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UN Plastics Treaty: Good for Business and the Planet

3BL Media

Last week the UN Plastics Treaty reached its final stages of negotiations at INC-4 in Ottawa, Canada, to develop a legally binding, international agreement to tackle plastic pollution across the entire plastics life cycle. The fifth and final round of negotiations is due to complete by the end of this year, where an agreement is expected to be formally ratified in 2025.

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Ikea is guiding its customers toward sustainable consumption. Here’s how

GreenBiz

The giant furniture retailer is using its procurement clout and in-store promotions to nudge millions of customers toward lower-emissions products.

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Labor caves in to fossil fuel cartel as it locks in gas beyond 2050 amid deepening climate crisis

Renew Economy

On the same day that scientists warned of a deepening climate catastrophe, Labor declares gas is good and announces a plan to "lock it in" beyond 2050. The post Labor caves in to fossil fuel cartel as it locks in gas beyond 2050 amid deepening climate crisis appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Ontario pension funds are starting to understand there’s no retirement security on a dead planet

Corporate Knights

As the dust settles on a slew of annual results from Canada’s largest pension funds, there are positive signs that some public pension managers are slowly getting their act together on climate, spurred along by pressure from their members. Three Ontario pension funds in particular stand out for improving their climate strategies in 2023: the Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan (HOOPP) and the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System (OMERS) both released climate plans.

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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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FedEx Supports UNCF and HBCU Students

3BL Media

Our unwavering commitment to Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) began more than 20 years ago. It is a long-standing relationship that we are proud of as it continues to evolve over the years. FedEx is proud to offer direct support to the United Negro College Fund (UNCF). Each year the organization holds the UNCF Empower Me Tour (EMT) – a free, in-person or virtual event- established to inspire and motivate high school students, college students, and recent graduates toward acad

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Corporations buy into sustainable fuel certificates to address air travel emissions

GreenBiz

More companies are purchasing certificates to offset their Scope 3 emissions, a tactic that critics see as a potential new landscape for greenwashing.

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RBC agrees to new measures on race, climate after pressure from investors and First Nations

Corporate Knights

After years of protest from First Nations and climate activists, the Royal Bank of Canada has agreed to an audit of its Indigenous and racial community business practices, and disclosure of key climate change data. While these measures are a step forward, they don’t give Indigenous communities a say over the financing of particular projects or exclude new fossil fuel financing – two key demands of the bank’s critics.

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AI for social good: Improving lives and protecting the planet

McKinsey Sustainabilty

As AI advances from predictive to generative capabilities, its potential to address social issues defined by the UN Sustainable Development Goals expands.

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Here's the timeline for SBTi’s corporate net-zero update

GreenBiz

The standards-setting organization plans to address stakeholder feedback, including updates to climate science and challenges related to Scope 3 target setting.

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Queensland quadruples size of Stanwell Tesla battery to make it biggest in the state

Renew Economy

Queensland quadruples storage capacity of Stanwell battery to make it the biggest in the state as it seeks to lock in renewable transition. The post Queensland quadruples size of Stanwell Tesla battery to make it biggest in the state appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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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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Microsoft Signs Largest-Ever 3.3 Million Tonne Carbon Removal Deal with Stockholm Exergi

ESG Today

Microsoft and Swedish energy company Stockholm Exergi announced today a 10-year offtake agreement with Stockholm Exergi providing Microsoft with more than 3.3 million tonnes of carbon removal certificates from its planned bio-energy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) at Värtan, Stockholm. The agreement marks the largest-ever permanent carbon removal deal to date, according to the companies.

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New tactics for new talent: Closing US semiconductor labor gaps

McKinsey Sustainabilty

America’s impending semiconductor expansion depends on three labor pools that are currently under pressure. Without new action, large talent gaps will likely persist, despite current workforce development.

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28 courses to boost your ESG, sustainable finance skills

GreenBiz

Whether you want to learn how to make more sustainable investment choices or improve your company’s ESG performance, these 28 courses can help.

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How long does it take to build a nuclear reactor? We ask France

Renew Economy

French regulators finally give permission to fuel up the country's first nuclear plant in decades, some 12 year late and more than four times over budget. The post How long does it take to build a nuclear reactor? We ask France appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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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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Empowering the Underserved: A New Report Highlights the Impact of Off-Grid Energy Solutions — And Some Emerging Challenges

James Militzer

As it currently stands, the world is not on track to achieve universal electricity access by 2030: 660-674 million people living in the most rural and impoverished communities are expected to remain unelectrified. Off-grid energy products can support these hardest-to-reach communities, offering not just light and electricity, but pathways to financial empowerment and resilience.

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The rapid evolution of payments in Latin America

McKinsey Sustainabilty

Cash is no longer Latin Americans’ preferred way to pay, as debit cards, credit cards, and mobile payments have gained fans, presenting opportunities for financial-services companies.

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6 ways banks can drive EV adoption — and grab a big slice of the growing industry pie

GreenBiz

Accelerating the growth of the electric vehicle market requires capital to fund manufacturing, infrastructure and innovation.

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Gigawatt-scale solar and battery project near Queensland coal plant wins federal green tick

Renew Economy

Gigawatt scale solar and battery project near large coal fired power station gets green tick from federal government. The post Gigawatt-scale solar and battery project near Queensland coal plant wins federal green tick 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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Swarms of miniature robots clean up microplastics and microbes, simultaneously

Science Daily / Earth & Environment

When old food packaging, discarded children's toys and other mismanaged plastic waste break down into microplastics, they become even harder to clean up from oceans and waterways. These tiny bits of plastic also attract bacteria, including those that cause disease. Researchers describe swarms of microscale robots (microrobots) that captured bits of plastic and bacteria from water.

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To defend against disruption, build a thriving workforce

McKinsey Sustainabilty

As generative AI begins to reshape jobs, leaders have an opportunity to reimagine work, the workplace, and the worker. Five actions can help.

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Business should take these 3 actions to bolster the global plastics treaty

GreenBiz

Fresh from the treaty talks in Ottawa, two new reports outline a path forward in the fight against plastic pollution.

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Big batteries leap to new charging record on Australia’s main grid

Renew Economy

The recent addition of a number of new big battery projects is being felt on the grid, with a big leap in the record for battery charging over the weekend. The post Big batteries leap to new charging record on Australia’s main grid appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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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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JUST Capital’s Top 5 Companies for Parents in 2024

Just Capital

(Getty Images/ Johner Images) The business case to support parents is overwhelming. Policies supporting parents are critical to recruiting new – and retaining existing – workers , especially in a tight labor market , not to mention boosted worker productivity. A recent report from Moms First and BCG suggests that companies that strategically allocate resources to childcare benefits are seeing a return on investment of 90% to 425%.

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Over Half of CEOs Say Sustainability a Higher Priority Now than 12 Months Ago: EY Survey

ESG Today

Sustainability and climate issues are moving back into focus for senior executives globally, with more than half of CEOs reporting that sustainability is a higher priority now than it was a year ago, and decarbonization found to be the top long-term strategic priority for CEOs, according to a new survey released by global professional services firm EY.

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Biomass, captured carbon and plastic waste can help 'defossilize' chemicals, report says

GreenBiz

Policy briefing sets out how industry can move away from fossil fuel feedstocks and embrace low carbon and sustainable alternatives

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Gillard to chair new multi-billion dollar energy fund targeting wind, solar and batteries

Renew Economy

Julia Gillard to chair new energy transition fund aiming to build 15 GW of solar, wind and battery storage in Australia. The post Gillard to chair new multi-billion dollar energy fund targeting wind, solar and batteries appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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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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US Navy Growler jet noise over Whidbey Island could impact 74,000 people's health

Science Daily / Earth & Environment

As often as four days a week, Boeing EA-18G Growler electronic attack aircraft based at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island fly loops overhead as pilots practice touch-and-go landings. The noise is immense. New research shows that the noise isn't just disruptive -- it presents a substantial risk to public health.

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McKnight Foundation’s Tonya Allen: Philanthropy has the right and responsibility to counter attacks on DEI (Q&A)

Impact Alpha

Tonya Allen won’t take the bait. The president of Minnesota-based McKnight Foundation isn’t retreating in the face of right-wing attacks on diversity, equity. The post McKnight Foundation’s Tonya Allen: Philanthropy has the right and responsibility to counter attacks on DEI (Q&A) appeared first on ImpactAlpha.

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Tailwinds build for sustainable aviation fuel

GreenBiz

As the aviation industry lobbies for sustainable jet fuel, new tax breaks could help lower the carbon footprint of business travel.

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Nuclear power makes no sense for Australia – but it’s a useful diversion from real climate action

Renew Economy

There is little chance nuclear power plants will ever be built in Australia. But for climate obstructionists that is not the point. The post Nuclear power makes no sense for Australia – but it’s a useful diversion from real climate action 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.