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Fake Leadership Is Dangerous When It Comes to Corporate Sustainability, Plastic Pollution and Climate Change

By Brad Zarnett
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Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about the state of corporate sustainability and how it’s not delivering on the promise of a sustainable business model.

Are B Corps the Future of Business OR Just Another “Elite Charade for Changing the World”?

What’s the best way to solve our biggest problems? Government regulation or via market solutions?
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By Brad Zarnett

Having just read the book Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World by former New York Times columnist, Anand Giridharadas, and mostly agreeing with it, I thought that it would be interesting to read a critique by Jay Coen Gilbert, the co founder of the movement for Certified B Corporations, which happened to fall into the crosshairs of Giridharadas’ criticism.

The Unholy Marriage Between Crony Capitalism and Sustainability

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In a marketplace littered with crony capitalism is this what passes as corporate sustainability these days?

According to Kelly Cramer, lead of How2Recycle at the Sustainable Packaging Coalition:

A Global SDG Competition to Inspire the Next Generation of Sustainability Leadership

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Sustainability has come a long way in the last 10 years. It's now common language in boardrooms across the world. Most companies have someone who has a title that includes the world Sustainability, CSR, Value Creation or Shared Value. This is a great achievement and we should all be thrilled with this cultural shift. But we're not there yet and lately inspiration has been lacking.

Let the SDGs lead the way with a competition that will inspire.

The Paris Effect: How the Paris Agreement is Driving Climate Action

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This past December, representatives from 195 nations gathered in Paris to negotiate an historic agreement to combat climate change and accelerate the transition to a sustainable, low-carbon future. After two weeks of negotiations, the nations unanimously agreed to adopt the international climate pact. On April 22, 2016, nations will again gather, this time at the United Nations headquarters in New York, to formally sign the Paris Agreement.

The world has already seen a significant shift towards stronger climate action, in the ensuing months since the adoption of the Agreement.

Food Waste Could Be Drastically Reduced with Mobile App “Flashfood” Launching This Fall in Toronto

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Toronto-based tech startup aims to reduce landfill waste by allowing app users to buy surplus food at deeply discounted prices.

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Toronto-based tech startup aims to reduce landfill waste by allowing app users to buy surplus food at deeply discounted prices.

Korea’s CSR Strategy: An Interesting Mix of Profit and Social Change

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A trip to South Korea is an eye-opening look at how companies there are achieving positive social change while turning a profit.

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A trip to South Korea is an eye-opening look at how companies there are achieving positive social change while turning a profit.

Why Don’t We Ever Discuss the Carbon Impacts of Flying?

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Flights over 1000 miles long are responsible for over 80% of the greenhouse gas impacts of air travel. While environmentally aware individuals worldwide agree that climate change is a proven challenge for our planet, few have changed their travel behaviors.

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