Social Entrepreneurship

Monsanto Rises in Newsweek's 2016 Green Rankings

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Corporate sustainability concerns have risen from superficial levels about two decades ago to a dominant theme today. Business leaders increasingly recognize the need to meet the sustainability expectations of a broad range of stakeholders. Some of the global corporations have already embedded a commitment to sustainability in their core business strategy, operations and products.

Starbucks Issues $500M Sustainability Bonds

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Sustainability bonds are used to finance projects with a social impact, but they differ from the more prevalent green bonds, which fund environmental projects. According to Bloomberg, 21 sustainability bonds have been issued globally since 2012, which have raised $4.6 billion. The majority of issuers until now have been development banks and financial firms, rather than corporations.

CSX Connects to Global Megatrends for a More Sustainable World

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – According to the World Bank, the urban world population will increase to six billion by 2045, adding two billion more urban residents. Addressing the needs of this vastly broadened marketplace will require reliable and well-connected transport systems to create safe, sustainable and resilient cities.

More Companies Seek Eco-labels for Competitive Advantage

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – There is a growing awareness among governments, companies and consumers that protecting human and environmental health must be integral to what enters the market, and what buyers get. Businesses that promote credible, certified products stand to gain competitive advantage in this scenario.

Working Women Recognized with New Emoji by Google

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Women make up 40 percent of the global workforce. They hold their communities together as an integral part of the socio-economic fabric. According to the World Bank, investing in women is the ideal way to address a range of societal challenges, and is critical to all-round economic development.

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.

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