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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

September 22, 2021 Cement Can Be A (More) Sustainable Material

Source: Arch Daily

"If the cement industry were a country, it would be the third-largest emitter of carbon dioxide in the world, with about 2.8 billion tons, surpassed only by China and the United States." This statement in Lucy Rodgers' BBC report...

September 22, 2021 Hospital operator Mediclinic gets Africa's first sustainability-linked loan

Source: Reuters

South Africa's Mediclinic (MDCM.L) has refinanced 8.45 billion rand ($575.26 million) in loans through Rand Merchant Bank, the hospital operator said on Tuesday, in what the bank described as Africa's first sustainability-linked...

September 22, 2021 4 steps to make the global food system more sustainable

Source: The Hill

It is clear that we need a revolution of our food systems: the way we grow, harvest, process, transport, sell and consume our foods. A change so dramatic that previous versions of food systems are unrecognizable. I

Research & Insights

September 14, 2021 76% of Americans Want Sustainable Products—but How You Define That Matter

Source: AD Week (Free Subscription)

According to the survey, sustainability is an important factor to a strong majority of consumers when they’re choosing what to buy—but it’s not as important as cost.

August 24, 2021 Higg provides a sustainability report for consumer products

Source: Inhabitat

While every citizen can help by reducing emissions and lowering their carbon footprint, the largest contributors to the problem are businesses.

August 20, 2021 Majority of Americans Believe Reducing Waste, Increasing Sustainability, Will Help Preserve National Parks

Source: Yahoo Finance

Most Americans (84%) believe reducing waste can help preserve national parks for future generations, and a strong majority (83%) wish it were easier to take actions to reduce the amount of waste they generate, according to a new...

Commentary & Opinion

September 22, 2021 Fit for the future: it takes ‘tough conversations’ to create a sustainable social business

Source: Pioneers Post

Growing a social enterprise – and growing its impact – often means taking risks. At the same time, making sure that a business is financially sustainable is essential to its survival. How to strike the right balance? What are the...

September 20, 2021 ESG is holding back real world impact: Former BlackRock sustainable investing CIO

Source: YouTube/CNBC

Tariq Fancy, Rumie Initative founder and CEO and former BlackRock CIO for sustainable investing, joins 'Power Lunch' to discuss why he says ESG is a facade.

September 16, 2021 'Dean of Valuation' Aswath Damodaran sees no good points in ESG

Source: Seeking Alpha

Valuation expert and NYU professor Aswath Damodaran said Tuesday that he "cannot find" the good points that derive from the recent focus on environmental, social and governance concerns for corporations and fund managers.


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