There Were Many Positive Developments for Sustainability Professionals in 2018 and Much Promise for What's To Come in 2019? We Are Watching For You
There were many positive developments and trendlines in 2018 that we believe were encouraging for corporate sustainability & responsibility managers, sustainable investing champions, NGO managers and members, and other stakeholders. The analyses and wrap-ups are beginning to appear now in the many media outlets and platforms that we monitor. We bring you some highlights in this first newsletter of the exciting new year, 2019!
One of the most compelling and sweeping of essays to kick off the year was the commentary of Andrew Winston in the Harvard Business Review – “The Story of Sustainability in 2018: We Have About 12 Years Left.”
Author Winston came to broad attention with the publication of his books, “Green to Gold” and “Green Recovery”, and the recent “The Big Pivot”. In his end-of-year HBR commentary, the author begins with the important 2018 sustainability themes that he sees as having lasting impact, and his belief that the year just ended brought “incredible clarity” about the scale of our challenges and opportunities.”
Clarity: the world’s scientists sound a “final” alarm on the climate -- citing the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change/IPCC report on where we are; that is, dear reader, in a global, universally-perilous state with just a dozen years left for bold, collective action on carbon emissions.
Clarity: the key elements of the government of the United States of America told a similar story in the U.S. National Climate Assessment released at Thanksgiving time (with the White House attempting to bury on a slow Friday after holiday) – climate change inaction could knock off 10% of this, the world’s leading economy’s enormous GDP. The U.S. GDP was US$19.39 trillion in 2017, said sources including the World Bank.
Clarity: Business must dramatically change how it operates and companies must push well past their comfort zones.
There’s lots of information for you regarding the threats and challenges posed by dramatic climate change. And, Andrew Winston points out the positive developments as well, by corporate leaders at organizations such as Unilever, Salesforce, Nike, Kroger, and Danone (which became the world’s largest B Corporation in 2018).
We present Winston’s wrap up for you in this week’s Top Story.
Looking into 2019 “possibilities,” one of the exciting developments as the 116th Congress convened was the bold package of ideas put forth by the new member from New York City, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in the “Green New Deal” proposals. Before you roll your eyes and tut-tut (she riles people, that’s for sure) take a look at the meat of the proposals to learn more about “the possible” to help the U.S.A. address climate change challenges. We present our views in the second Top Story this week.
Happy New Year to all!
This Week's Top Stories
The Story of Sustainability in 2018: “We Have About 12 Years Left”
Important Perspectives Shared
And of significance as the new year begins and the new (116th) Congress convenes…
Have You Tuned in to The Green New Deal? The “GND”? — You’d Better!
Sustainability: Continuing Forward Momentum!
Here are more views on 2018 / and what may be ahead for us in 2019
The Biggest Sustainability Trend for 2019 Will Be …
From voluntary commitments to ocean sustainability
10 Charts That Tell the Story of Energy in 2018
Top Issues for Boards Heading Into 2019
10 stories on the environment and the economy that made us think this year
Also of interest, the editors’ picks…
How to build an environmentally sustainable business
Measuring Sustainability for Fairer Future Policy
Transparency and Sustainability: 2019's Top 10 Food Trends
3 Inspirational Examples of Sustainability Leadership to Ring in the New Year
The Most Exciting Corporate Sustainability Moves of 2018
What Are You Wearing? This is About Sustainable Fashion...
How the fashion industry doubled down on sustainability in 2018
What The Denim Industry Needs To Support A Sustainable Supply Chain
Green Fashion' When Clothing Industry Decides Ecology Is In
Fashionsustain to focus on water
Kappahl becomes a member of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition
Teaching the Value of Doing Good While Doing Well
New UK Corporate Governance Reporting Requirements
GE: Corporate Governance Lapses Exposed, Uninvestable
Leading Corporate Social Responsibility Provider, YourCause, Acquired by Blackbaud
Elon Musk and Tesla Will Be Radically Different After Today. Here’s Why
News & Opinion: Asset Managers, Sovereign Wealth Funds, Pension Funds
NY State Pension Reaches Agreements with Firms on Executive Pay
The largest corporate scandals of 2018
Funding the United Nations Is Making Less Sense Than Ever
New Governance & Accountability
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