Green bonds represent a relatively new asset class that is designed to raise capital and investment for projects with environmental benefits. Just like regular financial bonds, the green bonds can be issued by banks, companies or governments. The issuer guarantees to repay the bond over a defined period of time, along with a fixed or variable return on investment. The market for these environmentally-focused bonds appears to be developing rapidly, with money managers jumping in to purchase them.
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The 2014 Cone Communications Recycling in the Home Survey, in partnership with the Johnson & Johnson Family of Consumer Companies as part of its Care to Recycle program, has revealed that the biggest barrier to recycling at home is lack of bins. Recycling efforts at home often do not go beyond the kitchen despite a genuine concern among the consumers to protect the environment.
A growing number of companies are now exploring and engaging with ecosystem services issues worldwide. According to a new BSR report, 47 companies around the globe now mention natural capital and ecosystem services in their publicly available materials and policy documents. The figure represents a jump of more than a third in the number of such companies over the previous year.
(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Lego A/S is looking for a sustainable replacement for ABS, its signature bricks material. The company has set a target to find and use a sustainable alternative to replace ABS by 2030. The company says that the challenge is to identify a new resin that will be sustainable and yet be able to meet the same characteristics as the material of its current locking building blocks.
The demand for CSR news and data continues to grow among shareholders, institutional investors, media and industry analysts, and consumers. As the environmental, social, and governance impacts of companies become more material to the bottom line, this information increasingly figures in judgments about a company’s performance—and its value.
The recently concluded World Economic Forum at Davos saw Coca Cola and Nike outline their corporate efforts to deal with the challenges of climate change. The forum devoted one day to the threat posed by climate change to the planet’s delicate ecological balance; both Coke and Nike talked about specific steps they are taking to reduce this threat.
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