Report Report: Blockchain, forests, sustainability goals and more

2019 Progress Report (Climate Action 100+) assesses the ;progress that 161 focus companies, representing over two-thirds of global industrial GHG emissions, have made on climate-related topics, as part of their engagement with the Climate Action 100+ initiative. Key findings include: 70 percent have set long-term emissions reduction targets. 9 percent have emissions targets that are in…

Coca-Cola, Dr Pepper, and PepsiCo Announce New Program for Plastics Recycling

America’s leading beverage companies, such as The Coca-Cola Company, Keurig, Dr Pepper, and PepsiCo, today announced the launch of the “Every Bottle Back” initiative, an effort to reduce the industry’s use of new plastic by making significant investments to improve the collection of the industry’s valuable plastic bottles so they can be made into new bottles. These competitors are…

5 emerging jobs in the circular economy

The circular economy is celebrated as a trillion-dollar opportunity beginning to penetrate industries around the world. There’s no sector or region left untouched by the potential for reinventing systems, products and services in a fashion that ultimately creates no waste and even regenerates natural systems. At least that’s the hope among evangelists of circularity, notably the Ellen…

How cities and states can get more zero-carbon vehicles on the road

States have started to put together the policy building-blocks for decarbonization of their economies. The federal government — and states that have lagged behind — can follow their lead in setting carbon emission targets, mandating renewable energy use, upgrading electric grid technology, improving energy efficiency and various other areas laid out in earlier installments of…

94 Mayors Recognize Global Climate Emergency, Support Global Green New Deal

At the C40 Summit in Copenhagen, mayors of 94 cities herald a Global Green New Deal to “drive an urgent, fundamental and irreversible transfer of global resources away from fossil fuels and into action that averts the climate emergency.”   At the C40 World Mayors Summit in Copenhagen, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti — the newly elected C40 Chair — alongside the mayors of…

GRI, IRF and SASB: Updated guidance on reporting frameworks

For those tasked with communicating their organization’s sustainability information, these are challenging times. What to communicate and to whom, and which tools to use, always have been pain points. Add to that the recent increases in the types and volume of data; the number of reporting frameworks, standards and recommendations to handle it; and the…

Global climate regulation looms on the horizon. Are banks and insurers ready?

As I write this, many of the world’s leading banks and insurers are busy finalizing their response plans to the Bank of England’s innocuous-sounding supervisory statement No. SS3/19. It sets out the regulator’s expectations for how banks and insurers should manage the financial risks of climate change, including modification of governance and risk management frameworks, development…

With Less Than 4,000 Days to Go, Business Contribution to SDGs Falling Woefully Short

Despite some progress since the goals were launched in 2015, advancement over the past four years has been stifled due to socioeconomic, geopolitical and technological uncertainties, hindering CEOs’ sustainability efforts. CEOs say business contribution to the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals(SDGs) is not on track, according to a new study by the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) and Accenture. At…

Why people should be at the heart of sustainability goals

Last week, world leaders convened for the 74th United Nations General Assembly to review the progress in implementing the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals. The goals include important and tough challenges: ending poverty; ending hunger; quality education for children; sustainable economic growth; climate action and more. There are 17 goals in total, all to be achieved…

A 100-Year Journey: Achieving Sustainability for All in the Coffee Industry

Global demand for coffee continues to rise, but climate change is expected to shrink suitable land for Arabica coffee beans by 50 percent by 2050 — just 30 years away. Key Coffee, Inc. is working to protect the future of coffee and coffee farmers, starting in Tana Toraja, Indonesia. We spoke to the company’s director and EVP Kazuo Kawamata,…