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Executive Perspectives

Marabou storks fly over a pile of garbage at the Dandora dumping site on the outskirts of Kenya's capital Nairobi June 5, 2015. The dumping site was declared a health hazard for the neighbouring population in 2001 but chemical, hospital, industrial, agricultural and domestic waste are still dumped here and left unprocessed. Friday marks the annual World Environment Day. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya - RTX1F9BS

24 Apr 2017

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Are popcorn and nappies the next WMD?

By Ibrahim Thibaw, Deputy Executive Director, UN Environment | 24 April 2016 As a young boy, I used to look at the stars and wonder about the adventures of people […]

The crescent Earth rises above the lunar horizon in this undated NASA handout photograph taken from the Apollo 17 spacecraft in lunar orbit during the final lunar landing mission in the Apollo program. December 13, 2012 marks the 50th anniversary of the last manned lunar trip. Photo obtained by Reuters December 13, 2012.Credit: REUTERS

22 Apr 2017

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: 100 words for 100 years on Earth Day

By Tim Nixon, Head of Sustainability Thought Leadership, Thomson Reuters | 22 April 2017 (Earth Day) We are at the threshold of deciding whether the inhabitants of our planet will […]

North and South Tarawa are seen from the air in the central Pacific Island nation of Kiribati. Kiribati consists of a chain of 33 atolls and islands that stand just metres above sea level, spread over a huge expanse of otherwise empty ocean. With surrounding sea levels rising, Kiribati President Anote Tong has predicted his country will likely become uninhabitable in 30-60 years because of inundation and contamination of its freshwater supplies. May 23, 2013. REUTERS/David Gray

11 Apr 2017

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: The view of climate change from 3 islands

You won’t find climate skeptics living on these islands.  For them, climate change equates to being irreparably and deliberately harmed by the rest of the world.  Here are three stories […]

The sun is about to come up over the South Pacific Ocean in this colorful scene photographed by one of the Expedition 35 crew members aboard the Earth-orbiting International Space Station between 4 and 5 a.m. local time on May 5, 2013 and released on May 9, 2013. The space station was at a point above Earth located at 27.4 degrees south latitude and 110.1 degrees west longitude, a few hundred miles east of Easter Island.  NASA/Handout via Reuters

10 Apr 2017

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: The Role of Big Data and AI in Corporate Transparency

By Georg Kell, Vice Chair, Arabesque | 10 April 2017 The dawn of the Internet was a revolution in how it restructured the landscape of the economy and society around a […]

Electric power windmills and lines are seen on the outskirts of Lisbon, Portugal August 2, 2016. Picture taken August 2, 2016. REUTERS/Rafael Marchante

30 Mar 2017

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Xcel Energy, Climate Leader’s vision for 2050

29 March 2017 Climate Leadership is about being both transparent on emissions performance, and reducing emissions in line with policy guidance to stay within 2 degrees C global warming.  As […]

The moon rises over Arctic ice near the 2011 Applied Physics Laboratory Ice Station north of Prudhoe Bay, Alaska March 18, 2011.  Picture taken March 18. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENVIRONMENT)

28 Mar 2017

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Economic growth intertwined with climate stewardship

Source: World Resources Institute | 28 March 2017 STATEMENT: Trump Executive Order a Sweeping Attack on U.S. Climate Action According to media reports, President Trump will sign a sweeping Executive […]

Houses sit along what was once Surf Street at the ocean's edge in Saco, Maine November 19, 2012. In the aftermath of the historic floods caused by Superstorm Sandy, some city leaders have begun to argue for the construction of sea walls capable of shielding the U.S. coastline from ever more intense storms. But in Saco, Maine, storm protection comes in a far less glamorous package. Along what used to be Surf Street, owners of beachfront houses are jacking their homes up to allow storm surges from Saco Bay to flow underneath them. To match feature STORM-SANDY/ADAPTATION.Credit: REUTERS

24 Mar 2017

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Focusing on long-term value

By Tim Nixon, Managing Editor, Thomson Reuters Sustainability | 23 March 2017 In an extraordinary event roughly three weeks ago in NYC, CECP’s Strategic Investor Initiative (SII) hosted a pioneering, cross-sector CEO Investor Forum, […]

A file picture shows the waning moon behind a logo of Swiss bank UBS in Zurich, Switzerland February 10, 2015. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann/Files

20 Mar 2017

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Three ways to invest towards the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals

By James Gifford, Senior Impact Investing Strategist at UBS Wealth Management, and Nicole Neghaiwi, Impact Investing Strategist at UBS Wealth Management | 20 March 2017 At the World Economic Forum […]

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18 Mar 2017

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: A vision for climate and sustainability from Toyota

We sat down with Kevin Butt, Toyota Motor North America Regional Environmental Director, to understand how one of the largest global auto makers is thinking about sustainability, climate risk and […]

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14 Mar 2017

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Unilever providing new transparency on ingredients

In this piece, David Blanchard, Chief R&D Officer at Unilever, explains how and why transparency matters in personal care and home brands. 14 March 2017 Sustainability: Why and for whom […]

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14 Mar 2017

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Access is critical to driving gender equality

By Patsy Doerr, Global Head of Corporate Responsibility & Inclusion, Thomson Reuters | 13 March 2017 In advance of International Women’s Day, Thomson Reuters and Women’s World Banking co-hosted a […]

A passenger plane flies through aircraft contrails in the skies near Heathrow Airport in London, Britain, April 12, 2015. REUTERS/Toby Melville/File Photo

10 Mar 2017

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Our Choice, Sustainable Lifestyles and Economies – Making The Connections in Berlin

By Steven Stone, Chief, Economics and Trade Branch, UN Environment | 9 March 2017 A lot has been said about the surprise results coming in from recent elections and referendums […]

These briquettes, made from human waste mixed with carbonized agricultural residue, burn longer and produce less smoke than traditional charcoal made from trees. Photo courtesy of Sanivation.

9 Mar 2017

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: How global investors are using climate data

By Paul Simpson, CEO & Co-founder, CDP | 9 March 2017 Revealing new research shows how global investors are using climate data to support smarter investment decision-making. This year marks […]

Wind turbines and solar panels are seen at a wind and solar energy storage and transmission power station from State Grid Corporation of China, in Zhangjiakou of Hebei province, China, in this March 18, 2016 file picture. REUTERS/Jason Lee/Files

9 Mar 2017

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: NRG, Energy Producer and Climate Leader

Climate Leadership is about being both transparent on emissions, and gradually reducing emissions in line with policy guidance to stay within 2 degrees C global warming.  As part of our […]

The Walmart logo is pictured at its store in the Porter Ranch section of Los Angeles November 26, 2013.  REUTERS/Kevork Djansezian

3 Mar 2017

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: A global retailer sees reducing emissions as good for business

At a time of great geo-political change, we sat down with Fred Bedore, Senior Director of Business Strategy and Sustainability at Walmart, to find out more about Walmart’s approach to […]

Steam billowing from the cooling towers of Vattenfall's Jaenschwalde brown coal power station is reflected in the water of a lake near Cottbus, eastern Germany December 2, 2009. Most world leaders plan to attend a climate summit in Copenhagen December 7-18, boosting chances that a new U.N. deal to fight climate change will be reached, host Denmark said on Tuesday. REUTERS/Pawel Kopczynski

22 Feb 2017

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Enel, Climate Leader and Energy Producer

22 February 2017 Climate Leadership is about being both transparent on emissions performance, and reducing emissions in line with policy guidance to stay within 2 degrees C global warming.  As […]

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Smoke billows from a factory during sunset in the northern Spanish town of Torrelavega, March 12, 2005. The British government said on March 11, 2005 it would launch legal proceedings against the European Union (EU) over plans for a carbon dioxide emissions trading scheme, which is designed to improve the world's climate. The EU emissions trading system aims to cut CO2 output as part of the 25-nation bloc's commitments under the Kyoto Protocol.

22 Feb 2017

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: What does ‘climate leadership’ mean for companies?

By Kevin Moss, Global Director of the World Resources Institute Business Center, WRI’s program that helps the private sector develop strategies that support sustainable strategies and drive growth, and Tim […]

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8 Feb 2017

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Corporate leadership reaches an inflection point

We sat down with Dennis Whalen, Leader of the Board Leadership Center at KPMG, to understand more about why corporate governance is reaching an inflection point, with a new emphasis […]

Women collect water at the Chaquelane resettlement camp near the flood hit town of Chokwe, in southern Mozambique. REUTERS

6 Feb 2017

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Gendered off-grid renewables

Samuel Otieno | 6 February 2017 [NAIROBI] Women are urged to embrace and access modern off – grid renewable energy technologies for social, economic, environmental and sustainable development of the […]

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26 Jan 2017

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Braga+20 Calling Global Leaders to advance Youth Development

By Ravi Karkara and Douglas Ragan | January 26 2017 There were 1.2 billion youth aged 15-24 years globally in 2015, accounting for one out of every six people worldwide[i]. By 2030, the target date […]

Employees work inside a garment factory in Mumbai, India, June 1, 2016. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

21 Jan 2017

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: The human cost of the global fashion industry

20 January 2017 The internationally bestselling, award-winning author of four novels, Corban Addison writes large-canvas stories about issues of global injustice that combine the authenticity and on-the-ground research of investigative […]

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17 Jan 2017

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: An unusual collaboration launches into the world of finance

A unique new initiative, the Green Digital Finance Alliance, is being launched in Davos this month.  UNEP is co-leading it, along with the massive Chinese fintech company, ANT Financial Services.  […]

A man talking on a mobile phone walks past a HSBC branch office in Mexico City, in this file picture taken July 27, 2012. HSBC has taken a $1.15 billion hit to cover a potential U.S. fine for lax anti-money laundering controls and to pay compensation for mis-selling products in Britain, eating into its quarterly profit, Reuters reported on November 5, 2012.Credit: REUTERS

6 Jan 2017

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Sustainable Financing, Carrot or Stick for the Corporate World?

9 January 2017 In this recent article by HSBC, new research indicates that lack of corporate transparency on climate remains an impediment to informed decision-making by investors.  Subsequent to publication […]

A woman walks past a grocery store in Loughborough, central England, January 10, 2013. Up to half of all the food produced worldwide ends up going to waste due to poor harvesting, storage and transport methods as well as irresponsible retailer and consumer behaviour, a report said on Thursday.Credit: REUTERS

5 Jan 2017

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Why reducing food waste is important and attainable.

By Michel Landel, CEO, Sodexo | 5 January 2017 Across the globe, more than one-third of food that is grown and produced for human consumption ends up lost or wasted. And […]

A businessman passes by the Bank of Japan building in Tokyo March 18, 2009. Japan's central bank said on Wednesday it would increase the purchase of government bonds by almost a third as the government prepares more spending to help the economy in its worst recession since World War Two.  REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao(JAPAN BUSINESS)

4 Jan 2017

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Why green bonds will matter

By Tim Nixon, Head of Sustainability Thought Leadership, Thomson Reuters | 4 January 2017 Green bonds are growing by double-digit rates since their inception in 2008 with the World Bank. […]

Vehicles drive on Three Ring Road and Jianwai Street in central Beijing

21 Dec 2016

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: The Friedman Prescription

By Robert Walker | Population Institute The world may appear to be rudderless and dangerously adrift, but in his newest book, Thank You for Being Late, Thomas Friedman takes a decidedly […]

Francisco da Silva Vale, 61, cleans solar panels which power ice machines at Vila Nova do Amana community in the Sustainable Development Reserve, in Amazonas state, Brazil, September 22, 2015. Three solar-powered machines, are producing about ninety kilos of ice per day, in a region with poor access to electric energy, which used to be produced only with diesel oil, in the Amazon rain forest. The Gelo Solar (Solar Ice) project, developed by the Mamiraua Institute for Sustainable Development and the Sao Paulo University (USP), aims to improve the life quality of the residents of the communities allowing them to preserve their fish and fruits productions which are their main economic resources. The Mamiraua Institute is also using solar energy to supply the community's homes with water and light up a soccer field. Picture taken September 22. REUTERS/Bruno Kelly - RTS3BNH

13 Dec 2016

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: WRI statement on leadership in Department of Energy.

WASHINGTON (DECEMBER 13, 2016)– According to multiple media reports, President-elect Donald Trump will select Governor Rick Perry to lead the Department of Energy. Perry was governor of Texas from 2000 […]

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12 Dec 2016

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Rare dual polar ice minimum stuns scientists

Source: Originally published on Updraft at MPR news.   By Paul Huttner | December 12, 2016 Where’s the ice? That’s what many wide eyed climate scientists are asking these days as […]

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12 Dec 2016

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: PARIS AGREEMENT BETWEEN NEARLY 200 COUNTRIES

11 December 2016 The following is a statement from Paula Caballero, Global Director, Climate Program, World Resources Institute: “Adopted one year ago, the Paris Agreement reflects a decisive response to […]

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6 Dec 2016

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Violence against women has high costs – Ending it provides transformative prosperity

The costs of violence against women are real and at a conservative estimate amount to 2 percent of gross GDP or 1.5 Trillion USD every year – equal to the […]

A Catholic church is reflected in a lake in front of Mount Ortler in the northern Italian village of Sulden, in Alto Adige (South Tyrol) province

5 Dec 2016

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Prosperity through combating religious prejudice

In this remarkable piece for our times, Joyce S. Dubensky, CEO, leads a groundbreaking secular organization called Tanenbaum that promotes mutual respect to bridge religious differences and build new models of […]

Students take their seats for the diploma ceremony at Harvard University in Cambridge

4 Dec 2016

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Finance and accounting curriculum doesn’t drive sustainable business

Finance and accounting qualifications are inadequate preparation to drive sustainable business. This Executive Perspective summarizes the collaborative research performed by authors Aila Aho (Head of Sustainable Financing, Wholesale Banking, Nordea); […]

Syrian refugee children, who fled to Jordan with their families, eat apples as part of a game while they enjoy a day on the occasion of Eid al-Fitr at an amusement park in Amman August 25, 2012. The activity was organized by Syria Al Khair Charity and Insani Islamic Emergency Help. REUTERS/Muhammad Hamed

29 Nov 2016

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: It’s #givingtuesday

By John Low, Chief Executive of Charities Aid Foundation | 29 November 2016 Today (29th November) is #givingtuesday. Countries across the world, businesses large and small, politicians of different parties and […]

A woman and a child wear protective mask while riding bicycle on an extremely polluted morning as hazardous, choking smog continues to blanket Beijing, China December 1, 2015. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

23 Nov 2016

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: No more denying: climate change action and gender equality and women’s empowerment are two sides of the same coin

By Lakshmi Puri, Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations and Deputy Executive Director of UN Women | 23 November 2016 The adoption of the Paris Agreement in December 2015 at […]

U.S. President Obama  is greeted by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon before addressing Climate Summit at UN headquarters in New York

17 Nov 2016

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: The fruitful progress of US climate policy

By Olga Chistyakova, Senior Analyst, Frank Melum, Senior Analyst, and Tianyu Meng, China Analyst, Thomson Reuters Global Carbon Analytics | 17 November 2016 A trifecta of climate agreements: a US […]

A shadow of a passerby is reflected on an electronic board displaying stock prices outside a brokerage in Tokyo

17 Nov 2016

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: New Leadership for Difficult Times

By Timothy Nixon, Head of Sustainability Thought Leadership, Thomson Reuters | 17 November 2016 The news on sustainability is not good. The Paris treaty is not enough to keep global […]

A man walks near giant globes on display outside the walls of Jerusalem's Old City, April 17, 2013. The exhibit, by non-profit group Cool Globes which aims to raise awareness of climate change, will be on display through the summer. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun

16 Nov 2016

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Explaining America

By Richard Edelman,  President and CEO of the communications marketing firm Edelman | 16 November 2016 The election of Donald J. Trump as President of the United States not only […]

Flooding at Alton Road and 10th Street is seen in Miami Beach, Florida on November 5, 2013. The U.S. Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee was holding a hearing on sea-level rise and coastal resilience began inside commission chambers in Miami Beach City Hall, in Miami, Florida, April 22, 2014.  The hearing, entitled, "Leading the Way: Adapting to South Florida's Changing Coastline" is being chaired by Florida U.S. Senator Bill Nelson on the 44th anniversary of Earth Day. South Florida, with a population of 5.5 million is considered by many environmentalists to be ground zero for sea level rise. Picture taken November 5, 2013. REUTERS/Zachary Fagenson  (UNITED STATES

8 Nov 2016

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: A Vote for Humanity

By Tim Nixon | 8 November 2016 A couple months ago, Mayor Gimenez (Republican) of Miami Dade county Florida gave an interview on what, if anything, Miami is doing to prepare […]

Ana Navarro, 33, plays with a giant inflatable balloon of planet Earth as she takes to the streets during a protest march marking the first year anniversary of Spain's Indignados (Indignant) movement in Malaga, southern Spain May 12, 2012. Dubbed "los indignados" (the indignant), the movement which spawned similar protests worldwide prepare to occupy Spanish streets for the whole weekend on the first anniversary of the 15M movement in a renewed protest over  government austerity measures, banks, politicians, economic recession, and the highest unemployment in the eurozone.Credit: REUTERS

27 Oct 2016

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: U.S. election fuels climate change uncertainty

By Olga Chistyakova, Senior Analyst, Thomson Reuters Global Carbon Analytics | 27 October 2016 With the centerpiece of Barack Obama’s climate change strategy in limbo, what impact will a new […]

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

25 Oct 2016

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Second Generation ESG Metrics Will Affect Tens of Thousands of Companies

By Bahar Gidwani | 24 October 2016 Many people ask me what changes to expect over the next few years in corporate disclosure of Environment, Social, and Governance (ESG) metrics. […]

A mangrove plant grows on a shore in Cancun June 21, 2010. In the 40 years since Cancun was founded, countless acres of mangrove forests up and down Mexico's Caribbean Coast have been lost - and the destruction continues. Now many scientists say that mangrove forests can help slow climate change, and are desperate to save them. Picture taken June 21, 2010. To match Feature CLIMATE/MANGROVES  REUTERS/Gerardo Garcia (MEXICO - Tags: POLITICS ENVIRONMENT)

24 Oct 2016

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Thematic Investing Challenges Modern Portfolio Theory

By Scott Jacobs and Truman Semans, Founders of Intersect | 24 October 2016 The financial crisis may seem like it’s now in the rear-view mirror at this point, but it […]

A woman shows a cucumber at her drought-affected plot, in the southern village of San Francisco de Coray, in the department of Valle, Honduras, August 13, 2015. Linked to the El Nino weather phenomenon, this year's drought has hit subsistence farmers living in Central America's "dry corridor" that runs through parts of Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua, hard. The U.N. World Food Program (WFP) warned the extended dry spell, which is expected to last until March 2016, will lead to a drastically reduced harvest as drought destroys bean and maize crops, local media reported. Picture taken August 13, 2015. REUTERS/Jorge Cabrera

19 Oct 2016

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Climate change: driving hunger? The World Food Programme tells us why

October 16 2016 marked World Food Day. We spoke to Ertharin Cousin, Executive Director of the World Food Programme (WFP) to learn more about the impacts of climate change on hunger. […]

A worker displays a handful of rice at a market in Hefei, Anhui province November 27, 2009.  China, the world's largest rice producer and consumer, has approved a locally-developed strain of genetically-modified rice, paving the way for large-scale production in 2 to 3 years, Chinese scientists said on Friday. REUTERS/Jianan Yu (CHINA BUSINESS FOOD SCI TECH) - RTXR6PZ

18 Oct 2016

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: This Organization Went To Market

By Corinne Fleischer, Director of Supply Chain, World Food Programme | October 17 2016 Syria, Yemen or Haiti: humanitarian crises, natural or man-made, protracted or punctual, keep tugging at humanity’s conscience […]

The sun is about to come up over the South Pacific Ocean in this colorful scene photographed by one of the Expedition 35 crew members aboard the Earth-orbiting International Space Station between 4 and 5 a.m. local time on May 5, 2013 and released on May 9, 2013. The space station was at a point above Earth located at 27.4 degrees south latitude and 110.1 degrees west longitude, a few hundred miles east of Easter Island.  NASA/Handout via Reuters

13 Oct 2016

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: A pioneer in sustainability and diversity from China

We sat down with Mr. Zhang Xinsheng, President of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature and former Chairman of UNESCO’s Executive Board to explore his vision and implementation […]

A demonstrator wears a headband during a protest in front of the finance ministry in Tokyo ahead of the upcoming Ise-Shima G7 summit, calling on Japan to stop investing in fossil fuels, Japan, May 19, 2016. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

4 Oct 2016

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Actions to green the financial system have doubled, BUT…

The United Nations Environment Programme recently announced that “Actions to Green the Financial System Have Doubled – But Further Transformation Still Needed”.  We sat down with one of their senior […]

The Amazon Tall Tower Observatory (ATTO) is pictured during a sunset in Sao Sebastiao do Uatuma in the middle of the Amazon forest in Amazonas state January 8, 2015. The Amazon Tall Tower Observatory is a project of Brazil's National Institute of Amazonian Research and Germany's Max Planck Institute and will be equipped with high-tech instruments and an observatory to monitor relationships between the jungle and the atmosphere from next July. According to the institutes, ATTO will gather data on heat, water, carbon gas, winds, cloud formation and weather patterns. Picture taken on January 8, 2015. REUTERS/Bruno Kelly (BRAZIL - Tags: ENVIRONMENT SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY) - RTR4LA8A

4 Oct 2016

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: From Corporate Citizenship to Corporate Statesmanship

By Georg Kell and Martin Reeves | 3 October 2016 Georg Kell is Vice Chairman of Arabesque and Founding Director of the United Nations Global Compact. Martin Reeves is a […]

A woman counts her U.S. dollar bills at a money changer in Jakarta June 13, 2012. Indonesia's central bank sold $700 million of its first dollar-denominated term deposits on Wednesday, in an effort to relieve a local scarcity of the U.S. currency.REUTERS/Beawiharta

3 Oct 2016

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Responsible and diversified investment options for values-based U.S. investors

By Leslie Samuelrich, President of Green Century Capital Management |  3 October 2016 There are a growing number of U.S. individuals and institutions investing based on environmental and social beliefs. […]

An Ebola trials notebook is seen in a laboratory during trials for an Ebola vaccine at The Jenner Institute in Oxford, southern England January 16, 2015. Photograph taken January 16, 2015.    REUTERS/Eddie Keogh (BRITAIN - Tags: SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY HEALTH) - RTR4M647

27 Sep 2016

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Outbreak and Epidemic Insurance, New Solution to an Old Problem

By Mohamed Beavogui, Director General, African Risk Capacity and Saadia Madsbjerg, Managing Director, The Rockefeller Foundation | 27 September 2016 28,637 cases and 11,315 deaths from Ebola. 118,276 confirmed cases of […]

Women walk as they shout slogans during a rally calling for gender equality, two days after International Women's Day, in Istanbul March 10, 2013.Credit: REUTERS

27 Sep 2016

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Global Call to All Boys and Young Men to LEAP in Gender Equality for Planet 50-50 by 2030

By Richard Castillo (Man Up Campaign), Jason Tan de Bibiana (Next Gen Men) and Ravi Karkara (UN Women) | 27 September 2016 There are more young people between the ages […]

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27 Sep 2016

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Ambition and action must go hand-in-hand for real impact on climate change

By Gavin Patterson, CEO of BT       27 September 2016 It was a year ago that the United Nations launched its Global Goals for Sustainable Development and I […]

Solar panels are installed by workers on the Champs Elysees in Paris ahead of ahead of the U.N. climate change conference in Paris, France, Nov. 29, 2015. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

23 Sep 2016

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Nimble finance to catalyze solar

Founded in 2013, Wunder won the U.S. Department of Energy’s 2014 Sunshot Challenge, as well as COSEIA’s 2015 Summit Award.  We sat down with their CEO, Bryan Birsic, who leads […]

A woman walks past a map showing the elevation of the sea in the last 22 years during the World Climate Change Conference 2015 (COP21) at Le Bourget, near Paris, France, December 11, 2015.
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22 Sep 2016

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: PREP-aring for a Changing Climate by Harnessing the Data Revolution

Source: WRI By Janet Ranganathan and Francis Gassert – September 22, 2016 Sonoma County, California and Caldas, Colombia are very different communities, yet they share a common threat—climate change. Both […]

Power-generating wind turbines are seen in Ngong hills, about 22 km southwest of Kenya's capital Nairobi, Sept. 8, 2010. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya

22 Sep 2016

Five lessons from Kenya’s energy access boom

By Muriithi Micheni | September 22 2016 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) Kenya’s market for decentralised renewables is the fastest-moving in Africa. Already 15 to 20 percent of Kenyan households use solar […]

School children simultaneously wash their hands during the fifth year of celebrating Global Handwashing Day in Taguig city, south of Manila October 10, 2012.Credit: REUTERS

22 Sep 2016

Maintaining the momentum: building on year one of global development goals

By David Nabarro, special adviser on 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development | September 22 2016 One year ago, leaders of 193 countries came together to commit to ending poverty, combatting climate […]

An indigenous Embera Katio child sits next to his parent at home in Cali January 25, 2015. The displaced Katio community came to Cali in 2013 following an armed conflict that was raging in Pueblo Rico, Risaralda. REUTERS/Jaime Saldarriaga

20 Sep 2016

It’s time to help communities adapt to climate change

By Kenny Hamilton | British Red Cross Society – UK In East Timor, drought is devastating small farmers, but preparing and building resilience could help Arriving at the compact Nicolau […]

Latin America Power is investing in community projects near the wind plant, such as solar panels for remote fishing villages. PHOTO/Latin America Power

14 Sep 2016

Here’s how to power local economies, cleanly

By Sarah Best | International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) | September 14 2016 A rush of innovation in off-grid energy markets linked to falling solar prices and mobile-enabled payment […]

An undocumented UCLA student attends a graduation ceremony for UCLA "Dreamers" or Dream Act students at a church near the campus in Los Angeles, California June 15, 2012. Undocumented youths who came to the United States as children reacted with joy to an Obama administration rule change on Friday that could spare them deportation, although opponents slammed it as amnesty.Credit: REUTERS

9 Sep 2016

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Rebooting Our Politics and Schools to Engage Young People

By Henry F. De Sio, Jr. | 9 September 2016 Students going back to school rejoin an educational assembly line designed to get them to adopt vocations which are now […]

Activists stand on a banner of a giant 1 trillion dollar bill representing the amount in taxpayer dollars spent yearly by governments on fossil fuel subsidies, in Los Cabos June 18, 2012. Global campaigning organizations Organization Avaaz and 350.org unfurled a banner calling on G20 leaders to deliver a new plan to save the planet by shifting nearly $1 trillion spent each year on fossil subsidies to renewable energy and sustainable development, according to a news release.Credit: REUTERS

8 Sep 2016

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: G20 Must ‘Reset’ Global Economy to Fund Low-carbon Development

Source: Caixin Online Financing a timely, inclusive greening of the world economy is the greatest collective challenge facing world leaders. By Ma Jun, chief economist of the Research Bureau of the […]

A woman picks tea leaves at a plantation in Nandi Hills, in Kenya's highlands region west of capital Nairobi, November 5, 2014. Emerald-coloured tea bushes blanketing the rolling hills of Nandi County have long provided a livelihood for small-scale farmers, helping make Kenya one of the world's biggest tea exporters. But ideal weather and bigger harvests, instead of producing bumper earnings, have led to a glut of Kenya's speciality black tea. Picture taken November 5, 2014. To match story KENYA-TEA/ REUTERS/Noor Khamis (KENYA - Tags: AGRICULTURE BUSINESS EMPLOYMENT COMMODITIES) - RTR4EBBM

5 Sep 2016

The billion-dollar opportunity in sustainable land use

By Florian Reber, Manager, Tropical Forest Alliance 2020,  World Economic Forum | September 5 2016 Sustainable land use in forestry and agriculture is critical to prosperous rural economies, inclusive development and […]

People wearing masks ride bicycles across a street in smog in Liaocheng, Shandong province, China, February 12, 2016. REUTERS/Stringer

2 Sep 2016

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: G20 shifts into a green gear on finance

“Green finance is one of the very few ideas that, if effectively implemented, can benefit the vast majority of the population in the world, and can help improve the sustainability […]

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26 Aug 2016

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Sustainability at a crossroads

By Jeffrey A. Smith, Senior Counsel, Sidley Austin LLP | 26 August 2016 Notwithstanding legislative gridlock in the U.S., larger global forces have driven environmental law, in fact the entire […]

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8 Aug 2016

Earth Overshoot Day: No winners in the race for natural resources

8 August 2016 By Balakrishna Pisupati (UNEP Division of Environmental Law and Conventions) and Mathis Wackernagel (Global Footprint Network) | 08 August 2016 Carbon emissions are the best lever to […]

Protesters throw up a globe-shaped balloon during a rally held the day before the start of the 2015 Paris World Climate Change Conference, in Rome, Italy, Nov. 29 2015. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi

27 Jul 2016

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Globalization & Four Ways To Avoid Self Destruction

By Georg Kell, Vice Chairman of Arabesque and Founding Director of the United Nations Global Compact | 27 July 2016 In a landmark speech in January 1999, the former UN […]

A man fishes off a beach in Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii July 30, 2015.  REUTERS/Marco Garcia

26 Jul 2016

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: What does climate change mean for America’s $73 billion angling industry?

Source: ensia.com By Mary Hoff (Ensia) | 15 July 2016 Inland fish play critical roles in North American ecosystems and economics: In the U.S. alone in 2011, freshwater anglers spent more […]

Pink flamingos are seen at sunset in the Camargue regional natural park, near Arles, southern France, April 12, 2015. Situated in the delta of the Rhone River on the French Mediterranean coast, classified by UNESCO, the Camargue Biosphere Reserve is made up of a mosaic of lagoons of fresh, brackish and saline wetlands, one of the most important in Europe. The Camargue covers an area of over 930 km? (360 square miles) with an exceptional biological diversity and home to unique breeds of horses and bulls, and more than 400 species of birds including pink flamingos.  The marshy land could be impacted by climate changes and coastal erosion in the future as one scientific model for the year  2100 predicts the ocean level rising 50 cm above current levels, and another estimating a 1 metre level rise. Paris will host the World Climate Summit in 2015, called the COP21.     Picture taken April 12, 2015.   REUTERS/Jean-Paul Pelissier - RTX1CR1P

26 Jul 2016

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Making Millions by Investing Billions!

By Balakrishna Pisupati, Coordinator, Biodiversity MEAs and SDGs, UNEP-DELC | 27 July 2016 If there is one thing that everyone from politicians to the common man understands it is this: […]

The keypad on a new Telstra public phone in Sydney.

16 Jul 2016

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Delivering on corporate purpose

Global Corporations face the continued challenge of playing their part in making the world a better place. With increased focus from customers, employees, shareholders and the wider community, BT have […]

In this file 2008 photo, people watch as the spillway gates are opened at Kariba North Bank dam on Lake Kariba to reduce rising water levels as a measure to protect the dam. REUTERS/Mackson Wasamunu

15 Jul 2016

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: The Natural Capital Protocol enables new risk models

By Courtney Lowrance,  Global Head of Environmental and Social Risk Management at Citi | 15 July 2016 Imagine a risk officer at an international bank. She has a portfolio of […]

Running tap water is seen in Flint, a city struggling with the effects of lead-poisoned drinking water, Michigan May 4, 2016.  REUTERS/Carlos Barria

30 Jun 2016

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: An ounce of clean water protection for pounds of cure

Minnesota ranks first in wetland loss and second in deforestation nationally. Like conservation efforts in Ecuador, Brazil and Kenya, The Nature Conservancy recently launched its Minnesota Headwaters Fund to support […]

Monarch butterflies fly at the El Rosario butterfly sanctuary on a mountain in the Mexican state of Michoacan November 27, 2013. Monarch butterflies have started arriving at a butterfly sanctuary in the central Mexican state of Michoacan - an annual spectacle that draws tourists, scientists and locals alike, but not in the arrival numbers expected. Biologist Felipe Martinez, Sub-Director of the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve, said the arrival has been delayed due to several cold fronts hitting Mexico and continued rain storms. In 2000, Mexico established a 56,000 hectare reserve for the butterflies in Michoacan and part of the State of Mexico, containing some 6.7 million trees. Picture taken November 27, 2013. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido

27 Jun 2016

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Diplomacy through Variety of Life!

By Balakrishna Pisupati | Chief, Biodiversity, MEAs and Synergies, United Nations Environment Programme | 27 June 2016 Can the variety of life around us, our biological diversity, deliver on better […]

U.S. President Barack Obama (C) speaks during the Climate Summit at United Nations headquarters in New York, in this September 23, 2014, file photo. REUTERS/Mike Segar/Files

22 Jun 2016

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Making Global Goals Local Business

22 June 2016 This week, leaders from across the globe meet in New York for the UN Global Compact Leaders Summit to discuss the future of our Planet. We spoke […]

The sun is about to come up over the South Pacific Ocean in this colorful scene photographed by one of the Expedition 35 crew members aboard the Earth-orbiting International Space Station between 4 and 5 a.m. local time on May 5, 2013 and released on May 9, 2013. The space station was at a point above Earth located at 27.4 degrees south latitude and 110.1 degrees west longitude, a few hundred miles east of Easter Island.  NASA/Handout via Reuters

9 Jun 2016

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Populism and Nationalism – What Does It Mean For The Climate Agenda?

By Georg Kell, Vice Chairman, Arabesque Partners, & Founding Executive Director, UN Global Compact | 9 June 2016 A wave of populism and nationalism is currently re-shaping political landscapes on […]

Francisco da Silva Vale, 61, cleans solar panels which power ice machines at Vila Nova do Amana community in the Sustainable Development Reserve, in Amazonas state, Brazil, September 22, 2015. Three solar-powered machines, are producing about ninety kilos of ice per day, in a region with poor access to electric energy, which used to be produced only with diesel oil, in the Amazon rain forest. The Gelo Solar (Solar Ice) project, developed by the Mamiraua Institute for Sustainable Development and the Sao Paulo University (USP), aims to improve the life quality of the residents of the communities allowing them to preserve their fish and fruits productions which are their main economic resources. The Mamiraua Institute is also using solar energy to supply the community's homes with water and light up a soccer field. Picture taken September 22. REUTERS/Bruno Kelly - RTS3BNH

6 Jun 2016

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Impact investing growing in Latin America

By Miguel Ferreyra de Bone – Acrux Partners Ltd. | 6 June 2016 Latin America has experienced an evolution in the responsible and impact investing environment. Governments, companies and individuals […]

Windmills are reflected in a car mirror at a wind farm in Palm Springs, California, February 9, 2011. California aims to slow climate change by putting a price on carbon -- a low, low starting price. The program is the last, keystone step in a controversial half-decade push to green the state's business for the good of the planet and the economy. Picture taken February 9, 2011. To match Special Report CARBON-CALIFORNIA/   REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

2 Jun 2016

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Climate Change – Good, Bad or an opportunity for business?

2 June 2016 “Climate change is bad for business, but taking action on climate change is good for business.” Thomson Reuters Sustainability caught up with Michael Green, Executive Director of the Climate Action […]

A child who was diagnosed with having excessive lead in his blood receives medical treatment at a hospital in Chenzhou, Hunan province, March 21, 2010. The number of patients affected by lead poisoning rose to 29 till March 21 in Chenzhou City of central China's Hunan Province, Xinhua News Agency reported. Picture taken March 21, 2010. REUTERS/Kevin Zhao (CHINA - Tags: HEALTH POLITICS) - RTR2BYEY

1 Jun 2016

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Poisoning the Earth and Our Health

By Nestor Batio Bassiere, Minister of Environment for Burkina Faso | 27 May 2016 Why the world must find an antidote to the deadly menace of lead acid batteries — […]

A mother and son from the native Indian tribe Kemha Yatsepo draw drinking water from a well at their settlement in Chaco Paraguayo, 244 km (152 miles) north of Asuncion, October 2, 2012. The UN's World Food Programme is helping Paraguay's government to distribute some 1,800 kg of food aid to help 10,000 families affected by flooding last April, according to their Paraguayan office.Credit: REUTERS

28 May 2016

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Nutrition and Sustainability

Mr. Sunny Verghese is CEO of Olam International, a global agribusiness, and earlier this year, he was the only private sector invitee to speak at the UN’s High Level Thematic […]

Tim Change, from the Bradenton Beach Public Works Dept., inspects beach erosion as a storm surge and high winds associated with Tropical Storm Debby batter Bradenton Beach, Florida, June 25, 2012. The National Hurricane Center expects Debby to make landfall on Thursday in the Florida Panhandle as a tropical storm, but warns that forecasts remain uncertain.Credit: REUTERS

28 May 2016

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Florida Sea-Levels Cross Party Lines

28 May 2016 We sat down with Mayor Gimenez (Republican) of Miami Dade county to hear about why and how this county is working in a bi-partisan manner on adapting […]

A pair of elephants walk through scrub in the dusk light in Pilanesberg National Park in South Africa's North West Province April 19, 2012. Elephant and rhino poaching is surging, conservationists say, an illegal piece of Asia's scramble for African resources, driven by the growing purchasing power of the region's newly affluent classes. In South Africa, nearly two rhinos a day are being killed to meet demand for the animal's horn, which is worth more than its weight in gold. Picture taken April 19, 2012. To match Feature AFRICA-POACHING.Credit: REUTERS

25 May 2016

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: The Natural Jewels in Africa’s Crown

By Hon. Tshekedi S. Khama, Minister of Environment, Wildlife and Tourism of Botswana | 25 May 2016 IT is impossible to look out over the winding waterways and lush green wetlands […]

A helicopter drops water near a cabin on the North Merna wildfire in the Bridger National Forest west of the town of Pinedale in Sublette County, Wyoming September 16, 2012.Credit: Reuters

20 May 2016

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Fort McMurray Fire, Keeping up the Political Heat on Loss and Damage

19 May 2016 By:  Z. Zommers, United Nations Environment Programme, G. Harootunian, California State University, Fresno, E. Roberts, Kings College London, K. van der Geest, United Nations University Institute for […]

A Malawian trader sells maize near the capital Lilongwe, February 1, 2016. Late rains in Malawi threaten the staple maize crop and have pushed prices to record highs. About 14 million people face hunger in Southern Africa because of a drought that has been exacerbated by an El Nino weather pattern, according to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP). REUTERS/Mike Hutchings

12 May 2016

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Sowing the Seeds of Africa’s Success

By Amina Mohammed, Minister of Environment for Nigeria | 12 May 2016 Africa’s transformation lies in the continent’s rich soil. If we protect the ecosystems that sustain us we can […]

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11 May 2016

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Measuring sustainability in a global hotel chain

By Laura Molano, Chief Marketing Officer for GRUPO IBEROSTAR | 11 May 2016 What are the key things to measure for a global hotel chain looking at sustainability? The number […]

People walk near office buildings in Beijing's central business district

11 May 2016

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: 4 Surprising Ways Energy-Efficient Buildings Benefit Cities

WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities just launched a new report that finds building efficiency is the most cost-effective way to reduce emissions in cities and urban leaders are the […]

A woman waits for an elevator in the foyer of the Fort Worth Regional Office of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in Fort Worth, Texas June 28, 2012. Picture taken June 28, 2012. To match Feature SEC-FORTWORTH.Credit: REUTERS

10 May 2016

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: The Evolution of SEC Regulation for Sustainability Disclosure

10 May 2016 Sustainability is sometimes referred to by the acronym “ESG,” which stands for environmental, social, and governance. Others use the phrase “non-financial” to distinguish these categories of data […]

An investor naps in front of an electronic board showing stock information at a brokerage house in Huaibei, Anhui province June 4, 2012. The Shanghai stock market fell a bizarre 64.89 points on Monday, the anniversary of the bloody crackdown on protesters in Tiananmen Square on June 4, 1989, or 6-4-89. Experts say it is most likely a coincidence, as trying to work the Shanghai Composite Index to hit a specific number would take Herculean muscle and precision, requiring a trader, or traders, to buy and sell huge quantities of blue-chip stocks with an improbable degree of exactness.Credit: REUTERS

9 May 2016

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Pulling Back the Curtain, Demystifying Sustainability Analysis

By Julie Fox Gorte, Ph.D., Senior Vice President for Sustainable Investing, Pax World | 9 May 2016 Investors are accustomed to complexity. Indeed, the financial world thrives on complexity – […]

A northern white rhino, only three of its kind left in the world, moves in an enclosed and constantly protected perimeter ahead of the Giants Club Summit of African leaders and others on tackling poaching of elephants and rhinos, Ol Pejeta conservancy near the town of Nanyuki, Laikipia County, Kenya, April 28, 2016. REUTERS/Siegfried Modola

4 May 2016

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Lawyers Without Borders in fight against wildlife crime in Kenya

4 May 2016 Environmental crime and trafficking has captured the attention of the news and civil society globally. Thomson Reuters Sustainability caught up with Christina Storm, Executive Director/ Founder of […]

A United Nations logo is seen on a glass door in the Assembly Building at the United Nations headquarters in New York City September 18, 2015. REUTERS/Mike Segar

29 Apr 2016

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: United Nations Environment Assembly, for the well-being of the People and the Planet

UNEA-2: Delivering on the Environmental Dimension for the well-being of the People and the Planet Gabriel Vallejo López, Colombian Minister of Environment and Sustainable Development | April 2016 During the […]

A participant poses with a replica of the planet during the World Climate Change Conference 2015 (COP21) at Le Bourget, near Paris, France, December 8, 2015. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe  - RTX1XPEY

22 Apr 2016

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Working for a Better World

By Patsy Doerr, Global Head, Corporate Responsibility & Inclusion, Thomson Reuters | 22 April 2016 (Earth Day) Corporate social responsibility (CSR) is a foundational pillar of business today. Organizations realize […]

Cooling towers of South African petro-chemical company Sasol's synthetic fuel plant in Secunda, north of Johannesburg, are seen in this picture taken March 1,2016.REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko - RTSBVFF

22 Apr 2016

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Businesses can help drive climate-resilient development in Africa

By Dr. Álvaro Sobrinho, Chairman, Planet Earth Institute | 22 April 2016 April 22, or Earth Day, is set to be a significant day for African development. Today President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi […]

A street lamp is seen in front of the Datong second coal-fired power plant at night on the outskirts of Datong, Shanxi province, in this November 20, 2009 file photo. A new plan to curb global warming risks becoming a battleground between rich and poor nations and could struggle to get off the ground as negotiators battle over the fate of the ailing Kyoto climate pact. To match Analysis CLIMATE-DEAL.Credit: REUTERS

12 Apr 2016

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: By how much will the world warm: 1.5, 2 or 3 degrees Celsius?

By John Moorhead, Managing Director at BSD Consulting, and Tim Nixon, Managing Editor of Sustainability at Thomson Reuters | 12 April 2016 Taking stock after the recent Economist Sustainability Summit, […]

North and South Tarawa are seen from the air in the central Pacific Island nation of Kiribati. Kiribati consists of a chain of 33 atolls and islands that stand just metres above sea level, spread over a huge expanse of otherwise empty ocean. With surrounding sea levels rising, Kiribati President Anote Tong has predicted his country will likely become uninhabitable in 30-60 years because of inundation and contamination of its freshwater supplies. May 23, 2013. REUTERS/David Gray

11 Apr 2016

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Antarctica seen raising global sea level by 2100

By Zeke Hausfather | 7 April 2016 Source: Yale Climate Connections   New research suggests that Antarctica alone may contribute up to 1 meter of sea-level rise by 2100 and 16 […]

A worker folds the cable of a welding machine in front of two office buildings at the Gujarat International Finance Tec-City (GIFT) at Gandhinagar, in the western Indian state of Gujarat, April 10, 2015. India's push to accommodate a booming urban population and attract investment rests in large part with dozens of "smart" cities like the one being built on the dusty banks of the Sabarmati river in western India. Picture taken April 10, 2015.  REUTERS/Amit Dave

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7 Apr 2016

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Sustainable revenue generation in Smart Cities – a View from India

By Prashant Pillai, Head of Tax & Accounting, of Thomson Reuters India | 7 April 2016 The Smart Cities initiative represents a tremendous and innovative means for India to avoid […]

An off-shore wind farm stands in the water near the Danish island of Samso in this May 19, 2008 file photo. Now a world leader in wind power, Denmark gets a quarter of its electricity from wind and aims to increase that share to 50 percent by 2020. As holder of the EU presidency until the end of June, the Danes are championing energy saving and green growth in the region, but convincing others can be a problem. Picture taken May 19, 2008. To match Feature EU-DENMARK/GREEN.Credit: REUTERS

7 Apr 2016

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: 5 signs sustainability is the new engine for global economic growth

By Tim Nixon, Managing Editor of Thomson Reuters Sustainability | 6 April 2016 Strong crosswinds are in the global economy. The Fourth Industrial Revolution is here, with pervasive transparency, unlimited […]

New Volkswagen cars are seen in an open-air parking lot in Changchun, Jilin province, China, October 14, 2015.   REUTERS/Stringer

6 Apr 2016

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Climate Factors are leaving some car makers in the dust

CLIMATE FACTORS ARE LEAVING SOME CAR MAKERS IN THE DUST, AND PUTTING OTHERS IN THE FAST LANE By James Hulse, Head of Investor Initiatives at CDP (formerly Carbon Disclosure Project) […]

A man holds dry earth from a wheat field in his hands, in this photo illustration, in Niort, southwestern France, May 13, 2011. France, facing a worsening drought that already caused damage to grain crops and pastures, will take measures to help breeders, which the farm minister warned on Thursday, is at most risk. One of the driest and hottest months of April on record has cut water reserves and parched soil already affected by months of low rainfall, leading to growing concerns that harvests will suffer in the European Union's top grain producer. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau (FRANCE - Tags: AGRICULTURE ENVIRONMENT)

4 Apr 2016

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Texas deploying new tools to manage its water

The Nature Conservancy recently launched its Texas Water Explorer.  In this piece, we talk with Laura Huffman, State Director for TNC in Texas to find out more about what will […]

A flock of geese walk along a pond on the property of Jerry and Mary Miller in Hokah, Minnesota, August 22, 2007. Rivers from Nebraska east to Ohio climbed out of their banks on Wednesday, swollen from thunderstorms that soaked the central United States for days and killed at least eight people.  REUTERS/Allen Fredrickson   (UNITED STATES) - RTR1T0LM

4 Apr 2016

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: A solution to land stewardship in the U.S. state of Minnesota

From acres of forest to miles of rivers, Minnesotans tie their scenic wonders to their cultural identity. But managing vast tracts of land can offer as many challenges as rewards—and […]

Solar system installer Thomas Bywater adjusts new solar panels on the roof of a house in Sydney in this August 19, 2009 file photo. REUTERS/Tim Wimborne/Files

31 Mar 2016

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: New Documentary Showcases the Promise Of Solar Energy

Source: Ensia By Todd Reubold @treubold, Ensia publisher and director | 21 March 2016         March 21, 2016 — What do an unemployed American worker, a Tea Party activist […]

A boy hugs a tree trunk as he prepares to take part in an attempt to create a Guinness World Record in Kathmandu

18 Mar 2016

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: A living, breathing forest

By Tim Christophersen, UNEP, | 18 March 2016 Have you ever walked into a forest and felt its immediate cooling and calming effect? Have you ever marveled at a large […]

Energy saving light bulb is illuminated within a lamp shade in an office in London. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor

11 Mar 2016

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Mercury rising – from beyond the cradle and the grave

By Ibrahim Thiaw, UN Environment Programme Deputy Executive Director | 11 March 2016 It is almost exactly 60 years since two sisters – aged just five and two – became […]

Women walk as they shout slogans during a rally calling for gender equality, two days after International Women's Day, in Istanbul March 10, 2013.Credit: REUTERS

8 Mar 2016

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Impatient for change? Stand up for rights while sitting at your desk

By Patsy Doerr | 8 March 2016 With voices around the world calling for women to be educated, paid and treated the same as men – it’s easy to feel […]

Software developers work on computer sytems at the Information Technology Developers Entrepreneurship Accelerator (iDEA) hub in the Yaba district in Lagos June 25, 2015. At first glance, Yaba is like many other parts of Nigeria's sprawling commercial capital: a cacophony of car horns and shouting street vendors, mingling with exhaust fumes and the occasional stench of sewage. But in between the run-down buildings in this seemingly inauspicious part of Lagos, a city of around 21 million, tech start-ups are taking root and creating a buzz that is drawing international venture capitalists and more established digital firms. Picture taken June 25, 2015. REUTERS/Akintunde Akinleye  - RTX1M6M2

15 Feb 2016

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Investors at Davos turn attention to Africa’s high-tech infrastructure

By Dr. Álvaro Sobrinho, Chairman, Planet Earth Institute, | 15 February 2016 January’s annual World Economic Forum meeting in Davos met under the banner of the ‘Fourth Industrial Revolution’, referring to the way economies are […]

An investor sits under a stock index board on the trading floor at the Dubai Financial Market in this January 31, 2011 file photo. A rebound in private equity activity in the Middle East is providing a ray of hope to the region's mergers and acquisitions business, which is struggling with weak asset values and skittish investors. Picture taken January 31, 2011.Credit: REUTERS

12 Feb 2016

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Are You Playing Climate Change Defense or Offense after Paris COP21?

12 February 2016 | By Mark W. McDivitt, Managing Director-Head of US Alternatives at State Street Global Markets, and Tim Nixon, Managing Editor of Sustainability at Thomson Reuters “What was […]

How corporate reporting improved Microsoft's supply chain

9 Feb 2016

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Unilever, eliminating landfill waste from hundreds of sites

9 February 2016 In January 2015 Unilever announced that over 240 factories had achieved zero waste to landfill status – by replicating this zero waste model in other parts of […]

People do morning exercises on a polluted day in Jiaozuo, Henan province, March 16, 2015. REUTERS/China Daily

3 Feb 2016

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Align investments to your principles

By Leslie Samuelrich, President of Green Century Capital Management, a U.S. mutual fund company owned by environmental non-profits, the Public Interest Research Groups (PIRGs) | 2 February 2016 The escalating […]

Wads of Pound Sterling banknotes are pictured at the GSA company's headquarters in Vienna

22 Jan 2016

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Year of Green Finance – 2016

Source: zadek.net By Simon Zadek | 17 January 2016 It is the Year of Green Finance, as my co-Director Nick Robins points out in a recent Huffington Post piece – […]

Pavegen permanent installation at St.Omer train station, Northern France. (Credit Pavegen)

18 Jan 2016

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Harnessing energy from footsteps

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 […]

Wads of Pound Sterling banknotes are pictured at the GSA company's headquarters in Vienna

13 Jan 2016

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Finding the value in sustainability

By Nik Jhangiani, CFO of Coca-Cola Enterprises, explains why value has a broader meaning – far beyond a currency symbol. | 13 January 2016 For a long time, I’ve been […]

A woman walks past an Adidas shop at a shopping district in Beijing March 25, 2013.  REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

11 Jan 2016

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: World’s first 3D-printed Ocean Plastic shoe midsole

11 January 2016 In July 2015, adidas launched its partnership with Parley for the Oceans in the unique surroundings of the United Nations headquarters. Lately in December at COP21, adidas […]

Students take their seats for the diploma ceremony at Harvard University in Cambridge

17 Dec 2015

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Open for discussion and discord, Cultural Fluency is the way forward

By Robin Schribman, Vice President, Customer Insight and Experience, Thomson Reuters | 17 December 2015 Cultural Fluency is “an empathic view towards how others believe, live and express their values […]

A farmer rests in the background as paddy is being loaded onto a truck in Ayutthaya province, 80 km (50 miles) north of Bangkok, in this February 20, 2010 file photograph. Thailand has set aside 240 billion baht ($7.8 billion) to extend a controversial rice-buying scheme from October, just over half the amount traders had expected, as the government comes under pressure to boost sales amid ample stocks and global supplies.Credit: Reuters

17 Dec 2015

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Look to the land: why agriculture is key for sustainable development

By Tim Christophersen, UNEP | 17 December 2015 Agricultural production is essential for our societies to flourish. It offers food for all of us, and employment for one in three […]

A woman walks past the COP21 logo in the Climate Generations area during the World Climate Change Conference 2015 (COP21) at Le Bourget, near Paris, France, December 1, 2015.
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16 Dec 2015

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: The Five Key Takeaways From the Paris Climate Change Agreement

16 December 2015 The Paris Climate Change Conference (also known as COP21) is a political milestone in the global fight against climate change. All 195 participating countries agreed to the […]

Fishermen steer a boat at the bottom of Solimoes river at Sustainable Development Reserve of Piranha in Manacapuru, Amazonas state, Brazil, October 27, 2015. A severe drought has pushed river levels in Brazil's Amazon region to lows, leaving isolated communities dependent on emergency aid and thousands of boats stranded on parched riverbeds. Picture taken October 27, 2015. REUTERS/Bruno Kelly - RTX1TMDN

15 Dec 2015

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Trading Up to Sustainable Development

By Achim Steiner and Scott Vaughn | 15 December 2015  Two decades ago, the birth of the World Trade Organization rang alarm bells in the environmental community. Would such a […]

The tide comes in as the sun sets on the seafront in Scarborough, northern England February 26, 2013.  Scarborough is not far from Whitby, once a busy fishing port, is now a shadow of its former self. Only 200 people are now employed in fishing, and the fleet is down to just a few boats. Global warming has expanded fish habitats northwards, with fish stocks sometimes disappearing for weeks on end. Boats return from sea with largely empty nets, and the atmosphere is sour. Often schools of fish then reappear unpredictably, resulting in bumper catches and causing much jubilation - but then E.U. quotas kick in and force fishermen to dump excess catch in the sea to avoid hefty E.U. Fines. Picture taken February 26, 2013. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez

15 Dec 2015

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: A Takeaway from Paris to Washington: Tax Reform to Warm Less and Work More

By Robert M. Wolcott | 15 December 2015 The climate agreement reached in Paris is a great leap forward, but it’s widely acknowledged that it lacks specificity about how we’ll […]

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

14 Dec 2015

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE : 641 Million Fewer Tonnes of Emissions Shows Private Sector Can Make A Difference

By James Hulse | 14 December 2015 With nearly 150 world leaders assembling at the COP21 and presenting the carbon reduction pledges of their nations, much of the attention in Paris […]

New regulations will oblige companies listed on the London Stock Exchange to measure and report on their carbon emissions from April 2013. Photograph: Ilya Naymushin/REUTERS

4 Dec 2015

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: El acuerdo sobre el clima debe reconocer las soluciones de la naturaleza – UICN

Source: IUCN 30 November 2015 París, Francia, 30 de noviembre de 2015 (UICN) – En vísperas de la Conferencia de las Naciones Unidas sobre el clima, la UICN – Unión Internacional […]

Smoke billows from the chimneys of a coal-burning power station in central Beijing in 2012. The country emitted 8.33 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide in 2010, a quarter of the global total, according to BP's annual Statistical Review of World Energy. REUTERS/David Gray

4 Dec 2015

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: L’accord sur le climat doit reconnaître les solutions de la nature – UICN

Source: IUCN 30 November 2015 Paris, France, 30 novembre 2015 (UICN) – Alors que va s’ouvrir la conférence des Nations Unies sur le climat, l’Union internationale pour la conservation de la […]

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Smoke billows from a factory during sunset in the northern Spanish town of Torrelavega, March 12, 2005. The British government said on March 11, 2005 it would launch legal proceedings against the European Union (EU) over plans for a carbon dioxide emissions trading scheme, which is designed to improve the world's climate. The EU emissions trading system aims to cut CO2 output as part of the 25-nation bloc's commitments under the Kyoto Protocol.

4 Dec 2015

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Climate agreement must recognise nature’s solutions – IUCN

Source: IUCN 28 November 2015 Paris, France, 28 November 2015 (IUCN) – Ahead of the UN climate conference in Paris, IUCN – International Union for Conservation of Nature – is calling […]

A jumbo jet takes off shortly after midday from Heathrow Airport in west London. REUTERS/Toby Melville

1 Dec 2015

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Managing the footprint of global travel

For some events, travel and face to face time is critical to drive a result, especially when the stakes are very high and the decision-makers very senior.  That said, there […]

Steam billowing from the cooling towers of Vattenfall's Jaenschwalde brown coal power station is reflected in the water of a lake near Cottbus, eastern Germany December 2, 2009. Most world leaders plan to attend a climate summit in Copenhagen December 7-18, boosting chances that a new U.N. deal to fight climate change will be reached, host Denmark said on Tuesday. REUTERS/Pawel Kopczynski

30 Nov 2015

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: With Climate, Finance Ministers have a role to play

Mr. Bruno Bézard is the current General Director of the Treasury of France, and he served previously as Tax Commissioner of France and also as the Minister for economic affairs […]

Workers are seen silhouetted as they repair lights on a globe structure outside a mall in Manila April 22, 2012.
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29 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 […]

A truck sprays water while making a road at the Ahafo gold mine, run by American gold mining firm Newmont Mining Corporation, northwest of Ghana's capital Accra, August 4, 2006. The Ahafo mine, run by the world's No. 2 gold producer by output, is a source of hope for people in the deprived Brong Ahafo area, but also a cause of concern for some environmentalists and social activists. Picture taken August 4, 2006.      To match feature MINERALS GHANA GOLD       REUTERS/Orla Ryan (GHANA) - RTR1GCZB

25 Nov 2015

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Unearthing gold, not conflict

By J. Chris Anderson, PhD | 24 November 2015 The traditional “gold rush,” as we know from history and film, has long been a thing of the past. When gold […]

A pile of firewood is seen at a firewood merchant in the Varkiza suburb, south of Athens January 22, 2013. With Greeks already struggling under wage and pension cuts imposed by the foreign lenders that bailed their country out, many have stopped using heating oil altogether, pushing consumption down 70 percent in the last three months of 2012 from a year earlier. Instead, Greeks are turning burning firewood - using anything from branches to old furniture - which has helped create a blanket of smog over the Greek capital while illegal logging multiplies across forests in the countryside. Picture taken January 22, 2013.   REUTERS/Yorgos Karahalis (GREECE - Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT SOCIETY) - RTR3DGIA

24 Nov 2015

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Time for governments to give illegal logging the axe

Dr Nicole Arcilla is the lead researcher of a study published in September by scientists at Drexel University and the University of Ghana on the impacts of legal and illegal logging on […]

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

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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: Ensia.com 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 […]

A man holds an umbrella as he looks out at London's Canary Wharf financial district from Greenwich park. REUTERS/Andrew Winning

6 Oct 2015

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: EPA’s Green Infrastructure Vision

6 October 2015 From preventing flooding and increasing climate resiliency to reducing water treatment costs and increasing green space, green infrastructure can help communities realize numerous benefits.  We asked Ken […]

A woman holds a banner which reads, Law 1257 of 2008, criminal code of procedure. REUTERS/Joaquin Sarmiento

1 Oct 2015

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Call to Action: Bringing Down Legal Barriers for Women’s Economic Empowerment

A joint initiative of UN Global Compact and UN Women  | 5 September 2015 “The ideal of equality before the law and equality of economic opportunity is not just wise social […]

File photo of the sun setting behind power-generating windmill turbines from a wind farm near the eastern German town of Dessau July 27, 2007. Subsidies levied on German consumers to support renewable power will rise by 47 percent next year, putting pressure on Chancellor Angela Merkel's ruling coalition to keep energy costs in check ahead of a federal election next year. Merkel's decision to abandon nuclear power following last year's Fukushima disaster has led to a growing need for alternative energy sources, causing higher charges that are tagged on to consumers' energy bills.       REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch/Files   (GERMANY - Tags: ENERGY ENVIRONMENT)

29 Sep 2015

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Cities face steep climb to 100% renewable energy

By Conor Riffle | 29 September 2015 Reshaping the energy mix in cities presents big challenges for local governments.  But some cities are illuminating the way ahead.  — Every year, […]

A dry pipe drips water on Gless Ranch in Kern County, California, in this file photo taken July 23, 2015. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson/Files

28 Sep 2015

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Why Businesses Should Care About Water Security

28 September 2015 | By John Davidson, General Counsel and Corporate Affairs Director at SABMiller There was a time not long ago when the threats to business profitability and sustainability from […]

A man jumps to head a ball during his soccer practice in a public park on a foggy morning in Kolkata December 5, 2014. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri

25 Sep 2015

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: The Power of Fandom

25 September 2015 | By Niall Dunne, Chief Sustainability Officer, BT Something special happened in the North-Eastern city of Recife last summer. The waiting list for organ transplants dropped to […]

A woman uses a stick to gather salt on flats being cultivated for the white crystals near the village of Ngaye-Ngaye, 10 kilometers (six miles) south of Senegal's northern town of Saint Louis, April 9, 2007. Some 3,000 people, mostly women, spend long hours under the blinding sun scraping up salt with sticks and their hands, earning the equivalent of a dollar or two per day. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly (SENEGAL)

23 Sep 2015

Women and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Published in collaboration with UN Women | 23 September 2015 The issue She walks for hours to fetch water and toils in drought-prone fields to feed her family… She left […]

Workers pick tea leaves at a plantation in Nandi Hills, in Kenya's highlands region west of capital Nairobi, November 5, 2014. Emerald-coloured tea bushes blanketing the rolling hills of Nandi County have long provided a livelihood for small-scale farmers, helping make Kenya one of the world's biggest tea exporters. But ideal weather and bigger harvests, instead of producing bumper earnings, have led to a glut of Kenya's speciality black tea. Picture taken November 5, 2014. To match story KENYA-TEA/ REUTERS/Noor Khamis

18 Sep 2015

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: WWF on the Sustainable Development Goals

Dr. Deon Nel | 16 September 2015 When world leaders gather at the United Nations later this month, they will formally adopt the most ambitious global effort ever to rid […]

A child in first grade uses a new laptop as part of the Canaima project at a Bolivarian school in Caracas September 23, 2009. This program, the product of an agreement between Venezuela and Portugal, is aimed at giving a laptop computer to children attending first grade in public schools across the country. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

10 Sep 2015

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Teaching “the New Literacy”

By Henry F. De Sio, Jr | 10 September 2015 Something transformative is happening in our schools.  Changemaking and empathy are fast taking their places alongside reading and math as core […]

A worker picks tea at a plantation in Githunguri, 30 km (18 miles) from Kenya's capital Nairobi, January 6, 2012. Kenya, the world's biggest exporter of black tea, has lost a significant part of its tea production for this month due to severe frost in key growing areas, which could cut its foreign exchange earnings, a major industry group said. In this week alone, about 20 million kg of green leaf was damaged by frost, which occurs when temperatures plunge at night after hot days, said Alfred Njagi, general manager of operations at the Kenya Tea Development Agency (KTDA). REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya (KENYA - Tags: AGRICULTURE BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT FOOD)

8 Sep 2015

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Surprising Ways Kenyans Are Embracing Climate-Smart Agriculture

Source: Ensia.com  By Todd Reubold @treubold, Ensia publisher and executive director | 3 September 2015 In rural Kenya, where it may only rain twice per year, farmers and herders are embracing […]

Flood waters cover Memorial Drive along Buffalo Bayou in Houston, Texas May 26, 2015 in a photo provided by the Harris County Flood Control District. Torrential rains have killed at least eight people in Texas and Oklahoma, including two in Houston where flooding turned streets into rivers and led to nearly 1,000 calls for help in the fourth-most populous U.S. city, officials said on Tuesday. REUTERS/Harris County Flood Control District/handout via Reuters - RTX1EN9D

2 Sep 2015

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Cities are finally treating water as a resource, not a nuisance

Source: Ensia.com  By: Erica Gies, Independent reporter, 1st September 2015 From Houston to Melbourne, the surprising ways urban areas are dealing with water woes — September 1, 2015 — Memorial Day […]

A wind farm generates electricity near bales of hay in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains near the town of Pincher Creek, Alberta September 27, 2010. The non-polluting source of renewable energy is fed into the provincial electrical grid that powers Southern Alberta industries and residences. REUTERS/Todd Korol

5 Aug 2015

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Clean Power Plan Can Help States, Economy and Planet

By Bill Richardson, World Resources Institute board member, former U.S. energy secretary, UN ambassador and governor of New Mexico | 05 August 2015 As a former U.S. energy secretary, UN ambassador and governor of […]

Steam billowing from the cooling towers of Vattenfall's Jaenschwalde brown coal power station is reflected in the water of a lake near Cottbus, eastern Germany December 2, 2009. Most world leaders plan to attend a climate summit in Copenhagen December 7-18, boosting chances that a new U.N. deal to fight climate change will be reached, host Denmark said on Tuesday. REUTERS/Pawel Kopczynski

3 Aug 2015

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: 6 Things Every American Should Know About the Clean Power Plan

By EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy | 3 August 2015 Today, President Obama will unveil the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) Clean Power Plan—a historic step to cut the carbon pollution […]

Freshly plucked tea leaves are seen in the hand of a tea garden worker inside Aideobarie Tea Estate in Jorhat in Assam, India, April 21, 2015. Unrest is brewing among Assam's so-called Tea Tribes as changing weather patterns upset the economics of the industry. Scientists say climate change is to blame for uneven rainfall that is cutting yields and lifting costs for tea firms. Picture taken April 21, 2015. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood
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30 Jul 2015

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Look to rain to lock in Africa’s food security

By Jamila Abass | CEO and Co-Founder of M-Farm, an Aspen Institute New Voices Fellow, and recently mentioned by President Obama on his trip to Kenya. When 100 small-scale farmers […]

Iranian students hold up their hands as a sign of unity as they form a human chain around the Uranium Conversion Facility (UCF) to show their support for Iran's nuclear program in Isfahan. REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl

29 Jul 2015

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Why should a company reveal its human rights record?

Unilever is a leading corporate citizen by many measures, and in this piece we explore with Marcela Manubens, Global VP of Social Impact at Unilever, how they are creating transparency […]

Trees are reflected on a raindrop on a leaf at a park near the venue of the 10th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP 10) in Nagoya, central Japan October 28, 2010. Ministers from around the world have gathered in Japan in a final push for a U.N. deal to protect nature, with the World Bank saying it's critical to value the benefits of forests, oceans and rivers on economies and human welfare.  REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao (JAPAN - Tags: ENVIRONMENT POLITICS)

26 Jul 2015

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Sustainable Innovation for the World, Sowing the Seeds of Social Entrepreneurship

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 […]

A man walks near giant globes on display outside the walls of Jerusalem's Old City, April 17, 2013. The exhibit, by non-profit group Cool Globes which aims to raise awareness of climate change, will be on display through the summer. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun

22 Jul 2015

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Are countries legally required to protect their citizens from climate change?

Source: Ensia.com Written by Sophia V. Schweitzer, environmental science writer, author | 15 July 2015 On June 24, 2015, a court in The Hague ordered the Dutch government to act […]

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

17 Jul 2015

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Business Unusual Approach Needed for US $90 trillion Investment

By Achim Steiner, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UNEP | 16 July 2015 Our global and complex economy does many things well, but achieving equitable and sustainable outcomes, or […]

Cars back up in rush hour traffic as they approach the Place de la Concorde in Paris as pollution levels in the city reach a high level after several days of unusually warm weather April 19, 2007.

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10 Jul 2015

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Ford’s vision of a more sustainable future

10 July 2015 In this set of answers, we hear from Ford’s John Viera, Global Director, Sustainability & Vehicle Environmental Matters, on what the future holds across Ford’s operations and […]

An irrigation channel runs through a corn field in Los Banos, California, United States May 5, 2015.  REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

6 Jul 2015

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Cleantech Open Winner Series 2014 Global Ideas Winner: AutoAgronom

This brief interview is part of Cleantech Open Winners, a series produced by Thomson Reuters Sustainability on new innovation, either scientific or social, which could help make the world more sustainable. […]

Polluted waters are seen at an industrial area of Wenzhou, in Zhejiang province February 18, 2011. China is now the world's second largest economy, but hundreds of millions of its people still rely on fouled water that will cost billions of dollars to clean. Growing cities, overuse of fertilisers, and factories that heedlessly dump wastewater have degraded China's water supplies to the extent that half the nation's rivers and lakes are severely polluted. To match Analysis CHINA-WATER/  REUTERS/Carlos Barria

6 Jul 2015

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Cleantech Open Winner Series Global Ideas Winner: BioFiltro

This brief interview is part of Cleantech Open Winners, a series produced by Thomson Reuters Sustainability on new innovation, either scientific or social, which could help make the world more sustainable. […]

A Kashmiri man works inside his mustard field on a spring day in Harwan on the outskirts of Srinagar

30 Jun 2015

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Sustainable Innovation for the World, Mustard Seed

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

A man works at a construction site in Hanoi

26 Jun 2015

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Five warning signals for Finance

By Simon Zadek and Christian Thimann ** | 26 June 2015 Finance needs to re-establish its role in serving the needs of an inclusive, sustainable economy. Policy and regulatory interventions […]

A general view shows tourists on the sandy beaches outside the Seychelles capital Victoria January 17, 2009. The Indian Ocean islands are in the midst of a severe economic crisis, prompted by the global financial downturn on top of years of unsustainable borrowing. This year, the Seychelles economy is predicted to shrink by at least 0.5 percent according to the country's central bank, compared to 3.1 percent growth in 2008.  Picture taken January 17, 2009. To match feature SEYCHELLES-CRISIS/    REUTERS/Richard Lough (SEYCHELLES) - RTR23XHD

23 Jun 2015

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Sustainable Development in the West Indian Ocean

By Didier Dogley and Achim Steiner | 23 June 2015 In 1985, the West Indian Ocean was one of the cleanest oceanic regions on the planet. 30 years later, despite […]

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18 Jun 2015

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Sustainable Innovation for the World, Billion Oyster Project

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 […]

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17 Jun 2015

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: The Vatican Encyclical and Responsible Investing

By John Streur, CEO, Calvert Investments | 18 June 2015 Pope Francis has crafted a compelling message. With Catholics representing 17 percent of the world’s population – 21 percent in […]

The financial district of Canary Wharf is seen from central London

12 Jun 2015

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Sustainable Innovation for the World, CSRHub

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

A Myanmar military officer gestures from a boat packed with migrants off Leik Island in the Andaman Sea, May 31, 2015. More than 700 migrants found packed aboard an overcrowded boat in the Andaman Sea were still being held offshore by Myanmar's navy on Monday, more than three days after the converted fishing vessel was intercepted off the country's coast. Picture taken May 31, 2015.  REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun      TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY      - RTR4YF8C

8 Jun 2015

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: How many slaves?

How many slaves are there in the world today?  The estimates are varied, but the raw numbers are staggering.   Ms. Archana Kotecha, Head of Legal at Liberty Asia, explains that […]

William Rogers shows the setting on the thermostat in his house in the Dorchester neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts March 5, 2013. Rogers, who cannot work because of his cancer treatments, keeps the heat set low to make the heating oil last as long as possible and receives fuel assistance through Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD). That fuel assistance relies on federal funding, funding which may be cut under sequestration. REUTERS/Brian Snyder (UNITED STATES - Tags: BUSINESS POLITICS SOCIETY) - RTR3EMA7

8 Jun 2015

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Sustainable Innovation for the World, 75F

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

Shoppers are reflected in a food cooler in a  newly opened Walmart Neighborhood Market in Chicago September 21, 2011. The 27,000 square foot (2,508 square meters) store is the first in Illinois with an emphasis on groceries and basic household goods.  REUTERS/Jim Young      (UNITED STATES - Tags: FOOD BUSINESS) - RTR2RN4M

8 Jun 2015

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Sustainable Innovation for the World, Axiom Exergy

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

Trees are reflected on a raindrop on a leaf at a park near the venue of the 10th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP 10) in Nagoya, central Japan October 28, 2010. Ministers from around the world have gathered in Japan in a final push for a U.N. deal to protect nature, with the World Bank saying it's critical to value the benefits of forests, oceans and rivers on economies and human welfare.  REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao (JAPAN - Tags: ENVIRONMENT POLITICS)

3 Jun 2015

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Waste Not Want Not

From Wasted Economy to Wasted Planet: Why Changing Our Consumption Patterns is a Choice We Must Make! An Editorial by Achim Steiner, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of the UN […]

The colors of Fall can be seen reflected in a waterfall along the Blackberry River in Canaan, Connecticut.

2 Jun 2015

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Trust, Verify, Sustain

We joined GRI’s chief executive Michael Meehan for a chat about the changing role of transparency in the global economy, and the consequences for planetary sustainability. Sustainability: A famous politician […]

Wads of Pound Sterling banknotes are pictured at the GSA company's headquarters in Vienna

28 May 2015

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Green Bonuses

We caught up with Hugh Welsh, President of North America Royal DSM [NYSE Euronext: DSM], a $12 billion Dutch material and life sciences company, to talk about how his company […]

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21 May 2015

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Sustainable Innovation for the World, bio-bottles

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

A view of solar panels, set up on what will be the biggest integrated solar panel roof of the world, in a farm in Weinbourg, Eastern France February 12, 2009. Bright winter sun dissolves a blanket of snow on barn roofs to reveal a bold new sideline for farmer Jean-Luc Westphal: besides producing eggs and grains, he is to generate solar power for thousands of homes. Picture taken February 12.         To match feature FRANCE-FARMER/SOLAR              REUTERS/Vincent Kessler  (FRANCE)

8 May 2015

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Sustainable Innovation for the World, SteamaCo

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

A man walks past a logo of Commerzbank ahead of the bank's annual news conference in Frankfurt February 12, 2015.    REUTERS/Ralph Orlowski

29 Apr 2015

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Banks key to advancing sustainable trade

A recently-released Commerzbank report entitled Five drivers of Sustainable Trade found that the banking sector probably has more impact on the uptake of sustainable business practices and strategies than most […]

A wind turbine is pictured in a field of miscanthus, or "Elephant Grass", at Renewables Energy Systems' green technology and renewable energy site at Kings Langley in southeast England April 23, 2009. Miscanthus is a biomass energy crop and is burned as a fuel in a biomass boiler to provide heat to the site.  REUTERS/Luke MacGregor  (BRITAIN ENVIRONMENT ENERGY)

27 Apr 2015

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Sustainable Innovation for the World, Cleantech Open

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

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23 Apr 2015

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Bringing energy best-practices to you

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has a vast network of over 6000 partners, including over 35% of the Fortune 500, who engage with the EPA on managing their environmental impact. […]

A stethoscope is pictured at the clinic of paediatrician Thomas Fischbach, in the western town of Solingen September 4, 2012. REUTERS/Ina Fassbender

17 Apr 2015

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Strengthening your supply chain with workplace wellbeing

By Sally Uren, CEO of Forum for the Future | 17 April 2015 In 2009, 150 leaders gathered at the World Heart Assembly to declare a new major global emergency: […]

Bangladeshi children watch as a health expert tests the arsenic-level
in water in Koyla, a village 275 km (172 miles) southwest of the
capital Dhaka, August 15, 2003. An estimated 30 million Bangladeshis -
out of population of 138 million - are at risk of arsenic related
diseases. Researchers say at least 10,500 people were suffering from
arsenic poisoning. Picture taken on August 15. REUTERS/Rafiqur Rahman

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17 Apr 2015

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Sustainable Innovation for the World, Drinkwell

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

Trucks navigate the dirt roads on Route 533 near the Straight of Magellan, Chile, January 4, 2011.   REUTERS/Jim Urquhart (ARGENTINA)

15 Apr 2015

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Sustainable Innovation for the World, Techflo Exhaust System

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

A Jamaican child plays at Hellshire beach in Kingston, September 10, 2004. Drenching rains and high winds lashed Jamaica Friday as Hurricane Ivan roared closer, after ravaging Grenada and killing 27 people on a track that could make it the third big storm to hit Florida in a month. REUTERS/Daniel Aguilar

14 Apr 2015

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Ensuring land rights

14 April 2015 As part of a recent World Bank gathering on land rights, Mrs. Elizabeth Stair, Chief Executive Officer of the National Land Agency of Jamaica, joined us for […]

An aid worker using an iPad films the rotting carcass of a cow in Wajir near the Kenya-Somalia border, July 23, 2011. Since drought gripped the Horn of Africa, and especially since famine was declared in parts of Somalia, the international aid industry has swept in and out of refugee camps and remote hamlets in branded planes and snaking lines of white 4x4s. This humanitarian, diplomatic and media circus is necessary every time people go hungry in Africa, analysts say, because governments - both African and foreign - rarely respond early enough to looming catastrophes. Combine that with an often simplistic explanation of the causes of famine, and a growing band of aid critics say parts of Africa are doomed to a never-ending cycle of ignored early warnings, media appeals and emergency U.N. feeding - rather than a transition to lasting self-sufficiency.  Picture taken July 23, 2011.   To match Feature AFRICA-FAMINE/     REUTERS/Barry Malone

8 Apr 2015

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Africa’s Unquenchable Thirst

By David Kuria, 2015 Aspen Institute New Voices Fellow | 8 April 2015 The idea that water might become as contentious a resource as ivory, would have seemed far-fetched two decades […]

An aerial view of a clearing at a forest in Indonesia's Sumatra island, August 5, 2010. Indonesia and Australia launched a A$30 million project to fight deforestation in Sumatra as part of efforts to cut greenhouse gas emissions and boost a planned forest-carbon trading scheme on March this year. Indonesia, like Brazil, is on the front line of efforts to curb deforestation that is a major contributor to mankind's greenhouse gas emissions that scientists blame for heating up the planet. REUTERS/Beawiharta (INDONESIA - Tags: ENVIRONMENT SOCIETY BUSINESS) - RTR2H27M

8 Apr 2015

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: One model for land rights success

By Don Peele, Vice President, Thomson Reuters | 8 April 2015 Last October, I visited the Jamaican National Land Agency and was hosted by Elizabeth Stair, the agency’s CEO. I […]

North and South Tarawa are seen from the air in the central Pacific Island nation of Kiribati. Kiribati consists of a chain of 33 atolls and islands that stand just metres above sea level, spread over a huge expanse of otherwise empty ocean. With surrounding sea levels rising, Kiribati President Anote Tong has predicted his country will likely become uninhabitable in 30-60 years because of inundation and contamination of its freshwater supplies. May 23, 2013. REUTERS/David Gray

1 Apr 2015

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Revisiting the Wealth of Nations, The Seas

Source: The Economist Group By Erika Karp, Founder and CEO, Cornerstone Capital Group | 23 March 2015 Looking out at the North Sea from his home in 18th century Scotland, […]

A cornfield is seen near Hartford City, Indiana, July 23, 2012. Picture taken July 23, 2012. Welcome rains provided some relief to heat-streesed cities and worried farmers in the U.S. Midwest on Tuesday, but reports of failed crops, wildfires and other fallout from the worst U.S. Drought in more than 50 years tempered any optimism.Credit: Reuters

30 Mar 2015

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: A chance for global leadership on water quality

By Don Arnosti, Conservation Policy Director for the Izaak Walton League of America – Minnesota Division | 30 March 2015 Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton has proposed that all lakes, rivers, […]

A trader displays new Congolese currency bills in the Democratic Republic of Congo's capital Kinshasa, July 3, 2012. REUTERS/Jonny Hogg

26 Mar 2015

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Only capitalism can save the planet

Source: Ensia By Matthew Fitzmaurice CEO, EcoAlpha Asset Management LLC | 26 March 2015 It’s not “sustainable” business when a company takes a long view and targets problems that aren’t […]

The Statue of Justice, depicted as a women with a sword in one hand and scale in her other, is seen on top of the London Central Criminal Court, the Old Bailey in London August 12, 2005. Britain may reform laws to ensure efforts to deport foreign nationals deemed a threat to national security, are not blocked by judges over human rights concerns. UNICS REUTERS/Russell Boyce

10 Mar 2015

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Investors tell companies: “No excuses on human rights reporting”

By Lauren Compere, Managing Director at Boston Common Asset Management | 10 March 2015 Human rights reporting is easier said than done. There can be no one-size-fits all approach as […]

An investor sits under a stock index board on the trading floor at the Dubai Financial Market in this January 31, 2011 file photo. A rebound in private equity activity in the Middle East is providing a ray of hope to the region's mergers and acquisitions business, which is struggling with weak asset values and skittish investors. Picture taken January 31, 2011.Credit: REUTERS

3 Mar 2015

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: The smart way to divest fossil fuels

By Julie Fox Gorte,  Senior Vice President for Sustainable Investing at Pax World Management LLC, and Steve Falci, Chief Investment Officer of Pax World Management LLC | 3 March 2015 […]

Refugee children copy notes from a blackboard during an English lesson at an open-air classroom under a tree at the Yida camp in South Sudan's Unity State, April 20, 2013. The camp, with about 72,000 registered refugees according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), is considered to be one of the most challenging in the world. As there are no schools in the camp, refugees have organised themselves, making a few primary schools with volunteer refugee teachers to educate the children.Credit: REUTERS

27 Feb 2015

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Sustainable Innovation for the World, IDP Rising Schools Program

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

Iranian students hold up their hands as a sign of unity as they form a human chain around the Uranium Conversion Facility (UCF) to show their support for Iran's nuclear program in Isfahan. REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl

24 Feb 2015

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Sustainable Innovation for the World, Verdentum

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

A woman counts her U.S. dollar bills at a money changer in Jakarta June 13, 2012. Indonesia's central bank sold $700 million of its first dollar-denominated term deposits on Wednesday, in an effort to relieve a local scarcity of the U.S. currency.REUTERS/Beawiharta

16 Feb 2015

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Tough love, is divesting from fossil fuel the only answer?

By Paul Dickinson, founder and executive chairman of CDP, formerly Carbon Disclosure Project | 16 February 2015 Amid growing popular concern and political attention on climate change, the first ever […]

A boy hugs a tree trunk as he prepares to take part in an attempt to create a Guinness World Record for the most number of people hugging trees for two minutes in Kathmandu June 5, 2011. 879 people took part in the event, which was held on World Environment Day to spread the message of saving the environment.
REUTERS/Navesh Chitraka

13 Feb 2015

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Tree of Life – Beyond Carbon, More than Forests

By Ibrahim Thiaw, UN Assistant Secretary General and Deputy Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme | 13 February 2015 Through history and across civilizations, the Tree of Life — […]

Burned gas separated from methane hydrate gas is seen on the deep-sea drilling vessel "Chikyu" in the Pacific, off Aichi Prefecture, central Japan, in this handout photo taken and released by Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corporation (JOGMEC) March 12, 2013. JOGMEC said on Tuesday it extracted gas from offshore methane hydrate deposits for the first time in the world, as part of an attempt to achieve commercial production within six years. Since 2001, Japan, which imports nearly all of its energy needs, has invested several hundred million dollars in developing technology to tap methane hydrate reserves off its coast that are estimated to be equal to about 11 years of gas consumption. Mandatory Credit.Credit: REUTERS

5 Feb 2015

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: How the U.S. can lower methane emissions from natural gas and save money

Published in partnership with       by Michael Obeiter and Rebecca Gasper – Originally published January 14, 2015 A new WRI study finds that there are many win-win opportunities […]

Flamingoes wade in the dawn light at Zeekoevlei nature reserve in Cape Town,
June 20, 2003. Low water levels have attracted thousands of birds to the key
wetland on the Cape Flats as new feeding grounds are opened up following
late seasonal rains in the area.   REUTERS/Mike Hutchings

30 Jan 2015

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: How wetlands manage risk

Mr. Christopher Briggs holds the impressive title “Secretary General,  Convention on Wetlands, (Ramsar,1971)”, and we decided it was a good time to consult with Chris on the role that this […]

Toyota Motor Corp's Executive Vice President Takeshi Uchiyamada poses next to the company's newly developed compact electric vehicle eQ after a news conference in Tokyo September 24, 2012. Toyota will release 21 new hybrid vehicle models over the next three years, the Japanese automaker said on Monday.Credit: REUTERS

9 Jan 2015

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: The clean vehicle revolution in the United States

Published in partnership with       By Kristin Meek | 6 January 2015 The Clean Vehicle Revolution: Driving Fuel Savings and Emissions Reductions in the United States A new […]

A farmer sprays pesticide in a paddy field in Bang-lane district of Nakhon Pathom provice in central rice areas of Thailand, February 3, 2012. Thailand's government promised farmers a huge increase in the price of rice when it came to power last August but it is failing on all fronts: export prices have not held up, the state faces huge losses and many farmers have not benefited. Picture taken February 3, 2012. To match Analysis THAILAND-RICE/        REUTERS/Sukree Sukplang (THAILAND - Tags: POLITICS FOOD AGRICULTURE BUSINESS)

24 Dec 2014

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Embracing corporate sustainability in the least likely of industries

Lyell Clarke, CEO of Clarke | 23 December 2014 “Going green.” It’s what most, if not all, companies want to do—be it as a short-term goal to slightly decrease their […]

Kadija Mohamed cooks food for her children in a camp set up for internally displaced people in Dinsoor, January 5, 2012. Almost six months after famine was declared in parts of Somalia, the Horn of Africa country remains in the grip of a humanitarian crisis with 4 million people in need of aid, according to U.N. Figures. Picture taken January 5, 2012.Credit: Reuters

17 Dec 2014

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Sustainable Innovation for the World, Adeso

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 […]

Desol at beach

13 Dec 2014

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Sustainable Innovation for the World, Desolenator

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

A sign for the SEC is pictured in the foyer of the Fort Worth Regional Office in Fort Worth

13 Dec 2014

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Corporate sustainability reporting, where the world is today

By Shari H. Littan, editor/author for Thomson Reuters GAAP-Reporter, available on Checkpoint | 12 December 2014 Today, many investors that seek traditional financial data also want information on environmental, social, […]

The European flag (top L) flies amongst EU member countries' national flags in front of the European Parliament in Strasbourg October 12, 2012. The European Union won the Nobel Peace Prize for its long-term role in uniting the continent, the Norwegian Nobel Committee said on Friday, an award seen as morale boost for the bloc as it struggles to resolve its debt crisis. The committee praised the 27-nation EU for rebuilding after World War Two and for its role in spreading stability to former communist countries after the 1989 fall of the Berlin Wall.Credit: REUTERS

5 Dec 2014

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: To stay competitive, EU must increase its efficiency

By Magda Stoczkiewicz,  Director, Friends of the Earth Europe | 5 December 2014 Resource efficiency is in danger of slipping off the EU’s agenda and we should all be worried. […]

An image of the Earth, based on observations from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS), a sensor aboard the Terra Satellite, courtesy of NASA composed on July 11, 2005. Earth day is celebrated April 22, 2013.Credit: Reuters

3 Dec 2014

Developing nations urge deeper climate cuts to zero emissions

By Alister Doyle | 2 December 2014 (Reuters) – Developing nations called on the rich on Tuesday to do more to lead the fight against climate change in line with […]

Ana Navarro, 33, plays with a giant inflatable balloon of planet Earth as she takes to the streets during a protest march marking the first year anniversary of Spain's Indignados (Indignant) movement in Malaga, southern Spain May 12, 2012. Dubbed "los indignados" (the indignant), the movement which spawned similar protests worldwide prepare to occupy Spanish streets for the whole weekend on the first anniversary of the 15M movement in a renewed protest over  government austerity measures, banks, politicians, economic recession, and the highest unemployment in the eurozone.Credit: REUTERS

26 Nov 2014

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: The impact of Net Impact

At their recent conference in Minneapolis, we sat down with Liz Maw, CEO of Net Impact, a global organization uniting students and young professionals to create a more sustainable world. Sustainability: There […]

To match Reuters Life! WINE-ITALY/MASSETO. REUTERS/Tony Gentile

22 Nov 2014

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Pension funds need to move from rhetoric to reality on sustainable investing

By Fiona Reynolds, Managing Director, Principles for Responsible Investment | 24 November 2014 Pension funds should be the ‘masters of the universe’ in the global financial system. After all, they […]

A street lamp is seen in front of the Datong second coal-fired power plant at night on the outskirts of Datong, Shanxi province, in this November 20, 2009 file photo. A new plan to curb global warming risks becoming a battleground between rich and poor nations and could struggle to get off the ground as negotiators battle over the fate of the ailing Kyoto climate pact. To match Analysis CLIMATE-DEAL.Credit: REUTERS

20 Nov 2014

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Views on the U.S.- China climate announcement

20 November 2014 There have been a variety of views on the recent announcement of collaboration by the U.S. and China to cap GHG emissions.  Even last night, Secretary-General Ban […]

PlanetEarthFinger_640. Pawel Kopczywski/Reuters

17 Nov 2014

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: A congress convenes for the planet

Every 10 years, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) convenes a global congress of leaders.  These are politicians, heads of NGOs, conservationists, human-rights activists, bankers, lawyers and c-level […]

Energy saving light bulb is illuminated within a lamp shade in an office in London. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor

14 Nov 2014

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: How the US can save billions by reducing electricity use

Published in partnership with the   By Rebecca Gasper | 12 Novmeber 2014 A new WRI study finds that there are many “win-win” opportunities for the United States to reduce […]

Many snacks and fast food contain palm oil; Credit ZSL

11 Nov 2014

Release: ZSL launches new online tool to transform palm oil industry

Press Release | 11 November 2014 ZSL launches new online tool to transform palm oil industry Resource will enable financial institutions to assess the transparency of oil palm growers The […]

Activists stand on a banner of a giant 1 trillion dollar bill representing the amount in taxpayer dollars spent yearly by governments on fossil fuel subsidies, in Los Cabos June 18, 2012. Global campaigning organizations Organization Avaaz and 350.org unfurled a banner calling on G20 leaders to deliver a new plan to save the planet by shifting nearly $1 trillion spent each year on fossil subsidies to renewable energy and sustainable development, according to a news release.Credit: REUTERS

11 Nov 2014

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: G20 and greening global finance

By Achim Steiner, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) | 11 November 2014 This year’s G20 annual meeting, which will take place in Brisbane, […]

A farmer harvests wheat on Miet Radie farm at El-Kalubia governorate, about 60 km (37 miles) northeast of Cairo May 8, 2012. Credit: REUTERS

9 Nov 2014

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: How the middle east can help feed the world

By M. Ann Tutwiler, Director General of Bioversity International, and Marie Haga,  Executive Director of the Global Crop Diversity Trust | 10 November 2014 It was in the Middle East, […]

The BHP Billiton Mt Whaleback iron ore mine, in the Pilbara Region of Western Australia, is seen in this file aerial handout photograph obtained on February 10, 2010. Mining and petroleum company BHP Billiton is set to report a rise in quarterly output from its petroleum division after producing more gas in the United States in response to higher prices. BHP will release March quarter production data on April 17, 2013.Credit: REUTERS

5 Nov 2014

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Business, conservation must find common ground

Janos Pasztor, Acting Executive Director, Conservation at WWF International | 5 November 2014 WWF released the 2014 edition of the Living Planet Report a few weeks back, and the news […]

Pedestrians are reflected on a stock quotation board outside a brokerage in Tokyo March 5, 2013. The Nikkei average ended at a new 4-1/2 year high on Tuesday as confirmation hearings for Bank of Japan leadership nominees buoyed sentiment, but gains were trimmed in late trade on profit-taking in recent gainers like financials and exporters. The Nikkei gained 0.3 percent to 11,683.45, its highest closing level since September 2008. At one point, it rose as high as 11,779.42, also its highest level since September 2008.Credit: REUTERS

4 Nov 2014

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Investing in equality, the potential of boardroom diversity

By Debra Walton, Chief Content Officer, Thomson Reuters | 4 November 2014 Thomson Reuters recently hosted a panel presented by the Women’s Bond Club called “Trading on Diversity: New Investment […]

Land cleared for a palm oil plantation is seen in Malen chiefdom in Pujehun district in southern Sierra Leone on October 27, 2011. REUTERS/Simon Akam

4 Nov 2014

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: How did palm oil become such a problem?

How did palm oil become such a problem — and what can we do about it?  Production of this ubiquitous ingredient is devastating for the environment. Solutions are complex, but […]

A man views solar panels on a roof at Google headquarters in Mountain View, California, June 18, 2007. Google announced today that they have switched on a solar panel installation at its headquarters which will help reduce the company's carbon footprint. REUTERS/Kimberly White (UNITED STATES) - RTR1QXIU

3 Nov 2014

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: How the U.S. can produce cleaner energy & economic benefits

Published in partnership with       By Kristin Meek | 3 November  2014 A new WRI study finds that there are many “win-win” opportunities for the United States to […]

The outside of the New York Stock Exchange is seen in New York May 13, 2011. NYSE shareholders are scheduled to vote on the Deutsche Boerse deal on July 7 under a timeline that NYSE says is designed to comply with German law on mergers and acquisitions.  REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

3 Nov 2014

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Our money, our planet

By Rufo Quintavalle, impact investor and founding partner of Eucalis Comercial de Madeiras, a sustainable forestry firm headquartered in Sao Paulo, Brazil | 3 November 2014 We are running out […]

Windmills are reflected in a car mirror at a wind farm in Palm Springs, California, February 9, 2011. California aims to slow climate change by putting a price on carbon -- a low, low starting price. The program is the last, keystone step in a controversial half-decade push to green the state's business for the good of the planet and the economy. Picture taken February 9, 2011. To match Special Report CARBON-CALIFORNIA/   REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

31 Oct 2014

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: How the U.S. economy can benefit from reducing greenhouse gases

Published in partnership with       By Nicholas Bianco, Kristin Meek, Rebecca Gasper, Michael Obeiter, Nate Aden and Sarah Forbes | 31 October 2014   Reducing greenhouse gas emissions […]

The sun is reflected on a solar panel at a solar power field in Kawasaki, near Tokyo. REUTERS/Toru Hanai

20 Oct 2014

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: So you want to be a cleantech entrepreneur?

By Dr. Neil Fromer, Executive Director of the Resnick Sustainability Institute, Caltech’s endowed program for energy and sustainability, and Stephanie C. Yanchinski, Executive Director of First Look West (FLoW),  which […]

Mbiwo Constantine Kusebahasa, WWF Climate Witness, checking the quality of the water. The water is sourced from an irrigation project which diverts water from the river to farmland. Many farmers in the region are switching to 'drought-resistant' crops due to the climatic changes happening in the region. Kasese District, Rwenzori Mountains, Uganda.

10 Oct 2014

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: It’s time to talk about the price of water

By Cynthia Barnett  | Source: Ensia October 6, 2014 — This summer, a 90-year-old water pipe burst under Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles, sending a geyser 30 feet into the […]

Trees are reflected on a raindrop on a leaf at a park near the venue of the 10th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP 10) in Nagoya, central Japan October 28, 2010. Ministers from around the world have gathered in Japan in a final push for a U.N. deal to protect nature, with the World Bank saying it's critical to value the benefits of forests, oceans and rivers on economies and human welfare.  REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao (JAPAN - Tags: ENVIRONMENT POLITICS)

1 Oct 2014

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Natural work settings improve health, and the bottom line

It’s time to bring nature into our built environments By Bill Browning and Allison Bernett | Source: Ensia September 30, 2014 If we think about where we most enjoy vacationing, […]

How to get your CFO to love your sustainability director

1 Oct 2014

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Your customers will seek social purpose with profit

By John F. Brock, Chairman and CEO of Coca-Cola Enterprises, explores the topic of social purpose in advance of the ‘Future for Sustainability Summit’ | 1 October 2014 In the […]

Cattle graze on hay in a landscape that would normally be covered in green grass on the Van Vleck Ranch in Rancho Murieta, California, February 12, 2014.
REUTERS/Max Whittaker

1 Oct 2014

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: On agriculture’s role in climate change

Source: Minnesota Public Radio News Jonathan Foley gives a 2014 Chautauqua Lecture about the challenges of feeding the world’s people without destroying the planet. He says agriculture contributes more to […]

An investor sits under a stock index board on the trading floor at the Dubai Financial Market in this January 31, 2011 file photo. A rebound in private equity activity in the Middle East is providing a ray of hope to the region's mergers and acquisitions business, which is struggling with weak asset values and skittish investors. Picture taken January 31, 2011.Credit: REUTERS

29 Sep 2014

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: World’s investors, leaders commit to climate challenge

By Achim Steiner, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme | 29 September 2014 The Secretary-General’s Climate Summit has put the global conversation on climate change […]

People ride along a bridge on a smoggy day in Nanjing

21 Sep 2014

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Financing a Low-Carbon Future

By Achim Steiner, Executive Director, UNEP | 21 September 2014 Money makes the world go round, as the old adage goes. Unfortunately, the current investment climate is spinning the globe in […]

Bird Collisions with Glass
In the Minneapolis/Saint Paul area, Merlins are one of over 125 bird species that have been killed by collisions with building glass.  Photo credit: Rebecca Field

16 Sep 2014

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Birds, glass, and sports stadiums

By Deborah Laurel, Prendergast Laurel Architects | 16 September 2014 As we approach the centennial of The Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918, enacted to make it unlawful to kill […]

How corporate reporting improved Microsoft's supply chain

16 Sep 2014

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Sustainability reporting at the crossroads

By Ralph Thurm, Senior Advisor, BSD | 16 September 2014 Are current sustainability reporting standards enough to live up to our biggest challenge – to build a new economic model that […]

Office workers are reflected on a screen displaying share prices as they walk past the Australian Securities Exchange building in central Sydney

10 Sep 2014

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Morgan Stanley incorporates sustainability into equity analysis

10 September 2014 Jessica Alsford, Head of Morgan Stanley’s Sustainable and Responsible research team, is driving a strategy to incorporate long term environmental, social and governance issues into the firm’s […]

People walk through a forest during sunny autumn day on Mount Uetliberg in Zurich

4 Sep 2014

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Help save the climate and alleviate poverty? Plant trees!

By Tim Christophersen, Senior Programme Officer, Forests and Climate Change, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) | 4 September 2014 The world’s forests are frequently described as the lungs of the […]

The sun is reflected on a solar panel at a solar power field in Kawasaki, near Tokyo. REUTERS/Toru Hanai

3 Sep 2014

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: China leads flourishing South-South trade in renewables

By Anja von Moltke, Head, Trade, Policy and Planning Unit, UNEP | 3 September 2014 South-South Trade Powers Greener Economies UNEP’s Executive Director Achim Steiner recently launched the report South-South […]

A worker checks the valves in a shale gas plant. Stringer/Reuters

2 Sep 2014

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: 40% of shale-rich countries face water stress

By Paul Reig and Andrew Maddocks, World Resources Institute | 2 September 2014 Right now, dozens of countries around the world are deciding whether or not to develop their shale […]

Exotic beach

27 Aug 2014

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: A Call to Action for Small Island States

By Freundel Stuart, Prime Minister of Barbados | 24 August 2014 In 2007, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change sounded an alarm about climate change that echoed across the world: […]

A Citi sign is seen at the Citigroup stall on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, October 16, 2012.

25 Aug 2014

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Citi’s Pam Flaherty sees sustainability for operations and investors

Pam Flaherty, Citi’s Director of Corporate Citizenship and Sustainability, joined us to provide an overview of what principles drive the sustainability strategy at Citi, and how she sees sustainability as relevant to […]

Refinery workers are reflected in polluted stagnant water at an illegal oil refinery site near river Nun in Nigeria's oil state of Bayelsa November 27, 2012. Thousands of people in Nigeria engage in a practice known locally as 'oil bunkering' - hacking into pipelines to steal crude then refining it or selling it abroad. The practice, which leaves oil spewing from pipelines for miles around, managed to lift around a fifth of Nigeria's two million barrel a day production last year according to the finance ministry. Picture taken November 27, 2012.Credit: REUTERS

21 Aug 2014

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Updating the rules of international finance

By Susan Burns, CEO & Co-Founder, Global Footprint Network | 21 August 2014 Tuesday, August 19, was Earth Overshoot Day, the day when humanity’s demand for ecological resources and services […]

Global Currency - REUTERS-Kacper Pempel

7 Aug 2014

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Why CFOs care about sustainability

Background: Chief Financial Officers from the leading companies in Europe have committed to putting sustainability at the core of their corporate strategy by joining the Accounting for Sustainability (A4S) Chief […]

Labourers work on a steel bar on the 18th floor of "The Wave" at Rasuna Epicentrum construction site in Jakarta

30 Jul 2014

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: New regulation, investment, for green banking age in developing world

30 July 2014 Mr. Mark Burrows, Managing Director and Vice Chairman, Global Investment Banking at Credit Suisse, joined us to offer a brief take on the evolving landscape of regulation […]

New regulations will oblige companies listed on the London Stock Exchange to measure and report on their carbon emissions from April 2013. Photograph: Ilya Naymushin/REUTERS

29 Jul 2014

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Carbon Pricing – Is it inevitable, profitable?

By Tom Kerr, Lead Climate Policy Officer, International Finance Corporation, World Bank Group | 29 July 2014 A dangerously warming planet is not just an environmental challenge – it is a […]

A tire rests on the dry bed of Lake Mendocino, a key Mendocino County reservoir, in Ukiah

24 Jul 2014

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Cities, businesses, working to manage climate risk

By Larissa Bulla, head of CDP’s cities programme | 24 July 2014 The world is nearly five times more disaster prone than it was four decades ago due to climate […]

Scales of Justice are seen in Brittany's Parliament in Rennes. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe

21 Jul 2014

Obama signs order barring federal discrimination against LGBT community

Source: Reuters Video U.S. President Barack Obama signed an order on Monday (July 21) protecting federally contracted worked from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. Rough […]

A worker picks tea at a plantation in Githunguri, 30 km (18 miles) from Kenya's capital Nairobi, January 6, 2012. Kenya, the world's biggest exporter of black tea, has lost a significant part of its tea production for this month due to severe frost in key growing areas, which could cut its foreign exchange earnings, a major industry group said. In this week alone, about 20 million kg of green leaf was damaged by frost, which occurs when temperatures plunge at night after hot days, said Alfred Njagi, general manager of operations at the Kenya Tea Development Agency (KTDA). REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya (KENYA - Tags: AGRICULTURE BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT FOOD)

15 Jul 2014

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: KPMG helping business and investors to measure natural capital

Dr Stephanie Hime, natural capital specialist at KPMG, joined us to talk about this rapidly emerging business opportunity, and what their new report on “natural capital” or “the stock of […]

A man looks as the world's biggest Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) tanker DUHAIL as she crosses through the Suez Canal in this April 1, 2008 file photo. The Qatari tanker was built to transfer LNG from Qatar to Europe and the U.S. Countries neighbouring the world's biggest natural gas field in the Gulf face years of importing fuel by ship from distant suppliers, after plans to share the gas through a pipeline were stifled by political rivalries and haggling over price. Qatar has become one of world's richest countries by selling gas from the vast North Field under its waters to Europe, Asia and the Americas.Credit: REUTERS

26 Jun 2014

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Consumption and Production for a Finite Planet

By Charles Arden-Clarke, Acting Head of the 10YFP Secretariat, UNEP | 26 June 2014 We live on a finite planet with an increasingly degraded natural environment, a rapidly growing population, […]

Buildings under a hazy skyline are seen in downtown Guangzhou, capital city of China's southern Guangdong province, in this November 17, 2004 file photo. China's worsening air pollution, after decades of unbridled economic growth, cost the country $112 billion in 2005 in lost economic productivity, a study by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has found. The figure, which also took into account people's lost leisure time because of illness or death, was $22 billion in 1975, according to researchers at the MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change.Credit: Reuters

26 Jun 2014

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Global banks see new investment opportunity in sustainability

“Along with doing the right thing for the planet, there is a lot of profit to be made here” says Mark Burrows, Managing Director and Vice Chairman, Global Investment Banking, […]

Woman holding an umbrella walks past a board displaying market indices outside a brokerage in Tokyo

25 Jun 2014

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Deloitte’s view on growing the impact economy to $1 Trillion by 2020

By Shrupti Shah, Director of GovLab, Deloitte Consulting | 25 June 2014 Can we put achievement of social good at the center of business? This question addresses the very basis […]

An illustration picture shows projection of binary code on man holding aptop computer in Warsaw

24 Jun 2014

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: PwC sees growing business models in “sustainability”

PwC recently announced survey findings indicating increasing investor interest in sustainability. We joined Kayla Gillan – Leader, PwC Investor Resource Institute, and Don Reed – Managing Director, Sustainable Business Solutions […]

Mist covered hills of a rainforest are seen in a photograph taken from an aircraft by Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge during a visit with Prince William to Borneo September 15, 2012. Seven photos taken by the Duchess on the trip were posted on the Cambridge's official website on November 21, 2012. Picture taken September 15, 2012.Credit: Reuters

19 Jun 2014

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Global Warming Policies Should Not Only Address Fossil Fuels

By Doug Boucher,  Director of Climate Research and Analysis for the Union of Concerned Scientists | 19 June 2014 The most recent global warming stories to make the rounds focus […]

Buildings under a hazy skyline are seen in downtown Guangzhou, capital city of China's southern Guangdong province, in this November 17, 2004 file photo. China's worsening air pollution, after decades of unbridled economic growth, cost the country $112 billion in 2005 in lost economic productivity, a study by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has found. The figure, which also took into account people's lost leisure time because of illness or death, was $22 billion in 1975, according to researchers at the MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change.Credit: Reuters

19 Jun 2014

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Air Pollution – A Silent Killer

By Achim Steiner, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme | 19 June 2014 The world is under attack from a silent killer […]

The leaf on the Apple symbol is tinted green at the Apple flagship store on 5th Ave in New York April 22, 2014. 

Credit: Reuters/Brendan McDermid

17 Jun 2014

Green investors favor Apple after environmental reforms

By Ross Kerber | 17 June 2014 (Reuters) – Apple Inc, criticized in the past for greenhouse gas emissions, use of toxic materials and the hiring of underage workers, has […]

A tourist boat, decorated with green lights, travels on the Pearl River amid heavy haze in Guangzhou, Guangdong province March 3, 2014. 

Credit: Reuters/Alex Lee

4 Jun 2014

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: China’s Environment Minister sees opportunity for global collaboration

By H.E. Mr. Zhou Shengxian, Minister, Ministry of Environmental Protection, The People’s Republic of China | 4 June 2014 Facing environmental challenges, promoting green development. Human society has been challenged […]

Vapour rises from a steel mill chimney in the industrial town of Port Kembla, about 80 km (50 miles) south of Sydney in this July 7, 2011 file photograph. Australia and the European Commission on August 28, 2012 agreed to link their carbon trading schemes by 2018, allowing Australian companies to buy cheaper EU carbon credits and providing a much-needed boost for the flagging European market.Credit: Reuters

3 Jun 2014

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: A big step for health and biodiversity

By David Yarnold, President and CEO of the National Audubon Society | 3 June 2014 We’ve known since 1990 that emissions from coal-fired power plants are harming both people and […]

A man walks past the Bank of China Tower at Hong Kong's financial Central district

28 May 2014

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Beyond ESG, an outcome driven approach to sustainability

By Jane P. Madden, Principal, Mission Measurement | 29 May 2014 It’s late May, and in the sustainability world, that means we are at the height of corporate reporting season. […]

The Keystone XL oil pipeline will connect Alberta's tar sands to Texas refineries. Photograph: Todd Korol/REUTERS

19 May 2014

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Energy Efficiency Bill Drowned in Tar Sands Pit of Partisan Politics

By RP Siegel | 15 May 2014 It’s frustrating. Doctors have a code of ethics that says “do no harm.” But politicians have no such code. At a time when […]

An illustration picture shows projection of binary code on man holding aptop computer in Warsaw

18 May 2014

EXCLUSIVE: Caltech announces new, disruptive innovation

19 May 2014 Dr. Harry Atwater of Caltech is one of the world’s leading researchers of Applied Physics and Materials Science, specializing in technology related to photovoltaics and solar energy […]

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16 May 2014

EXCLUSIVE: Caltech’s new sustainability awards to drive disruptive innovation

15 May 2014 Dr. Harry Atwater of Caltech is one of the world’s leading researchers of Applied Physics and Materials Science , specializing in technology related to photovoltaics and solar […]

A man looks at an electronic board displaying share prices in Tokyo

16 May 2014

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Philanthropy’s (Unexplored) Role in the Fight Against Climate Change

By Sarah Wood Kearney, Executive Director, PRIME Coalition & Visiting Researcher, MIT Sloan School of Management, 2014 Resonate Award winner | 16 May 2014 Over the past few weeks, President Obama unleashed […]

Pedestrians are reflected on a stock quotation board outside a brokerage in Tokyo March 5, 2013. The Nikkei average ended at a new 4-1/2 year high on Tuesday as confirmation hearings for Bank of Japan leadership nominees buoyed sentiment, but gains were trimmed in late trade on profit-taking in recent gainers like financials and exporters. The Nikkei gained 0.3 percent to 11,683.45, its highest closing level since September 2008. At one point, it rose as high as 11,779.42, also its highest level since September 2008.Credit: REUTERS

16 May 2014

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Why diversity matters

As Global Head of Diversity & Inclusion and Corporate Responsibility at Thomson Reuters, Patsy Doerr is responsible for optimizing talent recruitment and performance across a workforce of approximately 60,000 employees, […]

Greenpeace activists in Hong Kong carry portraits of their detained colleagues as they protest outside the Russian Consulate in Hong Kong

9 May 2014

EXECUTIVE PERSEPCTIVE: Communicating on Environmental, Social and Governance Issues: Proactive Better than Reactive

By Anna Tuson, Media and Communications Lead, and Alexandra Mihailescu Cichon, Head of Business Development, at RepRisk AG | 9 May 2014 As stakeholders gain better access to increasingly sophisticated […]

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7 May 2014

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Rethinking Ethics and Economy

Towards an Inclusive “Green Economy”: Rethinking Ethics and Economy in the Age of the Anthropocene By Achim Steiner, Executive Director, UNEP | 7 May 2014 —————————————— Sometimes, to look afresh […]

Vehicles drive on Three Ring Road and Jianwai Street in central Beijing

25 Apr 2014

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: European firms must now report on sustainability, but will it matter?

By Jane Burston, Head, Centre for Carbon Measurement, National Physical Laboratory | 25 April 2014 European companies will now have to report to shareholders on their environmental, social and ethical […]

People walk through a forest during sunny autumn day on Mount Uetliberg in Zurich

24 Apr 2014

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Mitigate Climate Change and Ensure Sustainable Green Growth

Two for the Price of One: Investment in Forests Can Mitigate Climate Change and Ensure Sustainable Green Growth By H.E. Dr. Kuntoro Mangkusubroto, Chair of the National Commission on the […]

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8 Apr 2014

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: In historic event, environment to be placed at heart of global agenda

By Achim Steiner, UN Under-Secretary-General and UNEP Executive Director | 8 April 2014 The environment is set to take centre stage this June with the holding of a landmark meeting […]

Fish swim in the Mediterranean sea on the south coast of the Balearic island of Mallorca. REUTERS/Dani Cardona

7 Apr 2014

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: The high seas under threat

By Jonathon Cini, World Economic Forum | 7 April 2014 Managing the Global Commons is emerging as a key challenge of the 21st century. Existing governance structures are no longer […]

A worker uses his walkie-talkie as he walks past a coal pile at a mining site in Berau, in Indonesia's East Kalimantan province, in this August 12, 2010 file photo. The slowdown in China's economic growth is cutting deeper into Indonesia's coal sector, forcing producers to reduce output and slash costs, and testing the resilience of a commodity boom in Southeast Asia's largest economy. The Indonesian Coal Mining Association cut its 2012 production forecast to between 340 million and 350 million tonnes, the second revision this year and 10 percent to 13 percent below its original forecast of 390 million tonnes.Credit: REUTERS

7 Apr 2014

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Is coal really on the rise in Europe?

By Jeremy Leggett, founder of UK-based Solar Century and chairman of Carbon Tracker | 7 April 2014 For the fossil fuel boosters and the climate deniers, it’s a delicious irony. […]

A statue of the figure of 'Justice' is seen above the Old Bailey court in London

28 Mar 2014

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: WWF to use new strategies to protect pristine ecosystems

28 March 2014 We sat down with Zach Abraham from WWF to discuss the latest strategy around preventing oil company SOCO International from exploration in Virunga National Park, a pristine […]

An investor sits under a stock index board on the trading floor at the Dubai Financial Market in this January 31, 2011 file photo. A rebound in private equity activity in the Middle East is providing a ray of hope to the region's mergers and acquisitions business, which is struggling with weak asset values and skittish investors. Picture taken January 31, 2011.Credit: REUTERS

26 Mar 2014

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVES: More active investors for more sustainable, better performing companies

By Stephanie Maier, Head of Responsible Investment Strategy and Research, Aviva Investors | 26 March 2014 In recent years corporate boards have experienced a rapid increase in shareholder requests for […]

Mist covered hills of a rainforest are seen in a photograph taken from an aircraft by Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge during a visit with Prince William to Borneo September 15, 2012. Seven photos taken by the Duchess on the trip were posted on the Cambridge's official website on November 21, 2012. Picture taken September 15, 2012.Credit: Reuters

19 Mar 2014

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVES: Creating incentives for private sector investment in forests

By Nick Oakes, Finance Programme Manager, Global Canopy Programme | 19 March 2014 According to the IPCC’s most recent 5th Assessment Report, Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions from the land use […]

Labourers work at a garment factory owned by Singaporeans outside Hanoi October 19, 2012.Credit: REUTERS

3 Mar 2014

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: A view from Europe on corporate accountability

By Caroline Kaeb, 2014 Kellogg School of Management/Aspen Institute Business and Society Leadership Summit | 4 March 2014 It is no exaggeration to say that, in one way or another, […]

How corporate reporting improved Microsoft's supply chain

1 Mar 2014

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Can Private Politics Replace Government Regulation?

By Brayden King, 2014 Kellogg School of Management/Aspen Institute Business and Society Leadership Summit | 1 March 2014 Over the past decade, public regulation of corporate behavior has waned considerably, […]

Children hold plastic bags to receive food donation at the Abdullah Shah Ghazi Mausoleum in Karachi March 14, 2013. Hundreds of devotees pay their respects daily at the tomb of Ghazi, a ninth-century Sufi saint.Credit: REUTERS

26 Feb 2014

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Oxfam update on Big 10 food companies

By Erinch Sahan, Policy Adivsor, Oxfam GB | 26 February 2014 It’s a year since we launched our scorecard. Having clawed through company reports, analysing every commitment and policy of […]

Logs cut from the Amazon rainforest are transported by barge to a shipping port, just off Marajo Island near the mouth of the Amazon River, in Brazil, on November 16, 2012. REUTERS/Raimundo Pacco

24 Feb 2014

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Amazonia’s economy under threat

By Helen Bellfield, Project Analyst, The Global Canopy Programme | 15 Februrary 2014 Industry is not the first thing most people associate with the Amazon. Yet the region generates tens […]

A pair of elephants walk through scrub in the dusk light in Pilanesberg National Park in South Africa's North West Province April 19, 2012. Elephant and rhino poaching is surging, conservationists say, an illegal piece of Asia's scramble for African resources, driven by the growing purchasing power of the region's newly affluent classes. In South Africa, nearly two rhinos a day are being killed to meet demand for the animal's horn, which is worth more than its weight in gold. Picture taken April 19, 2012. To match Feature AFRICA-POACHING.Credit: REUTERS

15 Feb 2014

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Wildlife, rhino poaching, rising exponentially

By Jonathan Baillie,  Director of Conservation Programmes, Zoological Society of London | 15 February 2014 Imagine if the world’s art galleries had no security staff or alarm systems.  The Picasso’s, […]

Judges walk into the Houses of Parliament in central London

10 Feb 2014

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Men and women are no longer officially traded as goods, but…

By Matt Crossman, Ethical Research and Corporate Engagement, Rathbone Investment Management | 10 February 2014 Rathbone Investment Management traces its history back to 1742. Sadly, many of the social issues […]

Mbiwo Constantine Kusebahasa, WWF Climate Witness, checking the quality of the water. The water is sourced from an irrigation project which diverts water from the river to farmland. Many farmers in the region are switching to 'drought-resistant' crops due to the climatic changes happening in the region. Kasese District, Rwenzori Mountains, Uganda.

9 Feb 2014

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Creating opportunities for the base of the pyramid

Creating Opportunities for the Base of the Pyramid: Why the Business Philanthropy Checkbook Model is Broken “Economies cannot grow in societies that fail.”…World Business Council for Sustainable Development. By Scott […]

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4 Feb 2014

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Climate change may trigger the next financial crisis

By Jane Burston,  Head, Centre for Carbon Measurement, UK National Physical Laboratory, Environmentalist, Entrepreneur, World Economic Forum Young Global Leader | 4 February 2014 Financial markets have long been the […]

A portrait of global aerosols is seen in this undated NASA handout image produced by a GEOS-5 simulation at a 10-kilometer resolution released November 14, 2012. In the image, dust (red) is lifted from the surface, sea salt (blue) swirls inside cyclones, smoke (green) rises from fires, and sulfate particles (white) stream from volcanoes and fossil fuel emissions. High-resolution global atmospheric modeling provides a unique tool to study the role of weather within Earth's climate system. The Goddard Earth Observing System Model, Version 5 (GEOS-5) is capable of simulating worldwide weather at resolutions of 10 to 3.5 kilometers.Credit: Reuters

28 Jan 2014

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: A successful leader’s philosophy for sustainability

Dassault Systemes was recently named number 5 in the Corporate Knights top 100 most sustainable companies.  At the center of this achievement is Bernard Charles, CEO and President since September, […]

Steam and other emissions rise from a coal-fired power station near Lithgow, 120 km (75 miles) west of Sydney, in this July 7, 2011 file photo. Australian consumer prices rose a surprisingly large 1.4 percent in the third quarter as energy costs spiked on the introduction of a carbon tax, sending the local dollar higher as the market pared expectations on the speed and scale of further rate cuts.Credit: REUTERS

27 Jan 2014

Executive Perspective: 2014: The Year for a Smart Carbon Tax

By Joe Keefe, President and CEO of Pax World Management LLC and Pax World Funds | 27 January 2014 (Justmeans) – The federal government in Washington, DC is at an all-time low in […]

City workers cross London Bridge during the evening rush-hour in the City of London

27 Jan 2014

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: How should a business leader understand “sustainability”

We sat down with Lucy Marcus, board director, columnist and TV host of “In the Boardroom with Lucy Marcus”  to explore some practical questions around sustainability for business | 27 […]

27 Jan 2014

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Slavery, the darkest side of corruption

By Monique Villa | 27 January 2014 Last month I met a man whose life had been entirely shattered by corruption. He had lost everything he had: his family, his […]

The Ocean Guardian semi-submersible drilling rig contracted from Diamond Offshore Drilling by Desire Petroleum floats in location for oil drilling some 150 km (93 miles) from the Falkland Islands in this February 19, 2010 file photo. Few people are tracking the ups and downs of the British companies looking for oil off the disputed Falkland Islands as closely as islanders themselves. The search for black gold in South Atlantic waters claimed by Argentina has even persuaded some residents to dabble in the stock market as they bet on a windfall that could guarantee their small community's prosperity for decades to come.Credit: REUTERS

17 Jan 2014

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: “Stranded Assets” entering the investment lexicon

By Anthony Hobley, CEO Carbon Tracker Initiative, 20 January 2014 Last year, a new concept entered the investment lexicon. A growing number of voices within the mainstream of the investment […]

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10 Jan 2014

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Emerging Sustainability Priorities

By John Paluszek | 8 January 2014 The ground is shifting under global capitalism and corporate citizenship. Company leaders in sustainability, sensitive to the arguably epic changes appearing at the […]

Jarvis and team arrive at Peggoty Bluff, South Georgia. Credit:  Jo Stewart/Shackleton Epic

6 Jan 2014

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: The Endurance, Ernest Shackleton and Sustainability

CHASING SHACKLETON, a new three-part series about a modern expedition that follows the path of history’s most extraordinary survival story, will premiere January 8, 2014 on PBS (10 PM ET, […]

A woman wearing a mask walks at the Bund along the Huangpu River on a hazy day in Shanghai June 11, 2012. China's carbon emissions could be nearly 20 percent higher than previously thought, a new analysis of official Chinese data showed on Sunday, suggesting the pace of global climate change could be even faster than currently predicted.Credit: REUTERS

6 Jan 2014

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: No limits to growth for sustainable investments

By Dr. Jan Amrit Poser, Chief Economist and Head of Asset Management at Bank J. Safra Sarasin | 7 January 2014 The United Nations Climate Change Conference in Warsaw showed […]

Skyscrapers are pictured at dusk in Singapore's central business district

6 Jan 2014

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: The business of building green – Singapore’s approach

By Dr John Keung, CEO of Building and Construction Authority, Government of Singapore | 7 January 2014 *********  A huge amount of resources go into constructing and maintaining buildings. This […]

Students stand in a line to collect their free mid-day meals, distributed by a government-run primary school, in Rajpore, about 25 km (18 miles) west of the eastern Indian city of Kolkata, September 4, 2009. REUTERS/Jayanta Shaw (INDIA EDUCATION SOCIETY)

20 Dec 2013

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Changing the global food narrative

“The dominant story about the future of the world food supply is logical, well known and wrong.” By Jonathan Foley,  Director of the Institute on the Environment at the University […]

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20 Dec 2013

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: A call to remember the forgotten crops

Interview of Monkombu Swaminathan, (Awards: World Food Prize laureate, Indira Gandhi Prize, Albert Einstein World Award of Science) By Fred Pearce |20 December 2013 CGIAR, the world’s largest agriculture research partnership, […]

​The next generation of the Global Reporting Initiative’s Sustainability Reporting Guidelines – G4 – will be unveiled next month.

10 Dec 2013

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Corporate responsibility reporting: is it really worth it?

By Yvo de Boer, KPMG’s Global Chairman, Climate Change & Sustainability Services | 10 December, 2013 Let us be honest, corporate responsibility (CR) reporting is not without its critics. Some […]

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25 Nov 2013

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: The rising risk of resource constraints

By Susan Burns, Founder, Global Footprint Network | 26  November 2013 In the past two years, the sovereign debt of the USA, as well as Spain, Greece, Portugal and other […]

North Korean farmers work in a field of a collective farm in the area damaged by recent floods and typhoons in the South Hwanghae province, in this September 30, 2011 file photo. North Korea plans to allow farmers to keep more of their produce in an attempt to boost agricultural output, a source with close ties to Pyongyang and Beijing said, in a move that could boost supplies, help cap rising food prices and ease malnutrition. The move to liberalise agriculture under new leader Kim Jong-un, who took office in December 2011 after the death of his father, would reverse a crackdown on private production that started in 2005. It comes amid talk that the youngest Kim to rule the impoverished North is considering reforms to boost the economy. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj/Files.Credit: Reuters

19 Nov 2013

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Beyond the farm bill: financial reforms the world’s farmers need

By Tensie Whelan, president of the Rainforest Alliance, | 19 November, 2013 Direct payments to farmers have become a lightning rod in the renewal of the U.S. farm bill.  The […]

Ana Navarro, 33, plays with a giant inflatable balloon of planet Earth as she takes to the streets during a protest march marking the first year anniversary of Spain's Indignados (Indignant) movement in Malaga, southern Spain May 12, 2012. Dubbed "los indignados" (the indignant), the movement which spawned similar protests worldwide prepare to occupy Spanish streets for the whole weekend on the first anniversary of the 15M movement in a renewed protest over  government austerity measures, banks, politicians, economic recession, and the highest unemployment in the eurozone.Credit: REUTERS

4 Nov 2013

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: The role of banks in enhancing impact investing

By Mario Marconi, Head of Philanthropy & Values Based Investing at UBS | 4 November 2013 Large corporates do good through their Corporate Social Responsibility programs. However banks can go […]

A pair of eagles fly over their feeding grounds at the Fraser River near Harrison Mills, British Columbia, east of Vancouver

4 Nov 2013

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: The case against lead ammunition

By David Yarnold CEO/President, National Audubon Society | 4 November  2013 For generations, sportsmen have stood at the front of the conservation movement. Take longtime conservation leader Donal O’Brien Jr., […]

The moon rises over Arctic ice near the 2011 Applied Physics Laboratory Ice Station north of Prudhoe Bay, Alaska March 18, 2011.  Picture taken March 18. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENVIRONMENT)

28 Oct 2013

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: What the warming arctic needs

By Laurence C. Smith & Jan-Gunnar Winther, members of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on the Arctic,  | 28 October 2013 The world needs clear-eyed discussion about numerous controversial issues in […]

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25 Oct 2013

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: A turning point in recognizing natural capital risks?

By Andrew Mitchell, Executive Director, The Global Canopy Programme | 25 October 2013 Two events in the UK’s House of Commons this week could mark a turning point in recognition […]

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9 Oct 2013

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Sustainable materials – with both eyes open

This interview with Dr. Julian Allwood is made available in partnership with the Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership (CPSL). The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) estimates that global greenhouse […]

Mist covered hills of a rainforest are seen in a photograph taken from an aircraft by Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge during a visit with Prince William to Borneo September 15, 2012. Seven photos taken by the Duchess on the trip were posted on the Cambridge's official website on November 21, 2012. Picture taken September 15, 2012.Credit: Reuters

8 Oct 2013

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: The urgent business of transforming agricultural production

By Mario Rautner, Forest Footprint Analyst, Global Canopy Programme | 8 October 2013 More than 50 % of all deforestation in tropical countries between the years 2000 and 2010 was […]

An investor sits under a stock index board on the trading floor at the Dubai Financial Market in this January 31, 2011 file photo. A rebound in private equity activity in the Middle East is providing a ray of hope to the region's mergers and acquisitions business, which is struggling with weak asset values and skittish investors. Picture taken January 31, 2011.Credit: REUTERS

30 Sep 2013

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Investment rush to Africa must manage sustainability risks

As the UN-supported Principles for Responsible Investment initiative begins its annual event in Cape Town on October 1st, its Executive Director Dr. James Gifford considers the sustainability challenges faced by […]

A farmer harvests wheat on Miet Radie farm at El-Kalubia governorate, about 60 km (37 miles) northeast of Cairo May 8, 2012. Credit: REUTERS

27 Sep 2013

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Bioversity Director General Ann Tutwiler on bringing agriculture and conservation together

–          The world’s governments gathered at the United Nations General Assembly are currently discussing how to accelerate progress on the world’s Millennium Development Goals, which conclude in 2015, and also […]

A Chinese 100 yuan banknote is placed under a $100 banknote in this photo illustration taken in Beijing in this November 7, 2010 file photo. For players in China's tightly corseted currency market, the authorities' loosening of the strings in March 2012 to allow wider yuan moves has boosted both opportunities for short-term profit, as volatility rises, and long-term risks, with yuan appreciation no longer a certainty. To match Analysis CHINA-YUAN.Credit: REUTERS

24 Sep 2013

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: ESG and impact investing-the new killer app

By Robert Rubinstein, CEO & Founder of TBLI Group | September 24, 2013 When I started to talk with asset owners and managers about ESG investment (liquid side of sustainable […]

The crescent Earth rises above the lunar horizon in this undated NASA handout photograph taken from the Apollo 17 spacecraft in lunar orbit during the final lunar landing mission in the Apollo program. December 13, 2012 marks the 50th anniversary of the last manned lunar trip. Photo obtained by Reuters December 13, 2012.Credit: REUTERS

23 Sep 2013

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Is sustainability reaching a tipping point?

By John Paluszek, Senior Counsel Ketchum/Executive Producer, Business In Society | September 23, 2013 If you have long labored in the sustainability vineyard, the idea of a “sustainability tipping point” […]

Henrik Bendix Dahl, general manager for Novo Nordisk Malaysia and Datuk Farida Mohd Ali, Secretary General of Ministry of Health in Malaysia sign the Jom Mama Memorandum of Understanding while Danish Crown Princess Mary witnesses.

20 Sep 2013

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: We Must Start Early to Prevent Diabetes Transmission Across Generations

We Must Start Early to Prevent Diabetes Transmission Across Generations Mike Doustdar, senior vice president, Novo Nordisk; Charlotte Ersbøll, corporate vice president, Novo Nordisk; Dr. Maimunah A Hamid, Deputy Director […]

Trees are reflected on a raindrop on a leaf at a park near the venue of the 10th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP 10) in Nagoya, central Japan October 28, 2010. Ministers from around the world have gathered in Japan in a final push for a U.N. deal to protect nature, with the World Bank saying it's critical to value the benefits of forests, oceans and rivers on economies and human welfare.  REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao (JAPAN - Tags: ENVIRONMENT POLITICS)

19 Sep 2013

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Biodiversity as a solution for sustainable agriculture

By Fred Pearce |  13 September  2013 Conservationists must find common ground with farmers, if they are to achieve their goals of stemming biodiversity loss, says Braulio Dias, the Executive […]

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13 Sep 2013

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE:
Dr. David Reiner on carbon capture and storage

This interview is made available in partnership with the Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership (CPSL). 16 September  2013 Carbon dioxide capture and storage is one of the only technologies capable […]

Chocolate Easter eggs are seen at Belgian chocolate maker Neuhaus in Vlezenbeek, near Brussels March 13, 2013. Belgian chocolate makers believe their renowned pralines should have similar protection to that enjoyed by French champagne or Italy's Parma ham. They want the term "Belgian chocolate" to be their exclusive preserve and also want to crack down on foreign rivals dressing up their products as "Belgian style" or of a "Belgian recipe". Picture taken March 13, 2013. To match Story BELGIUM-CHOCOLATE.Credit: REUTERS

11 Sep 2013

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Taste of what’s to come: cocoa diversity for 50 million people globally

By  Martin Gilmour, Cocoa Sustainability Research Director, Mars Chocolate, and Stephan Weise, Deputy Director General Research, Bioversity International | September 11, 2013 Demand for cocoa products has never been higher. […]

Labourers work at a garment factory owned by Singaporeans outside Hanoi October 19, 2012.Credit: REUTERS

9 Sep 2013

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Women, Garment Work and Safety, Clothes to Die For?

By Julie Fox Gorte, Ph.D., senior vice president, Sustainable Investing, and Heather Smith, lead sustainability analyst, Pax World Investments | 9 September 2013 A rickety garment factory in Bangladesh collapses. […]

Mbiwo Constantine Kusebahasa, WWF Climate Witness, checking the quality of the water. The water is sourced from an irrigation project which diverts water from the river to farmland. Many farmers in the region are switching to 'drought-resistant' crops due to the climatic changes happening in the region. Kasese District, Rwenzori Mountains, Uganda.

9 Sep 2013

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Managing water risk at Coca-Cola Enterprises

By Joe Franses | 9 September 2013 (Joe Franses is Director, Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability, Coca-Cola Enterprises)  Regardless of the industry, companies are increasingly facing the challenge of forming a […]

People walk through a forest during sunny autumn day on Mount Uetliberg in Zurich

4 Sep 2013

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Micro Land Conservation, A Model from the American Upper Midwest

By Bob Fitzwilliam,  Executive Director of West Wisconsin Land Trust | September 4, 2013 Although the U.S. state of Wisconsin benefits from 60,000 acres of state park lands, and nearly […]

Companies are engaging with customers to create a sustainable world. B&Q's customers only buy 100% sustainable timber because that's all they stock. Photograph: Alamy

28 Aug 2013

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: A Roadmap Towards Quantifying and Managing Natural Capital Risk

“Despite mounting evidence, natural capital is hardly accounted for by capital and insurance markets. The Natural Capital Declaration aims to provide solutions.” By Ivo Mulder, Liesel van Ast, and Rachel […]

A man rides his bicycle through water fountains in front of the skyline in Toronto

15 Aug 2013

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: EcoMobility – the new paradigm for urban transport

By Konrad Otto-Zimmermann, Chairman, ICLEI Urban Agendas | 15 August 2013 The way we move people and goods in urban areas has received new attention beyond attention by city planners […]

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7 Aug 2013

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: The failure of genetic engineering for biofuels

Genetic engineering has produced tremendous commercial and societal value, especially for production of single therapeutic proteins.

Children hold plastic bags to receive food donation at the Abdullah Shah Ghazi Mausoleum in Karachi March 14, 2013. Hundreds of devotees pay their respects daily at the tomb of Ghazi, a ninth-century Sufi saint.Credit: REUTERS

6 Aug 2013

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Behind the Brands, Oxfam ranks big food

By Erinch Sahan and Will Martindale, Oxfam Policy Adisors | 6 August 2013 Supply chains = risk. Risk of contamination. Risk of changing climates. Risk of land-grabs. Even, tragically, risk […]

A couple relax under blossoming cherry trees during a pleasant spring day at Prague's Petrin hill, April 24, 2013.Credit: REUTERS

4 Aug 2013

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: The Natural Capital Debt Bubble

By valuing natural capital in a similar way to financial, manufactured, social and human capital, we can make decisions on the stewardship of the natural environment based on hard-nosed economics, and not just on the vitally important moral case for saving nature for nature’s sake.

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3 Jul 2013

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Engaging employees on a sustainability journey

Over the last decade, sustainability has become an important part of the corporate agenda. Discussions around license to operate and access to increasingly scarce resources are now commonplace.

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2 Jul 2013

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Jeff Heggedahl on evaluating risk in energy and sustainability management

As the economy improves and the effects of climate change multiply, many companies are thinking again about sustainability. Some have already reported impressive results, while others are still trying to figure out how to get started.

Post-Tropical Cyclone Sandy is seen as it makes landfall southwest of Atlantic City, New Jersey in this GOES-13 satellite colorized infrared handout image taken October 29, 2012. REUTERS/NOAA/Handout.

25 Jun 2013

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: President Obama’s Plan to Cut Carbon Pollution

President Obama’s Plan to Cut Carbon Pollution Taking Action for Our Kids We have a moral obligation to leave our children a planet that’s not polluted or damaged, and by […]

A ferry sails in front of the 118-floor International Commerce Centre (L) in Hong Kong April 15, 2013. Severe levels of air pollution hit Hong Kong on Monday, with roadside Air Pollution Index readings in some districts soaring to 204, government radio reported. Any reading above 201 is considered to be very unhealthy by the Environmental Protection Department.Credit: REUTERS

23 Jun 2013

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: The rise of the winner-take-all economy

By Chrystia Freeland | 23 June 2013 The rich are getting richer. That’s the conclusion of the World Wealth Report, the landmark annual study of the world’s millionaires, which was […]

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

21 Jun 2013

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Deloitte outlines three ways companies can use ESG factors to drive shareholder value

Historically many companies have treated ESG (environmental, social and governance) issues as important but tangential to the core business. Sometimes their motivation was a desire to be recognized as good corporate citizens.

Socialist International (SI) President and Greece's former Prime Minister George Papandreou delivers the opening speech at the SI Council meeting in Cascais February 4, 2013. REUTERS/Jose Manuel Ribeiro

19 Jun 2013

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Economic worries and the global elite

Here’s one sign the global elite is starting to get worried that capitalism isn’t working for the Western middle class.

A crane processes scrapped parts and waste at Vtormet scrappage plant outside Moscow, January 30, 2013. Scrap dealer Yuri Vorontsov hopes business at his Vtormet yard outside Moscow will pick up soon thanks to a new recycling fee on car imports. But he is still waiting to hear how the levy will help him compete with fly-by-night operators who buy up cars, strip them for parts and dump the hulks illegally. Picture taken January 30, 2013.Credit: REUTERS

18 Jun 2013

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: U.S. recycling not meeting industry demand: Here’s how to fix it

Today, the majority of U.S. recycling programs use outdated collection methods that discourage consumer participation, pose risks to collection workers and are too expensive.

Harvested wheat is inspected by farmer Joff Sowray at Humberton Farm near Boroughbridge, northern England October 26, 2012. Britain will be a net importer of wheat for the first time in a decade this year, turning customer to its traditional export rivals after a disease-ravaged harvest, much of which fails to meet the quality required for bread.Credit: REUTERS

14 Jun 2013

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Linking agriculture and biodiversity can help feed the planet

Agricultural biodiversity is the basis of our life on Earth. It is also the basis of healthy and resilient ecosystems. Yet it is under threat.

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12 Jun 2013

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Tackling ASEAN’s competitiveness divide

Competitiveness will feature prominently in the programme of the 2013 World Economic Forum on East Asia, taking place this week in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar’s capital. And rightly so: competitiveness is a critical driver of both prosperity and integration.

A Ministry of Public Health official holds blood test slides taken from children, who live in the Thai-Myanmar border, at a malaria clinic in the Sai Yoke district, Kanchanaburi Province October 26, 2012. Globally, 3.3 billion people are at risk of malaria infection. While Africa has the highest malaria burden, most the 46,000 deaths outside Africa occurred in Asia Pacific. There are also concerns over a growing parasite resistance. Studies and research show artemisinin-based therapies - currently the most effective treatment against malaria - are taking longer to cure some of the patients.Credit: REUTERS

11 Jun 2013

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Creating a sustainable healthcare ecosystem in South-East Asia

In South-East Asia today, most countries face a difficult dilemma – Should limited resources be used to combat the rapid growth of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) that take such a terrible toll on human life and economic development, or should those resources go towards expanded efforts to reduce the debilitating effects of poverty?

People walk past the skyline of Marina Bay central business district in Singapore April 26, 2013. Banks in Singapore are urgently scrutinising their account holders as an imminent deadline on stricter tax evasion measures forces them to decide whether to send some of their wealthiest clients packing. The Southeast Asian city-state has grown into the world's fourth-biggest offshore financial centre but, with U.S. and European regulators on the hunt for tax cheats, the government is clamping down to forestall the kind of onslaught from foreign authorities that is now hitting Switzerland's banks. Before July 1, all financial institutions in Singapore must identify accounts they strongly suspect hold proceeds of fraudulent or wilful tax evasion and, where necessary, close them. After that, handling the proceeds of tax crimes will be a criminal offence under changes to the city-state's anti-money laundering law. Picture taken April 26, 2013.Credit: REUTERS

10 Jun 2013

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Smart cities are inclusive cities

Up to one-third of the world’s population will soon live in a migrant slum. It’s the greatest issue of our century, changing life as we know it.

Turkish PM cheered in show of strength as protests go on

7 Jun 2013

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: The perils of authoritarian overreach

By Chrystia Freeland | 6 June 2013 NEW YORK – The past week has been a lesson in the perils and the apparent inevitability of overreach. The most eye-catching example […]

A farmer sprays pesticide in a paddy field in Bang-lane district of Nakhon Pathom provice in central rice areas of Thailand, February 3, 2012. Thailand's government promised farmers a huge increase in the price of rice when it came to power last August but it is failing on all fronts: export prices have not held up, the state faces huge losses and many farmers have not benefited. Picture taken February 3, 2012. To match Analysis THAILAND-RICE/        REUTERS/Sukree Sukplang (THAILAND - Tags: POLITICS FOOD AGRICULTURE BUSINESS)

6 Jun 2013

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Invest in smallholder farmers

The economy of the Philippines grew 7.8% in the first quarter of this year, outperforming China and the rest of Asia.

A Natural Gas flame rises at Yuganskneftegaz oil processing facility, the core unit of oil company YUKOS at Mamontovskoye oilfield outside the Siberian town of Nefteyugansk; Credit: Reuters.

4 Jun 2013

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Getting the energy balance in Myanmar right

Myanmar’s re-emergence into the global economy presents policy-makers with a series of fundamental dilemmas.

Fatema Khatun, 25, (L) sits with her mother Nurzahan (R) and children in front of a house as they hide with other relatives in Teknaf October 31, 2012. Fatema, who belongs to a group of Rohingya Muslims, are currently hiding with local villagers to avoid being arrested by border guards of Bangladesh. According to them, they walked a whole day and night to neighbouring Bangladesh after fleeing the mass burning of houses and violence in Myanmar.Credit: REUTERS

4 Jun 2013

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Four ways to help Myanmar’s rural poor

Today, about half of the world’s population is urban. This means that it is still nearly a half rural.

People are reflected at the index screen as they walk past the Prague Stock Exchange in Prague

25 Apr 2013

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Three questions for choosing a winning company

By Chad Holliday | 25 April 2013 (Editors Note: Mr. Holliday is the former Chairman and CEO of DuPont, and he serves on several corporate boards) How do you pick […]

Businesspeople Working with a Laptop --- Image by © Ken Seet/Corbis

23 Apr 2013

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: What catfish tell us about corporate reporting

After a couple of decades of focusing on the supply side of non-financial (or sustainability) reporting, it’s time to refocus on the demand side.

Windmills are reflected in a car mirror at a wind farm in Palm Springs, California, February 9, 2011. California aims to slow climate change by putting a price on carbon -- a low, low starting price. The program is the last, keystone step in a controversial half-decade push to green the state's business for the good of the planet and the economy. Picture taken February 9, 2011. To match Special Report CARBON-CALIFORNIA/   REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

16 Apr 2013

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Infrastructure, Renewables and Sustainability

By Richard Rudden, Managing Partner, Target Rock Advisors, LLC | 16 April 2013 Those of a certain age might recall the “PURPA machine” missteps of the 90’s. This experience offers […]

11 Apr 2013

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Global Reporting Initiative’s Chief Executive Ernst Ligteringen

Imagine a business world where the very largest companies refused or declined to disclose any information about their dealings apart from their financials.

Local craftsman building a new bio-gas plant. The plant runs with cow dung and provides green bio-gas for a family in Kolar region in rural India

19 Mar 2013

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Climate neutrality and carbon offsetting – fig leaf or major potential for business?

By René Estermann | 18 March 2013 CEO, myclimate.org Why should a company devote resources to becoming climate-neutral? People frequently ask me this question, and just as often they put […]

Wind turbine generators are pictured in Desert Hot Springs. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

14 Mar 2013

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Rex Tillerson on energy transitions: Enabling positive change for long-term global prosperity

One of the great challenges for the energy industry is effectively communicating to the public and policy-makers the tremendous complexity and scale of global energy markets.

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13 Mar 2013

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Clean Air Act is key to curbing global warming

Daniel A. Lashof, Natural Resources Defense Council | 13 March 2013 (Westlaw Journal Environmental) On the night he was re-elected, President Obama told the nation that he wants “our children […]

People are silhouetted on a solar panel display by solar module supplier Upsolar at the 4th PV Expo in Tokyo. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao

13 Mar 2013

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Daniel Yergin on the puzzle of energy transitions

Every year, the World Economic Forum’s Energy Vision tackles a major theme in the energy arena. In Energy Transitions: Past and Future – Energy Vision 2013 the topic is the energy mix – its evolution over time and the challenges for the next transition.

Burned gas separated from methane hydrate gas is seen on the deep-sea drilling vessel "Chikyu" in the Pacific, off Aichi Prefecture, central Japan, in this handout photo taken and released by Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corporation (JOGMEC) March 12, 2013. JOGMEC said on Tuesday it extracted gas from offshore methane hydrate deposits for the first time in the world, as part of an attempt to achieve commercial production within six years. Since 2001, Japan, which imports nearly all of its energy needs, has invested several hundred million dollars in developing technology to tap methane hydrate reserves off its coast that are estimated to be equal to about 11 years of gas consumption. Mandatory Credit.Credit: REUTERS

12 Mar 2013

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: J.Craig Venter – Genomic science coupled with a strong carbon policy can change our energy future

Starting with the first domestication of animals and the earliest forms of agriculture, biology has been the principal source of food, medicine and until the last two centuries, even fuel for the world.

Pedestrians are reflected on a stock quotation board outside a brokerage in Tokyo March 5, 2013. The Nikkei average ended at a new 4-1/2 year high on Tuesday as confirmation hearings for Bank of Japan leadership nominees buoyed sentiment, but gains were trimmed in late trade on profit-taking in recent gainers like financials and exporters. The Nikkei gained 0.3 percent to 11,683.45, its highest closing level since September 2008. At one point, it rose as high as 11,779.42, also its highest level since September 2008.Credit: REUTERS

11 Mar 2013

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: On UK’s first Ownership Day, UKSIF Chief Executive Penny Shepherd links active ownership with long-term wealth creation

By Penny Shepherd | March 12, 2013 Today more than ever, investors are looking closely at a company’s sustainability performance as part of assessing the future value of that company. […]

A participant of the 'International CAR Symposium' looks at a Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Coupe Electric Drive in Bochum January 29, 2013. The 13th International CAR Symposium takes place in Bochum as an event where managers from the automotive industry meet to exchange expert information and professional views.Credit: REUTERS

11 Mar 2013

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Levi Tillemann from US Department of Energy – Electric vehicles everywhere by 2025

Electric cars are being lauded. Twice in two years, the Chevy Volt has edged out the Porsche 911 for highest customer satisfaction in Consumer Reports magazine; in 2011 the all-electric Nissan LEAF was named European Car of the Year; and in November 2012 the Tesla Model S was unanimously awarded Motor Trend’s “Car of the Year”.

A wooden wind power plant tower is seen through a tree in Hanover December 20, 2012. The tower which holds the turbine is claimed to be the word's first made of wood by German manufacturer TimberTower.Credit: REUTERS

8 Mar 2013

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Ginni Rometty on the next natural resource

Over the past decade, information technology (IT) has had an ever-increasing impact on how energy resources are developed, produced, distributed and used. But what is coming next promises to outpace our progress thus far and truly change the basic equation of energy supply and demand.

A spruce forest attacked by engrave beetles (Scolytidae) is seen at the Czech Republic's Sumava National Park, June 4, 2011. World Environment Day dedicated to forest, celebrated on June 5, is to raise worldwide awareness for environmental protection and motivate action towards a cleaner and greener future, according to the United Nations Environment Programme website.   REUTERS/Petr Josek (CZECH REPUBLIC - Tags: ENVIRONMENT SOCIETY IMAGES OF THE DAY)

7 Mar 2013

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Steven Koonin at NYU finds pathway from energy innovation to energy transformation

There are compelling reasons to improve our energy system – to increase accessibility, affordability and reliability and to reduce environmental impacts. Yet the energy system has historically evolved much more slowly than other technology-dependent sectors.

Nigeria Project partners at the signature of the Memorandum of Understanding

5 Mar 2013

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: SVP Jesper Høiland from Novo Nordisk sees a sustainable way to fight diabetes among “working poor”

By Jesper Høiland  |  5 March 2013 Jesper Høiland is Senior Vice President, International Operations, Novo Nordisk Over 1 billion people globally fall under the segment referred to as “the […]

Staff from the Nicolae Paulescu National Institute for Diabetes, Nutrition and Metabolic Diseases in Bucharest discuss along a corridor in Bucharest, November 13, 2012. November 14 is World Diabetes Day.Credit: REUTERS

23 Jan 2013

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: VP Lise Kingo from Novo Nordisk on What it takes to be resilient

Type 2 diabetes is one of the unfortunate and unwanted consequences of social and economic transition, hitting hardest in low- and middle-income countries. Countries where healthcare systems do not have the capacity to deal with this change, threatening their resilience and increasing poverty for the individual, their families, communities and nations.

A portrait of global aerosols is seen in this undated NASA handout image produced by a GEOS-5 simulation at a 10-kilometer resolution released November 14, 2012. In the image, dust (red) is lifted from the surface, sea salt (blue) swirls inside cyclones, smoke (green) rises from fires, and sulfate particles (white) stream from volcanoes and fossil fuel emissions. High-resolution global atmospheric modeling provides a unique tool to study the role of weather within Earth's climate system. The Goddard Earth Observing System Model, Version 5 (GEOS-5) is capable of simulating worldwide weather at resolutions of 10 to 3.5 kilometers.Credit: Reuters

22 Jan 2013

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: The Nature of Risk

By Julia Marton-Lefèvre, IUCN Director General, Peter Bakker, President at the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, and Johan Rockström, Executive Director, Stockholm Resilience Centre. 22 January 2013.  This week, […]

Alice, 4, sits on her father's donkey cart as they transport barrels of water to their ranch during one of the worst droughts in the region's history, in Poco Redondo, in the northeastern state of Sergipe January 12, 2013. Residents here tell of how they have not seen more than a drizzle in nearly four years, while Alice says she does not know what rain is, except that it is something good. Brazil's Northeast is suffering its worst drought in decades, threatening hydro-power supplies in an area prone to blackouts and potentially slowing economic growth in one of the country's emerging agricultural frontiers. Lack of rain has hurt corn and cotton crops, left cattle and goats to starve to death in dry pastures and wiped some 30 percent off sugar cane production in the region responsible for 10 percent of Brazil's cane output. Picture taken January 12, 2013.Credit: REUTERS

21 Jan 2013

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Water, the second biggest global risk?

By Peter Brabeck-Lethmate,  Chairman of the Board,  Nestle, and Anders Berntell, Executive Director, Chairperson 2030 Water Resources Group  21 January 2013.   At the launch of the World Economic Forum’s […]

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14 Jan 2013

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Dr. Ioannis Ioannou from the London Business School on Leading the path to a sustainable future

A healthier financial system in close collaboration with global companies that effectively integrate social and environmental issues into their strategy and business model might be the only means to propel us towards a sustainable future.

Trees are reflected on a raindrop on a leaf at a park near the venue of the 10th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP 10) in Nagoya, central Japan October 28, 2010. Ministers from around the world have gathered in Japan in a final push for a U.N. deal to protect nature, with the World Bank saying it's critical to value the benefits of forests, oceans and rivers on economies and human welfare.  REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao (JAPAN - Tags: ENVIRONMENT POLITICS)

20 Dec 2012

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Mark Tercek of The Nature Conservancy

This fall, Hurricane Sandy, which struck the U.S. states of New York and New Jersey, raised an important question: How can we reduce our risk to natural disasters? Part of the answer, it turns out, is in nature itself.

A sister ship of the Ocean Sunset is pictured fishing off of Ucluelet, British Columbia June 25, 2012. The Ocean Sunset is a commercial fishing boat that hunts sharks as well as other fish for their meat and fins. After the fishermen catch them, dogfish sharks are sent to a processing plant, the fins are removed and the body is skinned. The bellies are exported to Germany to be smoked for pub food, and the fins are sent to Asia, where they are used in shark fin soup - a delicacy in Chinese culture. Animal rights advocates criticise the shark fin harvest but others say that eating shark fins is an old cultural tradition. Picture taken June 25, 2012. Search 'shark fin' for all images.Credit: REUTERS

20 Dec 2012

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: What does sustainability mean when it comes to seafood?

By Josh Goldman | 20 December 2012 Over the past few years, “sustainability” has moved from buzzword to essential societal need. But what does it mean? One answer comes from […]

U.S. President Barack Obama pauses while speaking about the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown during a press briefing at the White House in Washington

17 Dec 2012

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: “These tragedies must end. And to end them, we must change”

Obama, addressing an interfaith vigil in Newtown on Sunday night, spoke forcefully on the country’s failings in protecting its children and demanded changes in response to the mass shootings of the last few months.

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6 Dec 2012

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Innovative financing for climate-friendly investment

A new partnership by the United Nations and the World Economic Forum announced today in Doha will seek to address climate change through innovative public-private financing models.

Gore speaks during the panel for Current TV's "Politically Direct" at the Television Critics Association winter press tour in Pasadena. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

29 Nov 2012

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Al Gore – Carbon tax could help U.S. back away from fiscal cliff

Al Gore speaks exclusively to Sustainability – It’s good business, on thomsonreuters.com

SABMiller Plc, Fosters Group and CUB Australia 2012 .Ellerslie Hop Farm.Credit: Tom Parker/OneRedEye

22 Nov 2012

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: SVP Andy Wales from SABMiller links trust, growth and sustainability

Executive Perspectives: How today’s leaders make sustainability a part of their organizations. By Andy Wales | 22 November 2012 Trust and sustainability are two of the most important words in […]

Destruction in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy is seen with this home that was ripped off its foundation and deposited, whole, in a nearby marshy area in Union Beach, New Jersey, November 5, 2012. FEMA is making every effort at expediting assistance to survivors with an eye toward long term recovery.Credit: Reuters

6 Nov 2012

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Audubon CEO on superstorm Sandy and real leadership

Executive Perspectives: How today’s leaders make sustainability a part of their organizations. By David Yarnold | 6 November 2012 (National Audubon Society) It took the devastation of Hurricane Sandy to […]

Paul Polman, Chief Executive Officer, Unilever, of Britain, attends a session at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, January 26, 2012.Credit: REUTERS

25 Oct 2012

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: CEO Paul Polman from Unilever on ending the “three month rat-race”

“You focus on the right things, you put the consumer in the middle of all you do, and ultimately your shareholder will benefit as well, as a result but not as an objective in itself,” Polman said. “And hopefully we’ll bring the world back a little bit to sanity.”