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1 week 1 day ago

Guest blog by Mark Wallace, UPS

More and more of the world’s population is moving to cities. According to the UN, by 2050 nearly two-thirds of the global population will live in cities, and urban populations will increase by two billion people. While this mass migration will bring new, exciting opportunities for city residents, it also brings daunting challenges to urban environments and the businesses operating there.

The increase in traffic congestion, emissions and the demands on energy sources have not stemmed the tide of people moving to cities, and they have created rising concern among environmentalists,...

4 weeks 1 day ago

Guest blog by David Connor, UK Regional Voice Lead

As the world conversely becomes better connected in an increasingly uncertain future, we are seeing the roles of cities and governments fluctuate to meet the needs of their people and our environment.

Once the command and control ethos of many governments demanded authority and proclaimed national policies, with scarce authentic understanding of the impact at the level of individuals away from the capital cities. The rise in corporate globalisation also gave rise to a similar approach in the private sector as the world suddenly opened as huge market for all those...

1 month 2 weeks ago

(3bL Media/Justmeans) — BMO Financial Group was named the winner of the Thomson Reuters/S-Network ESG Best Practices Award for 2017 at the annual “Summer in the City/CSR Investing Summit,” held in New York City. The award recognizes the company for “superior ESG ranking and corporate best practices.”

BMO's high ESG scores placed it above all ranked companies across all industry groups in the United States and Canada, and as the highest ranked in the financial sector worldwide. The company was chosen from a ranking of 5,000 companies.

"As a financial institution that has attained and maintained carbon neutrality across its enterprise...

1 month 3 weeks ago

Guest blog by John Streur, Calvert

The responsible investing movement that we have started and shaped has reached the end of the beginning, with a broad and strong foundation that will evolve to provide the superstructure of our society’s continuing struggle to address and solve its greatest challenges. Our efforts are working, and we are being joined in our mission by more investors worldwide every day.

The United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment – of which Calvert was a founder – now counts 1,700 large investors and more than $70 trillion in assets. This movement, unique because it was begun by...

1 month 3 weeks ago

Guest blog by Bruno Sarda, NRG

I proudly joined NRG exactly one year ago as the new head of sustainability, knowing I was joining the power sector at a time of rapid transformation. It’s an exciting time of technology and business model innovation, but it’s also a time of uncertainty. The surest thing we know about the future of power is that it won’t look like the past.

On July 12, 2017, NRG unveiled...

2 months 2 weeks ago

Guest blog by Joe Arvai, Erb Institute, U of Michigan

If there’s one group that’s basking in the long shadow cast by President Trump’s ill-fated decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate accord, it’s business.

In story after story, reporters and pundits are hailing businesses – large and small – as the would-be saviours of much needed progress...

2 months 3 weeks ago

Guest blog by Victoria L. May, Washington University

There is a growing need for interdisciplinary approaches to address many of the modern challenges to advancing research, innovation and technological development. This creates a call for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education—not just in our classrooms, but also in our economic potential. As careers in STEM grow, we recognize the importance of equipping students with the 21st century skills necessary for them to thrive.

The development of these skills is the driving force behind the efforts of Washington University’s Institute for School...

2 months 3 weeks ago

By Kathleen Furore

Shoppers who visited the Kroger store in New Castle, Indiana last December had the chance not only to buy groceries, but also to adopt a pet from the New Castle-Henry County Animal Shelter.

The store even paid the $95-per-pet adoption fee, and handed out free pet food and toys to customers who took home a furry new family member.

That event is just one example of how retailers are reaching out in ways that go beyond merchandising — and it demonstrates how the concept of corporate social responsibility has made its way to the pet category.

“Research shows that consumers expect the...

3 months 3 weeks ago

Guest blog by Hazel Henderson, Ethical Markets

Backing out of the US Commitment to the 2015 UN Climate Accords signed in Paris by 195 nations, President Trump himself risks derailing his own brand and Trump-branded properties worldwide. This additional unforced error, is warned against by his top advisors, from Rex Tillerson, Gary Cohn and a host of corporate chiefs to Ivanka and Jared Kushner. Trump seems influenced by the Breitbart alumni in the White House: Steve Bannon, Jeff Session's henchman Stephen Miller, Sebastian Gorka and others.  Breitbart's fake news operation and the Trump campaign, funded by Renaissance...

4 months 6 days ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) — Cargill CEO Dave MacLennan has joined 29 other major company chief executives as a signatory to an open letter published in the Wall Street Journal, urging the Trump Administration to keep the US in the Paris Climate Agreement.

“Based on our vast experience doing business all over the world, we believe there is strong potential for negative trade implications if the United States exits from the Paris Agreement,” said the collective CEO statement....