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Lessons from Starbucks: Building a sustainable supply chain

Lessons from Starbucks: Building a sustainable supply chain | Business For Good | Scoop.it
Eight years since the launch of its Coffee and Farmer Equity (C.A.F.E.) Practices commitment, Starbucks is ready to share some of the lessons its learned along the way to greener supply chains.

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Our current infrastructure was built for a different planet

It's easy to forget that every piece of our current infrastructure--roads, rails, runways, bridges, industrial plants, housing--was built with a certain temperature range in mind. Our agricultural system and much of our electrical generating system (including dams, nuclear power stations and conventional thermal electric plants which burn coal and natural gas) were created not only with a certain temperature range in mind, but also a certain range of rainfall. Rainfall, whether it is excessive or absent, can become a problem if it creates 1) floods that damage and sweep away buildings and crops or 2) if there isn't enough water to quench crops and supply industrial and utility operating needs.

This summer has shown just what can happen when those built-in tolerances for heat, moisture (or lack of it) and wind are exceeded.


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TEDxPhoenix 2010 Louis Basile

Louis Basile, CEO of Wildflower Bread Company, talks about how you must align your purpose, passion, and people to have a successful organization. When doing... (Louis Basile - "Conscious Capitalism" - "Doing Business and having a Heart!
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Sacred Indigenous land granted permanent protection

Sacred Indigenous land granted permanent protection | Business For Good | Scoop.it

The Hunter's indigenous Wonnarua nation has welcomed the region's first 'biobank' site near Singleton, which gives a culturally significant piece of land permanent protection from development. - a glimpse at future uses of conservation finance?


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Lessons from Starbucks: Building a sustainable supply chain

Lessons from Starbucks: Building a sustainable supply chain | Business For Good | Scoop.it
Eight years since the launch of its Coffee and Farmer Equity (C.A.F.E.) Practices commitment, Starbucks is ready to share some of the lessons its learned along the way to greener supply chains.

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CI at 25: Thinking — and Funding — Outside the Box

CI at 25: Thinking — and Funding — Outside the Box | Business For Good | Scoop.it
Nature, like everything it provides us, is invaluable — but protecting it isn’t free. Choosing conservation over exploitation presents a real opportunity cost, and protecting, restoring and maintaining healthy ecosystems require significant manpower and resources. But since we all rely on a healthy planet for our well-being, there’s no greater investment we can make.

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Conscious Leadership for Sustainability: Executive Summary | Integral Life

Conscious Leadership for Sustainability: Executive Summary | Integral Life | Business For Good | Scoop.it
A study of how leaders and change agents with postconventional consciousness design and engage in complex change initiatives....

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CFA presents a side event at the IUCN World Conservation Congress

CFA presents a side event at the IUCN World Conservation Congress | Business For Good | Scoop.it

The Conservation Finance Alliance will present the workshop entitled “Conservation Finance: gaps, comparative analysis and alternatives in a dynamic debate” at the IUCN World Conservation Congress, Jeju 2012.

 

The workshop will focus on catalyzing global efforts for resource mobilization towards conservation, while presenting recently developed studies and products of the CFA and its partners, and promoting a dynamic and informed debate.


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Uneconomic Growth Deepens Depression

Uneconomic Growth Deepens Depression | Business For Good | Scoop.it

One more brilliant analysis by former World Bank economist and "father of ecological economics" Herman Daly explaining why new Keynesianism will not work to counter the crisis in a full world and why growth has become uneconomic.

 

The only solution to poverty, says Daly, is sharing."Sharing is frequently referred to as “class warfare.” But it is really the alternative to the class warfare that will result from the current uneconomic growth in which the dwindling benefits are privatized to the elite, while the exploding costs are socialized to the poor, the future, and to other species."


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Wise words of investor guru Jeremy Grantham on the future of capitalism

"Capitalism, by ignoring the finite nature of resources and by neglecting the long-term well-being of the planet and its potentially crucial biodiversity, threatens our existence. Fifty and one-hundred-year horizons are important despite the “tyranny of the discount rate,” and grandchildren do have value. My conclusion is that capitalism does admittedly do a thousand things better than other systems: it only currently fails in two or three. Unfortunately for us all, even a single one of these failings may bring capitalism down and us with it."

 

Read in Grantham's latest newsletter especially part two: "Your grandchildren have no value (and other deficiencies of capitalism)"

 


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The Must Haves for a Sustainable 2050 | MAHB

The Must Haves for a Sustainable 2050 | MAHB | Business For Good | Scoop.it

This report describes an 18-month World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) project, Vision 2050. The vision was formed by a technique of backcasting past events, to evaluate the plausibility of reaching a reasonably sustainable world in 2050. 
The project is causing major strategic re-thinking among the 200 member companies in the World Business Council, and has generated thoughtful discussions in proceedings conducted by the United Nations, OECD, and a variety of academic institutions. That WBCSD has led the way on this project is especially significant given that its member companies have $7 trillion in annual revenues (comparison: China’s GDP at current exchange rate is $5.8 trillion).


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The great carbon bubble: Why the fossil fuel industry fights so hard

The great carbon bubble: Why the fossil fuel industry fights so hard | Business For Good | Scoop.it

"...the giant energy companies are making so much money right now that they can’t stop gorging themselves. ... Everyone in the business is swimming in money.

 

Still, they could theoretically invest all that cash in new clean technology or research and development for the same. As it happens, though, they’ve got a deeper problem, one that’s become clear only in the last few years. Put briefly: their value is largely based on fossil-fuel reserves that won’t be burned if we ever take global warming seriously.

 

Great analysis of why the fossil fuel industry is locking the world into an extremely high carbon future.


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Capitalism with a conscience

Capitalism with a conscience | Business For Good | Scoop.it
In difficult economic times, is it possible to create a profitable enterprise that also generates social value for communities?

 

Interesting report at the Sustainable Business blog of the Guardian on efforts to redefine a more sustainable and equitable business.


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What do we do about climate change?

"To sum up, the existing economic and political system has proved incapable up to now of embracing anything like an adequate level of climate mitigation. It can be argued plausibly that it is already too late to prevent runaway climate change. It is certainly touch and go. There is nothing inevitable about the future. Nevertheless it is clear that we are entering a period of economic, social and political turmoil brought about by peak oil, peak debt and the decomposition of a political system that millions of people now regard as corrupt and not to be trusted. There is increasing recognition even in parts of the business elite that major changes in the transformation of the energy system are going to be needed and that it does not make sense to deal separately with peak oil and climate change."

 

Brilliant must-read first chapter of Irish think tank Feasta's latest book "Sharing for Survival" published by the Energy Bulletin.


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Governments failing to avert catastrophic climate change, IEA urges

Governments failing to avert catastrophic climate change, IEA urges | Business For Good | Scoop.it
Ministers attending clean energy summit in London to be gravely warned about continuing global addiction to fossil fuels...

The IEA under the leadership of Fatih Birol and now also new executive director Maria van der Hoeven, is one of the only international institutions with the guts to tell things as they are.


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New science reveals agriculture’s true climate impact

New science reveals agriculture’s true climate impact | Business For Good | Scoop.it

"Scientists can finally prove that overuse of fertilizer in industrial farming is a major cause of climate change. Whether or not this will make it easier to hold Big Ag accountable is yet to be seen"

 

Excellent article in Grist on the need to cut nitrous oxide emissions.


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Costa Rica Leading the Way in Incentivizing Protection of Nature

Costa Rica Leading the Way in Incentivizing Protection of Nature | Business For Good | Scoop.it

As global economic and environmental struggles continue to make headlines, perhaps the world should look toward Costa Rica for answers. In the last 25 years, the country has tripled its GDP while doubling the size of its forests; it has also pledged to become the world’s first carbon-neutral nation by 2021. 


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Bhutan leads the world to a new economy of happiness

Bhutan leads the world to a new economy of happiness | Business For Good | Scoop.it

This week, Bhutan is hosting a high level conference at the United Nations in New York with the hope of placing happiness, rather than growth, at the heart of the economy.

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My TEDxRainier Talk on The Soulful Company

My TEDxRainier Talk on The Soulful Company | Business For Good | Scoop.it

Gideon Rosenblatt from Alchemy of Change gives an inspiring talk on The Soulful Company.

 

**Watch the TEDxRainier talk on ' -- a new generation of firms that won't just tap the soul, but feed it too.

 

Thank you Gideon for important contribution to the business community.

 

Selected by Jan Gordon covering "Change Through Ongoing Discussions

 

See video here: [http://www.alchemyofchange.net/tedxrainier/]


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We will hear more about leading from the heart.

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Marty, thank you for sharing this, it's an excellent talk and Gideon is doing some very important work in the world!
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The RSPB and Tesco unite to protect rainforests

The RSPB and Tesco unite to protect rainforests | Business For Good | Scoop.it
The RSPB (BirdLife in the UK) and Tesco (one of the world's top five global retailers) have announced a ground-breaking partnership called ‘Together For Trees’ to help protect rainforests around the world.

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New Report "Life Beyond Growth" : good summary of new economic thinking beyond GDP

The Tokyo-based Institute for Studies in Happiness, Economy, and Society (ISHES) recently released a new interesting report, "Life Beyond Growth", which summarises the search for new economic thinking beyond GDP.


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Will Markets Survive the End of Growth?

Will Markets Survive the End of Growth? | Business For Good | Scoop.it

"Is the end of growth the end of markets? The end of capitalism? Most definitely not. We will still need competition, we will still want ideas and innovation to flourish and we will want capital allocated as efficiently as possible. Markets are good at all those things."

 

New article by Paul Gilding ("The Great Disruption") which shows that post-oil and post-growth thinking is still struggling big time with the question of the balance between "state" and "market". Phrases like: we need to accept the earth's limits "as absolute boundaries of the market system" are unhelpful. We need much more sophisticated blueprints of how a just society could produce and consume within ecological and energy limits.


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The Top 10 List - Responsible Tourism | Interactive Jungle

The Top 10 List - Responsible Tourism | Interactive Jungle | Business For Good | Scoop.it
A top ten list of ways that you can ensure you are being an ecologically friendly and responsible tourist.

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Lezane van Niekerk's curator insight, May 2, 2014 6:43 AM

Tourists are becoming more aware of "responsible" travel.

What are you doing to improve the way you travel/the way you offer your packages to clients?  

Food for thought....

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We are not alone in the universe - the political ecology of "more-than-humanism"

We are not alone in the universe - the political ecology of "more-than-humanism" | Business For Good | Scoop.it

Brilliant analysis in Eurozine of the political and social implications of looking at mankind as part of the planet instead of its master.

 

Based on the works of Bruno Latour, Michel Serres and others, this new "more-than-humanism" can revolutionise our thinking about the economy, politics, culture and social interactions. A good example is the new constitution of Ecuador, which gives "nature" legal rights.


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KPMG Says 'Hidden' Environmental Costs to Double Every 14 Years

KPMG Says 'Hidden' Environmental Costs to Double Every 14 Years | Business For Good | Scoop.it

The costs of environmental impacts from businesses are on track to double every 14 years, according to an analysis of 10 global "megaforces."

 

Ranging from climate change to the growing middle class, these megaforces are expected to significantly affect corporate growth over the next 20 years, says KPMG International.


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