"...there are a lot of alarms going off at the moment and yet few people are doing anything about it - you wonder if alarm-fatigue has set in.Today, Defra publishes an ambitious Climate Change Risk Assessment (CCRA), providing the latest in a long line of climate reports that businesses really should be paying attention to."
How an old business model is finding new relevance all over the world.
The United Nations has named 2012 as the International Year of Cooperatives, and indeed, co-ops seem poised to become a dominant business model around the world. Today, nearly one billion people worldwide are cooperative member-owners. That’s one in five adults over 15 — and it could soon be you.
Praful Bidwai's book "THE POLITICS OF CLIMATE CHANGE AND THE GLOBAL CRISIS - MORTGAGING OUR FUTURE" is written at a time of deep diplomatic despondency. It is brutally honest about what is at risk if no action is taken at the national and international level. It exposes the false solution offered by India in its National Action Plan on Climate Change, and its chasing the nuclear mirage as a clean energy option. But most importantly it looks at alternative visions and the role of renewable.
Mainstream environmental groups have struggled to balance local concerns about traditional pollution with planet-sized worries over climate change, and how to work with corporate America without being seen as selling out.
AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS—Event organizers can now report on sustainability issues like impacts on communities, natural environments, and local and global economies, thanks to new guidance just published by the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI). The Green Meeting Industry Council (GMIC) helped developed the guidance as part of a multi-stakeholder Working Group and Advisory Group.
If you thought that vending machines that dispense nothing but baby carrots are the latest green innovation in this field, we’ve got news for you. There’s a vending machine that is far more progressive and innovative.
The topics and tropes fall faster than snowflakes here in Davos, where several thousand of the world’s leading business people, politicians and policy makers gather once a year for an annual think-fest.
Even as every politician continues to hold on to the idea that the solution to every social problem under the sun is more economic growth, there's thankfully an increasing amount of pushback on environmental grounds.
Microsoft, Coca-Cola, Levi's, Nestlé and Starbucks are all listed among 100 examples of adaptation efforts included in the new Adaptation Private Sector Initiative database hosted on the website of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
While climate change poses a number of risks to vulnerable communities and businesses around the world, many opportunities are unfolding for private companies to implement actions towards reducing risks to their business operations, as well as investing in adaptation action in vulnerable regions in a sustainable and profitable manner.
The temporary coalition of the Business Action for Sustainable Development (BASD) has been re-established to coordinate the participation of the private sector to Rio+20 and enhance its contribution to sustainable and inclusive markets.
How and what should sustainable architecture and living in urban areas look like? One solution is to observe nature, and apply its solutions to “human problems”. Nature has had 3.8 billion years’ worth of evolution and trial and error to perfect solutions so that it can become self-sustaining, so learning from it seems like a clever idea.
Apple’s supplier woes have put the social impacts of business onto every media outlet from the Daily Show [see below] to Fox News. Twitter users organized a boycott this weekend after the company’s announcement that it would withhold tweets in countries where the content is illegal. Next month the U.S. Supreme Court will hear a case about Shell’s activities in Nigeria, and determine whether corporations can be sued for human rights abuses abroad.
At the World Economic Forum last week, I attended a small dinner that included eight Nobel Prize winners. What a privilege in itself. The question the Laureates were asked to address was "What do you see as the world's biggest challenges?
Here in Abu Dhabi, through the investment arm of Masdar, Masdar Capital, we continue to see interesting opportunities for cleantech investing, and a number of worthy renewable energy projects both within the region and around the world.
Imagine if half the world's population were to reach its full potential. How would this advance progress on economic, societal and political issues?
Dimensions to be addressed:
- The girl effect and the graduate effect - Interventions to close gender gaps - New models of leadership
Michelle Bachelet, Undersecretary-General, United Nations Women (UN Women), New YorkSheryl Sandberg, Chief Operating Officer, Facebook, USA; Co-Chair of the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2012; Young Global LeaderArchbishop Desmond M. Tutu, Archbishop; Chair, The Elders, South AfricaTalal Al Zain, Chief Executive Officer, Bahrain Mumtalakat Holding Company, Bahrain; Global Agenda Council on Private Capital
The World Economic Forum (WEF) is a Geneva-based non-profit organization best known for its Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland, the Annual Meeting of New Champions in China (Summer Davos) and the Summit on the Global Agenda in Dubai.
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