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Why Unilever’s downshift on sustainability is good news

GreenBiz

Environmental and social commitments are aligning more closely with tangible financial goals, a sign of sustainability’s maturity in business.

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Indonesia’s solar goes to water with opening of region’s biggest floating PV facility

Renew Economy

The third-largest floating PV plant in the world has been launched in Indonesia, with plans in the works to add an extra 500MW of additional capacity. The post Indonesia’s solar goes to water with opening of region’s biggest floating PV facility appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Tree planting in the face of Canada’s worst wildfire season

Corporate Knights

From my 100-foot fire tower in northwestern Alberta, I gaze down at several people toiling away in a nearby cut block, their bodies bent forward, bags of seedlings tied to their waists, spades in hand, digging, slipping in a young tree and firming up the soil with a boot. They work quietly, steadfast under a hot sun. They’re among the handful of people that I’ll come to meet over a summer of watching for smoke in the boreal forest: tree planters, responsible for regenerating forests – a vital ca

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Truist Foundation Announces Support for UnidosUS To Expand Signature Workforce Development Program

3BL Media

TAMPA, Fla., November 9, 2023 /3BL/ - Today, Truist Foundation announced a $250,000 grant to UnidosUS , the nation's largest Latine civil rights organization, to support its workforce development goal of transforming the workforce ecosystem to ensure Latines have access to quality jobs with clear pathways to prosperity. UnidosUS will use the grant funding to help expand its Latinx in Business program to three new sites in the Tampa Bay area; Phoenix, Ariz. and Durham, N.C.

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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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Filling this 'forgotten element' of the energy transition is critical to net zero

GreenBiz

The pipeline of investable renewable energy and low carbon infrastructure projects in developing nations needs to be up to nine times larger, warns the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change.

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Gas industry reached for tobacco playbook after science showed that gas stoves are harmful

Renew Economy

The gas industry was told by science in the 1970s that gas stoves were harmful to health, so it reached into the tobacco industry's playbook of denial. The post Gas industry reached for tobacco playbook after science showed that gas stoves are harmful appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Designing cities for 21st-century weather

Science Daily / Earth & Environment

Researchers have investigated how changes in urban land and population will affect future populations' exposures to weather extremes under climate conditions at the end of the 21st century. They used a data-driven model to predict how urban areas across the country will grow by 2100, and found that how a city is laid out or organized spatially has the potential to reduce population exposures to future weather extremes.

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Diversity-centered funding initiatives face legal challenges

GreenBiz

A discrimination lawsuit challenging a grant program focused on Black-owned businesses has far-reaching implications for diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives.

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Queensland grid hits a new solar peak – 71.2 per cent of state demand

Renew Economy

Queensland grid hits a new solar peak of 71.2 per cent, relegating coal to a minor role in the middle of the day. The post Queensland grid hits a new solar peak – 71.2 per cent of state demand appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Succession: Climate edition

Corporate Knights

In the early 2000s, Sylvie Trottier found herself trying to convince her father that climate change was real and dangerous. As an environmental studies student at McGill University at a time when the climate crisis was far from a household name, she knew much more about it than her father, Lorne Trottier. The difference between him and the next skeptical early-aughts dad, though, was that he had the means to do something about it.

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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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Low-intensity fires reduce wildfire risk by 60%, according to study by Columbia and Stanford researchers

Science Daily / Earth & Environment

High-intensity, often catastrophic, wildfires have become increasingly frequent across the Western U.S. Researchers quantified the value of managed low-intensity burning to dramatically reduce the risk of such fires for years at a time.

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Unilever CEO signals radical shift in sustainability agenda

GreenBiz

Under new Unilever CEO Hein Schumacher, sustainability will become part of a composite score by which brand managers will evaluate performance.

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Bowen says accelerating switch to renewables essential to “keep the lights on”

Renew Economy

In a speech in Adelaide, federal energy minister doubles down on 82% renewables target and hints at new policy initiatives to "amplify" efforts to reach it. The post Bowen says accelerating switch to renewables essential to “keep the lights on” appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Are MBA programs teaching social purpose?

Corporate Knights

In partnership with Coast Capital and the Canadian Purpose Economy Project In 2022, Corporate Knights published The Social Purpose Transition Pathway , a report that graded companies on how well they were implementing their social purpose. This year, we have carried the social purpose theme to the educational realm. A social purpose business model goes beyond focusing on profit and considers the value that is being generated for society.

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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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How to develop geopolitical resilience

McKinsey Sustainabilty

Geopolitical tensions have been rising, creating significant risks for companies, especially those operating internationally. Here is how to plan ahead.

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How Unilever uses AI to cut petrochemicals out of laundry soap

GreenBiz

Unilever used AI to identify replacement ingredients for its laundry and cleaning products five times faster than previously possible.

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ARENA reports “unprecedented” interest in community batteries

Renew Economy

ARENA receives applications request for $1.3 billion of community battery proposals, more than 10 times the $120 million available under its funding program. The post ARENA reports “unprecedented” interest in community batteries appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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France Bans Fossil Fuel Companies from Responsible Investment Labelled Funds

ESG Today

France’s Minister of the Economy, Finance and Recovery Bruno Le Maire announced today a series of updates to the French Socially Responsible Investment (SRI) label, aimed at making the label more demanding and climate-oriented, including new rules that would effectively exclude most oil and gas companies from SRI-labelled funds. The SRI label was launched by the French Ministry of the Economy and Finance in 2016, aimed at allowing the general public to invest in savings vehicles that integrate E

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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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Resilience during uncertainty: What industrial leaders must know

McKinsey Sustainabilty

McKinsey’s Global Resilience Survey reveals how leaders in advanced industries view the current landscape and highlights the challenges ahead as they manage uncertainty.

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Financing the end of plastic pollution

GreenBiz

Sponsored: The Global Plastics Treaty must include a financing plan that supports the countries most impacted by plastic pollution and least equipped to deal with it.

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“Nobody is safe:” Burning of fossil fuels send global temperatures to hottest on record

Renew Economy

"People know that things are weird, but they don't they don't necessarily know why it's weird. They don't connect back to the fact that we're still burning coal, oil and natural gas." The post “Nobody is safe:” Burning of fossil fuels send global temperatures to hottest on record appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Fidelity to Vote Against Companies That Don’t Meet Deforestation-Related Expectations

ESG Today

Investment management firm Fidelity International announced the publication of its Nature Roadmap, outlining the company’s approach to the integration of nature in its sustainable investments and stewardship processes, and setting a series of commitments including a pledge to begin voting against companies that fail to meet expectations on deforestation-related practices and disclosure from 2024.

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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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Ten key requirements for a systemic approach to climate adaptation

McKinsey Sustainabilty

Civilization has been built on a foundation of climate stability that no longer exists. Adaptation is now as important as mitigation, and so is understanding its interrelated requirements.

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Listen up, utilities: The EV industry is telling you what it needs

GreenBiz

Utility queuing challenges, standardizing charging equipment and improving financing mechanisms are driving the conversation on EVs.

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Ørsted blames lack of ships for New Jersey offshore wind failure and massive write downs

Renew Economy

World's biggest offshore wind developer blames a ship shortage for the decision to dump its US Ocean Winds project. There are lessons for Australia's nascent offshore wind industry too. The post Ørsted blames lack of ships for New Jersey offshore wind failure and massive write downs appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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GRI, IFRS Announce Initiative to Help Companies Build Sustainability Reporting Capacity

ESG Today

The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) announced today plans to launch a new Sustainability Innovation Lab (SIL), alongside the IFRS Foundation as its Convening Partner, a new initiative aimed at helping to enable companies to meet evolving sustainability disclosure requirements. According to GRI CEO Eelco van der Enden, the new initiative comes as companies face a “sustainability capacity and expertise gap” amid increasing requirements to report on their sustainability performance across the val

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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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Queensland announces cash grants for new gas exploration, new coal mine extension, to ramp up ocean warming destruction of Great Barrier Reef

John Englart

Cash grants for gas exploration in Queensland announced by the Queensland Labor Government, Treasurer and Minister for Trade and Investment Cameron Dick, and Minister for Resources Scott Stewart.

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The Future of ESG: Use AI to Transform Reporting and Meet ESG Goals

GreenBiz

With upcoming government regulations, such as CSRD and climate-related disclosure bills in California, tracking and reporting on ESG data and metrics has gone from voluntary to mandatory. Rather than relying on outdated methods, such as spreadsheets and manual responses, companies can use generative AI to find, collect, and report on your ESG data more efficiently and accurately, all while adhering to the latest reporting standards.

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Climate wars shift to executive suite as Australia’s biggest fund seeks to block Origin deal

Renew Economy

The opposition of Australia's biggest super fund to the Brookfield bid for Origin follows a familiar tale of delay and obfuscation on climate and the green energy transition. The post Climate wars shift to executive suite as Australia’s biggest fund seeks to block Origin deal appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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The Week in Impact Investing: Buffers

Impact Alpha

TGIF, Agents of Impact! ? Thriving in turbulence. As we’ve seen in past moments of volatility, commitments to positive impact are again helping. The post The Week in Impact Investing: Buffers appeared first on ImpactAlpha.

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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