Sustainability

India: Impact Investing in the Social and Environmental Sectors

Oct 11th, 2011 | By
India: Impact Investing in the Social and Environmental Sectors

By now, it is pretty obvious that India has a booming economy, which has helped numerous individuals and families have a far better quality of life than could have been previously imagined. However, is it fair to say that poverty is close to eradication in India?  The clear answer is no. By most estimates, for more
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The Business Case for Sustainability: An Inconvenient Reality?

Sep 25th, 2011 | By
The Business Case for Sustainability: An Inconvenient Reality?

For years, those of us in the environmental and sustainability (E&S) profession have sought credible metrics to quantify the economic value of our efforts.  Studies dating back to the late 1980s attempted to demonstrate “E&S value.”  Most of these studies either showed rather tenuous links between E&S initiatives and valuation or used pseudofinancial metrics not
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2011 Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes

Sep 9th, 2011 | By
2011 Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes

SAM, the investment boutique focused exclusively on Sustainability Investing, and Dow Jones Indexes, a leading global index provider, announced on September 8th the 2011 results of the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes (DJSI) annual review. 729 companies participated in the SAM Corporate Sustainability Assessment, a 40% increase since 2007. 41 companies will be added to the
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Green IT: Sustainability and Cost Savings

Jun 17th, 2011 | By
Green IT: Sustainability and Cost Savings

In November of 2006, Gartner Group, a leading information technology (IT) research firm, released a study that shocked the industry. Gartner predicted that by 2008, half of the world’s data centers would have insufficient power and cooling capacity to meet demand.1 Data center energy consumption, which accounts for approximately 1.5 percent of electricity consumption in
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Impact of Greenhouse Gas Emissions on Company Stock Value

Feb 4th, 2011 | By
Impact of Greenhouse Gas Emissions on Company Stock Value

How much greenhouse gas a company produces has a significant effect on the value of the company’s stock, according to a new study by researchers at the University of California (UC), Davis; UC, Berkeley; and University of Otago in New Zealand. The greater the carbon emissions, the lower a company’s stock, all other factors being
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Canada: Towards Sustainable Mining

Dec 17th, 2010 | By
Canada: Towards Sustainable Mining

Since 2004, members of the Mining Association of Canada (MAC) have been required to implement MAC’s Towards Sustainable Mining (TSM) initiative. This initiative requires member companies to implement programs to meet requirements under the following performance indicators: Tailings Management Energy Use and GHG Emissions Management Crisis Management Planning External Outreach Many mining companies are applying
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Sustainability: Three Important Trends

Nov 6th, 2010 | By
Sustainability: Three Important Trends

In our role as environmental and business consultants who assist global companies in developing and implementing sustainability strategies, we’ve noticed three important trends in sustainability programs: expanded transparency and reporting; enhanced importance of ratings, rankings and standards; and whole systems life cycle thinking. […]



Strategies for Marketing Product Sustainability

Oct 5th, 2010 | By
Strategies for Marketing Product Sustainability

With the increased focus on sustainability in the marketplace, consumers have the choice between sustainable and traditional alternatives in a growing number of product categories. Despite this growth in the number of alternatives available, not all consumers are buying sustainable products. In fact, the success of sustainable products differs by product category: for example, sustainable
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Keeping “Current” with Electric Vehicles

Sep 18th, 2010 | By
Keeping “Current” with Electric Vehicles

If you’ve read any of the automotive headlines in recent months, you’ve probably seen that battery-operated, all-electric vehicles may soon be on a car lot near you.  The catch phrase of our credit-crazed world – “Charge it” – will soon take on a whole new meaning.  It won’t be about buying tires or wipers at
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Using Sustainability to Compete in the New Economy

Aug 14th, 2010 | By
Using Sustainability to Compete in the New Economy

Sustainability is reshaping the competitive landscape in every industry. Companies that are able to anticipate changes and innovate early are reaping the benefits of improved operating efficiency, new growth and a stronger license to operate. This article, which is based on interactions between Environmental Resources Management (ERM) and its clients, provides a snapshot of how
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