Corporate Citizenship Perspectives

Companies Commit to Climate Progress

Posted by Katherine V. Smith, Executive Director on Dec 7, 2016 10:02:00 AM

ClimateBlog-20161207.jpgLast month, leaders from around the world gathered in Marrakesh, Morocco to build on the tremendous achievement of the 2015 Paris Agreement during COP22. There, they recommitted to a collaborative target-driven effort to limit climate change. During the conference, 11 countries—including Italy, Japan, Malaysia, and Pakistan—ratified the Paris Agreement, bringing the total number up to 111, far more than the 55 countries covering 55 percent of global GHG emissions required to elevate the accord to international law. The United States, Canada, Mexico, and Germany released strategies for radically cutting their greenhouse gas emissions by midcentury. The U.S. report outlines plans to meet an 80 percent reduction in emissions from 2005 levels by 2050, referencing an ambitious transition to a low-carbon energy system and innovative carbon storage and removal tactics.

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Topics: Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), Sustainability Reporting, Climate, CDP, Green House Gas (GHG)

Integrating sustainability for maximum business and social value

Posted by Stewart Rassier, Director of Executive Education on Nov 19, 2015 12:30:00 PM

Land-Ocean-Temp.gifEnvironmental sustainability is a critical business issue for companies across the globe. The world’s population is growing, nonrenewable resources are being depleted, and 2014 was the warmest year on record. All of this is expected to be accompanied by increasingly severe energy and environmental problems that could potentially threaten supply chains, production processes, and operations. Moreover, as businesses are often seen as some of the greatest contributors to pollution, waste, and environmental problems, they are increasingly pressured to not just reduce waste or use less energy, but to develop sustainable practices and policies that will preserve and even improve the environments around them.

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Topics: Environmental Sustainability, Management, Climate

Heating up the fight against climate change

Posted by Katherine V. Smith, Executive Director on Oct 7, 2015 9:06:18 AM

Over the past year, the debate about what actions should be taken to halt climate change has continued in earnest. Involvement from experts, religious leaders, companies, activists, and consumers has reached a fever pitch, and governments have responded. The United States and China reached a historic agreement to curb emissions and promote renewable energy, which has led to advancements such as the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan, and the world’s largest cap and trade program. The United Nations is ramping up for COP21—the 21st Session of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change—and has included climate change in its new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which were accepted in late September by all 193 member states.

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Topics: Environmental Sustainability, Climate, Green House Gas (GHG), COP21, Carbon

How companies can take action on climate change

Posted by Stewart Rassier, Director of Executive Education on Sep 28, 2015 1:56:10 PM

CDP ReportingClimate change is again trending as a topic within corporate citizenship and the larger business community. The release of Pope Francis’ encyclical, “Laudato Si” (Be Praised), which highlights the impact developed economies are having on our planet and our responsibilities to act, the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Power Plan, and the upcoming COP21—the 21st Session of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change—are creating a buzz.

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Topics: Environmental Sustainability, Reporting, Engaging Employees, Integration, Climate, CDP, Green House Gas (GHG), COP21

The Road to Paris: Business leaders call for universal climate agreement

Posted by Stewart Rassier, Director of Executive Education on Jul 29, 2015 12:30:00 PM
wind-turbine-on-roadExperts agree: The risks from climate change are increasing in frequency and impact, creating challenges for senior leaders across all economic and political sectors. Leading companies are taking action to help address climate change, a threat that could reconfigure supply chains, production processes, and operations, by practicing risk assessment, informed decision making, and organizational innovation.
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Topics: Environmental Sustainability, Climate, Green House Gas (GHG), COP21, Collective Impact, Kyoto Protocol

3 ways to cut carbon: creative lessons in corporate citizenship

Posted by Colleen Olphert, Director, Membership and Member Services on Jan 21, 2015 3:12:00 PM
windmillIs cutting carbon part of your future business focus? It’s certainly on the minds of many these days:
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Topics: Corporate Citizenship, Environmental Sustainability, Engagement, Climate, CDP, Carbon, Renewable Energy

Four Action Steps to Prepare for the CDP Climate Change Questionnaire

Posted by Stewart Rassier, Director of Executive Education on Jan 9, 2015 3:53:00 PM

CDP-BlogImager-20150109-332637-editedHave you set your environmental footprint goals for 2015 and beyond? Setting emissions targets can be a daunting task, but it is also a very tangible way to demonstrate a strong commitment to corporate citizenship.Tweet: Setting #emissions targets can be a daunting task, but it's also a tangible way to demonstrate a strong commitment to #CSR

More than 4,500 companies begin the process of measuring, managing, and mitigating their contributions to climate change by completing the CDP Climate Change Questionnaire, which is a key standard for environmental emissions reporting.

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Topics: Environmental Sustainability, Reporting, Transparency, Strategy, Climate, CDP