New report: Natural Capital at Risk: The Top 100 Externalities of Business

The study, “Natural Capital at Risk: The Top 100 Externalities of Business” was commissioned by the TEEB for Business Coalition to identify the world’s largest natural capital risks and opportunities for business and their investors. The report, authored by Trucost, quantifies environmental externalities such as damages from climate change, pollution, land conversion and depletion of natural resources, across business sectors and at a regional level. It demonstrates that the profits of high impact business sectors would be wiped out if the costs pof environmental damage and unsustainable natural resource use are accounted for. This report highlights the urgent need for businesses to manage natural capital assets and reduce liabilities. Businesses and investors can take account of natural capital impacts in decision making to manage risk and gain competitive advantage. ... lees meer

New book “The Upcycle: Beyond Sustainability” by William McDonough and Michael Braungart

This week marks the publication of The Upcycle: Beyond Sustainability – Designing for Abundance, by William McDonough and Michael Braungart. It’s their first book since their 2002 book Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things, a bestseller that helped change the conversation about designing and manufacturing, envisioning a closed-loop system where every material was returned to the soil, or back into the manufacturing process with no harm or loss of quality. ... lees meer

Green Mondays launch groundbreaking Net Positive report

Here at Green Mondays we believe in the ability of the crowd to advance thinking on the big ideas shaping sustainable business strategy. Our new Changemaker series is an example of this in action: a unique platform allowing sustainability leaders to drive forward systemic change by harnessing the collective wisdom of sustainability and business experts across the FTSE350. ... lees meer

Collaboration between Carbon Disclosure Project and Dow Jones Sustainability Indices

As part of its annual corporate sustainability ranking process, RobecoSAM, the company behind the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI), produced with S&P Dow Jones Indices, will now ask public companies the same climate change questions as those developed over the past decade by CDP, provider of the only global environmental disclosure system and producer of the annual Climate Disclosure and Climate Performance Leadership Indexes (CDLI & CPLI). This collaboration will improve the comparability of sustainability data in the global market and will simplify the process for companies answering multiple requests for environmental information. ... lees meer

Are the global players failing to meet the seven major challenges of sustainability?

Since the international community formulated the goal of a “green economy” at the Rio+20 summit in summer 2012, if not earlier, public attention has increasingly been focussing on the economy’s contribution to global sustainable development. But how are companies tackling the issue of sustainability, and what concrete action are they taking to combat climate change, to protect species diversity or to fight poverty? The sustainability rating agency oekom research looks into this question in its latest Corporate Responsibility Review. ... lees meer

Ethisphere Institute unveils 2012 world’s most ethical companies

The Ethisphere Institute, a leading international think-tank dedicated to the creation, advancement and sharing of best practices in business ethics, corporate social responsibility, anti-corruption and sustainability, announced today the sixth annual selection of the World’s Most Ethical (WME) Companies, highlighting a record 145 organizations that show leadership in promoting ethical business standards. ... lees meer