September, 2023

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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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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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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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The Key to Sustainable Energy Optimization: A Data-Driven Approach for Manufacturing

Speaker: Kevin Kai Wong, President of Emergent Energy Solutions

In today's industrial landscape, the pursuit of sustainable energy optimization and decarbonization has become paramount. ♻️ Manufacturing corporations across the U.S. are facing the urgent need to align with decarbonization goals while enhancing efficiency and productivity. Unfortunately, the lack of comprehensive energy data poses a significant challenge for manufacturing managers striving to meet their targets. 📊 Join us for a practical webinar hosted by Kevin Kai Wong of Emergent Ene

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 Ghost Workforce the Tech Industry Doesn’t Want You to Think About

Stanford Social Innovation

By Catherine Bracy & Martha Dark In March 2019, Daniel Motaung, a college graduate from South Africa, flew thousands of miles to Nairobi, Kenya. He believed he’d been recruited as an IT administrator for a company called Samasource. But when he arrived in Nairobi, he realized his job was entirely different. Instead, he would be a content moderator for Facebook.

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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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Where's the plant-based beef?

Corporate Knights

What happened to plant-based meats? Remember when they were supposed to save the planet? Pea-based Beyond Meat and soy-based Impossible Foods were meant to offer all the meaty mouth magic of their animal-based counterparts, while doing much less harm to the planet, the animals and our arteries. And they did, for a bit. But then something changed. No longer are media, investors or flexitarians rallying behind the novel products quite so fervently.

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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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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 Brief: Today’s Call: Ownership economy, previewing the GIIN forum, good jobs in South Africa, upcycling fruit waste, greening corporate cash

Impact Alpha

Greetings, Agents of Impact! ?️ Hop on today’s Call, “The employee-ownership edge.” Join Mosaic’s Ian Mohler, World Education Services’ Smitha Das, Apis & The post The Brief: Today’s Call: Ownership economy, previewing the GIIN forum, good jobs in South Africa, upcycling fruit waste, greening corporate cash appeared first on ImpactAlpha.

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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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The New Problem-Solving Skills That All Cities Need

Stanford Social Innovation

By James Anderson Here’s a new axiom fit for the 21st century: The greater the global challenge, the more likely it is to fall to local governments to fix. But this modern reality comes with an inconvenient truth: Our public institutions are not equipped with the updated skills they need to effectively tackle the world’s ever-escalating challenges—not by a long shot.

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Battery cell prices plunge in August, close to tipping point for the end of ICE vehicles

Renew Economy

Price of battery cells plunges in August, taking it close to the "tipping point" where the cost of building battery-powered EVs can match that of internal combustion engine cars. The post Battery cell prices plunge in August, close to tipping point for the end of ICE vehicles appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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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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Universities Step Up to Offer Practical Solutions to Achieving Net Zero on their Campuses and Beyond

Sustainable Development Network

The University Action to Achieve Net Zero panel at ICSD 2023 was moderated by John Thwaites, and included Tim Carter, Dano Weisbord, and Kendra Wasiluk. They discussed steps on the path to university decarbonization, as well as key barriers and enablers. On September 20th, during the 2023 International Conference on Sustainable Development (ICSD), a panel on “University Action to Achieve Net Zero” was held at Alfred Lerner Hall at Columbia University and live streamed online.

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Challenging wealth supremacy to realize the dream of systemic change

Impact Alpha

This essay is adapted from Marjorie Kelly’s forthcoming book, “Wealth Supremacy: How the Extractive Economy and the Biased Rules of Capitalism Drive Today’s. The post Challenging wealth supremacy to realize the dream of systemic change appeared first on ImpactAlpha.

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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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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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From Climate Messaging to Concrete Achievement – Business Leaders Driving Action In Their Industries Share Insight

Just Capital

[Image via The Nest Climate Campus] What does it actually take to drive major environmental action within a company or industry? What moves a company from making public commitments to executing scalable plans? Those were key questions posited by JUST Capital CEO Martin Whittaker in a panel event at The Nest Climate Campus during Climate Week alongside three executives making real headway on environmental issues: namely, leaders from food safety and chemicals company Ecolab , building technology

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Nuclear energy remains weapon of choice for climate deniers and coal lobby

Renew Economy

The Coalition is declaring a new "war on wind and solar" as it uses the nuclear debate to disguise the fact it intends to do nothing about climate action. The post Nuclear energy remains weapon of choice for climate deniers and coal lobby appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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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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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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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 Brief: Call Preview: Financing worker ownership, agri-marketplace in Ghana, insurance tech in Singapore, policy headwinds and tailwinds

Impact Alpha

Greetings, Agents of Impact! Featured: Ownership Economy Financing transitions to employee ownership to deliver wins for workers and investors. It’s the age-old struggle: labor. The post The Brief: Call Preview: Financing worker ownership, agri-marketplace in Ghana, insurance tech in Singapore, policy headwinds and tailwinds appeared first on ImpactAlpha.

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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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Unrigging the Gig Economy

Stanford Social Innovation

By Jill Habig , Veena Dubal & Mishal Khan In 2018, a California house cleaner named Patricia Cris arrived for an appointment to clean an apartment in San Jose. No one was supposed to be home and she’d been given a key to get in. But when she knocked to announce herself, she told The New York Times , a completely naked man answered the door, as though he’d been waiting for her.

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Solar reaches record 120 per cent of electricity demand in South Australia

Renew Economy

South Australia sets a new record with solar providing 120 per cent of it electricity demand. The post Solar reaches record 120 per cent of electricity demand in South Australia appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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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.