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Unilever and Siemens among companies named sustainability leaders

Unilever, Siemens and BT have all been named as sustainability leaders in their respective industries in this year’s Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI) review, which is celebrating its 15th anniversary. Blue & Green Tomorrow is currently running a crowdfunder to ensure its survival. Please pledge. The DJSI takes a...


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Big corporations already preparing for carbon pricing agreement, study reveals

Some of the world’s biggest corporations are beginning to factor the likely introduction of a global price on carbon emissions into their business plans, in anticipation of international action to curb climate change. Blue & Green Tomorrow is currently running a crowdfunder to ensure its survival. Please pledge. Data gathered for...


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A world without water: Financial Times counts the cost of water scarcity

Since 2011, companies around the world have spent more than $84 billion (£49bn) to improve the way they conserve, manage or obtain water, according to a new investigation from the Financial Times. In the first article of a new series on the global threat of water scarcity, FT environment correspondent...


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Ethical investment: using negative screens to avoid ‘sin stocks’ is a thing of the past

Regina Schwegler and Judith Reutimann, of Switzerland-based sustainability rating agency Inrate, discuss the role of exclusion screenings in sustainable investment. Excluding certain stocks from an investment universe due to violation of minimum standards is a widely used practice for socially responsible investments (SRI). It can be valuable for financial,...


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Blue & Green Daily: Friday 20 June headlines

Blue & Green Daily finds and summarises the top sustainability stories around the web every morning. We start with our own picks from Blue & Green Tomorrow. Education is the Seed for effective energy transformation Future sustainability leaders: Adam Lewthwaite Oakland votes to divest from ‘dirty energy economy’ based...


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An investment you can touch beats dealing with pure numbers

Investments can sometimes seem pretty remote from real life. If we’re not careful, we can regress into dealing with pure numbers. Several investment websites seem to talk about companies as if they were machines for making money, focusing on PEs, ROCE, EPS and Capex with no mention anywhere about...


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S&P 500 companies experiencing increasing climate change risks

The impacts of climate change, including extreme weather events such as hurricanes, droughts and floods, are increasingly threatening the operations of the US’s biggest companies, a new report has revealed. In a new survey, CDP collected climate-related disclosures from companies listed on the Standard & Poor’s (S&P) 500 index...


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RBS needs to run, not walk, to become an ethical banking leader

After the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) released its Sustainability Review last week, Scotland’s Herald newspaper reported that the state-owned bank “aims to lead from the front on ethical banking” – although it admitted that it could take up to five years to get there. This is quite an ambition...


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UKSIF rebrands National Ethical Investment Week as Good Money Week

The UK Sustainable Investment and Finance Association (UKSIF) has revealed that National Ethical Investment Week, the industry’s flagship event for the past seven years, is to be rebranded as Good Money Week for 2014. UKSIF explained that the change was a reflection of how sustainable investment and finance had...


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The latest IPCC report: it’s time to ramp up mitigation efforts

A recent review of climate science is further proof that we need to back those companies finding real solutions to global warming, says Ashden’s Anne Wheldon. On Sunday, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a summary of its latest review of global scientific research. This time it...


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Investing for the past or investing for the future?

Companies that provide solutions to the challenges of sustainability will see stronger, long-term growth those that don’t. That’s why they make such compelling investments, says Tim Dieppe. This article originally appeared in Blue & Green Tomorrow’s Guide to Sustainable Investment 2014. We live in a rapidly and profoundly changing world,...


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Impact of urbanisation on built environment ‘staggering’, says report

Big business needs to “ramp-up” its board-level understanding of built environment issues, such as dealing with problems related to carbon targets, a new report has warned. The University College London-commissioned report – The Built Environment: Profit Warning – looks at how the world and businesses will need to adapt...


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Shock, horror! Energy companies have ‘let us down’

Energy companies have admitted they have let us down in a hard-hitting new report for a conference on Thursday in London called Energy, Politics and the Consumer. The admission has only been given in the lead up to to the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) investigation, but we did already...


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Active ownership: investing as ‘responsible stewards, not absentee landlords’

Alex Blackburne explores the long-term financial benefits of active ownership. There was a time when investors at both an institutional and retail level would be almost entirely disconnected from what their assets were doing. The norm was to invest, sit back and collect the (hopefully healthy) dividend each quarter....


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Budget 2014: Osborne freezes carbon price floor and boosts North Sea oil

Chancellor George Osborne has delivered a budget that environmental campaigners have called “dirty business as usual”, after the announcement of policies that will support fossil fuel companies and cut the price of carbon. In his budget speech, Osborne pledged that the government would invest in new sources of energy...



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