The 10 Most Important Sustainable Business Stories from 2014

And here’s what to watch out for in 2015

By Andrew Winston
It’s been an amazing 12 months in the world of sustainable business. From climate change to inequality, the scope of humanity’s biggest environmental and social challenges came into much sharper focus this year — as did the scale and range of opportunities to do something about them. And citizens, using new social media tools and old-fashioned marches, rose up to drive change. Both in response and pre-emptively, the world’s leading companies continued to aggressively pivot their businesses toward more sustainable and innovative ways of operating.

Civic 50 List Spotlights the Most Community-Minded U.S. Companies for 2014

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Points of Light, an organization dedicated to volunteer service, and its partner Bloomberg have announced their annual Civic 50 list of good corporate citizens. The Civic 50 chooses the 50 most community-minded companies in the U.S. as evaluated in an annual survey. Winners were chosen based on four criteria of community engagement: investment of resources, integration of program with business strategy, institutionalization of support, and measured impact. All U.S. companies with revenues of $1 billion or more were eligible for this year’s list.

Lighting Up Baja: A Deadly Hurricane Knocked Cabo Hard, But Recovery Crews Didn’t Stay Down for the Count


When Hurricane Odile hit the Baja California peninsula in mid-September, it quickly became one of the most destructive storms ever to make landfall in Mexico. It killed five people, stranded thousands of tourists, and left almost everyone on the peninsula without power.

GE Africa and Jeff Immelt Recognized at Ai Investment & Business Leader Awards 2014


Earlier this month, GE picked up two awards at this year’s Africa Investor (Ai) Investment and Business Leader Awards. GE Africa was awarded Green Investment Initiative of the Year for the Power Africa initiative. In addition, GE’s Global Chairman and CEO, Jeff Immelt was awarded Global Investment Personality of the Year.

GE Shortlisted for Responsible Business Award


For a second consecutive year, GE has been shortlisted for Best Sustainability Report in the Ethical Corporation's Responsible Business Awards. Companies considered for this category must show that they have delivered sustainability to stakeholders in a clearly consistent way, and reports must communicate progress while being honest about the challenges the company faces and demonstrating critical stakeholder engagement.

Railroad Leaders Come Together to Address Sustainability

BNSF Railway, Norfolk Southern and GE Transportation host 3-day discussion with industry leaders
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FORT WORTH, TEXAS, Sept. 2, 2014 /3BL Media/ - BNSF Railway, Norfolk Southern and GE Transportation are partnering to address sustainability in the rail industry. At the fourth annual Railroad Sustainability Symposium that begins today, sustainability and business leaders representing railroad operators, manufacturers, shippers and environmental stakeholders, including non-governmental organizations, will discuss ways to continue driving the industry toward a cleaner future.

Green Builder Media's Eco-Leaders List Announced

These nine eco-leaders embrace triple bottom line and prove sustainability is good for revenues, people, and the planet.
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Seattle, WA, August 19, 2014 /3BL Media/ - Green Builder Media recently released its widely anticipated annual Eco-Leaders report, which names nine of the most forward-looking sustainable companies. 

GE Releases 2013 Progress Against Sustainability Commitments

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FAIRFIELD, CT, June 30, 2014 /3BL Media/ - GE (NYSE: GE) today released its 2013 update reporting the progress of the company's ecomagination and healthymagination initiatives, as well as its measureable impact from broader sustainability efforts. In 2013, GE invested more than $2 billion in research and development for ecomagination and healthymagination innovations, and projects with ecomagination offerings generated $28 billion in revenue.

GE and Verizon Take on Energy Efficiency and Sustainability


By Vito Savino, general manager, DC Power Systems product line - GE Critical Power


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