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3 finance strategies to help with corporate climate goals

GreenBiz

CFOs can make a big impact on sustainability performance, at little to no additional cost to their organization.

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Australia’s biggest wind project installs first turbine

Renew Economy

First turbine erected at what will be the biggest wind project in Australia. The post Australia’s biggest wind project installs first turbine appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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AMD Named in Top 10 of America’s Most JUST Companies by JUST Capital and CNBC

3BL Media

February 5, 2024 /3BL/ - AMD is ranked 9th on America’s Most JUST Companies, recognizing the company’s commitment to serving its workers, customers, communities, the environment, and shareholders. JUST Capital, along with CNBC, released its annual JUST 100 list as part of its 2024 rankings of America’s Most JUST Companies. The rankings measure how the nation’s largest corporations are performing on the business issues that matter most to Americans.

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Fixing our ailing food system could bring $10 trillion a year in benefits

Corporate Knights

In Bolivia, a tax on hydrocarbons pays for a healthy meal program in schools. Paris is putting up €10 million to help farmers shift to organic production, while California’s Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta has rewilded its rice production. From new nitrogen policies in the Netherlands and China to early-warning weather systems in Bangladesh, the seeds of a food-system revolution are being sown across the planet.

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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 story of McDonald’s 10-year quest for sustainable beef

GreenBiz

A decade ago, the hamburger giant announced it would transform how it procures its most vital ingredient. It’s made progress, although you still can’t buy “sustainable beef.

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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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There are still not enough Black women in corporate boardrooms

Corporate Knights

While white women may speak of breaking through the “glass ceiling,” for many Black women, it’s more like a “concrete ceiling.” Black women experience unique and formidable barriers in the workforce that are not only difficult to break, but also obscure their view of career advancement opportunities. A comprehensive study in 2020 exposed the harsh reality of Black representation on Canadian corporate boards: Out of 1,639 board positions across eight major Canadian cities, only 0.8% were occupied

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How the Red Sea crisis could impede shipping industry climate targets

GreenBiz

A recent analysis finds that the 4,000-mile-plus detour to avoid Red Sea attacks could dramatically increase the global shipping industry's carbon emissions.

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Iron ore giants join forces on electric smelter for green steel

Renew Economy

BHP, Rio Tinto and BlueScope are scoping locations in Australia for a pilot plant to make low-carbon steel using cleaner technology. The post Iron ore giants join forces on electric smelter for green steel appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Navigating the Rising Tide: The Convergence of Climate Change and Global Trade

3BL Media

Changing climate patterns and severe weather events are changing the game for global trade and logistics organizations. Rising sea levels are causing elevated tides and storm surges that are rendering coastlines susceptible to inundation – as a result, the industry is being forced to confront complicated economic and operational challenges, not to mention significant cost implications, writes Brian Enright, CEO of DP World Americas , in a recent article for Forbes.

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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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Ice cores provide first documentation of rapid Antarctic ice loss in the past

Science Daily / Earth & Environment

Researchers have uncovered the first direct evidence that the West Antarctic Ice Sheet shrunk suddenly and dramatically at the end of the Last Ice Age, around eight thousand years ago. The evidence, contained within an ice core, shows that in one location the ice sheet thinned by 450 meters -- that's more than the height of the Empire State Building -- in just under 200 years.

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The most important decarbonization chart you'll see this year

GreenBiz

Startling data in climate expert Nat Bullard’s annual report signals that carbon removal is not scaling fast enough to limit the climate crisis.

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Diesel power stations to close as big batteries take centre stage

Renew Economy

South Australia's remarkable transition to renewables has claimed two new fossil fuel scalps, as batteries muscle out diesel peaking plants. The post Diesel power stations to close as big batteries take centre stage appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Forest Certification: Committed to Third-Party Certification

3BL Media

FOREST CERTIFICATION Third-party certification confirms that science-based stakeholder developed forest management practices and continual improvement are occurring on all timberland across the Company. Third-party forest certification plays a vital role in fostering an understanding of the value of properly managed working forests, which helps ensure both tangible forest products and numerous quality-of-life benefits sustainably into the future.

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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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What turned Earth into a giant snowball 700m years ago? Scientists now have an answer

Science Daily / Earth & Environment

Inspired during field work in South Australia's Flinders Ranges, geoscientists have proposed that all-time low volcanic carbon dioxide emissions triggered a 57 million year-long global 'Sturtian' ice age.

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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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Used solar panels could supply Australia’s next resource boom: study

Renew Economy

UNSW study finds that effective solar module recycling practices could eliminate the need to mine for materials to make new PV. Instead, we would "mine from waste." The post Used solar panels could supply Australia’s next resource boom: study appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Lowe’s Invites Communities To Nominate Projects for Lowe’s Hometowns Grant Program

3BL Media

February 5, 2024 /3BL/ - As part of Lowe's continued work to make communities better for all, the home improvement company is accepting project nominations for Lowe's Hometowns. Now in its third year, the five-year, $100 million impact program revitalizes community spaces including food pantries, veteran support programs, first responder facilities, affordable housing services and community gardens.

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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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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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5 common misunderstandings about the EU’s deforestation policy, clarified

GreenBiz

The new European Union deforestation regulations are a hot topic for food companies, but key facts remain poorly understood.

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Rally betrays anti-renewables desperation, as Joyce calls on “army” to go home and recruit

Renew Economy

With almost more speakers than protesters, anti-renewables rally dials up the vitriol and fear mongering, while Joyce calls on "army" to "go home and get more." The post Rally betrays anti-renewables desperation, as Joyce calls on “army” to go home and recruit appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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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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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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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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2024 Net Zero Report: Aligning Corporate Vision With Decarbonization Realities

GreenBiz

ENGIE Impact’s 2024 Net Zero Report reveals five core roadblocks preventing organizations from making headway with their decarbonization plans. The report identifies common roadblocks to decarbonization and explores some troubling findings, including the tendency for many organizations to approach decarbonization as a limited, narrow initiative instead of the transformational, whole-business approach it needs to be.

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Anti-renewables rally inspires counter action, as farmers share solar and wind benefits, debunk myths

Renew Economy

Grassroots campaigns in favour of clean energy are rallying around Australia ahead of a well-connected anti-renewables rally in Canberra. The post Anti-renewables rally inspires counter action, as farmers share solar and wind benefits, debunk myths appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Home Sweet Home: Ensuring Healthy Indoor Air Quality for Remote Workers

3BL Media

As companies continue to navigate a post-COVID environment, hybrid work or fully remote models have become more commonplace. The increased amount of time spent indoors, where the air quality could potentially be worse than outdoors, highlights the need to prioritize indoor air quality (IAQ) and awareness on factors that contribute to poor IAQ. According to a study led by Harvard T.H.

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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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Beyond the hype: New opportunities for gen AI in energy and materials

McKinsey Sustainabilty

Generative AI can create additional value from other forms of AI and analytics—and the energy and materials sector is uniquely well-positioned to benefit from these advancements.

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Here’s what to know about the new B Corp standards

GreenBiz

Starting in 2025, companies wanting to become a Certified B Corp will need to meet new ‘foundational’ requirements.

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South Australia’s biggest wind farm and Blyth battery hit financial close, on track to power BHP mine

Renew Economy

Neoen announces joint financing of Goyder South wind farm and Blyth battery, which will help decarbonise one of the world’s largest critical mineral mines. The post South Australia’s biggest wind farm and Blyth battery hit financial close, on track to power BHP mine appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Executive Predictions 2024: What’s Next for Automotive?

3BL Media

The auto sector has undergone a significant transformation, and the result has ushered in the era of the software-defined vehicle. Software has enabled safety, comfort, and sustainability that would have been impossible ten years ago. With the growing popularity of electric vehicles (EVs) and the emergence of autonomous vehicles (EVs), the auto sector is looking to quickly address challenges and maintain momentum in innovation.

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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