What If Environmental Activists And Big Businesses Decided To Get Along?

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In the popular understanding of climate politics, the battle lines seem clear. Democrats favor direct policies like carbon taxes, and Republicans are against them. Fossil fuel companies deny climate science, fight new initiatives, and maintain the status quo. “Good” companies, like Patagonia and Ben & Jerry’s, do the opposite.

To Bill Shireman, who leads a group called Future 500, this understanding is simplistic and not helpful. He argues there’s plenty of support for climate action among mainstream business, including in the oil and gas industry, and that the bright divides on a range of environmental issues are more a function of political hackery, not actual thoughts and feelings.

Major Food Companies to Tackle Water Risks In Their Global Supply Chains

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As climate change, population growth and water pollution increase pressure on freshwater resources, seven global food and beverage companies today announced commitments to work with thousands of growers in their global supply chains to reduce water use and pollution impacts.

The Comprehensive Business Case for Sustainability

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Today’s executives are dealing with a complex and unprecedented brew of social, environmental, market, and technological trends. These require sophisticated, sustainability-based management. Yet executives are often reluctant to place sustainability core to their company’s business strategy in the mistaken belief that the costs outweigh the benefits. On the contrary, academic research and business experience point to quite the opposite.

CSRHub’s CEO: Dark data in sustainability reporting

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Sustainability professionals are inundated with surveys, reporting frameworks and guidelines. As reporting metrics evolve, the industry needs accessible and consistent ways to evaluate performance. With more than 94 million pieces of corporate sustainability data in its database, CSRHub makes many publicly available data sets easier to access and browse.

Last month, Reagan Richmond from Bard’s MBA in Sustainability spoke with Bahar Gidwani, CRSHub CEO and co-founder.

Bahar shared his thoughts on the evolution of ESG metrics and the potential of “dark data” to drive greater transparency in corporate sustainability. His years of experience running large technology-based businesses and his work on Wall Street informed his discussion of data and corporate sustainability reporting.

The following Q&A is an edited excerpt from a Sustainable Business Fridays (SBF) podcast. SBF brings together students in Bard’s MBA in Sustainability with leaders in business, sustainability and social entrepreneurship. You can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes or Podbean.

What You Need to Know About the GRI Sustainability Reporting Standards

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Corporate reporters rejoice: in a move aimed at making it easier for companies to report on their sustainability initiatives and progress, the Global Reporting Initiative today launched the GRI Sustainability Reporting Standards.

Why Your Firm Should Consider Products’ Total Cost of Ownership

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As corporations look to cut their environmental costs, evaluating total cost of ownership — or the total direct and indirect costs of owning a product or service — provides a way to achieve greater environmental accountability and better resource management.

The World’s Largest Purchasers Are Asking Suppliers To Reveal Total Environmental Impact

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The first step to reducing our footprint is understanding how large it is. Large buyers, like the U.S. military and Walmart, are now helping to do that.