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How Including Natural Assets in Financial Decision Making Gives Companies a Competitive Edge

To help businesses include “natural capital” in their decision-making processes, the Natural Capital Coalition developed a framework to identify and measure their impacts and dependencies on water, forests, minerals and other natural assets.

Which Companies Lead at Integrating Sustainability into Business Strategies?

Which Companies Lead at Integrating Sustainability into Business Strategies?

Unilever does the best job integrating sustainability into its business strategy, a position the company has held for the past six years, according to a survey by global consultancies GlobeScan and SustainAbility.

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Corporate Renewable Energy Purchasing Gets a Boost

Six global companies have joined RE100 with commitments to 100 percent renewable energy across their operations, coinciding with a government-led Corporate Sourcing of Renewables campaign that launched at the Seventh Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM7) in San Francisco.

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Interface Expands Carpet Recycling Operations, Creates Network of ‘Regional Recycling Allies’

Carpet tile manufacturer Interface has expanded its ReEntry recycling operation, which has diverted more than 309 million pounds of carpet from landfills over the past 20 years. Interface says it’s “creating a new network of regional recycling allies,” which includes Oakland, California–based Rethink Green. Interface expects this initial alliance to … Read more »

Which Firms Are the Most Sustainable Brands?

Unilever is once again the most sustainable company, according to the 2015 Sustainability Leaders report, conducted by GlobeScan and SustainAbility. The survey asked 800 experts which companies are leaders in integrating sustainability into their business strategy. Unilever was the top mentioned company by a significant margin (38 percent, up five points … Read more »

Major Firms to EU: Adopt ‘Robust’ 2030 Climate Policies

Major Firms to EU: Adopt ‘Robust’ 2030 Climate Policies

Unilever, Ikea, Royal Dutch Shell, Coca-Cola Enterprises and General Electric are among the 57 global companies, funds and associations that have signed a letter to support a “robust 2030 energy and climate policy framework and energy security strategy that is fully in line with Europe’s long-term climate objectives and that … Read more »

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Sustainability Assessment Firms Develop HPD Third-Party Verification

Seven product sustainability assessment companies have partnered with the Health Product Declaration Collaborative to develop an official protocol for third-party verification of Health Product Declarations (HPDs). The companies are: GreenCE, GreenCircle, NSF International, PE International, SCS Global Services, ToxServices and UL Environment. The organizations say a similar process is underway … Read more »

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Adobe, Google Among Founding Partners of USGB Building Health Initiative

Adobe, CalPERS, Genentech, Google, Kaiser Permanente, Salesforce.com, University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and 20 other corporations and institutions are founding partners in a new green building initiative. The US Green Building Council-Northern California Chapter (USGBC-NCC) launched the Building Health Initiative on Tuesday night at its annual Super Heroes Awards … Read more »

Standards & Compliance Briefing: IEEE 1547, LEED, NABERS

IEEE is inviting utilities, manufacturers, independent power producers and public utility commissions to attend a workshop December 3-4 to begin the process of revising IEEE 1547, “Standard for Interconnecting Distributed Resources with Electric Power Systems.” A working group will then meet December 5. IEEE 1547 established the first performance, operation, … Read more »

Philips, BofA Urge Climate Change Risk Commission

Philips, BofA Urge Climate Change Risk Commission

Philips, Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Marks & Spencer are among 46 organizations to sign a statement asking the UK government to evaluate the risks of resource insecurity and climate change on economic growth. The statement, organized by the Aldersgate Group, was sent with a letter to Dr. Steven … Read more »

Environmental Executive Moves: Fisker, WRScompass, Sionix, GreenBlue

Here’s the latest news on hirings, promotions and departures among environmental leaders. Fisker Automotive: Electric car company executive chairman and founder Henrik Fisker (pictured) has resigned. The company says Fisker’s departure won’t affect the company’s pursuit of strategic partnerships and financing to support its low-emission hybrid electric powertrain technology. The … Read more »