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Corporate illusionists: socially but not politically responsible

Corporate social responsibility has gone mainstream. Something once seen as the province of eco social warriors has in recent years become an established part of the corporate and commercial framework. An estimated 80 percent of Fortune 500 global companies issue sustainability reports and the word ‘sustainability’ has become something of a religious mantra. But is […]

Meaningful Business Leadership on Climate Change

This week thousands of delegates are in San Francisco for the Global Climate Action Summit.  Spearheaded by California Governor Jerry Brown, the Summit showcases the commitments of states, cities and businesses to cut their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and protect the Earth from further dangerous warming.  This is an urgently needed response to the U.S. […]

System Change Investing – A New SRI Paradigm

System Change Investing (SCI) shifts the focus of ESG research and Sustainable/Responsible Investing (SRI) from company change to system change. It is the most significant SRI transformation in 20 years. SCI funds can provide superior financial returns, highest possible sustainability benefits and market leadership positioning. They have strong potential to capture a substantial share of […]

When corporations take credit for green deeds their lobbying may tell another story

Today most large companies like Exxon Mobil, Ford and GM issue slick reports extolling their efforts to conserve resources, use renewable energy or fund clean water supplies in developing countries. This emphasis on efforts to curb environmental harm while benefiting society is called corporate sustainability. Once uncommon but now mainstream, this show of support for a greener and […]

Pruitt Is Wrong on Burning Forests for Energy

By William H. Schlesinger, Beverly Law, John Sterman and William R. Moomaw Scott Pruitt, the Environmental Protection Agency administrator, recently announced that his agency would classify the burning of wood from managed forests as “carbon neutral.”Alex Brandon/Associated Press As Scott Pruitt, the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, was preparing to defend himself before Congress last week against charges of extravagant spending […]

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