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Issue No. 50 : December 2014

Our Perspective

Water at the Heart of the Global Resource Nexus

The integration of environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors into business agendas is no longer an option, but a necessity. The growing concern for ESG issues permeates the business industry, including books, investment journals and sustainability think-tanks, as well as organizational stakeholders such as consumers, investors and shareholders. Read More

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Industry Updates

Why Businesses Should Put the Power in the Customer’s Hands

You’ve probably noticed we’ve been undergoing a revolution. Americans increasingly want companies to do the heavy lifting for them (make products so they’re inherently sustainable, build homes so they’re already efficient – make it so I don’t actually have to do a lot), and when they do want to engage and make an effort, they want technology to make their work as simple and painless as possible. Read More

3 Reasons Why Universities are Betting Big on Renewable Energy

Colleges and universities always have been focal points of change. The mixture of academic research, student activism and institutional clout has allowed campus communities to promote widespread technical and social transformations. Read More

Social Businesses: A New Source of Sustainability Innovation

Businesses often turn to acquisitions to drive financial growth, but when it comes to partnerships designed to enable social impact, NGOs are often the go-to. Read More

Environmental Industries Grew in 2013

The global environmental industry grew 3.6 percent in 2013, generating revenues of $1.047 trillion, while the US environmental industry grew just 0.7 percent in 2013 compared to 4.5 percent in 2012, according to research from Environmental Business International. Read More

China Ban Slows, Stops GMO Seed Roll-Out

Syngenta and Dow AgroScience are tightly controlling US launches of new GMO seeds, and Bayer CropScience has decided to keep a new soybean variety on hold as the result of China’s import barriers of some US genetically modified crops, Reuters reports. Read More

Pricing Water is Key to Mitigating Business Risk

Businesses are becoming increasingly aware of the risks of water scarcity. The CDP’s recent survey found that two thirds of the world’s largest companies are exposed to water related risks, with almost a quarter saying it could limit their growth – for some within the next year. Read More

Left and Right Can Agree on Climate Change

The American Sustainable Business Council held its third annual Business Summit for a Sustainable Economy in Washington, D.C., in November 2014. Business leaders and policymakers discussed a range of issues, including recent election results and the path forward for sustainable policy at the federal and state levels. Of course, the threat of climate change also was a major discussion topic throughout the event. Read More

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