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Trump Puts Business Values to the Test

CEOs have stood up to oppose Trump’s immigration ban, will they show the same commitment to the environment? Environmental regulations make common sense. Laws which ensure sustainable development, taking into consideration the needs of both present and future generations, bring benefits not only to the environment but to the economy as a whole. With recent […]

Research: Who’s Lobbying Congress on Climate Change

To many, political lobbying is seen as a way to advance special interests at the expense of the greater good. So when it comes to lobbying on climate change, the prevailing public view is that most firms lobby against climate regulations — such as those aiming to curb carbon emissions — because greater regulation threatens industry. […]

4 Obstacles on the Way to a Circular Economy

The concept of circular economy is a grand, sweeping vision, which we hope will lead to better business models and environmental outcomes. Following promising reports by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation (EMF) and the adoption of an EU Action Plan for the Circular Economy, the topic has moved front and center of the sustainability dialogue. While […]

On Climate, Corporations Need to Grow a Soul

Can you imagine the big banks saying: “Hey, Obama! Break us up! We need regulation!” Of course not. That’s because corporations almost never take positions that threaten their short-term self-interest. Can you imagine a mainstream corporation leading the charge on, say, marriage equality twenty years ago? Nope. (Richard Socarides, a staffer in the Clinton White […]

The Power of C.E.O. Activism

Over the past few years, chief executives — including prominent figures like Lloyd Blankfein of Goldman Sachs and Howard Schultz of Starbucks — have been taking public stances on controversial issues like race relations and gender equality that are unrelated to their core businesses. It’s headline-grabbing stuff. But is it politically effective? Anecdotal evidence suggests […]

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