Erika Karp on how to innovate from the inside to achieve the sustainable development goals

March 4, 2020 by  
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Building consensus inclusively among government, NGOs and business is key to realizing the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. But it’s not always clear how corporates and investors can act on fulfilling these goals, despite the necessity of participation from the private sector. Cornerstone Capital CEO Erika Karp discusses the role business can and should play in advancing and achieving these goals, and drive business excellence at the same time.

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Why human health must be at the center of climate action

December 11, 2019 by  
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Companies can exacerbate the challenges, but the private sector also positively contribute to solving these challenges.

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Opportunity zones could provide major boost for clean energy, sustainable development

August 14, 2019 by  
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Predictions of $200 to $300 billion investments in the nation’s 8,700+ OZones show the massive opportunity for the private sector.

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What’s the business case for climate-focused urban development in Africa?

May 8, 2019 by  
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As the continent urbanizes, it faces water shortages and deforestation. The private sector can help.

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3 ways public-private partnerships can save Brazil’s forests

March 20, 2018 by  
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Harnessing private sector funding for forest protection from commodity buyers, agribusinesses and consumers is a priority.

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South Australian businesses launch blockchain app to cut costs, trade local clean energy

March 20, 2018 by  
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A dozen companies in ‘progressive’ Australia will buy and sell renewable energy using LO3 Energy’s blockchain technology.

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10 reasons startups should be socially responsible from birth

March 20, 2018 by  
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It shouldn’t be regarded as a new burden but as a competitive differentiator right in the first presentations and brainstorms.

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The time is now for business to mobilize differently on water

January 26, 2018 by  
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The case for investing in private sector leadership on water is growing stronger by the minute.

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UNEP chief: Polluters should pay for environmental destruction, not taxpayers

September 21, 2017 by  
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Companies often profit from environmental destruction , leaving taxpayers to pick up the cleanup bill. That shouldn’t be the case, according to Erik Solheim, executive director for the United Nations Environment Program . At a conference at Columbia University earlier this week, he said, “The profit of destroying nature or polluting the planet is nearly always privatized, while the costs of polluting the planet or the cost of destroying ecosystems is nearly always socialized. This cannot continue.” Solheim said we can turn around Earth’s environmental fortunes if businesses, citizens, and politicians work for a shared goal – with the biggest polluters paying for damage. He said, “Anyone who pollutes, anyone who destroys nature must pay for the cost of that destruction or that pollution.” Related: The oil industry knew about dangerous climate change in the 1960s Two scientists made a similar point in a recent opinion piece for The Guardian, saying big oil companies should pay for climate change . The Union of Concerned Scientists’ Director of Science and Policy Peter Frumhoff and University of Oxford professor of geosystem science Myles Allen pointed to July lawsuits against ExxonMobil, BP, and Chevron, saying they should pay for damages coastal communities face from rising sea levels . They, together with other researchers, published a peer-reviewed study quantifying sea level rise and rising temperatures coming from emissions from fossil fuel companies. Solheim also said businesses must play a role by creating new technologies to address needs. He pointed to China as an example, highlighting the work of bike-sharing firm Mobike, which boasts over a million shareable bicycles in the Beijing area. Meanwhile, China is also working on transportation with a high-speed rail network and urban metro systems. He also pointed to India , where addressing environmental issues has been good for the country. Solar power has created jobs, simultaneous boosting the economy and helping the planet. Solheim said, “Change is happening. Economic-wise, we are on the right track, but we need to speed up because the challenge is so big.” Via Thomson Reuters Foundation and EcoWatch Images via Sgt. 1st Class Malcolm McClendon/Army National Guard and Steve Snodgrass on Flickr

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A postcard from Hawaii to the nation’s capital

June 30, 2017 by  
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The mood at the second annual VERGE conference in Honolulu last week was upbeat about the future of clean energy, despite pushback on the U.S. mainland. Apparently, those committed to a clean energy agenda, including the private sector, are more motivated than ever to push forward with aggressive programs to bring renewables resources online.

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