A five-step approach to engaging investors on sustainability

I started my career in sustainability as an environmental, social and governance (ESG) analyst in 2005. Witnessing the mainstreaming of ESG investing in the past two years has been truly exciting. Today, I help companies integrate sustainability across their business, and it has never been more critical for companies to effectively engage their investors on…

CDP Identifies Top Global Cities in New Climate Change List

CDP published scores today for 596 cities worldwide that reported to the nonprofit’s environmental disclosure program last year. This marks the first time CDP has released a list of the cities awarded an A score. The nonprofit explained that scores are based on how effectively cities managing, measuring, and tackling greenhouse gas emissions, and adapting…

Coca-Cola bottler experiments with turning emissions into effervescence

In the coming months, Coca-Cola HBC Switzerland (CCHBC) subsidiary Valser is set to release what it calls the world’s first water bottled with carbon dioxide (CO2) pulled directly from the air. The project in Hinwil, Switzerland — dubbed CAPDrinks by the joint partners behind it, Climeworksand Pentair Union Engineering (Union) — is drawing attention from both the government…

VF Corporation Signs UN Climate Change’s Fashion Industry Charter

VF Corporation became the latest apparel company to sign the Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action this week. The UN charter aligned with the Paris Agreement launched in December and now has more than 40 signatories. The global apparel, footwear, and accessories company has nearly 70,000 associates and reports $12.4 billion in revenue. The North…

Sustainable Design Continues to Ascend in 2019

Sustainability has become a key way in which buildings are both created and operated. It refers not only to the structure, but how that facility is structured. Certifications for green building like LEED and WELL are on the rise—57% of building owners plan to make the majority of their projects green by 2021, according to…

The drive to embed ‘planetary health’ impacts within corporate sustainability strategy

In 2015, the Rockefeller Foundation-Lancet Commission coined the term “planetary health” to focus on interactions between environmental and human health. Since then, groups such as the Lancet, The Planetary Health Alliance and the U.N. Health and Environmental Linkages Initiativehave given growing attention to the influence of environmental conditions on human health. Most recently, the United Nations Environment Program published…

A new collaboration model to transform urban areas

Our cities are undergoing fundamental change, requiring us to organize ourselves differently so that different interests can be heard and incorporated. Supported with examples from Amstel III, a transformation area in Amsterdam, this article introduces a new approach to overcome urban transformation challenges we are facing now: collaborative urban development. The principles (1) build a local collective,…