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Financing Climate-Conscious Investments in Latin America, Post-Lima

Following the conclusion of the United Nations climate negotiations in Lima, Peru, last December, a busy schedule of breakout sessions has begun for Latin American business and political leaders in early 2015. Building on the Lima Call for Climate Action, these summits have the important objective of creating functional and market-based mechanisms to achieve … Continue Reading ››
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People, Planet, Profit: The Rise of Triple-Bottom-Line Businesses

cover_2014SoWColleen Cordes' State of the World 2014 chapter, "The Rise of Triple-Bottom-Line Businesses," explores the role of ethical capitalism in the quest for sustainable economies.
Entrepreneurs are beginning to challenge business as usual, infusing ethics into the notoriously ruthless corporate world. In State of the World 2014, contributing author … Continue Reading ››
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The Urgent Need to Shift to “Utility 2.0”

As the world tries to strike a balance between prosperity and sustainability, utilities find themselves at the eye of the storm in many of these debates. The ability to continue catering to the needs of burgeoning urban populations while keeping sustainability goals in sight will depend to a large extent on how utilities evolve. The term … Continue Reading ››
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Fermenting Change

The ancient culinary craft of fermentation is bubbling up once again. Revived in workshops and community kitchens, fermentation has become one of the many “reskilling” projects taking place in grassroots cultures from Europe to the United States in response to economic and environmental drivers.
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Let The Earth Be Your Valentine This Year

Valentine’s Day is approaching this Saturday—but few of us stop to think about the cost to the environment. Each year, millions of people celebrate by buying their husbands, wives, parents, children, and close friends cards, flowers, chocolates, and other treats. The industries that supply Valentine’s gifts are doing their best to provide you with symbols … Continue Reading ››
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No Jobs on a Dead Planet: Trade Unions Join the Transition to a Greener Economy

cover_2014SoWJudith Gouverneur and Nina Netzer 's State of the World 2014 chapter, "Take the Wheel and Steer! Trade Unions and the Just Transition," explores the employment challenges and opportunities of a transition to a sustainable economy.
Can the need to protect the environment be reconciled with the desire to … Continue Reading ››
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Green or Greedy? Corporations’ Role in Global Sustainable Development

cover_2014SoWLou Pingeot's State of the World 2014 chapter, "Scrutinizing  the Corporate Role in the Post-2015 Development Agenda," explores the shifting role of corporations in the UN’s global effort for sustainability.
As national governments flounder to resolve pressing global challenges, corporations are positioning themselves within the United Nations framework as … Continue Reading ››

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