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January 13, 2022 China Price Index: Value Creation Will Lead Sustainability of the Crop Protection Industry in 2022

Source: Agri Business Global

According to the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) of China, China’s 2020 pesticide exports were 2.5 million Mt, an increase of 71.2% YOY 2019. When the COVID-19 pandemic hit globally in 2020, distributors and multinational...

January 7, 2022 Commentary: Sebastian Santos and Tom Hastings — The struggle between consumerism, sustainability

Source: My Journal Couries

The majority of the world’s economy is based on the concept of consumerism. On the surface this does not seem to be a bad thing, as we need to consume goods and services in order to live. However, the excess acquisition of goods...

December 28, 2021 Opinion - Here's Why I Still Won't Buy Bitcoin, and You Shouldn't, Either

Source: The Motley Fool

In less than a week, investors can pop the champagne corks and celebrate another successful year. Through Dec. 22, the widely followed S&P 500 was higher by 25%, which more than doubles up its average annual total return of...

December 28, 2021 Goldman Sachs guidance on Build Back Better a bad economic call

Source: NY Post

When Goldman Sachs talks, people usually ­listen because the smart guys who run the company often make good calls on markets.

December 28, 2021 Sustainable Business Went Mainstream in 2021

Source: Harvard Business Review

How do you know when something becomes the norm? Trends in corporate sustainability have been mostly consistent — an expanding climate crisis, lightning-speed growth in clean tech, rising pressure from many stakeholders, and more

December 17, 2021 Opinion | The Left’s Excuses for Inflation Are Getting More Absurd

Source: Politico

No one on the left seems to deny that supply chain disruptions are playing a role in inflation, but the focus on corporate greed is an absurdly reductive depiction of the U.S. economy — as if a broad-based, multicausal economic...

December 16, 2021 Why sustainability needs to be part of a CIO’s strategy

Source: Fast Company

A company focused on sustainability thinks not only about the environment but also about its impact on society. How and how much we consume continues to strain natural resources, and warnings of the effects of climate change get...

December 13, 2021 Now Is No Time to Raise Interest Rates

Source: The Atlantic

With year-to-year inflation now at 40-year highs, part of the debate is settled: Inflation is higher and longer-lasting than the Federal Reserve or the Biden administration expected. That they and so many other economists failed...

December 9, 2021 Opinion - Aligning anti-trafficking programs with UN Sustainable Development Goals

Source: CNN

The challenge for our generation is to end this global crime wave at the local level. One of the best ways to do that is to align anti-trafficking efforts with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Only one of...

December 8, 2021 Goldman CEO Solomon sees policy, not the pandemic, as the biggest risk ahead for markets

Source: CNBC

Congress and the Federal Reserve will have more impact on what happens to the economy and markets than the pandemic, Goldman Sachs CEO David Solomon said Tuesday.

December 6, 2021 Opinion: The energy crisis shows precisely why this industry should be in public hands (UK)

Source: The Guardian

Last week, the energy company Bulb became the latest and largest victim of a bloodbath that has seen 25 firms go to the wall. Emergency procedures for “special administration” have been used for the first time, with Bulb...

December 6, 2021 Stratasys: Being More Sustainable With 3D Printing

Source: Manufacturing ZGlobsl

Andreas Langfeld, President EMEA, Stratasys discusses how additive manufacturing (3D printing) can help manufacturers be more sustainable

December 6, 2021 Commentary: The Rotman Review: Why Sustainable Finance Is Critical To MBAs

Source: Poets and Quants

Some funding models that have been proposed to fund climate initiatives deviate significantly from conventional methods such as raising debt or equity.

November 23, 2021 Former Unilever CEO Paul Polman Says Aiming for Sustainability Isn’t Good Enough—The Goal Is Much Higher

Source: Harvard Business Review

How can a company profit from solving the world’s problems, not from creating them? Is the world better off because your business is in it, or not? These are some of the fundamental questions that Paul Polman, former CEO of...

November 12, 2021 Opinion: The Double Irony Of Biden's Plea To OPEC

Source: Oil Price

“If we prematurely discourage investment in fossil fuels — and then our dependence doesn’t decline as rapidly as the Biden Administration envisions — that is a recipe for shortages, higher prices, and greater dependence on...

November 9, 2021 Opinion: We need smarter, sustainable water stewards

Source: Arizona Capitol Times

In an era of historic drought and hotter temperatures, EPCOR understands the importance of conserving our most precious resource: clean drinking water. That’s why we reuse, recharge or recycle nearly 100% of our water. Since...

November 2, 2021 US holds back on support for global sustainability standards

Source: FT

Sustainable investment — these days, everyone in financial markets talks about it. But not all agree on what it means. Plenty of sustainability consultants stand ready to offer their services, yet investors and companies need...

November 2, 2021 Opinion: Why this ‘perfect storm’ for inflation will push Americans back to work and cool speculative markets

Source: MarketWatch

Investors now are experiencing a perfect storm of inflation in the U.S. Perfect storms are generated from seemingly small factors. Each on its own may not be particularly significant, but the combined result is an event that...

October 28, 2021 Bitcoin is largely controlled by a small group of investors and miners, study finds

Source: Techspot

Bitcoin and other popular cryptocurrencies are more easily obtainable than ever, but that hasn’t changed the fact that a small percentage of users still control the majority of the market. According to a new study from the...

October 27, 2021 Commentary Sustainability isn’t an aesthetic, it's a commitment to growth

Source: Central Michigan Life

If you search sustainability online, a lot of different images will pop up. Most of them are green -- aerial shots of trees, green light bulbs, and cute graphics of wind turbines, bicycles and solar panels.

October 27, 2021 Hyperinflation warnings are ‘totally ridiculous,’ economist and longtime bear David Rosenberg says

Source: CNBC

The longtime bear, known for his contrarian views, blames rising prices on Covid-19-induced supply side shocks. According to Rosenberg, it’s wrong to assume the impact will cripple the economy and feed into runaway inflation.

October 21, 2021 Commentary - How to build sustainable, healthier, more equitable food systems - print/audio

Source: World Economic Forum

Sadly, after many years of progress, the number of people suffering food insecurity in the past few years has begun to rise again rapidly. Notably, in 2020 up to 811 million people were severely undernourished – that is as many...

October 18, 2021 Commentary: Stop handing out free money (and other ideas for getting the economy back on track)

Source: The Hill

While the administration has handled the COVID-19 pandemic well, it has been much less successful in dealing with the negative effects of the ensuing adjustments, including shortages, inflation, supply chain disruptions, high...

October 14, 2021 Simplifying sustainability to speed up action

Source: The Packer

A year ago I was hopeful that the North American produce industry would get behind the meaningful incorporation of sustainability practices and thinking in its businesses to help mitigate some of the biggest risks it is facing.

October 14, 2021 The E in ESG Means Cancelling the S and the G

Source: Real Clear Energy

The realization that pushing trade-offs toward E has negative economic consequences is starting to percolate. “ESG is very inflationary to be honest with you,” Jeffrey Ubben, the activist investor recently appointed to the board...

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