What do the SDGs mean for business now?

February 7, 2018 by  
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International Paper, JPMorgan Chase, Novozymes and Tata may not have a lot in common on the surface, but each company is determined to tackle key U.N. Global Goals.

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The World Bank will stop funding oil and gas projects after 2019

December 12, 2017 by  
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One of the world’s leading financial institutions just announced plans to stop financing oil and gas projects. Today at the One Planet Summit , the World Bank officially announced that it will quit financing upstream oil and gas after 2019. The announcement is part of their efforts to assist developing countries in meeting the goals of the Paris Accord . World Bank president Jim Yong Kim, together with French president Emmanuel Macron and United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, gathered world leaders at the One Planet Summit to work towards action on climate change . On the occasion, the World Bank Group made several announcements, the first of which was their decision to quit financing upstream oil and gas after 2019. Related: World’s largest sovereign wealth fund could ditch oil and gas stocks The move is meant to help developing nations move closer to Paris deal goals. There may be exceptions for some countries; the World Bank said, “In exceptional circumstances, consideration will be given to financing upstream gas in the poorest countries where there is a clear benefit in terms of energy access for the poor and the project fits within the countries’ Paris Agreement commitments.” In opening remarks , Kim called for incentives for change, such as “removing fossil fuel subsidies, introducing carbon pricing, increasing energy efficiency standards, and implementing auctions for lowest cost renewable energy .” He said, “Every day, climate change becomes a more urgent economic, social, and existential threat to all countries and all people. We need investments in the trillions – not billions – to have any hope of keeping the commitments we made here two years ago. That’s what this summit is all about.” The World Bank also said they’re on track to reach their goal of directing 28 percent of their lending towards climate action by 2020. They also think they’ll meet the targets of their Climate Change Action Plan, which seeks to assist developing countries in adding enough renewable energy to power 150 million houses , or 30 gigawatts. Via the World Bank Images via World Bank on Twitter and Jim Yong Kim on Twitter

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After the Paris exit, a call for citizen investors

June 5, 2017 by  
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We have the means to meet or exceed the goals of the Paris Agreement, and we don’t need Washington’s permission to do it.

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The 2017 GreenBiz 30 Under 30

June 5, 2017 by  
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This year’s crop of young professionals from around the world are tackling the biggest sustainability challenges — inside companies, academe, media and the nonprofit sector.

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30 Under 30, one year later: Acclaim, aspirations and advice for Trump

June 5, 2017 by  
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Despite a radical shift in the U.S. worldview, last year’s honorees are more determined than ever to uphold the cause of sustainable business.

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Beyond beanbags: How to truly engage young sustainability professionals

June 5, 2017 by  
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Advice on nurturing next-gen leadership from a 2016 “30 Under 30” honoree.

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Peter Bakker on the compelling necessity of the UN Global Goals

May 3, 2017 by  
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In 2000, the United Nations passed the Millenium Development Goals, eight goals to improve the lives of people in developing nations. In 2014, the UN expanded them into the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), interconnected global goals to eliminate the world’s most pressing problems from hunger to gender equality. “The SDGs are the greatest gift the UN has given to the world,” said Peter Bakker, president of the World Business Council and UN World Food Program ambassador against hunger. 

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On Harmony and Hope

February 23, 2017 by  
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The universal adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals by all the world’s nations marked a huge global milestone, something that many thousands of people had been working to achieve, over many years. This momentous breakthrough sparked AtKisson President and CEO Alan AtKisson to pen a song and spark a global movement, imbuing music, dance and simple human happiness into sustainable development and create our best hope for a bright future.

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Inside the Climate Justice Movement

February 23, 2017 by  
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Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune addresses the importance of climate action at every scale in the public and private sector, from global agreements to city pilot programs, from startups to multinational corporations.

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Creating the Humane Economy

February 23, 2017 by  
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Humane Society President and CEO Wayne Pacelle shares his approach to “animal protection 2.0,” the role of corporate and consumer in tranforming the lives of animals worldwide, and how this disruption can actually be a driver of business value.

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