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20 C-Suite Sustainability Champions for 2021

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Mauricio Gutierrez, CEO, NRG; Houston

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Gutierrez is wise to the macro trends that favor clean energy, and has called sustainability "the glue that keeps all of our stakeholders working together toward a common goal with purpose." In 2019, Gutierrez issued a new goal of net-zero emissions by 2050, expecting to reach it halfway by 2025.

Rockwell Automation Gives $3 Million to Fight for the Health, Education, and Financial Stability of People in Greater Cleveland and Greater Milwaukee

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At the close of 2020, Rockwell Automation was proud to contribute more than $3 million to United Way agencies serving the greater Cleveland area in Ohio and Milwaukee and Waukesha counties in southeast Wisconsin.

Victory Hemp Launches Campaign to Finance Regenerative Hemp Production

CrowdFarming Allows Everyday People to Invest in Sustainable Farming
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Victory Hemp has partnered with Steward, the world's first CrowdFarming platform™, to launch a campaign to finance regenerative hemp grain production. Crowdfunding through Steward is set up as a loan, not a donation, so everyday people can invest in sustainable agriculture and earn healthy returns. 

Visit the Steward project page now to read the details of this compelling story, including the challenges that regenerative hemp farmers are experiencing with the U.S. banking industry, and to learn of the lending opportunities available through this campaign (the minimum investment is $100). 

https://gosteward.com/projects/victory-hemp-foods/financing-u-s-regenerative-hemp-grain-production

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Victory Hemp has partnered with Steward, the world's first CrowdFarming platform™, to launch a campaign to finance regenerative hemp grain production. Crowdfunding through Steward is set up as a loan, not a donation, so everyday people can invest in sustainable agriculture and earn healthy returns. 

Visit the Steward project page now to read the details of this compelling story, including the challenges that regenerative hemp farmers are experiencing with the U.S. banking industry, and to learn of the lending opportunities available through this campaign (the minimum investment is $100). 

https://gosteward.com/projects/victory-hemp-foods/financing-u-s-regenerative-hemp-grain-production

Duke Energy Establishes Relationship with Optus Bank to Support Minority-Owned Businesses

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  • Duke Energy deposits $5 million into Black-owned bank headquartered in South Carolina.
  • Boosts funding to support Optus Bank’s efforts to address economic inequality and close the racial wealth gap.
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  • Duke Energy deposits $5 million into Black-owned bank headquartered in South Carolina.
  • Boosts funding to support Optus Bank’s efforts to address economic inequality and close the racial wealth gap.

Social Value & Social Return on Investment (SROI) Training Increasingly Essential for Credible ESG, UNSDG, Sustainability Reporting

Accreditation Training avaialble
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In February 2021, this highly-sought international social impact course returns to Canada.   

Social Value & Social Return on Investment (SROI) Accredited Practitioner training is the essential course for all working to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.  This includes sustainability experts, ESG leads, impact investors, academics, evaluators and charitable, non-profit and social enterprise program leads.  

Three GRI Standards Come Into Effect for Sustainability Reports in 2021

New topic Standards on Tax, OHS and Water to be used
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January 14, 2021 /3BL Media/ - Companies disclosing their impacts through the world’s most widely used sustainability reporting standards are to adhere to three new and updated standards, for reports they publish from this year onward.

In 2018, two revised GRI Standards launched – for occupational health and safety, and water and effluents. In December 2019, the first global standard for tax transparency published. Effective from 1 January, companies identifying any of these topics as material are now to apply the new Standards.  

3 Stressors That Will Knock You Off Your Compliance Track

Compliance Assurance Series
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In the first blog of the compliance assurance series, we talked about the importance of not overlooking the more routine environmental, health, and safety (EHS) compliance programs in the hectic time that we are living in. From this, you now know the importance of compliance and have some compliance tips to look back on. Now we want to go over a few stressors you should be aware of that could knock you off your compliance track this year.

The Transforming Global Supply Chain: Optimizing for Business Resiliency

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The past year has been full of change. But threaded underneath the tumult of the pandemic, we’re seeing another kind of transformation in how companies must evolve supply chain management.

Acre & John Elkington | Building Back Better: From Sustainability to the 'Regenerative Economy' Live Stream

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As the world peeks beyond the COVID-19 crisis and Joe Biden’s administration takes up residence in Washington, D.C., humankind faces an existential challenge: How do we reignite the global economy while prioritizing infrastructure investments that slow the march of climate change?​

Join us for an interactive, far-reaching live-streamed conversation with John Elkington, a world authority on corporate responsibility and sustainable capitalism, and the bestselling author of books including “Green Swans: The Coming Boom in Regenerative Capitalism.”

Money Managers and the Growth of ESG Investing

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The US SIF Foundation in its new SRI Trends Report identified 384 money managers and 1,204 community investing institutions incorporating ESG criteria into their investment analysis and decision-making processes. The $16.6 trillion in ESG incorporation assets they represent is a nearly 43 percent increase over the $11.6 trillion in such assets identified in 2018.

In terms of assets, money managers incorporate ESG factors fairly evenly across environmental, social and governance categories:.

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