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These 3 Elements are Crucial to the Future of Electric Cars

The convergence of energy and mobility must be strategic, intentional and guided if cities and citizens are to receive the maximum benefits.
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Jean-Pascal Tricoire | Schneider Electric
Francesco Starace | Enel Group

How and Where Diversity Drives Financial Performance

A survey of 1,700 companies discovers a relationship between diversity and innovation.
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Rocio Lorenzo | Harvard Business Review
Martin Reeves | Harvard Business Review

 
Diversity is both an issue of fairness and, some say, a driver of innovation and performance. To assess the latter claim, we undertook a large, cross-country study into the relationship between multiple aspects of managerial diversity, the presence of enabling conditions such as leadership support for diversity and innovation outcomes.

Seven Things Every Company Should Know About Artificial Intelligence and Sustainable Business

From human rights to environmental issues, we have much to lose if AI does not evolve in ways that support the public good.
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Dunstan Allison-Hope | BSR
Jacob Park | BSR
Michael Rohwer | BSR

Artificial intelligence (AI) is advancing rapidly, thanks to ever-more-powerful computing, massive growth in the availability of digital data and increasingly sophisticated algorithms.

The world’s largest technology firms are investing billions to develop their AI capabilities, and companies across industries, from travel to real estate to fashion, are racing to bring AI-enabled services to market.

Disrupting the Electricity Industry

By changing the way we think about and create energy, we can make our communities greener and more self-sufficient
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Edouard Barreiro | UPS

It’s no secret that going green is challenging. Governments, businesses and individuals must consider several factors when making the shift to alternative energy, including availability, cost and storage.

In the case of electric energy, rising demand means we have to start rethinking the way electricity is produced, transported and consumed. Here’s how:

Faster, Smarter, Greener

An in-depth look at the future of the car and urban mobility
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Venkat Sumantran | The MIT Press
Charles Fine | The MIT Press
David Gonsalvez | The MIT Press
 
Economics and mobility

Don’t Curb Your Enthusiasm

Curbsides – yes, curbs – have the power to transform cities.
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Nobody ever said, Curbsides are cool.

Perhaps that’s why we so often overlook curbs – one of a city’s most valuable assets. Everyone wants to work on expanding small business districts, improving health and education outcomes and leveraging data and technology to transform cities (because that’s all the rage these days).

But curbs? Curbs don’t get the attention they deserve.

The Brewing Environmental Problem of Retail Returns

With the growth of e-commerce, we must get smarter about reverse logistics
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Ann Starodaj | Optoro

Today’s consumers have been trained to expect enjoyable, efficient and personalized shopping experiences – all at a bargain price. But this no longer just applies to the front-end purchasing experience. Now consumers expect to be delighted even when returning goods to retailers.

The Final Delivery

How the World Food Program provides life-saving food assistance and a pathway to self-sufficiency
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When Jeremias Ngwenya opened his eyes one morning last March in Mozambique, he remembers exactly how he felt.

He rested upon a soft, white mattress with a faded blue flower print, just underneath a teal-colored mosquito net. Small rays of sun burst through the uneven spaces in the walls of tethered reeds surrounding him.

Logistics Emissions Move Into the Spotlight

The path to a more sustainable future runs through logistics.
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Transportation is the second biggest global emitter of greenhouse gases (GHG), yet the logistics sector is often left out of the climate conversation.

The 23rd Conference of Parties (COP23), a major annual forum for climate policy dialogue, recently moved transportation into the spotlight, paving the way for more proactive emissions reduction measures.

Advice for Breaking Down Sustainability Silos in 2018

The barriers between corporate functional silos are already crumbling
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As I reflect on 2017, one of the positive changes I noticed was the breaking down of silos.

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