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Just a Fifth of Companies Believe that Their Impacts are Understood, New Report Reveals

Just one in five companies believes that external stakeholders have a good understanding of their impacts on the world, according to a new report. Corporate Citizenship, a global management consultancy specialising in sustainability, has today released Impact for Change: Better Business for a Better World. The report outlines how...


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Sustainalytics – 10 Companies in 2016 Getting Ahead of the Climate Change Curve

Sustainalytics’ is planning to publish its new thematic research report, 10 for 2016 – The Paris Agreement: Triumph of the Optimists. In short, the report offers a top-down assessment of the COP21 Summit agreement and a bottom-up analysis of ten companies we believe are getting ahead of the climate change...


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Stranded assets and climate change on Bank of England agenda

The Bank of England has acknowledged that climate change could have an impact on the financial markets in a research agenda. The paper also notes that the move to a low-carbon economy could leave fossil fuel assets ‘stranded’. The discussion paper – One Bank Research Agenda – aims to...


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Companies turning to social media to communicate sustainability

Global companies are increasingly turning to social media to communicate their sustainability initiatives to the public, according to a report from Sustainly. The trend comes as consumers are taking more factors into account when making purchasing decisions. The report looked at how 475 global companies communicate their sustainable actions...


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Blue & Green Daily: Monday 23 February 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. EU Capital Markets Union to include focus on long-term investment and trust Harvard faces court over fossil fuel divestment Osborne faces calls...


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M&S, Unilever and London Stock Exchange among world’s most sustainable companies

The 2015 Global 100 Most Sustainable Companies in the World Index includes UK based companies Marks & Spencer, Unilever and London Stock Exchange. In total, 11 British companies make the list, up from eight last year. Household product company Reckitt Benckiser is the highest placed UK company at number...


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Second-biggest carbon market launched by South Korea

The world’s second-largest emission trading scheme began trading on Monday in South Korea. The scheme imposes emission caps on the country’s largest 525 companies. The cap-and-trade system was approved in 2012 and caps the country’s emissions at 1.687 million metric tons of carbon dioxide, it covers the period from...


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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...