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“I am discovering a whole new respect for chief sustainability officers,” I texted the facilitator of Leading the Sustainability Transformation. I was general manager of a mock company, Rio Negro Bioproducts, with the express goal to transform it from a traditional business to a sustainable one — economically, environmentally and socially — over a 20-year
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Under the traditional capitalist model, financial performance for shareholders has been the primary measure of the success of a business. However, a growing awareness of ESG trends has given rise to the concept of “stakeholder value,” whereby the focus is on long-term value creation for customers, employees, society and the environment rather than just short-term
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As we passed the one-year anniversary of lockdown in the United States, I planned to write about how the pandemic has affected sustainability in food and ag. But I kept thinking of the number of people felled by the virus — 536,000 people in the U.S. to date — and asking myself different questions: Why
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Amazon’s new delivery van Amazon Amazon is now testing its electric delivery vans in San Francisco, the company announced Thursday. It’s the latest expansion in California of Amazon’s custom electric vehicles developed in partnership with start-up Rivian Automotive, which has raised about $8 billion since 2019 from investors. Amazon announced last month it had begun
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The tech sector’s fascination with tree restoration as a climate solution apparently isn’t unique to U.S. companies.  Latin America’s largest e-commerce marketplace — Mercado Libre, a company with roughly twice the market capitalization of eBay at $78 billion — is putting part of the proceeds from its $400 million sustainability bond toward two forest restoration
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A slew of announcements earlier this month point to new regulations on carbon disclosure. Corporate America better get ready. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has been particularly busy. Acting chairwoman Allison Herren Lee issued a public statement directing the SEC staff “to enhance its focus on climate-related disclosure in public company filings.” In a
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RWE headquarters in Essen, Germany. Fabian Strauch | picture alliance | Getty Images The incoming CEO of German utility RWE stressed on Tuesday the important role hydrogen could play in the decarbonization of energy intensive industries. Speaking to CNBC’s Joumanna Bercetche, Markus Krebber — who is currently RWE’s chief financial officer — described hydrogen as
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This article originally appeared in the State of Green Business 2021. You can download the entire report here. San Francisco Bay Area biotech giant Genentech is a world leader in making medicines for diseases such as cancer and cystic fibrosis; it’s even trialing one of its medicines for helping treat COVID-19. It’s safe to say
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Want more great analysis of the clean energy transition? Sign up for Energy Weekly, our free email newsletter. The era of American offshore wind finally may be coming to its shores.  This week, the Biden administration backed the first commercial-scale offshore wind farm in the United States: an 800-megawatt project planned off the coast of
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Week in Review Stories discussed this week (3:28). Features Experiments in circular city innovation (18:50) Urban communities will be central to the success or failure of circular economy models. The World Economic Forum, through its Scale360 initiative, is at the center of this evolution. We chat with Helen Burdett, circular economy innovation lead, about a
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Cities are home to more than 50 percent of the global population and as a result are presented with ever-growing challenges, including finding a balance between social equity, economic vitality and environmental sustainability. Cities also have extraordinary potential to enable change and the ability to find harmony between people, prosperity and the planet that creates
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Democratic U.S. presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden speaks about modernizing infrastructure and his plans for tackling climate change during a campaign event in Wilmington, Delaware, U.S., July 14, 2020. Leah Millis | Reuters With President Joe Biden’s Covid-19 stimulus package just a signature away from becoming law, the White House now turns
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Last week, the fast-casual restaurant chain Chipotle Mexican Grill announced a new policy that ties executive compensation in part to environmental, social and governance (ESG) metrics.  Going forward, 10 percent of the annual incentive bonuses for corporate officers — essentially, anyone with day-to-day responsibility for running the company — will be tied to the company’s
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Consumer interest in the use of recycled materials, so-called recyclates, is on the rise. Indeed, the perceived sustainability of a product or brand is playing an increasingly important role in purchasing decisions, as evidenced by one global marketing research firm predicting sales of sustainable products to reach up to $150 billion in the U.S. by
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More than 100 billion tons of resources enter the economy every year — everything from metals, minerals and fossil fuels to organic materials from plants and animals. Just 8.6 percent gets recycled and used again. Use of resources has tripled (automatic PDF download) since 1970 and could double again by 2050 if business continues as
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Want more great analysis of sustainable food systems? Sign up for Food Weekly, our free email newsletter. I wrote recently about the intense level of innovation we’re seeing in food and ag. To try to stay on top of things, I’ll run quarterly roundups that highlight startups with the potential to move the needle on sustainability.
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Week in Review Stories discussed this week (5:05). Features Hacking the climate crisis (21:10) Sanjana Paul, a 23-year-old scientist, electrical engineer and environmental activist, is executive director of EarthHacks, a hackathon that encourages college students to surface solutions for combating climate change. She talks about her mission with Shana Rappaport, GreenBiz vice president and executive
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