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Reprinted from GreenFin Weekly, a free weekly newsletter. Subscribe here. Last summer, the investment arm of northern Europe’s largest financial services group dropped Brazilian meat giant JBS from its portfolio. Nordea Asset Management, which manages roughly $280 billion, gave several reasons for the decision, including JBS’s links to farms involved in Amazon deforestation.  “The exclusion
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2020 undeniably brought the “S” pillar of ESG into greater focus, including issues such as employee wellness, human rights, and diversity, equity and inclusion. But investors didn’t exactly ignore the “E” component and are poised to emphasize it even more in 2021 and beyond, according to a recent Conference Board corporate sustainability disclosure analysis. In
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Sunset over Pentland Firth, Scotland. RyanDeanMorrison | iStock | Getty Images Researchers in the U.K. are attempting to find sites for marine energy installations using drones, in what’s hoped will be a cost-effective alternative to current methods. The 12-month project is headed up by scientists from the University of the Highlands and Islands in Scotland
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With the explosive growth of environmental, social and governance (ESG) investing in recent years, it appears that we may be at or approaching an inflection point. As ESG investing becomes ever more prominent, it may be timely to ask whether, as currently practiced, it considers all issues of material importance to investors. In this commentary,
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Nuclear energy will “absolutely” be politically palatable, billionaire philanthropist, technologist and climate change evangelist Bill Gates recently told Andrew Ross Sorkin on CNBC’s “Squawk Box.” Nuclear power has to overcome a baneful reputation garnered by association with the atomic bomb and radioactive disasters, but it’s a necessary, worthy and surmountable challenge to correct the naysayers,
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Offshore wind turbines being installed in waters off Zhoushan, Zhejiang Province, China, on September 3, 2020. Yao Feng | Visual China Group | Getty Images The world added more than 6 gigawatts (GW) of new offshore wind capacity in 2020, with China responsible for over half of installations in the sector, according to new figures
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The case for electrifying buildings is a no-brainer. It makes buildings healthier, cheaper and is essential to addressing climate change (building operations account for 28 percent of emissions globally — more than all of the transportation sector). That doesn’t mean electrifying buildings will be easy. Beyond the coordination needed between building owners, contractors and occupants
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Week in Review Stories discussed this week (1:50). Features Navigating a successful sustainability career (24:55) How can CSOs shape business resilience? GreenBiz Vice President and Senior Analyst John Davies chats with the authors of a new report from management consulting firm Korn Ferry, “The Rise of the Chief Sustainability Officer.” Tune in for insights from Korn
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Date/Time: March 18, 2021 (1-2PM ET / 10-11AM PT) The world of environmental, social and governance metrics and ratings has entered a new and dynamic phase. Suddenly, nearly every publicly held company — and many privately held firms — are examining their policies and programs through the lens of investors’ rising interest in ESG metrics.
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In 2020, philanthropic donations by major donors saw an almost 7 percent increase on a year-to-date basis. As companies direct more of their money to external charitable causes, internally decision-makers are assessing how the companies’ philanthropic efforts tie into their values, corporate responsibilities and sustainability strategies. For many, this includes weaving sustainability into their already
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A rendering shows how the buses could look once in use. One of the U.K.’s biggest public transport operators is to trial the use of zero-emission buses from Arrival, a firm specializing in the production of commercial electric vehicles in so-called “microfactories.” In a statement Monday, First Bus, which is part of the larger FirstGroup,
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This article originally was published in the BSR Insight. This is the first post in a four-part series on materiality. After years of debate over the definition of materiality, 2020 has brought a consensus that materiality is double — meaning that businesses should report on financially material topics that influence enterprise value as well as
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A few years into Danone’s and General Mills’ regenerative agriculture pilots, one thing has become clear: It’s about data collection. Holistically changing our agriculture system to become more sustainable comes later.  “We really don’t have a great understanding of what happens when farmers make these transitions to regenerative systems,” said Steven Rosenzweig, senior soil scientist
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Architect, designer and author William McDonough is well-known to many in sustainability — as a pioneer in green building; as the erstwhile “green dean” of architecture; as co-author of the seminal 2002 book “Cradle to Cradle”; as a designer of breakthrough buildings and materials; as a deep thinker about how design relates to a healthy
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U.S. President Joe Biden speaks after signing an executive order related to American manufacturing in the South Court Auditorium of the White House complex on January 25, 2021 in Washington, DC. Drew Angerer | Getty Images DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Iran and the U.S. are in a standoff. President Joe Biden’s administration wants to
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A JetBlue Airways plane taxis next to American Airlines, Delta Air Lines and Alaska Airlines aircraft at Reagan National Airport (DCA) in Arlington, Virginia, on Monday, April 6, 2020. Andrew Harrer | Bloomberg | Getty Images The oil rally is taking jet-fuel along for the ride, posing another headache for airlines still struggling from depressed
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For more essays by Heather Clancy, sign up for VERGE Weekly, one of our free newsletters. In early January, I covered personal care products company Aveda’s project to trace and verify the provenance of its vanilla supply using blockchain — and to allow consumers to peek into that information by later this year. It’s not
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Residents line up in their vehicles to enter a warming center and shelter after record-breaking winter temperatures, as local media reports most residents are without electricity, in Galveston, Texas, February 17, 2021. Adrees Latif | Reuters The Texas grid failure that’s left millions struggling without power in freezing conditions has ignited a feud between Democrats
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Technology and finance have complementary histories of innovation, from the royal charters that launched the first global explorers to the early stock markets that fueled the industrial era. Today, the rise of SPACs is a capital markets innovation that matches the urgency and scope of our global sustainability challenges. For the uninitiated, SPACs — special
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Severe weather and associated power outages across the United States in the past year have elevated demand for backup generators, bottlenecking suppliers such as Generac. As millions of Texas residents continue to battle through a dayslong massive power shut-off in response to unprecedented snowfall across the state, Generac CEO Aaron Jagdfeld said requests for alternative
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Want more great analysis of electric and sustainable transport? Sign up for Transport Weekly, our free email newsletter. While electric vehicles hold big promise in 2021, another aspect of decarbonizing transportation could get major support this year: reducing car driving. Cutting down on car trips isn’t about guilt-tripping folks into abandoning cars. Many of us
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Chinese President Xi Jinping, third from left, meets with Angolan president Joao Lourenco, third from right, at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China on Tuesday October 9, 2018 Daisuke Suzuki/Getty Images After Zambia became the first coronavirus-era debt default on the African continent, analysts are questioning whether nations heavily dependent on Chinese
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Last year at this time, I wrote a piece with the exact same headline as this one. This time, I have some interesting new data and the beginnings of a framework to fill in the gaps. I’ve also got a sneak peek for you, from my presentation last week at GreenBiz 21. We’ll be publishing
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Here are the companies making headlines on Tuesday: MicroStrategy — The enterprise software company’s shares fell more than 5% Tuesday after the announcement to purchase more bitcoin. MicroStrategy said it plans to offer $600 million of senior convertible notes and use the net proceeds to buy bitcoin,. The move would mark the second time the company has made a
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Sanda Ojiambo thinks businesses can thrive while upholding values that are becoming increasingly important to consumers and stakeholders. And as CEO and executive director of the United Nations Global Compact, she is at the helm of a movement navigating that intersection of business growth and honoring social justice movements.  During GreenBiz 21 last week, Ojiambo
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The unit is housed inside a converted shipping container. RICE, Energy Safety Research Institute, Swansea University A subsidiary of multinational building materials firm HeidelbergCement is working with researchers from Swansea University to install and operate a green hydrogen demonstration unit at a site in the U.K. The collaboration represents another example of how firms involved
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