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Investments in Ag Tech on the Rise - The Minute

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Food production is lagging behind global population growth, due to increasing demand and flat crop yields. One obvious answer to the question of increased agricultural efficiency is new technology. In today’s farm country, drones map fields, software locates underground water and sets plans for planting, and tractors are loaded with electronic gear. Using big data requires big bucks, and investment in digital tools for farming is on the rise.

Supply Chain: The Top 25 Score with Sustainability Reports - The Minute

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Every year, research firm Gartner announces a list of the Supply Chain Top 25. The ranking identifies leaders and highlights best practices. This year, there was more movement on and off and within the list than usual, due to a new CSR scoring element. Extra points were awarded if companies produced publicly available sustainability reports using accepted standards, and if certain expert third parties recognized their exceptional performance in social and environmental responsibility.  

Renewable Energy Update: The Future is Now - The Minute

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While Alberta’s oil sands have been shut down due to fire and while the political debate about coal use heats up, the renewable energy sector keeps on making temperature-reducing progress, and on several fronts. More companies have committed to the EPA’s Clean Power Plan, the latest including Mars, IKEA, Blue Cross Blue Shield Massachusetts, and Adobe, who join the likes of Google, Amazon, and Microsoft.

Disruptors: Radical Innovation in Business Picks Up Speed - The Minute

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“Disruptive innovation” has become the goal of many progressive businesses and most start-ups today, especially those driven by Silicon Valley values. The lineup of successful disruptors is a who’s who of business, with both hot brand cachet and cold cash from their mega-profits.

Competitions for MBAs Encourage Practical Solutions - The Minute

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Two just-concluded competitions involving business schools stand out among the many sustainability contests and challenges we hear about at 3BL Media. For the Business and Society International MBA Case Competition, sponsored by the Aspen Institute with lead partner BNY Mellon, 1,000 MBA students from 25 business schools analyzed illycaffé, a premium coffee company, through a case study by the Yale School of Management.

Diversity in the Workplace: 2016’s Top Companies - The Minute

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In today’s overheated, sloganeering political climate in which opinions about ethnicity have become ideological points to be scored, you might not know that business continues to make real progress on diversity in the workplace.

The New Economy: Global Carbon Tax Moves From Idea to Reality - The Minute

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As leaders of 195 countries have begun to sign the Paris agreement on climate change, the focus on a solution to a warming planet is moving from cutting emissions to calls for a global carbon tax. A carbon tax would impose a financial surcharge on fossil fuels for the cost of their polluting impact on the environment and make cleaner energy sources a more viable economic choice.

Five Exchange Traded Funds for Socially Responsible Investors - The Minute

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An exchange-traded fund is a security that tracks an index, a commodity, bonds, or a basket of assets, like an index fund. ETFs trade like common stock on a stock exchange, which means they show price changes throughout a day’s trading as shares are bought and sold. With their higher daily liquidity and lower fees than mutual funds, ETFs are perfect vehicles for individual investors.

Reading Reports: Earning Profits the Old-Fashioned Way - The Minute

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Following the recent news that 81% of S&P 500 Index companies published corporate responsibility reports last year, it seems only right that someone has decided to read them all—and more. GCA Capital fund manager Geoffrey Abbott is reading 3,000 reports from U.S. companies, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Sustainability Reports Filed by 81% of S&P 500 Index Companies - The Minute

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The S&P 500 Index includes 80% of total market capitalization, so when a large majority of its members do something, it’s big news. Here's the story: 81% of the Indexes’ listed companies published corporate responsibility reports in 2015, according to the Governance & Accountability Institute, a sustainability reporting firm. This compares with only 20% reporting in 2011, when G&A began its analysis.

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