year 2015 was an important milestone in the evolution of sustainable business. The COP21 climate agreement and the launch of the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) provided a long-term direction for global business.

Hershey Makes Strides in its CSR Commitments

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Some of the most admired companies in the world are pursuing sustainability goals that go far beyond the concern to manage their reputation. These companies are actively integrating sustainability into every aspect of their business to make a lasting impact.

Walmart Contributes $1.42B to Advance ESG Commitments

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Several studies over the last few years have revealed that businesses that maintain robust ESG standards command lower capital costs, higher profitability, and superior shareholder returns. A Harvard study published in Management Science in 2014 showed that more sustainable companies consistently outperformed the ones that lacked in ESG commitment.

Measuring Impact Critical to Corporate Community Investment: New Report

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Corporate contributions to communities are increasingly under scrutiny for what they actually achieve. Such scrutiny may not only stem from external groups such as investors, media, pressure groups and regulators, but also from a company’s own senior management. In response, community investment managers are bringing a more strategic focus to the function, looking to ensure that it is recognized for its contribution to the company’s overall business objectives.

Unilever’s ‘Sustainable Brands’ Outperform Others

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Many companies continue to be skeptical about the business viability of creating more sustainable products. Those who are less enthusiastic about the idea of achieving competitive advantage through sustainability can draw some inspiration from those who are reaping the benefits of building brands with a positive social and environmental impact.

Sustainability Critical to Future Business Growth: IEMA Report

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Leading companies increasingly recognize the importance of embedding sustainability into their business models. However, professionals seeking sustainability outcomes face certain barriers. Return-on-investment rules are a long-standing challenge, and overcoming them requires positive engagement with finance teams. Presenting a strong business case is another key challenge, requiring creative work across the organization and often with external stakeholders.

Investment Fund Aims to Reduce Income Inequality in the U.S.

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Nearly 15 percent of Americans fall below the poverty line, which is set at about $24,000 a year for a family of four. Historically, foundations have helped the disadvantaged by granting money to nonprofits to provide social services. But now, some are supporting for-profit enterprises that aim to bridge the glaring income gap between those at the top and the bottom of the pyramid.

Nike Sets Goals for a Low Carbon Future

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Sustainable manufacturing is not just about transforming products by using more eco-friendly materials, but also about how to make them using green technology, renewable energy, skilled labor and sustainable innovation. The key to achieving this is through building more sustainable factories that place highly trained, engaged and valued workers at the center.

Cuba’s Sustainable Tourism Opportunity

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Following the restoration of diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Cuba, a great new tourism opportunity is about to unfold. As the interest of Americans grows in exploring this pristine Caribbean destination, it will face an invasion in the form of new cruise line stops, new commercial flights from the U.S., and the development of hotels and other tourism infrastructure.

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