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Environmental Social Governance, Environmental Protection, Environmental Sustainability

For the past four decades the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Europe, Japan, Australia, and other developed nations have adopted sweeping environmental protection regulations to address the state of their air, water, soil and other natural resources, to protect human life and to protect and preserve the natural environment.  The imposition of environmental regulations on business, while having a steep price, has had the beneficial effect of reversing two centuries of the harmful effects of the Industrial Revolution.  And yet, despite all the progress, the work of protecting and preserving the Earth is never ending.  As the Industrial Revolution spreads to developed nations, there is ever more “environment work” to be addressed. 

The original movement to protect the Earth and its inhabitants in more recent times was the Conservation Movement, stretching back to the 1800s; then more recently came the Environmental Movement; and now we see the emerging global Sustainability Movement.  This section of Accountability Central is devoted to topics environmental, including news, research and insights, commentary and opinion, and more. 

 

News & Updates

November 30, 2021 Pinduoduo steps up R&D spending with eye on agriculture sustainability

Source: Fresh Plaza

Pinduoduo is stepping up its research and development (R&D) spending as it invests in science and technology to make farming more environmentally sustainable.

November 30, 2021 Building a more sustainable future for Michigan with recycling

Source: Lansing State Journal

This month we celebrate America Recycles Week, an opportunity to renew our commitment to protecting our environment from waste and pollution.

November 30, 2021 Phosphorus for Sustainable Development Goal target of doubling smallholder productivity

Source: Nature Sustainability

Future crop yields depend on the availability of soil P for plant uptake; that is, on the concentration of phosphate ions in the soil solution and the soil’s ability to replenish phosphate withdrawn by plants4. Soils can adsorb...

Research & Insights

November 16, 2021 Globally institutional investors placing greater emphasis on companies' ESG performance: Survey

Source: The Economic Times

More than three-quarters (77 per cent) of those surveyed say that, over the next two years, they plan to step-up their analysis of "physical" risks – the impact of climate change on a business' ability to provide its products and...

November 12, 2021 How sustainability has become an advantage in the talent war, but candidates aren’t fooled by ‘greenwashing,’ say experts

Source: Digiday

New research - 34% of U.K. office workers would refuse a job offer if a company’s environmental, sustainability or climate control values do not align with their own. In the U.S., the figure is even higher: 41%. France and Chile...

October 20, 2021 Drinking Our Way to Sustainability – One Cup of Coffee at a Time

Source: Sci Tech Daily

Thanks to a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant of $979,720, Timothy Randhir, UMass, Amherst professor of environmental conservation, and David King, of the USDA Forest Service Northern Research Station, will embark upon a...

Commentary & Opinion

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 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...

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.


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