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What’s really driving coal power’s demise?

The big idea People often point to plunging natural gas prices as the reason U.S. coal-fired power plants have been shutting down at a faster pace in recent years. However, new research shows two other forces had a much larger effect: federal regulation and a well-funded activist campaign that launched in 2011 with the goal of ending coal power. […]

Business Leaders Rethink Political Spending: “Enough is Enough”

It is very encouraging to see companies re-thinking their political spending policies in the wake of recent threats to the peaceful transition of power in America.  Such reviews could create a tipping point in restoring public trust and stability — but only if companies dig into the structural as well as cultural causes of the crisis. To start, […]

Friedman’s Feedback Loop and 25 Years of Corporate Delay on Climate Change

September 16th, 2020 may have marked an important milestone in the effort to respond to climate change. In a break from the past, the US Business Roundtable of 200 leading US CEOs announced support for market-based policies, including carbon prices. The CEOs acknowledged that the response to the ‘real’ problem of climate change ‘will require […]

Requesting Academic Support for A Sustainability Standards Board

I am soliciting signatures to endorse a letter from Oxford submitted to the IFRS Foundation Trustees in support of establishing a Sustainability Standards Board (SSB). The IFRS Foundation oversees the work of the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) which sets standards for financial accounting for most countries in the world. (The U.S. equivalent is the […]

Part of the solution or part of the problem?

ARCS was formed to promote serious research on corporate sustainability.  Over the last decade, we have built a strong community, but we have lost out in the broad market for ideas. One popular notion, a story really, holds most of the market share, and it has done so for more than two decades.  It includes […]

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