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Must-Attend Event: U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation's Resilience Forum 2017

Tue, 01/23/2018 - 6:26pm

Register today for Promoting Resilience and Cross-Sector Collaboration for a Sustainable Future, June 26 in Washington, D.C. Reserve your spot today to learn from top business and disaster preparedness response experts.

Promoting Resilience and Cross-Sector Collaboration for a Sustainable Future will take a comprehensive look at the different social drivers that impact a community's ability to prepare and respond. Starting with a holistic approach to community development, experts will discuss best practices to creating resiliency plans.

Register today to join us on June 26. At this event, you will learn:

• The different social drivers that impact a community's ability to prepare and respond.

• Best practices to creating resiliency plans.

• How the private sector can engage to support the adaptability of the community, including financing, infrastructure, and materials reuse.

We're only a few weeks away, so reserve your spot today! https://www.uschamberfoundation.org/event/promoting-resilience-and-cross-sector-collaboration-sustainable-future

Ray C. Anderson Foundation Commits Additional $2 Million to The Ray

Tue, 01/23/2018 - 3:26pm

The Trustees of the Ray C. Anderson Foundation have granted an additional $2 million to The Ray over the next two years, to fund important research, pilot projects and emerging technologies with the potential to shape the transportation infrastructure of the future.

The Ray C. Anderson Foundation is a private family foundation that honors and shares the values that Ray C. Anderson (1934-2011), Founder and Chairman of Interface Inc., set forth when he put his company on a path to sustainability in 1994.   The Ray was one of the Foundation’s first key funding initiatives, beginning with the 2014 naming of an 18-mile corridor on Interstate-85 in West Georgia as the “Ray C. Anderson Memorial Highway.” In the year that followed, the Foundation created The Ray as an independent nonprofit, empowering it to catalyze the corridor into a global model for regenerative transportation.  Between 2015 and 2017, the Foundation granted approximately $2.5 million in funding to pursue this work.   “The Ray began with a single idea from Harriet Langford, Ray’s daughter and Trustee of our Foundation,” says John A. Lanier, Executive Director of the Ray C. Anderson Foundation. “Just as her father did with Interface, Harriet asked, ‘What if we made this sustainable?’ That question was a seed that has grown into so much more, and we are proud to be the lead funders of such a remarkable project.”   “I think of The Ray as an epiphany of the Ray C. Anderson Foundation,” said Harriet Langford, President of The Ray. “It has given me the opportunity to carry on my father's work. We're not putting solar panels on the side of the road and calling it green; we're fundamentally changing our assumptions and expectations of highway infrastructure. Roads can be safe, sustainable, and regenerative. We're proving that and the world is starting to notice.”   The Ray has become a proving ground for the evolving ideas and technologies that will transform transportation infrastructure.  Current pilots and demonstrations on The Ray include:

  • Solar electric vehicle quick charger - eliminating range anxiety for EV drivers between Atlanta and Montgomery, AL.

  • 7,000 square foot pollinator garden at the Georgia Visitor Information Center as well as on the highway shoulder in conjunction with Troup County High School.

  • Installation of the Wattway, the first publicly available, drivable solar road in the world outside of France.

  • First U.S. installation of the WheelRight® drive-over tire pressure system with an added tread depth measurement component that is a global first.

  • Groundbreaking research on the benefits and opportunities of solar noise barriers on highways, in partnership with Innovia Technology, a U.K. based innovation consultancy.

  • A pilot project with the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) and The Land Institute to study the possibilities of growing perennial wheat on underused land tracts adjacent to highways for erosion mitigation and carbon reduction.

  • Bioswales with native grasses and pollinators to slow water movements after rainstorms, thereby capturing particulate pollutants, heavy metals, rubber and oil that could negatively impact the water quality in the local watershed.

  • Coming soon in 2018 - groundbreaking for a right-of-way solar project in partnership with the Georgia Public Service Commission and GDOT.  It will be the first time that state-owned and maintained right-of-way will be used for renewable energy generation in Georgia

Tetra Pak Sustainability Update 2017

Tue, 01/23/2018 - 3:26pm

Smithfield Foods Commences 10th Anniversary of Helping Hungry Homes® Initiative

Mon, 01/22/2018 - 12:18pm

Last week, Smithfield Foods, Inc. launched its 2018 giving tour in celebration of the 10-year anniversary of the company’s signature hunger-relief program, Helping Hungry Homes®. Founded in 2008, Helping Hungry Homes® is a company-wide initiative focused on alleviating hunger and helping Americans become more food secure.

Ten years ago, Smithfield launched Helping Hungry Homes® to raise awareness of hunger, and donate high-quality, nutritious protein to food banks, school nutrition programs, disaster relief efforts, and community outreach programs across the country.

“At Smithfield, we are committed to improving food security and ending hunger by donating high-quality, nutritious food and providing financial support to hunger-relief organizations,” said Kenneth M. Sullivan, president and chief executive officer for Smithfield Foods. “Our entire Smithfield Family is passionate about providing food to people in need and our ongoing commitment to ending hunger.”

The company commenced the 2018 tour from its headquarters in Smithfield, Virginia. During the event, Smithfield announced it will match all employee donations up to $25,000 two-to-one to Feeding America®, a hunger-relief organization with a nationwide network of 200 food banks. The company also announced a donation of nearly 120,000 pounds of protein to benefit people facing hunger in the local community. Smithfield delivered the large-scale donation to the Virginia Peninsula Foodbank in Hampton, Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore in Norfolk, and FeedMore in Richmond.

“Smithfield is a longstanding leader in hunger relief, and it is truly inspiring to stand with such an impactful partner,” said Karen Hanner, vice president of manufacturing product sourcing for Feeding America. “Over the years, Smithfield’s commitment to this cause and its work through Helping Hungry Homes® has helped countless individuals in need, and has brought much-needed awareness to this very important issue.”

Since the program began, Smithfield has donated nearly 100 million servings of protein to hunger-relief organizations across the U.S. This year, the company will host donation events benefiting more than 40 Feeding America food banks across the country in communities including:

  • Smithfield, VA
  • Daytona, FL
  • Jackson, MS
  • New Orleans, LA
  • Phoenix, AZ
  • Salt Lake City, UT
  • Denver, CO
  • Cincinnati, OH
  • Pittsburgh, PA
  • Providence, RI
  • Boise, ID
  • Chicago, IL
  • Springfield, IL
  • Buffalo, NY
  • Fargo, ND
  • Des Moines, IA
  • Kansas City, MO
  • Washington, DC
  • Charleston, SC
  • Darlington, SC
  • Missoula, MT
  • Seattle, WA
  • West Lawn, PA
  • Lowell, AR
  • Raleigh, NC
  • Memphis, TN
  • Austin, TX
  • San Diego, CA  

For more information about Smithfield Foods’ Helping Hungry Homes® initiative and a list of upcoming donation events, visit helpinghungryhomes.com.

About Smithfield Foods

Smithfield Foods is a $15 billion global food company and the world's largest pork processor and hog producer. In the United States, the company is also the leader in numerous packaged meats categories with popular brands including Smithfield®, Eckrich®, Nathan's Famous®, Farmland®, Armour®, Farmer John®, Kretschmar®, John Morrell®, Cook's®, Gwaltney®, Carando®, Margherita®, Curly's®, Healthy Ones®, Morliny®, Krakus® and Berlinki®. Smithfield Foods is committed to providing good food in a responsible way and maintains robust animal care, community involvement, employee safety, environmental and food safety and quality programs. For more information, visit www.smithfieldfoods.com.

Dr. Danilo Türk, Chair of the Global High-Level Panel on Water and Peace and Former President of Slovenia Named 2018 U.S. Water Leader Award Recipient, During Week of Progress on Global Water Security

Mon, 01/22/2018 - 9:17am

The U.S. Water Partnership (USWP) recognized President Danilo Türk, Chair of the Global High-Level Panel on Water and Peace (GHLP) and Former President of Slovenia as this year’s recipient of the U.S. Water Leader Award for his steadfast leadership addressing water and human rights challenges around the world. The award was presented to President Türk by Ambassador Paula Dobriansky at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars at a roundtable co-hosted by USWP.

“A fundamental rethinking of international water cooperation is essential to creating a water-secure world – collaboration between international actors and the U.S. government, private sector, and civil society sectors will play a critical role in transforming water into a tool for prosperity, rather than a threat to security,” said President Türk. 

The USWP evaluated nominees for the award against the criteria of long-term and innovative leadership, support for public-private partnerships, and proven demonstration of significant positive impact on global water security.

For almost forty years, President Türk has advanced water security, peace and cooperation through his roles as President of Slovenia, a United Nations Security Council member, and most recently as Chair of the GHLP – a panel comprised of fifteen government and academic luminaries tasked with identifying challenges, opportunities, and recommendations to advance transboundary, cross-sector, and international cooperation on water issues.

President Türk is the second recipient of this prestigious award. Muhtar Kent, Chairman and former CEO of The Coca-Cola Company, was awarded the inaugural U.S. Water Leader award in 2017 for his visionary leadership in building a water-secure world through initiatives such as the Replenish Africa Initiative (RAIN).       

Following presentation of the award, outcomes from the GHLP’s landmark report on water and peace entitled “A Matter of Survival,” were shared at a roundtable discussion. The roundtable focused upon the development of public-private partnerships that address the report’s recommendations. President Türk joined fellow members of the GHLP and co-authors of the report in the roundtable to offer actionable strategies for building a more water-secure world.

“The U.S. Government Global Water Strategy sets forth a bold vision for a water-secure world, recognizing that sustainable supplies of water are deeply connected to national and regional security. Cross-sector and transboundary collaboration, as recommended by both this strategy and the GHLP’s report, must be strengthened and expanded at every level,” said Sherri Goodman, Senior Fellow, Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars, and Member of the USWP National Executive Committee.

To complement the award and roundtable, USWP supported several events throughout the week aimed at creating a water-secure world. USWP, Global Water Challenge (GWC), and Procter & Gamble co-hosted a Chief of Mission roundtable on water security in Africa attended by Ambassadors and Chargé d'Affaires from over 20 African nations. The event facilitated important dialogue between the African diplomatic corps and the American private sector to expand collaborative action for solving water challenges across Africa.

Following the Africa-focused roundtable, USWP, GWC, and the Global Health Council also hosted an event calling for expanded water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) coverage in health care facilities worldwide. The week closed with USWP and IBM Analytics Solution Center (ASC) co-hosting panel discussions centered on the role of smart infrastructure in ensuring water security in the face of climatic change.

For more than five years, USWP and GWC have facilitated events such as these that catalyze collaboration towards ensuring a water-secure world. Organizations interested in partnering with the USWP should contact Chuck Chaitovitz at Chuck.Chaitovitz@USWaterPartnership.org. Photos from the U.S. Water Leader Award ceremony and roundtable at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars can be viewed here.

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About the U.S. Water Partnership
Launched in March 2012, the U.S. Water Partnership (USWP)’s mission is to unite and mobilize the best of U.S. expertise, resources and ingenuity to address global water challenges where needs are greatest.  With a membership of 122 partners from the private sector, U.S. Government and civil society, USWP is a unique catalytic platform that facilitates public-private sector collaboration and engagement with top water sector experts and leaders. USWP serves as a single-entry point for access to the best of U.S.-based resources and ingenuity that help others develop innovative solutions to global water security challenges. Since its inception, USWP has leveraged the work of its partners to positively impact people in more than 150 countries. For more information, please visit www.uswaterpartnership.org and follow on Twitter @USWP.

About Global Water Challenge
Founded in 2006, Global Water Challenge (GWC) is a coalition of leading companies and organizations committed to achieving universal access to safe drinking water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH). With leading companies, civil society partners and governments, GWC accelerates the delivery of safe water and sanitation through partnerships that catalyze financial support and drive innovation for sustainable solutions. Through GWC’s innovative public-private partnerships, over 1 million people have been reached with clean water access. More information about GWC can be found here.

About the Global High-Level Panel on Water and Peace
The Global High-Level Panel on Water and Peace was launched in November of 2015 in Geneva, Switzerland with the task of developing a set of proposals aimed at strengthening the global framework to prevent and resolve water-related conflicts, and facilitate the use of water as an important factor of building peace and enhancing the relevance of water issues in national and global policy making. 15 countries have co-convened the Panel: Cambodia, Colombia, Costa Rica, Estonia, France, Ghana, Hungary, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Morocco, Oman, Senegal, Slovenia, Spain, and Switzerland. More information can be found here.

About Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars
The Wilson Center, chartered by Congress as the official memorial to President Woodrow Wilson, is the nation’s key non-partisan policy forum for tackling global issues through independent research and open dialogue to inform actionable ideas for the policy community. More information can be found here

Global Communities and Cargill Partner to Facilitate Agricultural Trade, Improved Market Access in Kenya

Mon, 01/22/2018 - 9:17am

Global Communities and Cargill have entered into a strategic partnership to promote agricultural trade for small- and medium-sized agribusinesses in Kenya. The collaboration will stimulate commercial linkages between Cargill and Kenyan small- and medium-sized agribusiness that are working with Global Communities under its Agribusiness Investment for Market Stimulation (AIMS) initiative.

AIMS, which is funded by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food for Progress program, bolsters trade in key agricultural sectors in Kenya, Tanzania and Malawi by increasing access to financing, markets and capacity building for small- and medium-sized agribusinesses including cooperatives and farmer-based organizations.

While agriculture is a major contributor to economic growth in Kenya - it employs more than 75 percent of the workforce and accounts  for approximately 51 percent of Kenya’s gross domestic product - many farmers still operate on a subsistence scale due to limited access to finance, inadequate access to quality inputs, reliance on rain-fed approaches, and limited access to reliable markets.

“Our partnership with Cargill presents an opportunity for participating agribusinesses to access directly more reliable markets with better payment terms that will enable them to increase their incomes, improve their livelihoods and reduce their reliance on third parties,” said Kimberly Tilock, Global Communities Kenya Country Director. 

Through this partnership, Global Communities and Cargill will work together to resolve challenges faced by AIMS-supported agribusinesses to meet production and quality standards. Support will include capacity building in quality specifications and management, linkages to finance, input providers and transport, and development of aggregation centers. 

"We are excited to work with a partner that is passionate about empowering people and supporting local businesses. We want to raise the profile of agriculture as a viable business and, this is an opportunity to share our extensive skills, knowledge, and experience to directly impact the earning potential of local farmers," said Carl Tundo, Origination Manager, Cargill in Kenya.

About Global Communities
Global Communities is an international non-profit organization founded in 1952 that works closely with communities worldwide to bring about sustainable changes that improve the lives and livelihoods of the vulnerable. Global Communities believes that the people who understand their needs best are the people of the community itself. Learn more at www.globalcommunities.org

About Cargill
Cargill provides food, agriculture, financial and industrial products and services to the world. Together with farmers, customers, governments and communities, we help people thrive by applying our insights and more than 150 years of experience. We have 155,000 employees in 70 countries who are committed to feeding the world in a responsible way, reducing environmental impact and improving the communities where we live and work.

Shape Up Your Sustainability Strategy! June 27 in San Francisco

Mon, 01/22/2018 - 9:17am

By invitation only. Anyone who has an interest in both internal and external communications or CSR/Sustainability/Purpose strategy.

REQUEST INVITE HERE

Join us for a full-day, invitation-only, bootcamp where we will unpack the three core elements of effective sustainability communications: corporate purpose, strategic frameworks, and aspirational storytelling. 

When: June 27th, 2017  8:30am – 4:30pm 

Where: PCH Innovation Hub, 135 Mississippi St., San Francisco, CA 94107

What you can expect: An intimate gathering of thought leaders and sustainability practitioners set to explore how leading businesses are closing the gap between sustainability and effective communication.

Featured Speaker: Chris Librie, Senior Director of Global Impact at eBay

In one day you’ll learn:

  • The three key elements of effective modern sustainability communications
  • The tools and methodologies for creating user journey profiles to determine how stakeholders want to interact with your content
  • How to use audience mapping and a messaging matrix to provide the right amount of detail at the right time and to the right audience
  • How to connect sustainability messages with the organization’s aspirational vision and mission
  • How to infuse communications with a point of view and voice
  • How to move from touting your latest achievements to actual stakeholder dialogue

Who should attend: By invitation only. Anyone who has an interest in both internal and external communications or CSR/Sustainability/Purpose strategy. You may be a sustainability practitioner, CSO, CSR executive, corporate communications executive, HR director, corporate strategy advisor, public affairs director, or marketing/brand executive.

Price: $750 (price includes taxes and fees, light breakfast, lunch, tea and coffee, educational materials, and workbook)

REQUEST INVITE HERE

Black & Veatch: Data Analytics Is the Foundation of Tomorrow’s Smart Cities

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 2:52pm

Big Data’s potential to improve community quality of life while making critical human infrastructure more efficient and sustainable is overcoming lingering fears about the costs of smart city solutions. Black & Veatch’s just-released 2018 Strategic Directions: Smart Cities & Utilities Report finds that bold advances in data analytics, electric transportation and next-generation communications systems will propel smart city development. Creative financing strategies are also challenging old notions that these projects require massive upfront investments.

The 2018 report explores the current landscape of smart city efforts measuring shifting involvement among key stakeholder groups, including city leaders, utilities and technology providers as global macro trends impact local efforts. Black & Veatch experts examine how unique community partnerships and innovative financing approaches are driving smart city projects in Arizona, Seattle and San Diego that showcase the possibilities of smarter infrastructure.

Transportation agencies in particular stand to gain from smart city initiatives as zero-emissions technologies mature. Driven by concerns about climate change, major auto markets such as China, France and the United Kingdom announced plans to reduce or eliminate traditional internal combustion engine technology while seeking ways to move people in more efficient ways. New technology is changing the face of transportation – electric vehicle sales are rising, along with the infrastructure that supports them; autonomous vehicles are hitting the streets; ride sharing is transforming urban transport markets; and greener buses are reshaping mass transit.

“2017 marked an inflection point for smart city initiatives,” said Fred Ellermeier, Vice President and the Managing Director of Black & Veatch’s Connected Communities business and acting President of Atonix Digital. “Data-driven infrastructure pilot programs continue to demonstrate success while the path for EVs became dramatically clearer. The long-term benefits of a master plan that can account for the way all systems — power, water, transportation, public safety and the communication overlay — work together are undeniable.”

Electric utilities continue to have an essential yet evolving role in smart city plans. As grid modernization efforts continue in an attempt to maintain, upgrade and improve aging infrastructure, utilities work to balance reliability and the disruptive impacts of integrating distributed energy resources (DER) into the grid. This comes as increasing connectivity and a growing embrace of renewable energy force a more nimble approach to distribution.

The Black & Veatch report finds that obstacles remain, chiefly budget constraints cited by nearly two-thirds of municipalities. Other barriers include the handling of data: Data collection systems are returning information, but cities and utilities struggle to confront the management, analysis and security of the staggering amount of data produced by Internet of Things (IoT) devices and other smart project resources.

“Moving smart city initiatives to the next level will not be easy, especially as community and utility leaders continue to confront a skeptical public,” said John Chevrette, President of Black & Veatch’s management consulting business. “With planning, support and understanding, combined with vision and collaboration, cities and utilities can achieve their smart city initiatives and ensure a more resilient, sustainable future.” 

Other key findings include:

  • Nearly 43 percent of municipalities collaborated with utilities to help determine the focus of their smart city initiatives.
  • About 61 percent of survey respondents see public-private partnerships as the most effective financing model, followed by government grants and subsidies.
  • Three-quarters of electric utilities either have a grid modernization plan in place, or are currently developing one.
  • Nearly 77 percent of utilities plan to adopt a managed charging approach to balance increased load on the grid related to EV charging.

Editor’s Notes:

  • Black & Veatch’s report is based on a survey of 644 participants across the municipal, utility and technology sectors.
  • A free copy of the report is available to download at www.bv.com/reports.

About Black & Veatch
Black & Veatch is an employee-owned, global leader in building critical human infrastructure in Energy, Water, Telecommunications and Government Services. Since 1915, we have helped our clients improve the lives of people in over 100 countries through consulting, engineering, construction, operations and program management. Our revenues in 2016 were US$3.2 billion. Follow us on www.bv.com and in social media.

About Atonix Digital
A wholly-owned subsidiary of Black & Veatch, Atonix Digital develops and offers a suite of software powered by the ASSET360 cloud-based analytics platform. These solutions create a multidimensional view of systems, infrastructure assets and processes to boost efficiency, increase accuracy of planning and improve day-to-day decision-making in an ever-changing landscape. Visit www.atonix.com for more information.

About the Strategic Directions Reports 
Black & Veatch’s high-impact Strategic Directions Report series provides industry insights and analysis based on market-leading research. Encompassing four annual reports – Smart Cities & Utilities, Water, Electric and Natural Gas – the series serves to inform and educate industry players on key issues, challenges and opportunities. Visit BV.com/reports to learn more. 

Black & Veatch Media Contact Information:
MELINA VISSAT | +1 303-256-4065 P | +1 617-595-8009 M | vissatm@bv.com
24-HOUR MEDIA HOTLINE | +1 866-496-9149

Global Ageing Network Names Sodexo’s Laetitia Daufenbach to 2018 Board of Directors

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 2:52pm

Sodexo, world leader in food service and facilities management, announced today that Laetitia Daufenbach, Senior Vice President, head of Strategic Planning and Projects of Sodexo’s Global Seniors Segment, has been appointed to the Global Ageing Network’s 2018 Board of Directors. As a director, Daufenbach will work to improve best practices in aged care in order to enhance the quality of life of seniors worldwide.

“I look forward to collaborating with other esteemed board members and researchers to improve care for seniors globally,” Daufenbach said. “Through strategic partnerships there are many opportunities to identify and share best practices and innovations that could help improve the quality of life of seniors.”

As a member of Sodexo’s Seniors Global Executive Committee, Daufenbach helps Sodexo serve seniors in 24 countries around the world, giving her the knowledge and experience of what the aging care field needs globally. She is one of the three new members added to the 2018 Board of Directors.

The Global Ageing Network aims to connect and support care and service providers worldwide to enhance quality of life for ageing. Its members bring expertise from various organizations, such as aging services, government, researchers, and academics, providing a place for innovation and education to take place in the senior care field.

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About Sodexo USA

Sodexo USA is an American business that is part of a global, Fortune 500 company with a presence in 80 countries. Delivering more than 100 services across North America that enhance organizational performance, contribute to local communities and improve quality of life, Sodexo is a leading provider of sustainable, integrated facilities management and food service operations. It employs 123,000 Americans at 12,500 sites across the country and indirectly supports tens of thousands of additional U.S. jobs through its annual purchases of $9.2 billion in goods and services from small to large American businesses. In support of local communities across the U.S., the Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation has contributed close to $30 million over the past 20 years to help feed children in America impacted by hunger.  To learn more about Sodexo, visit SodexoInsights.com and connect with us on Facebook and @SodexoUSA on Twitter.

Contact: Enrico Dinges, Sodexo, Inc., 301-987-4393, enrico.dinges@sodexo.com

A New Window Onto Sustainability: Microsoft Corporation Joins WBCSD

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 5:51pm

Global Cloud IT leader Microsoft Corporation has today joined nearly 200 forward-thinking companies as the newest member of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD). 

Microsoft’s mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. With a global network of partners operating in over 190 countries, Microsoft provides innovative technology solutions to address a broad range of economic and social opportunities worldwide. The company is committed to helping achieve life-changing digital transformations that address today’s most pressing global issues.

By connecting with WBCSD’s network of innovative businesses across a variety of sectors, Microsoft can continue helping companies and organizations around the globe to make a tangible impact on global corporate sustainability.

Microsoft’s CVP of Industry, Toni Townes-Whitley stated: “In joining WBCSD, Microsoft is taking the latest step in our long-time commitment to supporting sustainable development. Leveraging our advanced cloud-based technologies and our diverse partnerships, we are excited to explore new and innovative solutions that will allow people and organizations around the world to thrive in sustainable ways. Through this collaboration with WBCSD and its membership, our goal of helping create a safe and sustainable future moves another step closer to reality.”

WBCSD President and CEO Peter Bakker said “Ambitious global initiatives like the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Agreement simply will not be achieved without the world’s most influential companies around the table. As one of the world’s largest and most recognizable corporations, Microsoft adds considerable momentum across the sustainability spectrum by joining WBCSD.

“Microsoft’s growing profile in mobility and industry 4.0 and its leadership in energy and the circular economy offer a wide range of initiatives through which Microsoft can work with our existing members to scale up sustainability. I look forward to working closely with Toni and her team to maximize Microsoft’s impact.”

WBCSD member companies represent a combined revenue of more than $8.5 trillion and 19 million employees. Among WBCSD’s almost 200-strong global membership, Microsoft joins 40 North America-headquartered companies and becomes the eighth IT sector member.

Next City Launches New Section Focused on Urban Solutions for Inclusive Economic Growth With Support From Citi Community Development

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 2:50pm

Next City today announced the launch of its newest editorial section, The Bottom Line, made possible with support from Citi Community Development. Through enterprise reporting, news coverage and op-eds written by public and private sector leaders, The Bottom Line will explore new and promising programs, partnerships, policies, technologies and financial tools emerging in response to increasing inequality, household financial vulnerability and other troubling economic trends affecting American cities. Visit The Bottom Line at nextcity.org/thebottomline

The new section will focus on how the interplay between investment, technology, policy and innovation is opening up new solutions for increasing affordability, inclusive economic growth and access to capital in American cities. By highlighting the groundbreaking work and thought leadership of researchers, practitioners and urban leaders from the public, private and civic spheres, The Bottom Line will introduce Next City's readers — people who care about the future of cities and are well positioned to help shape it — to innovative new approaches to building thriving, financially inclusive cities.

"In an era of limited public resources, harnessing the power of the private sector becomes even more important," said Next City Publisher, President and CEO Tom Dallessio. "And we know that at a time when urban markets are moving faster than ever before, so must the flow of information. Next City is pleased to present The Bottom Line, which will engage experts, explore the challenges of urbanization through case studies and propose scalable solutions,."

The launch of The Bottom Line comes at a time of deepening economic anxiety for households across America's urban centers. Despite encouraging signs of urban prosperity and growth, municipal governments are facing growing issues of wealth inequality, housing affordability and liquid asset poverty that threaten the economic security of their residents and the communities they live in. With nearly half of all households lacking sufficient savings to sustain a shock to income, half of all renters and a third of all homeowners spending at least 30 percent of their income on housing costs, and median incomes declining eleven percent over the past decade, people across the income spectrum are finding themselves walking an economic tightrope each and every day. 

The next generation of urban leaders knows that in order to take these challenges on, tomorrow's cities require new approaches that are inclusive by design. They know that the financing mechanisms, policies, technology and programs that once worked to create affordable housing, generate wealth and pay for infrastructure will need to adapt to evolving needs and changing constraints. These emerging leaders know they need scalable solutions; that without them there is no way to move forward without losing the affordability, accessibility and resiliency that made their cities into the places they love.

"Rising rent and house prices, growing household financial fragility and a lack of access to opportunities to build assets are making many cities places of exclusion, robbing neighborhoods of the many benefits of inclusive growth" said Bob Annibale, Global Director of Citi Community Development and Inclusive Finance. "The Bottom Line will shine a light on the creativity and innovation of the leaders, investments and policies that are harnessing novel financing and partnership models to address some of the most complicated challenges facing cities." 

As a nonprofit with a mission to inspire change in cities through journalism and events, Next City specializes in connecting urban change-makers to sharable, mobile-friendly journalism about the people, ideas and policies driving progress in urban regions. The Bottom Line advances Next City's mission by providing a new avenue for public and private sector leaders to share knowledge and best practices that can help to improve cities and ensure they remain places of opportunity and advancement for all.

"Even though they can seem like complicated, technical subjects, no city builder or leader can afford to take a back seat in understanding the financial, technological and policy forces shaping city economies. Next City's journalism will bring these topics to light, telling the stories of how they impact real places. We're proud that Citi will support this work," said Jess Zimbabwe, Director of Urban Development and Leadership Development at the National League of Cities and Chair Emeritus of the Next City board.

"The Bottom Line is a timely new resource for city leaders," said PolicyLink founder and CEO, Angela Glover Blackwell. "City success depends on tapping the creativity and talent of all of their residents, including people of color who are the majority in many cities. Investing in equitable growth strategies that ensure all can participate and prosper as workers, innovators, entrepreneurs, and city builders is both the right thing to do and critical to the future of urban economies."

"I congratulate Next City and Citi Community Development for creating The Bottom Line series" said San Francisco Treasurer José Cisneros. "This series will highlight the incredible investments and initiatives underway across the country to address the many challenges and opportunities our cities face."

To accompany the dedicated Bottom Line section on the Next City website, Next City will be launching a special Bottom Line newsletter to keep readers up to date on the latest stories in the series, as well as other related reads from around the web. You can register for the newsletter here: https://nextcity.org/thebottomline/newsletter.

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ABOUT NEXT CITY 
Next City is a nonprofit organization with a mission to inspire social, economic and environmental change in cities through journalism and events around the world, Our vision is for a world in which cities are not in crisis, and are instead leading the way toward a more sustainable, equitable future, With approximately 5 million pageviews annually, Next City provides daily online coverage of the leaders, policies and innovations driving progress in metropolitan regions across the world, and we produce impactful events including Vanguard, an annual leadership conference for rising urbanists.

ABOUT CITI COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
Citi Community Development leads Citi's commitment to financial inclusion and economic empowerment for underserved individuals, families and communities across the U.S. Through innovative collaborations with municipalities, community groups and leading nonprofit organizations, we harness Citi's expertise, products and services to help expand opportunity for all.

Additional information may be found at http://citicommunitydevelopment.com | Twitter: @Citi | YouTube: www.youtube.com/citi | Blog: https://blog.citigroup.com/ | Facebook: www.facebook.com/citi | LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/citi

Honor Great CSR Work – Nominations for #Citizens2017 Close June 23!

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 2:50pm

The US Chamber of Commerce Foundation is accepting nominations until June 23 for its annual Corporate Citizenship Awards. With support from media partner USA TODAY Network, this program will honor the business community’s most innovative and impactful corporate citizenship initiatives.

Awards will be given in eight categories including community improvement, health and wellness, disaster response, economic empowerment, education, and environmental stewardship. There are also two awards honoring overall excellence in corporate citizenship. Nominations are due June 23. There is no fee to nominate, and no limit for the number of nominations. Businesses of all sizes and chambers of commerce are eligible.

Follow this link to start a nomination today: https://www.uschamberfoundation.org/citizens-awards-1

Villagers Warn Chevron Over Corruption Allegations Following Secret Paul Manafort Meeting in Ecuador

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 2:49pm

Rainforest villagers from Ecuador have issued a stern warning to Chevron to stop any attempts to corrupt the $9.5 billion environmental judgment against the company following the stunning news that indicted felon and Chevron lobbyist Paul Manafort had a highly unusual secret meeting with their country’s newly-elected President in May of last year. 

“We must again warn Chevron that it needs to stop trying to accomplish through political pressure what it cannot accomplish through real evidence inside the courtroom,” said Luis Yanza, the Ecuadorian community leader an official with the Amazon Defense Coalition (FDA), the group that brought the lawsuit against Chevron over the dumping of billions of gallons of toxic oil waste onto indigenous ancestral lands. 

Manafort, indicted in October on 12 felony counts in the Robert Mueller investigation in the United States, was in Quito on May 8 of last year meeting secretly with Ecuador’s newly elected President, Lenin Moreno. The meeting occurred at the same time Chevron has stepped up efforts to use political pressure to try to quash the lawsuit after losing three straight appellate court decisions in Canada. For more background on the meeting and on Chevron’s motivation to corrupt the case, see this article and analysis published on The Chevron Pit. 

News of the meeting emerged only when Manafort was forced to disclose his international travel to a U.S. federal court as a condition of seeking bail following his arrest in late October; Moreno did not admit to the meeting until mid-November.  The timing of the meeting has raised questions given that Moreno had just been elected and Ecuador has many far more pressing political and economic issues on the agenda than a single litigation between private parties.

The Manafort meeting was arranged by Ivonne Baki, a notorious former Minister of Commerce in Ecuador and a longtime Chevron lobbyist who repeatedly has tried via unethical means to help the company extricate itself from the lawsuit. The meeting also took place at a time several Trump Administration officials have urged Ecuador’s government to try to eliminate the oil giant’s liability as part of a general “re-set” of bilateral relations between the two countries. Manafort had worked as a Chevron lobbyist in the Ukraine and Russia searching for oil and gas deals.

The United States Ambassador to Ecuador, Todd Chapman, recently called the Chevron liability an “irritant” that affects relations between the two countries.  Steven Donziger, the longtime U.S. lawyer for the affected communities, warned Chapman that such a comment comprises “inappropriate interference in a private legal case” and that it also “undermines the objectives of U.S. foreign policy.”

“The primary purpose of U.S. foreign policy in Latin America is to promote civil society and democratic institutions, not to take the side of a notorious corporate polluter in a litigation matter between two private parties playing out in courts around the world,” said Donziger, in reference to the Ambassador’s remarks. “The U.S. embassy in Quito has an unfortunate reputation of serving as an outpost for Chevron’s corporate interests in Ecuador. That is not an appropriate role for a U.S. embassy.” 

In response to Chevron’s stepped-up lobbying pressure, the indigenous groups and farmer communities in Ecuador have mounted a furious counterattack to protect the integrity of the judicial process and the independence of Ecuador’s courts, said Patricio Salazar, the Ecuadorian lawyer for the affected communities.  Ecuador owes significant debt to foreign banks and Chevron is trying to use the international financial system to pressure the country’s government to interfere with the case, said Salazar.

“We are in the process of educating important government officials in Ecuador so they understand both the evidence of massive environmental harm caused by Chevron and how political pressure from Chevron or Trump Administration officials would be patently inappropriate,” said Salazar. 

In its statement, the FDA said the Manafort-Moreno meeting “is cause for great concern given [Chevron’s] long history of corruption in Ecuador”. The group called on Chevron to disclose all contacts between Manafort and any other Chevron-connected person with officials in the governments of both Ecuador and the United States.

Here is the full text of a statement issued by the Front for the Defense of the Amazon, the non-profit community based organization that represents dozens of indigenous and farmer communities in Ecuador who won the judgment against Chevron: 

“News that Paul Manafort, a former high-level American lobbyist for Chevron, met secretly with Ecuador President Lenin Moreno in Quito in a meeting arranged by Yvonne Baki is cause for great concern given the company’s long history of corruption in Ecuador and credible allegations that Manafort himself has committed criminal violations. We call on Chevron to fully disclose any and all contacts between Manafort and any other Chevron-connected person with government officials in either Ecuador or the United States with regard to the pollution case and we insist the company refrain from trying to use political pressure to try to influence court outcomes.  We call on Ecuador’s government to release a full transcript of the Manafort meeting and any memos summarizing or analyzing the same. We will continue to monitor Chevron’s activities in this regard and we will report any suspicious activity to competent authorities as well as release any relevant information to the public.”

The indigenous groups have pointed out repeatedly that Chevron has a long history of using fraud to try to block the environmental claims, including paying at least $2 million to a witness who later admitted lying under oath. Paying for false testimony is a crime and the affected communities have sent a criminal referral letter to the U.S. Department of Justice seeking an investigation.

For more background on Chevron’s many attempts to commit fraud and use corrupt means to undermine the case, see this summary affidavit published on the website of the environmental organization Amazon Watch.

Smart City Briefing – The Role of Partnerships and Technology

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 2:49pm

The vision of smart cities is often of gleaming metropolis dominated by technological solutions to the issues that urban areas face. In reality, partnerships between companies and cities are crucial to ensure solutions for residents, the environment and business needs are interlinked.

Ethical Corporation covers opportunities for businesses to build smart cities in partnerships in their latest briefing. Access the complimentary report here.

The briefing includes:

  • How are cities and companies striking a balance to create social and environmental change through ambitious partnerships?

  • Which technology measures are out there that are more ‘low-tech’ and easier to implement?

  • What do climate smart investments look like?

Access the complimentary report here.

The Consumer Goods Forum Unveils New China Office – A Hub for Promoting Sustainable Business Growth

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 11:49am

 The Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) has opened a new office in China to promote its “Better Lives through Better Business” message and to help provide Chinese companies with a voice in the global arena. As the only organisation bringing consumer goods retailers and manufacturers together globally, the CGF is uniquely positioned to help Chinese companies engage and collaborate with their peers on the international stage and ensure the needs of local companies and consumers are considered when global actions are developed, such as those around halving food waste, achieving zero-net deforestation and providing greater transparency to consumers.

To mark the opening, CEOs and delegates yesterday attended the CGF’s first China Day, featuring speeches from the CGF’s Managing Director, Peter Freedman, Daniel Zhang, CEO of Alibaba Group; Ian Cook, CEO of Colgate-Palmolive; Wenzhong Zhang, Chairman of WuMart Group; Tian Wang, Chairman of Bubugao (Better Life); Jeroen De Groot, President, METRO China; and Mark Batenic, Chairman of IGA Inc.

Speakers discussed the importance of consumer transparency in supply chains, the need to empower consumers through healthier lifestyles, along with food safety and environmental sustainability in China.

Sustainable development is a critical socio-economic issue for China and was again emphasised as a priority by President Xi in his recent Report to the 19th Party Congress. The Consumer Goods Forum has been heavily involved in spreading the “Better Lives through Better Business” message in China, and is looking forward to increasing its activity in the country through the new hub.

Xiao An Ji, Chairman of Beijing Hualian, has been a long-time member of the CGF’s Board of Directors, while Daniel Zhang, CEO of Alibaba Group, is a more recent addition.

Peter Freedman, Managing Director, The Consumer Goods Forum, stated, “We are really excited to be launching our new China office. As one of the world’s superpowers, China has the influence to set the tone for the global economy, which is why we are so keen to promote sustainability and encourage our members to support the ‘Better Lives through Better Business’ vision. Our new office will allow us to build on the work we have done to date in China on food safety and extend our collaborative approach to other dimensions of positive change”.

Ian Cook, CEO of Colgate-Palmolive and co-chair of The Consumer Goods Forum, commented, “Creating a healthier and greener society is a key business objective at Colgate-Palmolive and collaboration is essential if we are to achieve our goals – with retailers, manufacturers, governments and many other stakeholders. China is a key market for us, so we are delighted to support the extensions of The Consumer Goods Forum’s work in China”.

Daniel Zhang, CEO of Alibaba Group, stated, "Alibaba Group is proud to be a member of The Consumer Goods Forum, which brings together stakeholders for constructive dialogue and collaboration. China is at the forefront of the global digital economy, and will play an important role in bringing technology to bear on issues like supply chain transparency and the environment".

Patrick Yu, President of COFCO, said, “The CGF is a critical voice in the sustainability debate and we’re really excited to see its new venture in China. We are looking forward to discussing and overcoming key industry challenges through greater collaboration and see the new office as a critical forum for achieving this”.

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About The Consumer Goods Forum

The Consumer Goods Forum (“CGF”) is a global, parity-based industry network that is driven by its members to encourage the global adoption of practices and standards that serves the consumer goods industry worldwide. It brings together the CEOs and senior management of some 400 retailers, manufacturers, service providers, and other stakeholders across 70 countries, and it reflects the diversity of the industry in geography, size, product category and format. Its member companies have combined sales of EUR 3.5 trillion and directly employ nearly 10 million people, with a further 90 million related jobs estimated along the value chain. It is governed by its Board of Directors, which comprises more than 50 manufacturer and retailer CEOs. For more information, please visit: www.theconsumergoodsforum.com.

For further information, please contact:

YangYing Xu
General Manager/Chief Representative, China
The Consumer Goods Forum
y.xu@theconsumergoodsforum.com

Lee Green
Communications Director
The Consumer Goods Forum
l.green@theconsumergoodsforum.com

Humana Foundation Announces Focus for the Future: Addressing Social Determinants of Health for Sustainable Community Impact

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 8:49am

The Humana Foundation, philanthropic arm of Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM) for the past 37 years, announced today that it is evolving its grant-making work to a strategic investment plan that begins with desired results and focuses more intentionally on upstream social determinants of health. This approach aligns with Humana Inc.’s work to help people have more ‘Healthy Days’ by pursuing a Bold Goal of improving the health of the communities Humana serves 20 percent by 2020.

The Humana Foundation believes its strategy will help it achieve its overall goal of contributing to greater health equity (attainment of the highest level of health for all people) in the communities it serves.

“To make a greater impact, we will collaborate with leaders at Humana and in our communities to address ‘upstream’ social determinants of health – like asset and financial security, food security, and social connection – so that fewer people will develop chronic health conditions in the first place,” said Bruce Broussard, President and CEO of Humana, and Chair of the Humana Foundation Board of Directors.

Walter Woods, Chief Executive Officer of the Humana Foundation, added that the foundation will also work to identify partner organizations – at the national level and in the communities it serves – because joining forces with like-minded entities can result in more impactful, broad-based and sustainable change.

“Increasingly, we’ll be asking ourselves at the Humana Foundation this question: ‘Will our philanthropy have the potential to impact ‘upstream’ social factors – social inequalities – that will result in ‘downstream’ community change, ultimately reducing social inequality and making it easier for more people to achieve their best health?’ If we can answer ‘yes’ to that question, it means it’s an investment we’ll want to consider.”

In Humana’s corporate hometown of Louisville, Ky., and in seven additional “Bold Goal” communities Humana serves – San Antonio; New Orleans; Baton Rouge, La.; Knoxville, Tenn.; Tampa Bay; Jacksonville, Fla.; and Broward County, Fla. – the Humana Foundation expects to make a greater impact by making “fewer, bigger” grants beginning in 2018. The grants will have a longer-term focus, recognizing that the change the foundation seeks will likely take years to achieve, in partnership with others.

This will enable the foundation to provide focus and leadership in certain communities and areas of significant need – enabling the organization to influence positive change at a faster pace. The foundation will also continue to fund select organizations in Louisville, nonprofits that align to the foundation’s new strategy and/or with whom the foundation has a long-standing history of support – through a new Corporate Headquarters Community Relations initiative.

“In recent years, we have learned a lot about how larger grants, over a longer period of time, can make the greatest impact for the largest number of people. Combating food insecurity is a great example,” Woods said. “This is an issue throughout Humana’s Bold Goal communities, and as we have focused on it, we’ve started to see a positive impact on people’s Healthy Days. That is the measure Humana uses to track the success of its Bold Goal. And going forward, it’s a measure the Humana Foundation will also use.”

‘Healthy Days’ is a U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) tool that surveys individual mental and physical unhealthy days in a 30-day period. Humana’s pursuit of its Bold Goal has seen an increase in Healthy Days in nearly all of its Bold Goal communities.

“Now, as we look to our future at the Humana Foundation, we are excited about what this evolution of our strategy and approach could mean for Healthy Days in the communities we serve, particularly the health of people who often need the most support – those people living with one or more chronic health conditions. We expect our work to have sustainable impact, enhanced by the national and community partnerships we will forge,” Woods added.

Early this spring, the Humana Foundation will share information about its 2018 grant-making work, including information about the new criteria the foundation will have in place for 2018 grants. Organizations interested in partnering with the Humana Foundation by applying for a 2018 grant will have an opportunity to submit a Request for Application. The Humana Foundation will then invite select organizations to submit a formal application. 2018 grants will be announced in the second half of the year.

About the Humana Foundation

The Humana Foundation was established in 1981 as the philanthropic arm of Humana Inc., one of the nation’s leading health and well-being companies. Located in Louisville, Ky., the Foundation seeks to co-create communities where leadership, culture and systems work to improve and sustain positive health outcomes. For more information, visit humanafoundation.org.

Humana and the Humana Foundation are dedicated to Corporate Social Responsibility. Our goal is to ensure that every business decision we make reflects our commitment to improving the health and well-being of our members, our associates, the communities we serve, and our planet.

About Humana

Humana Inc. is committed to helping our millions of medical and specialty members achieve their best health. Our successful history in care delivery and health plan administration is helping us create a new kind of integrated care with the power to improve health and well-being and lower costs. Our efforts are leading to a better quality of life for people with Medicare, families, individuals, military service personnel, and communities at large.

To accomplish that, we support physicians and other health care professionals as they work to deliver the right care in the right place for their patients, our members. Our range of clinical capabilities, resources and tools – such as in-home care, behavioral health, pharmacy services, data analytics and wellness solutions – combine to produce a simplified experience that makes health care easier to navigate and more effective.

More information regarding Humana is available to investors via the Investor Relations page of the company’s web site at humana.com, including copies of:

  • Annual reports to stockholders

  • Securities and Exchange Commission filings

  • Most recent investor conference presentations

  • Quarterly earnings news releases

  • Calendar of events

  • Corporate Governance information

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Consumers Energy Seeks Public Input in Developing Long-Term Energy Plan

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 11:46am

Consumers Energy is taking input from the public as it develops a long-range plan that will help ensure Michigan continues to be powered by affordable, reliable and clean energy.

Consumers Energy is developing an Integrated Resource Plan that will serve as a valuable guide for actions for the next 15 years.

The energy provider expects to submit the plan to the Michigan Public Service Commission by mid-year, as part of the energy law that Michigan lawmakers approved in late 2016. The commission will have about a year to review the plan.

“This process will help set the foundation for serving Michigan, its customers and guiding key decisions for our company in the coming years,” said Brandon Hofmeister, Consumers Energy’s senior vice president of governmental, regulatory and public affairs. “We’re committed to aligning our focus on people, planet and prosperity with this future energy plan. Our goal is a strategic vision that makes sense for our company, our customers and Michigan.

Consumers Energy serves about two thirds of Michigan’s residents, providing electricity and/or natural gas to homes and businesses in every Lower Peninsula county. Upcoming public sessions this month and next in East Lansing and Grand Rapids will give community members an opportunity to learn about Consumers Energy and to provide thoughts on how to meet Michigan’s future energy needs.

Consumers Energy, Michigan’s largest energy provider, is the principal subsidiary of CMS Energy (NYSE: CMS), providing natural gas and/or electricity to 6.7 million of the state’s 10 million residents in all 68 Lower Peninsula counties.

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Consumers Energy will seek public input as it develops a long-range Integrated Resource Plan.

An open house is scheduled for 4 to 7 p.m. Jan. 29 at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center, 219 S Harrison Road in East Lansing.

A second open house is scheduled for 4 to 7 p.m. Feb. 12 at Consumers Energy’s Russell Leadership Center,  120 Front Ave. SW in Grand Rapids.

No registration is necessary for either event.

About Consumers Energy

See more information about Consumers Energy’s commitment to a sustainable future: www.ConsumersEnergy.com/sustainability

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Brian Wheeler, 517-788-2394, or Katie Carey, 517-788-2395

For more information about Consumers Energy, go to www.ConsumersEnergy.com.

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Corporate Sustainability Efforts Redouble, Says New Report

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 11:46am

The rollback of America’s environmental regulations and international commitments has galvanized companies around the world to extend or redouble their efforts, according to a new report.

State of Green Business 2018,” published by GreenBiz Group in association with Trucost, part of S&P Dow Jones Indices, is the 11th annual assessment of the progress by companies around the world in addressing their energy, waste, water, greenhouse gas and other impacts, and in increasing their sustainability investments, transparency and other leadership activities.

The report assesses the sustainability performance of the leading U.S. companies in the S&P 500 index as well as a global pool of the largest and most liquid companies in the S&P Global 1200.

“The double-barrel impact of the Paris climate agreement and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, both enacted in 2015, is finally being felt as companies begin to align their sustainability goals and, ultimately, their operations with these global commitments,” said GreenBiz Group Chairman and Executive Editor Joel Makower, the report’s lead author. “And even though the United States government remains on the sidelines of both efforts, the private sector — allied with states, cities and other nations — is marching forward. If not in lockstep, at least in the same general direction.”

Among the findings included in the report:

  • Corporate greenhouse gas emissions continue to decrease, reaching the lowest level in the past five years. The 1,200 largest companies in the world emitted 12 percent less greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in 2016 than they did in 2012, while the 500 leading U.S. companies emitted 4 percent less. This is mainly a result of lower GHG intensity in fuels used in companies’ direct operations.

  • The amount of waste generated decreased by 22 percent compared to 2012 for the 1,200 largest companies in the world. However, waste generation increased by 13 percent for the leading companies in the U.S.

  • The share of global and U.S. companies having GHG and water-reduction targets grew by roughly 10 percent over the last five years. In 2016, about 60 percent of global companies set a GHG reduction target, while 25 percent of global companies set a water reduction target.

  • Current carbon targets contribute just 20% of the reductions needed by the top 1,200 global companies to align with the Paris Agreement 2°C goal

“Many of these impacts are embedded in the supply chains of companies rather than their direct operations,” said Richard Mattison, CEO of Trucost, part of S&P Dow Jones Indices. “This poses serious risks for companies as carbon pricing regulation strengthens and climate-related impacts such as droughts disrupt supplies of water-intensive commodities. So, it is positive that more companies are disclosing supply-chain carbon emissions and water use.”

The report also names 10 sustainable business trends for 2018, including the rise of environmental, social and governance data among large, mainstream investors; the growth among companies of science-based targets; the recent rise of financial products and services aimed at supporting renewable energy and other green initiatives; and the increased role of artificial intelligence and synthetic biology to take on seemingly intractable sustainability challenges.

The free report can be downloaded at www.greenbiz.com.

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