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Workers are seen silhouetted as they repair lights on a globe structure outside a mall in Manila April 22, 2012.

24 Nov 2015

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: The private sector and climate change, standing on the right side of history

The author of this piece, Mr. Georg Kell, is the founding Executive Director of the United Nations Global Compact, the world’s largest voluntary corporate sustainability initiative with over 8,000 corporate […]

File photo of a worker mounting 320 square metres of solar panels on the roof of a farmstead barn in Binsham near Landshut March 21, 2012. Six years ago Capital Stage was a small investment holding company. Today it is a renewable energy utility producing nearly 200 megawatts (MW) of solar and wind power that posted operating earnings of 25 million euros in 2011. Germany's energy industry needs to achieve a similar transformation on a massive scale to meet a looming capacity gap prompted by the government's decision to exit nuclear power. If Germany's energy revolution -- heralded as the "Energiewende" -- succeeds, it could become a model for other industrialised countries seeking to curb both greenhouse gas emissions and their dependence on imported energy. If it fails, the backlash will be huge.Credit: REUTERS

19 Nov 2015

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Amundi and Coalition driving climate solutions

19 November 2015 There are a number of private sector initiatives aligning behind the goals in the upcoming Paris climate talks.  One of them involves a group of investors called […]

A girl holds the hands of her parents as they walk on a street in Beijing

19 Nov 2015

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Sustainable Innovation for the World, A Giving Response to Loss

This brief interview is part of Sustainable Innovation for the World, a series by Thomson Reuters Sustainability on innovation, either scientific or social, which could help make the world more […]

Soburn, an 11-year-old girl, collects what can be used as food for pigs at landfill dumpsite outside Siem Reap March 19, 2015. A second-grade student, she helps her parents in the morning collecting usable items at the dumpsite where they live before going to school in the afternoon. Anlong Pi, an eight-hectare dumpsite situated close to the famous Cambodian resort province of Siem Reap, has recently become a tourist attraction in its own right. Sightseers pose for pictures with children who scavenge scraps for a living, making between $0.25 and $2 per day, according to a representative of a company overseeing the waste. Michelle Obama is due to visit to Cambodia to promote Let Girls Learn, a worldwide initiative that aims to help adolescent girls attend school.   REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha



27 Oct 2015

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Collaborating across the supply chain to create zero waste

Pier Luigi Sigismondi, Chief Supply Chain Officer at Unilever, tells us more about Unilever’s new milestone in becoming a zero landfill company across Europe. Ultimately, Unilever is aiming to become […]

Steam rises from the cooling tower of Goesgen nuclear power plant, west of Zurich. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

26 Oct 2015

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Stock Exchanges Must Be Pushed To Bridge The Gap Between Investors And The SDGs

Steve Waygood, Aviva Investors | 16 October 2015 Last month, 150 world leaders gathered at the United Nations to set 17 new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with some 169 targets, […]

Workers harvest soybeans in a farm in Tangara da Serra in Cuiaba

21 Oct 2015

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: An Ethical Predicament on Farmland

Can non-farming landlords and tenant farmers who have less long-term stake in farmland’s health fulfill the obligations of a land ethic? 20 October 2016 | By Stanley A. Temple, Beers-Bascom […]

Birds fly across the sky on a polluted day in Wuhan, Hubei province, February 16, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer

18 Oct 2015

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Where have the birds gone?

We sat down with Dr. Gary Langham, Vice President and Chief Scientist at the influential North American conservation organization, Audubon, to learn more about a new Report which documents how […]

Michael, 4, refreshes his face at a fountain on a hot summer day in central Brussels, Belgium July 2, 2015. The United Nations warned on Wednesday of the dangers posed by hot weather, especially to children and the elderly, as much of Europe sweltered in a heatwave whose intensity it blamed on climate change. REUTERS/Yves Herman - RTX1IS2E

15 Oct 2015

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Can Nations Reach a Strong Agreement at COP 21?

Source: By Fiona Harvey @fionaharvey, Award-winning environment journalist for the Guardian | 12 October 2015 As the Paris climate talks draw closer, a look at what needs to happen for the […]

United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Executive Director Achim Steiner addresses a news conference during the start of the Africa Carbon forum at the UNEP headqaurters at Gigiri, in Kenya's capital Nairobi March 3, 2010. African governments need to set clear rules in order to attract more projects under the U.N. Kyoto Protocol's Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), the United Nations Environment Programme chief said on Wednesday.     REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya (KENYA - Tags: SOCIETY ENVIRONMENT) - RTR2B65R

9 Oct 2015

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Shaping a Financial System fit for the 21st Century

By Achim Steiner | 9 October 2015 Fixing the financial system in the wake of its implosion in 2008 required rapid, dramatic, unconventional actions underpinned by unprecedented international coordination. Equally […]

A youth cools himself off at a water fountain near Marina Bay in Singapore July 27, 2015. Fifty years ago, Singapore was rationing water and struggling with smelly rivers devoid of fish and choked with waste from shipbuilding, pig and duck farms, and toilets that emptied directly into the streams. At that time, the 700 sq km island nation relied on three protected reservoirs and water imported from neighbouring Malaysia. Today, Singapore collects rainwater from two-thirds of its land through an 8,000-km drain network into 17 reservoirs; reclaims "used water" from a deep tunnel sewerage system up to 60 m below ground; and is developing technology to halve the energy used to desalinate seawater. Picture taken July 31, 2015. REUTERS/Edgar Su  - RTX1MS4L

8 Oct 2015

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: UN Sustainable Development Summit: Sustainable Energy Developments

By Lynn Grayson | 8 October 2015 UN member states recently reached consensus on an ambitious new 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda to universally promote shared economic prosperity, social development, and […]

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