September, 2023

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What’s top of mind for the most influential people in climate

GreenBiz

As private and public sector leaders met at Climate Week NYC to talk about the climate crisis, three ways sustainability professionals can take immediate action emerged.

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Rooftop solar meets all of South Australia demand in major new milestone

Renew Economy

Updated: Rooftop solar meets all of South Australia's demand at one stage on Saturday, as more records fall across the grid, including batteries, low coal and minimum demand. The post Rooftop solar meets all of South Australia demand in major new milestone appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Banks spending trillions to finance causes of climate crisis in Global South: report

Corporate Knights

Banks are shelling out more than US$500 billion a year to finance the largest contributors to climate change in the Global South, a region that is especially vulnerable to the roiling weather disasters gripping the planet. That figure is more than 20 times the amount the region received in funding to combat climate change, according to a report released by ActionAid last week.

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Confusion reigns as Whitehall briefing contradicts PM’s net zero speech

Envirotec Magazine

There are increasing concerns that civil servants in the Department for Energy Security & Net Zero (DESNZ) are attempting to undermine the Prime Minister’s attempts to reset the UK’s net zero policies, says trade body the Energy and Utilities Alliance (EUA). In a briefing issued to the heating industry only hours after the PM’s net zero speech officials outlined their continuing approach to “encouraging” households to fit heat pumps, retaining unrealistic targets for heat pump installations

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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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Some employees are destroying value. Others are building it. Do you know the difference?

McKinsey Sustainabilty

More than half of employees report being relatively unproductive at work. New research into six types of employees shows how companies can re-engage workers while amplifying the impact of star performers.

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Rivers are rapidly warming, losing oxygen; aquatic life at risk

Science Daily / Earth & Environment

Rivers are warming and losing oxygen faster than oceans, according to a new article. The study shows that of nearly 800 rivers, warming occurred in 87% and oxygen loss occurred in 70%.

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Big Battery to the rescue as rooftop PV pushes biggest isolated grid to record demand lows

Renew Economy

WA's first big battery comes to the rescue as rooftop solar provides record 76 pct of state generation and sends grid demand below crucial threshold. The post Big Battery to the rescue as rooftop PV pushes biggest isolated grid to record demand lows appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Canadian pension funds ignore rapid rise in climate dangers

Corporate Knights

Canadian pension funds with hundreds of billions in assets are ignoring the threat to their members’ retirement security as the global climate tips into a new and more destructive phase. “There are some pretty ominous concerns that we’re approaching tipping points,” says Patrick DeRochie, senior manager with Shift Action for Pension Wealth and Planet Health, an educational and advocacy organization on Canadian pensions and climate.

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California Lawmakers Pass Bill Requiring Companies to Disclose Full Value Chain Emissions

ESG Today

A new proposed California law that could require most large U.S. companies to disclose their full value chain greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions passed the state’s Assembly, with lawmakers on Monday passing the bill in a 41-20 vote, marking a major step towards the establishment of the mandatory emissions reporting bill into law. The bill will now return to the Senate, where it already passed in May, and from there to the desk of Governor Newsom for a final decision on its passage into law.

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Global Economics Intelligence executive summary, August 2023

McKinsey Sustainabilty

Leading indicators show signs of a rebound—will it sustain? Confidence potentially returning but consumers remain cautious; inflation persistent in some countries; trade volumes still declining.

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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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Nike in Hot Water with Investors Over Workers’ Rights

Chris Hall

A proposal on worker pay may have failed to pass, but shareholders continue to call for transparency and supply chain due diligence. Sportswear giant Nike is facing increasing pressure from investors on the effectiveness of its scrutiny of suppliers on social-related issues, following a shareholder proposal calling for transparency on working conditions in its supply chains.

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'Climate-safe banking': New guide targets indirectly financed emissions from cash holdings

GreenBiz

New Greening Cash Action report details how firms hold 'major lever' that could ensure banks use companies' cash to support wider climate goals and accelerate the green finance transition.

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Net zero by 2050? Too late. Australia must aim for 2035

Renew Economy

It’s time to act on decarbonisation as quickly as humanly possible. Here's how. The post Net zero by 2050? Too late. Australia must aim for 2035 appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Groundwater depletion rates in India could triple in coming decades as climate warms, study shows

Science Daily / Earth & Environment

A new study finds that farmers in India have adapted to warming temperatures by intensifying the withdrawal of groundwater used for irrigation. If the trend continues, the rate of groundwater loss could triple by 2080, further threatening India's food and water security. Reduced water availability in India due to groundwater depletion and climate change could threaten the livelihoods of more than one-third of the country's 1.4 billion residents and has global implications.

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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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Guest Post: Why Should Sustainability Reporting be the Boardroom’s Top Priority?

ESG Today

By: Dr. Jan-Hendrik Gnändiger, Global ESG Reporting Lead, KPMG The world is in flux. Business leaders are facing a myriad of crises and challenges – from rising interest rates and inflation to supply chain blockages, driven by the war in Ukraine. You might argue that now is not the time to be adding to the growing to-do list for CEOs and other corporate decision makers, but the reality is that there’s no going back on sustainability.

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Building food and agriculture businesses for a green future

McKinsey Sustainabilty

Many industry leaders expect significant disruption across the agriculture value chain over the next two years, resulting in new opportunities to build and scale green-growth, resilient businesses.

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How to run Cisco Modeling Labs in the Cloud

Cisco CSR

Did you ever want to run Cisco Modeling Labs but did not have the hardware or software to do so? Or have you wanted to run a topology on your local deployment—but couldn’t because you did not have enough memory available locally? What about integrating CML into a CI/CD pipeline , which includes the creation and destruction of the entire pipeline, including CML?

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How To Build No-Cost On-Site Solar & Battery Storage Projects

GreenBiz

In today’s energy landscape, on-site energy solutions like solar panels and battery storage provide valuable benefits, helping organizations reduce energy costs, drive sustainability goals forward, and even leverage energy flexibility to unlock revenue.

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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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Rooftop solar eats up all demand in South Australia, world’s most renewable grid

Renew Economy

Rooftop solar effectively eliminated grid demand in South Australia on Saturday as it accounted for all but a few megawatts of demand in the world's most renewable grid. The post Rooftop solar eats up all demand in South Australia, world’s most renewable grid appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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High levels of particulate air pollution associated with increased breast cancer incidence

Science Daily / Earth & Environment

Researchers found that living in an area with high levels of particulate air pollution was associated with an increased incidence of breast cancer. The study is one of the largest studies to date looking at the relationship between outdoor air pollution, specifically fine particulate matter, and breast cancer incidence.

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SEC Fines Deutsche Bank Subsidiary DWS $19 Million Following Greenwashing Investigation

ESG Today

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced on Monday that it has charged Deutsche Bank’s investment arm DWS, one of the largest asset managers in Europe, over misleading statements the firm made regarding its ESG investment process. DWS has agreed to a $19 million fine to settle the charges, marking the largest-ever greenwashing penalty imposed on an asset manager by the SEC.

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Turning consumer and retail companies into software-driven innovators

McKinsey Sustainabilty

As customers increasingly expect seamless, engaging digital experiences, consumer-facing organizations can follow six principles to perform like the most successful tech companies.

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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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The importance of cybersecurity in the rail industry

Cisco CSR

The railway industry is increasingly embracing new systems and technologies to enhance operational efficiency, safety, and connectivity.

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COP28 will be a make-or-break moment for climate finance

GreenBiz

One thing the finance community really needs to stimulate $100 billion in annual commitments: a better definition for what qualifies as climate projects.

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A final blow to fossil fuels? Environment embedded in grid rules

Renew Economy

AEMC sets in motion one of the most important reforms to the Australian energy market in decades, factoring emissions reduction into rule making and decision making. The post A final blow to fossil fuels? Environment embedded in grid rules appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Study reveals human destruction of global floodplains

Science Daily / Earth & Environment

A hydrologist's study provides a global estimate of human destruction of natural floodplains. The study can help guide future development in a way that can restore and conserve vital floodplain habitats that are critical to wildlife, water quality and reducing flood risk for people.

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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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ESG ETFs fail to shine over past 10 years

Financial Times: Moral Money

Scientific Beta findings contradict view that sustainable strategies can steer investors towards ‘winners’

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The organization of the future: Enabled by gen AI, driven by people

McKinsey Sustainabilty

Generative AI can empower people—but only if leaders take a broad view of its capabilities and deeply consider its implications for the organization.

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New UN data platform highlights impacts of sand mining

Eco-Business

The first-ever global data platform to map out dredging activities finds that the growing pace of marine sand extraction, driven by Asia, is nearing the natural sand replenishment rate needed to maintain vital marine ecosystems.

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5 ways to make reuse mainstream

GreenBiz

Innovators at the vanguard of the reuse movement agree on the key ingredients that will speed up the adoption of reuse.

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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