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The 4 attributes CSOs need to succeed in 2024

GreenBiz

Challenges lie ahead amid growing expectations and regulatory requirements, and chief sustainability officers will need to be prepared.

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Bushfire survivors call for communities to support shift to renewables

Renew Economy

Activists opposed to energy projects shouted outside federal parliament on the anniversary of Black Saturday, as survivors of the firestorm called for communities everywhere to support the shift to renewable power. The post Bushfire survivors call for communities to support shift to renewables appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Breweries are Working to Make Super Bowl Sunday Greener

3BL Media

BOSTON, February 9, 2024 /3BL/ - Breweries across the United States are stepping up to help fight climate change, and Super Bowl weekend is no different. Super Bowl Sunday is not just a day for football in America or betting on if Taylor Swift will make the game from her sold out shows in Tokyo; it’s one of the days that Americans consume the most beer - approximately 325 million gallons.

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Moody’s Rolls Out New Scoring System of Companies’ Net Zero Transition Plans

ESG Today

Credit ratings, research, and risk analysis provider Moody’s Investors Service announced the release of its first Net Zero Assessment (NZA), its new scoring system aimed at enabling investors to evaluate and compare companies’ decarbonization plans and actions. Officially launched last year , the new NZAs provide an assessment of the strength of a company’s carbon emissions reduction profile relative to a global net zero pathway consistent with the Paris Agreement’s most ambitious goals, conside

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Are Your Impact Comms Resonating With Stakeholders?

Whether your organization is at the start of its sustainability and impact journey or years into it, many brands share a common concern: the uncertainty of whether they are sending stakeholders mixed messages. Creating content that speaks to your audience's “love language” can be a tricky dance. But, worry not! 3BL has put together tips to ensure that your content not only finds its rhythm but also resonates with your target audiences.

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The Home Depot Named on Fortune’s 2024 Most Admired Companies List, Ranking #1 in Specialty Retail for the Second Year

3BL Media

Originally published on Built From Scratch The Home Depot is proud to be recognized on Fortune’s 2024 Most Admired Companies List. The company ranked #1 in the specialty retail category for the second year in row and #19 overall, moving up one spot from the previous year. Fortune worked with Korn Ferry to compile this list, reviewing 1,500 businesses and determining the best-regarded companies across 52 industries.

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Immune genes are altered in Alzheimer's patients' blood

Science Daily / Earth & Environment

A new study has found the immune system in the blood of Alzheimer's patients is epigenetically altered. That means the patients' behavior or environment has caused changes that affect the way their genes work. Many of these altered immune genes are the same ones that increase an individual's risk for Alzheimer's. Scientists now theorize the cause could be a previous viral infection, environmental pollutants or other lifestyle factors and behaviors.

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Towards A Better Way of Releasing Hydrogen Stored in Hydrogen Boride Sheets

Science Daily / Earth & Environment

Hydrogen stored in hydrogen boride sheets can be efficiently released electrochemically, report scientists. Through a series of experiments, they demonstrated that dispersing these sheets in an organic solvent and applying a small voltage is enough to release all the stored hydrogen efficiently. These findings suggest hydrogen boride sheets could soon become a safe and convenient way to store and transport hydrogen, which is a cleaner and more sustainable fuel.

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$7M: How the Cost of a Super Bowl Ad Could Transform Lives

3BL Media

Originally published on Sustainable Brands Seven million dollars can do a world of good, especially when those funds are put to work by nonprofit organizations. The same amount of money can also put a talking cat or a low-carb beer in front of hundreds of millions of viewers in between touchdowns — for just 30 seconds. While some of these ads will break through and become hot topics on social media, most will ultimately be forgotten.

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Barclays Ends Direct Financing for New Oil and Gas Projects

ESG Today

UK-based bank Barclays will no longer directly finance new oil and gas projects, and will require its energy sector clients to produce transition plans or decarbonization strategies by the beginning of next year, according to a new “Climate Change Statement” released by the bank. Alongside its new energy policies, Barclays also released a new transition finance framework, outlining its criteria for classifying financing to decarbonize high-emissions sectors as “transition,” as part o

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Bath & Body Works Hosts the "Amazing Shake"

3BL Media

Picture this: 12 students ages 11 to 14 are given an assignment. In less than 24 hours, fly to New York City and present a unique idea to the product experts at one of the world’s leading personal care and home fragrance brands. That’s what happened earlier this week when Bath & Body Works partnered with the Ron Clark Academy’s Amazing Shake. The Ron Clark Academy’s Amazing Shake is an exciting and dynamic competition that rallies leaders and role models together to teach students about prof

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Mastering Supply Chain Sustainability: Where Does ESG Fit In?

Speaker: Hortense Grouvel

In this new webinar, you will learn firsthand how to set up a sustainable supply chain program that will help meet increasing ESG requirements stemming from regulators, customers, consumers, and investors alike. Hortense Grouvel, ESG expert at IntegrityNext, and Sean Whelan, Global Senior Manager at Halliburton, will look at how ensuring compliance will also help you increase sustainability performance, resilience, and innovation, allowing you to unlock the full potential of your supply chain op

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The Week in Impact Investing: The Wood Dragon

Impact Alpha

TGIF, Agents of Impact! In today’s Brief: ? Year of the Wood Dragon. ImpactAlpha wishes happiness and prosperity to all who are celebrating. The post The Week in Impact Investing: The Wood Dragon appeared first on ImpactAlpha.

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Northern Trust Proudly Sponsors Black Professionals & Leaders Dinner at Arizona State University

3BL Media

We were proud sponsors and partners to last week’s impactful Black Professionals & Leaders Dinner held at Arizona State University. The dinner, presented by the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated Zeta Alpha Chapter, allowed us to support efforts to bridge the gap between black undergraduate students and working professionals. This event provided the space for these students to engage with working professionals across multiple industries and help them to better understand the journey fr

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How to achieve great health for all? Start in your city.

McKinsey Sustainabilty

MHI estimates that a focus on immediately influenceable interventions at the city level can add approximately 20 billion to 25 billion years of higher-quality life at a global level.

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Athian and Elanco Animal Health Team Up to Transform Food Production through Methane Reduction

3BL Media

GREENFIELD, Ind., February 7, 2024 /3BL/ - Athian (athian.ai) announced the establishment of the first-of-its-kind voluntary livestock carbon insetting marketplace, with the first accepted protocol aimed at reducing enteric methane emissions and improving feed utilization by using innovative feed management products from Elanco Animal Health (NYSE: ELAN).

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What Regulations Will Impact Sustainability Comms in 2024?

Navigating the waters of sustainability reporting disclosures and regulations can be intimidating, to say the least. With various measures set in motion in 2023 to keep companies accountable, there is a lot in store for brands’ impact communication in the upcoming year. 3BL is kicking off this January with our Navigating ESG Comms Through the Cosmos - Capricorn Edition by highlighting the impact of: The U.S Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Climate disclosure rules The European Commission

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Gas Investment Comes at a Cost

Chris Hall

Christine Ng, Managing Director of the Energy Shift Institute, says Asia’s approach to transition finance makes greater investor scrutiny inevitable. COP28 was interesting. For the first time it called for the world to move away from all fossil fuels, and in the same breath gave a nod to natural gas as a transition fuel. The juxtaposition of those two statements is both jarring and contradictory.

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Baker Tilly Supports Emerging Affordable Housing Developer in Gaining Industry Access and Knowledge To Scale Development Projects

3BL Media

Client background KG Development Group, a real estate development firm based in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, was founded by Anthony Kazee and Jamila Gray, two innovative emerging developers with a passion for bringing affordable housing to communities with supportive services for residents. KG Development Group sets themselves apart by being “intentional developers” and providing solutions to remove many social determinants of health barriers associated with housing needs.

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Spark & Sustain: How all of the world’s school systems can improve learning at scale

McKinsey Sustainabilty

With student learning improvements not keeping up with today’s ever-shifting demands, it is more important than ever before to improve the quality and equity of education systems around the world.

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Lift Zones: Empowering Communities by Bridging the Digital Divide

3BL Media

KEY TAKEAWAYS Comcast partners with local nonprofits and community organizations to install Lift Zones, which offer free WiFi that enables families to access the Internet and learn digital skills. To showcase the impact this program is having in communities, Comcast teamed up with teens at the Ralph J. Roberts Boys & Girls Club in Philadelphia to see what they are accomplishing with the help of their Lift Zone.

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What Questions Are Brands Asking About Their ESG Initiatives Ahead of 2024?

Temperatures are rising (and not just metaphorically) as key stakeholders anxiously anticipate the outcomes of COP28. While companies reconsider their 2024 environmental sustainability strategies, there is another aspect of ESG that deserves exploring, the social sector. In the latest edition of "Navigating ESG Comms Through the Cosmos - Sagittarius Edition", 3BL hones in on this sign’s bold quality of asking questions others are burning to know the answers to.

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Cisco and Megaport Simplify Cloud Networking with Pay-As-You-Go Model

Cisco CSR

In the ever-evolving world of digital connectivity, Cisco continues to pave the way with innovative solutions not just centered around technological advances, but also around how those advances can… Read more on Cisco Blogs

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International Day of Education 2024: Spotlight on Cisco’s Education Non-Profit Partnerships

3BL Media

The Social Impact Partner Spotlight series is a new series highlighting various Cisco non-profit organization partners that are helping transform the lives of individuals and communities. This blog features Cisco’s partnership with Code.org, Darsel, Raspberry Pi Foundation, and Science Buddies, in honor of the incredible work these organizations are doing to advance education opportunities globally.

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Experts to help tackle air pollution from domestic solid fuel burning in Greater Manchester

Envirotec Magazine

Environmental and engineering consultancy Ricardo is applying its expertise in air quality measurement to enable local authorities across Greater Manchester to monitor the contribution to air pollution from wood burning stoves, raise public awareness of its risks, and reduce its impact on people’s health. The firm has been awarded a multi-year contract by Transport for Greater Manchester, on behalf of the ten Greater Manchester councils, to monitor the air quality impact of the burning of solid

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How Women and Girls Inspire Superior Innovation by Our Brands

3BL Media

Did you know that science is behind the making of your favorite P&G brand products? Nothing excites our award-winning scientists more than creating superior products that solve the real problems that consumers face everyday. As the maker of brands loved by women and girls around the world — like Always, Olay, Pantene and Venus — we understand the importance of inclusive teams in developing the innovations and products that meaningfully impact all the consumers we see and serve.

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The Silver Lining to Corporate DEI Challenges

In our latest edition of Navigating ESG Comms Through the Cosmos - Scorpio Edition, 3BL embraces the perspective of one of the zodiac's most misunderstood signs: Scorpio. While this sign often has a darker view of the world, they do not shy away from shining a light on controversial topics. This month we take a deep dive into corporate pullback of DEI and how companies can utilize astrological advice to reinvent its social impact communication.

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Sensors made from 'frozen smoke' can detect toxic formaldehyde in homes and offices

Science Daily / Earth & Environment

Researchers have developed a sensor made from 'frozen smoke' that uses artificial intelligence techniques to detect formaldehyde in real time at concentrations as low as eight parts per billion, far beyond the sensitivity of most indoor air quality sensors.

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Effective Consumer Sustainability Communications

3BL Media

Tensie Whelan, Director of NYU Stern Center for Sustainable Business, and Jackie Murphy, former Managing Director of Edelman Purpose & Impact, join co-host Andie Wood to discuss a consumer brand study the two organizations partnered on around sustainability claims, exploring impact and performance across diverse consumer groups. Listen in to learn about the best practices for creating action-backed messages and promoting sustainability effectively.

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Data, analytics, and decisions: An interview with Teradata’s CFO

McKinsey Sustainabilty

Claire Bramley describes how she’s amping up scenario analyses, getting proactive about enterprise risk, and moving her function into white spaces to improve company-wide performance.

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How This CEO Built a Top 50 Pharma Company Focusing on Culture Day 1

3BL Media

Originally Published by Forbes For a company to successfully create new and life-changing therapeutics for people, it must begin by establishing its own people-first and mission-driven culture. That’s the premise Bruce Cozadd set out to test when he co-founded Jazz Pharmaceuticals (NDAQ: JAZZ) in 2003. Jazz began its life like many other biotech startups, focused on creating therapeutics for disease areas with unmet needs, such as sleep medicine.

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Supercharge Your ESG Content This Libra Season

Throughout Climate Week, a feeling of urgency on tackling the climate crisis was palpable. Yet, questions continue to linger about corporate progress. Are we truly moving the needle or are we stuck in a cycle of empty statements and a flood of reports and guidelines? In the latest edition of Navigating ESG Comms Through the Cosmos - Libra Edition , we use Climate Week outcomes to explore how brands can communicate progress credibly.

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Investor Rebellion Brews Over Exxon Lawsuit

Chris Hall

The ICCR says the oil and gas major is undermining both the US SEC and investors through its action. Institutional investors have sent a letter to ExxonMobil’s board of directors, asking the oil and gas major to abandon a lawsuit it has brought against shareholder proponents. Exxon filed the lawsuit in January against investment manager Arjuna Capital and activist group Follow This in a Texan court, asking for a declaration backing the company’s right to exclude the resolution from its 2024

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Dow Achieves 23rd Year on the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index

3BL Media

MIDLAND, Mich., February 9, 2024 /3BL/ - Dow (NYSE: DOW) announced that it has been named to the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index (DJSI) by S&P Dow Jones Indices, the world's leading index provider focused on providing essential sustainability intelligence. This is the 23 rd year Dow has achieved this prestigious ranking as one of the top companies in the global chemical industry in terms of sustainability performance.

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Conversion process turns greenhouse gas into ethylene

Science Daily / Earth & Environment

Engineers have created a more efficient way of converting carbon dioxide into valuable products while simultaneously addressing climate change.

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Automotive R&D transformation: Optimizing gen AI’s potential value

McKinsey Sustainabilty

Automotive manufacturers could realize time and cost savings and quality improvements by implementing generative AI functions that add value at all stages of the R&D process.

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How Will Virgo Season Impact Your ESG Communication?

3BL’s in-house experts merge the celestial wisdom of astrology with current environmental, social, governance (ESG) communication trends to offer a unique perspective and practical advice on sharing your company’s commitments effectively. 3BL’s new “Navigating ESG Comms through the Cosmos” series begins with Virgo season! In this edition, we delve into: How businesses have responded to environmental disasters over the past few months and why you can expect a continued focus on the climate crisis