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BB e WWF-Brasil discutem agenda ambiental em SP - Diário do Grande ABC

Brazilian workshop on biodiversity & finance sector, BBOP...

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Wells Fargo: The Strongest 'Buy' In Banking - Seeking Alpha

"Last week, Wells Fargo announced a record $2.8 billion in loan commitments and tax equity financing in 2011 to businesses and projects with a direct positive impact on the environment.

These are the types of things banks need to be doing to build up a positive reputation, leading to increased costumers, and thus increased revenue.

 

Everything is about going green and helping the environment and the economy now, so if banks were smart, they would capitalize on this like Wells Fargo does. The head of Wells Fargo Environmental Finance, Barry Neal, states that recent developments in renewable energy, green building, and other environmental markets are providing a strong base to stimulate global economic growth, and facilitate the flow of important financial support for a variety of green enterprises. "As our investments and lending activity demonstrate, Wells Fargo has long recognized this opportunity and the need to support our customers, who are leading the way in creating a better, more sustainable future," Neal said. This is exactly the type of innovative thinking companies need to keep up with the current economic trends."

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Information is Beautiful Images for Accounting for Sustainability Forum 2011

Information is Beautiful Images for Accounting for Sustainability Forum 2011 | Corporate Ecosystem Services | Scoop.it

The Prince’s Accounting for Sustainability Project (A4S) recently held their annual Forum at St. James Palace on 15 December 2011. The following images were designed by Information is Beautiful and launched at the event to demonstrate the Economic Invisibility of Nature.

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Jochen Zeitz, PUMA, speech about accounting for nature in business

The guy is really interesting. He wrote a book: Prayer, Profit and Principles with Benedictine monk, Anselm Grün. And he seems really committed to accounting for nature:“The primary purpose of an Environmental Profit and Loss is to show managers and stakeholders where in an operation and its supply chain these impacts occur and their magnitude.”

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Paying for Ecosystem Services, Part 5: Paying for itself, in the bottom line

Here's a lovely little gem video that features CEOs talking about why it’s not just a good thing, but good for business to account for nature. So there you go, business paying for ecosystem services because it would be foolish not to. Great message.

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Nice summary of trends of governments considering ecosystem services

Looks like a good resource.

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Electric Utilities Sector Supplement to GRI

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Newsweek Green Rankings

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Only applies to "the largest publicly-traded companies in America (the U.S. 500 list) and the largest publicly-traded companies based in developed and emerging markets worldwide (the Global 500 list)." Newsweek in partnership with Trucost, Sustainalytics.

 

Measures env impact (45%), management (45%), disclosure (10%).

 

Impact measured by Trucost, who takes things like GHG, air pollution, water use, waste, land and water poll, natural resource use (700 types of impacts) and translates them to $-value env impact cost per company (eg. add up $/ton GHG emiss ... and these $ values come from externality costs in aca lit), normalized by revenue so there's not size bias. With this first step they don't use actual reported GHG/water/whatever data to derive the impact... they use info like financial info, look at co activities... and then put this data into their input-output model which then spits out GHG emiss, air emiss, water use... [model is based on...? info from X bunch of companies in Y bunch of sectors?]. But then, they somehow adjust IF company provides real data. And finally, give chance for company to review/verify (& Trucost will accept if comprehensive/consistent). What env impacts are most important? GHG and water use accounts for ~75% of score for most sectors. Some sectors will have high impacts (eg. utilities) so will probably never rank high on overall rankings, but have opp to see rankings within the sector, so there's that kind of benchmarking. 

 

Management measured by Sustainalytics. Take co data, media/NGO reports, put into sector-specific indicators (60-100 for any single co). Considers policies, mgmt systems, key performance metrics, controversial incidents for env operations, supply chain, products. QAQC process: peer-review, co feedback. Here's a sample report from Dutch insurance/pension/etc firm Aegon: http://sustainability-report.aegon.com/assets/Uploads/pdf/Sustainalytics-AEGON-report.pdf. Sample sector report for food/bev/tobacco: http://www.sustainalytics.com/sites/default/files/foodbevtobacco1.19.12.pdf ;

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CBD Business.2020 - business and biodiversity magazine. May edition out.

CBD Business.2020 - business and biodiversity magazine. May edition out. | Corporate Ecosystem Services | Scoop.it
CBD business and biodiversity website helps you to find the sustainability tools and case studies relevant to you.
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More Companies Say Sustainability Needed to be Competitive · Environmental Management & Energy News · Environmental Leader

More Companies Say Sustainability Needed to be Competitive · Environmental Management & Energy News · Environmental Leader | Corporate Ecosystem Services | Scoop.it
Two-thirds of corporate leaders say management attention to and investment in sustainability rose from 2010 to 2011, according to a global study by MIT Sloan Management Review and The Boston Consulting Group.
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Newsweek Green Ranking: Full Methodology

Newsweek Green Ranking: Full Methodology | Corporate Ecosystem Services | Scoop.it

How we calculated [2011] Green Rankings.

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CEO_DemystifyingMateriality.pdf

good un re: materiality.

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OR ~wqt project: avoid grey infrastructure costs of $16 mill with $8 mill green infrastructure (tree planting)

OR ~wqt project: avoid grey infrastructure costs of $16 mill with $8 mill green infrastructure (tree planting) | Corporate Ecosystem Services | Scoop.it

City of Medford has to reduce the temp of the Rogue River (presumably wastewater treatment plant outflows are warming up the water?) per OR DEQ (temp TMDL?). Instead of a projected grey infrastructure cost of $16 million (for cooling towers, holding ponds), the city signed a contract with the Freshwater Trust for $8 million to buy water quality credits that represent the required temperature reduction. How do they get that cooling? Trees n stuff. Modeled, monitored, all that good stuff.

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Industry: Get your own water! (India)

Industry: Get your own water! (India) | Corporate Ecosystem Services | Scoop.it

Business & ecosystem services - competition for water supply.

 

"The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has directed the Union ministry of environment and forests (MoEF) to...consider feasibility of insisting upon every major industry that requires large quantity of water to have its own water resource facility rather than using/diverting the water that is being meant for drinking/irrigation purposes.”

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More Information is Beautiful Images

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TNC makes business case for water and green growth

TNC makes business case for water and green growth | Corporate Ecosystem Services | Scoop.it
The conversation about water has moved on and is now about the role natural resources play in providing smart, sustainable solutions...
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The RSPB and Tesco unite to protect rainforests

The RSPB and Tesco unite to protect rainforests | Corporate Ecosystem Services | 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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Deepwater NRDA projects start - $60 mill so far

Deepwater NRDA projects start - $60 mill so far | Corporate Ecosystem Services | Scoop.it
News Release, April 18, 2012: Deepwater Horizon Natural Resource Trustees Announce Major Progress in Gulf Restoration Effort...

 

Anyone remember how much economic/env loss was estimated from the spill?

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Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes

Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes | Corporate Ecosystem Services | Scoop.it
Launched in 1999, the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes are the first global indexes tracking the financial performance of the leading sustainability-driven companies worldwide.
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YES, the DJSI asks companies in the forestry & paper sector explicitly about ecosystem services in one question within the eonomic dimension. of the FORESTRY sector  (see 2012 yearbook, p. 82: http://www.sustainability-index.com/images/sam-yearbook-2012-final_tcm1071-337504.pdf). I have email communication with SAM to confirm this, but SAM does not make their quesitonnaires public. That does not mean that SAM does not indirectly query corporation action related to ecosystem services in other sectors, nor does it mean that they may not highlight ecosystem services in the future--questions are continually reviewed and revised. A SAM representative also expressed that not including a question abotu a topic area did not mean that SAM thinks it irrelevant, but rather that "other questions may be financially more material." 

 

The Business and Biodiversity Campaign nicely summarizes the inclusion of biodiversity and ecosystem service criteria in the DJSI thus: "The Corporate Sustainability Assessment, conducted by SAM, also focuses on biodiversity issues which play a role in determining the ecological performance in certain industries - from the extractive and constructive sector to water, energy or real-estate. Ecosystem services are only mentioned in conjunction with the economic performance of the forestry and pulp sector but are implicitly anchored in the ecological analyses of the different sectors." (source: http://www.sustainability-index.com/images/sam-yearbook-2012-final_tcm1071-337504.pdf

 

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Here is an excerpt from info on the methodology of the DJSI index ranking.

 

DJSI methodology: 

"Since 1999, SAM has been conducting the annual Corporate Sustainability Assessment (CSA), which serves as the framework for measuring corporate sustainability performance and forms the research backbone for the construction of the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes (DJSI)
• The world’s largest 2,500 publicly traded companies are invited to participate in SAM’s CSA for possible inclusion in the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index (DJSI World) 
• 58 industries are analyzed using industry-specific questionnaires
• Companies are evaluated based on a range of financially relevant sustainability criteria covering the economic, environmental and social dimensions
• Companies receive a Total Sustainability Score between 0–100 and are ranked against other companies in their industry
• The top 10% of companies within each industry are selected for inclusion in the DJSI World
• The DJSI identify sustainability leaders across all industries, enabling investors to track their performance and integrate sustainability considerations into their portfolios"

 

Within each dimension (the environment dimension is one of the three), there are an "average 6–10 criteria, and each criterion can contain between 2–10 questions, totaling approximately 80–120 questions, depending on the sector. Each criterion is worth up to 100 points, and is assigned a weight (percentage) of the total questionnaire. The criteria within each 

dimension roll up to the dimension weight. For each company, a Total Sustainability Score of up to 100 points is calculated based on the pre-defined weights established for each question and criterion."

 

from "Measuring Intangibles: SAM’s Corporate Sustainability Assessment Methodology," 5/2012, http://www.sustainability-index.com/images/sam-csa-methodology-en_tcm1071-338252.pdf&nbsp

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Corporate Lands for Learning – Wildlife Habitat Council

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PepsiCo, Walmart Partner to Manage Ecosystem Risks · Environmental Management & Energy News · Environmental Leader

PepsiCo, Walmart Partner to Manage Ecosystem Risks · Environmental Management & Energy News · Environmental Leader | Corporate Ecosystem Services | Scoop.it
Anglo American, Grupo Andre Maggi, PepsiCo, Vale, Votorantim and Walmart have partnered to develop business strategies that protect the ecosystems in which they operate in Brazil.

They're going to implement WRI's ESR.

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PepsiCo Reveals Global Agri Plans

PepsiCo Reveals Global Agri Plans | Corporate Ecosystem Services | Scoop.it
In the wake of Wal-Mart's announced commitment to sustainable agriculture, PepsiCo has revealed plans to roll-out its new crop management system globally that will enable PepsiCo's farmers to monitor, manage and ...

This is old announcement (2010), but still interesting.

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In Deepwater: How the share prices of BP and Exxon have fared after big oil spills

In Deepwater: How the share prices of BP and Exxon have fared after big oil spills | Corporate Ecosystem Services | Scoop.it

Good example of materiality of corporate environmental impacts 

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Energia Global | World Resources Projects

Energia Global | World Resources Projects | Corporate Ecosystem Services | Scoop.it

Hydropower PWS to reduce sedimentation removal costs reservoir

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