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Corporate Sustainability

Can Executive Compensation Push Firms to Harm the Environment?

Alliance for Research on Corporate Sustainability | Posted 01.28.2016 | Business
Alliance for Research on Corporate Sustainability

The recent passage of the Paris Agreement generated by the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference highlights the global consensus on the importance of reducing our environmental harm. A significant part of the problem, and thus solution, is business.

Rise of the New Sustainability

Carrie Norton | Posted 01.07.2016 | Business
Carrie Norton

What do you think of when someone says "sustainability"? The latest green product? A company trying to greenwash bad behavior (or justify higher price...

Changing America's Culture of Greed

John W. Traphagan | Posted 12.30.2015 | Politics
John W. Traphagan

Every vote for a candidate from the right in the current political climate is a vote for more of the same -- extreme wealth and power concentrated in the hands of a very small segment of the population.

How 19 Big-Name Corporations Plan to Make Money Off the Climate Crisis

Mother Jones | Jenny Che | Posted 12.22.2015 | Business

This story originally appeared on Mother Jones and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Climate change will have some pr...

Looking Back at Paris: Investing in Nature Gains Traction as Climate Solution

Mark Tercek | Posted 12.16.2015 | Green
Mark Tercek

Mark R. Tercek is the president and CEO of the Nature Conservancy and author of Nature's Fortune. Follow Mark on Twitter @MarkTercek. The negotiati...

The Paris Climate Agreement: Deliverance or Disappointment?

Alliance for Research on Corporate Sustainability | Posted 12.16.2015 | Green
Alliance for Research on Corporate Sustainability

The most common question I was asked in Paris: Is the agreement a triumph, as the negotiators and heads of state declare, or another weak pronouncement that will do little to stave off climate catastrophe? The answer is both.

Paris Climate Agreement an Air Horn in the Coal Mine

Kevin Grandia | Posted 12.14.2015 | Green
Kevin Grandia

If pure play coal companies weren't getting pummelled enough by the global drop in demand for their product, an agreement to reduce global greenhouse ...

Walking the Talk?

Alliance for Research on Corporate Sustainability | Posted 12.11.2015 | Business
Alliance for Research on Corporate Sustainability

By Lin Lerpold, Uta Hönemann and Elisabet Ålander Volkswagen's "Dieselgate" has intensified the debate on corporate sustainability greenwashing. A...

Your Move, Nestle: When the CSR Spotlight Dims

Marianne Smallwood | Posted 11.30.2015 | Impact
Marianne Smallwood

In initiating the public examination of its flaws, and in working with an organization like Verite, Nestle has already gone a more honorable and transparent route than other companies have done. But while it has taken the first step towards being a more responsible company, Nestle's commitment to funding a long term strategy -- and how it pushes beyond the inevitable road blocks ahead -- will determine its ultimate footprint and legacy.

Sustainable Entrepreneurship: The MBA of the Future [An Interview with UVM Dean Sanjay Sharma]

FIXCapitalism | Posted 11.18.2015 | Education

By Christian Sarkar How do you scrap a traditional 38-year-old MBA program and replace it with an entirely new model that addresses 21st-century bus...

Exxon's Handling of Climate Change Raises Questions About Board Oversight at Oil Giant

Mindy S. Lubber | Posted 11.17.2015 | Green
Mindy S. Lubber

Corporate boards need to move from being reactive on sustainability issues, to proactively and systematically thinking about how environmental and social challenges factor into corporate strategies and performance.

Trade-offs in the Adoption of Sustainability Standards

Alliance for Research on Corporate Sustainability | Posted 11.09.2015 | Business
Alliance for Research on Corporate Sustainability

How sustainable is sustainability? Some people might ask this question ironically, drawing attention to the lack of a standard definition of a word. It can mean quite different things to different people in different industry sectors and geographies.

Mainstreaming Sustainability: Business Imperatives for Making Sustainability Matter

Lisa Xia | Posted 10.12.2015 | Business
Lisa Xia

One of the toughest things I've had to consider is whether sustainability really matters to companies in a fundamental way. Not too long ago, an e...

How Corporate Governance Affects Corporate Sustainability and Why It Matters

Alliance for Research on Corporate Sustainability | Posted 10.12.2015 | Business
Alliance for Research on Corporate Sustainability

Corporate governance is increasingly applied to an extended form of monitoring corporate activities that include the impact on society and the natural environment. This additional agenda can create tension and conflicting priorities among the traditional roles of shareholders.

5 Big Ideas for Building Philanthropy Into Your Company's DNA

Naomi Morenzoni | Posted 10.06.2015 | Impact
Naomi Morenzoni

We're incredibly proud of these efforts and what we can accomplish as a community when we come together. But perhaps what's even more exciting is how many of our partners and customers have been inspired to build giving back into their own culture through the Pledge 1% movement.

Corporate Stewardship

Ed Lawler | Posted 09.29.2015 | Business
Ed Lawler

Despite pockets of progress, the world is slipping further behind on many social, economic and environmental dimensions. While some forward looking companies have spearheaded excellent social and environmental initiatives, it is clear that global sustainability cannot be achieved one company at a time.

Greening Corporate Value Chains Lowers Environmental Impact and Lifts Competitiveness

FOMIN | Posted 09.23.2015 | Business

So what aspects should multinational corporations focus on to address increasing stakeholder pressures and improve their operational sustainability? One important area is the management of natural resources and environmental impacts, both in the corporations' own operations and also in their "value chains."

Unlikely Coalition Forms To Back Renewable Energy

The Huffington Post | Jenny Che | Posted 09.23.2015 | Business

Nine of the country's biggest companies just helped set a new standard for corporate sustainability. Goldman Sachs, Johnson & Johnson, Nike,...

Size Matters? How the Business Case for CSR Can Apply to Any Company, No Matter the Size

Alliance for Research on Corporate Sustainability | Posted 09.02.2015 | Business
Alliance for Research on Corporate Sustainability

MEs have many of the same reasons for engaging in CSR that large companies have, both in avoiding downside risk and in exploiting upside opportunities. In many cases, they may also be more intrinsically, if not better motivated, to give CSR attention.

Do Investors Care About Green Ratings?

Alliance for Research on Corporate Sustainability | Posted 09.02.2015 | Business
Alliance for Research on Corporate Sustainability

The programs that produce this environmental information may be inexpensive, politically expedient, far-reaching and especially flexible ways to influence environmental outcomes in a constrained and complicated world. But do environmental transparency programs work? Do they achieve program goals? Do they affect firms' bottom lines enough to motivate change?

Rethinking Corporate Purpose

Ed Lawler | Posted 07.01.2015 | Business
Ed Lawler

The recognition that talent is one of the most important, if not the most important, determinants of corporate performance represents a step forward. In the past, all too often talent has been thought of and treated as a maintenance item, not a critical determinant of performance.

Reframing Corporate Sustainability

Alliance for Research on Corporate Sustainability | Posted 09.02.2015 | Business
Alliance for Research on Corporate Sustainability

One of the most famous frames related to corporate sustainability is the triple bottom line. The triple bottom line separates the way we think about business into three broad areas: economic, social and environmental.

Use Existing Business Systems To Create Shared Value Strategy

Rhod Ellis-Jones | Posted 06.15.2015 | Business
Rhod Ellis-Jones

It's often not the risk of change that stops us from evolving, it's the specter of shifting systems and processes; it's finding enough time in everyone's diaries. Like moving mountains.

How Business Leaders Can Help Save the Planet -- and Lead a Joyous Life

Mark Tercek | Posted 06.02.2015 | Green
Mark Tercek

Your businesses have clout. I encourage you to be bolder -- use your clout to push decision-makers and build coalitions that result in win-win strategies that strengthen both business and environmental outcomes.

Focusing Corporate Sustainability Ratings on What Matters

Jean Rogers | Posted 06.28.2015 | Money
Jean Rogers

Investors need strong signals on sustainability performance--signals that cut through the noise. Toward this end, corporate sustainability ratings must focus on what really matters, not just quantity of corporate ESG disclosure, but quality and materiality.