Great summary of corp engagement in ES to date, trends there. Nice set of 23 cases of business engagement in ES. Interesting to note that of 23 examples, only 3(ish, debatable) intimate monetary returns - RioTinto re: investigation of offsets opportunties of lands they own; Goldman Sachs in env market opportunities; Dow saying they expect $10 mill investment in ES partnership to have "real returns to our company and our world". The rest just mention they are assesing their impact/dependencies, consider ES in siting new operations or consider ES impacts of operations (esp extractive), bunch of goodwill stuff incl research, managing lands for ES, voluntary reporting (Puma)
HOUSTON (AP) — The energy industry has made enough progress toward conserving a rare lizard's habitat in Texas and New Mexico that its efforts may help prevent the reptile from being listed as an endangered species, a designation that could harm...
"About 95 percent of the dunes sagebrush lizard's habitat in New Mexico and more than 70 percent of it in West Texas are now under voluntary "conservation" contracts. The agreements mean ranchers, the energy industry and the states agree to avoid the habitat or pay a fee if they can't"
"The pilot will focus on making better judgments on agricultural lands, increasing accessibility to clean water, and fostering natural habitats along with protecting and restoring important forests."
The pilot site (Santa Vitória Açúcar e Álcool Ltda. - SVAA) "is developing the largest integrated plant ever for producing biopolymers from renewable sugar cane, which will be powered to some extent by using waste biomass. The pilot will enable Dow and TNC to study how Dow’s operations affect and are affected by natural surroundings and finally devise ways for implementing sustainable solutions that can be applied both locally and globally."
Q: What's the motivation here? Guessing this biopolymer plan needs access to water, which may be in competition with local agriculture - ?? Forest protection - b/c it will increase water quality - so water quality is an important input? Or is this all just community goodwill?
As with climate change a few years ago, executives are now beginning to recognize the importance of biodiversity for their future strategies. Many are also discovering business opportunities, not just threats.
You wouldn't know it from it's title, but this is actually a great resource for understanding tools out there to measure ecosystem services - in this case, services related to water. Various tools were reviewed, metrics considered, tools applied to four different industries. Very nice approach and a lot of useful information.
The research aims to provide a ranking of corporate impacts on the natural environment and by highlighting the scale of the financial risk, provoke debate about what this means for long-term business and shareholder value.
It's not just about being a do-gooder. Cary Krosinsky reports that companies--and the investors who follow them--make out like bandits when they're environmentally responsible.
"Take NEWSWEEK’s Green Rankings, for example: companies that ranked in the top 100 of the 2009 ranking, weighted equally, outperformed the S&P 500 by 4.8 percent over the last two years. These companies are collectively up 15.2 percent, compared to 10.4 percent for the S&P 500."
May 2011 report by SAM -- an investment boutique focused exclusively on Sustainability Investing.
"What is the added value of integrating sustainability criteria into traditional financial valuation models? Can financial performance be enhanced by investing in sustainable companies? These are just a few of the questions that have been raised as interest in sustainability investing has continuously gained momentum over the last few years. This white paper seeks to address these questions."
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