Sustainable Business

IKEA Commits to Zero Emissions Goals

Bob Leonard - Climate Risk Manager 06.24.2018


The world’s largest furniture retailer pledged to use only renewable and recycled materials in its products as part of a plan to have a positive impact on the world’s climate.   Read the entire article at Bloomberg.   IKEA aims to reduce more greenhouse gases than its value chain emits by 2030 and will reach that […]


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“There is no time to lose”: Pope Francis warns oil executives on climate change

Bob Leonard - Climate Risk Manager 06.13.2018


In an address to dozens of top oil executives, investors and industry experts, Pope Francis brought attention to the existential threats posed by climate change, and the urgent action that was needed to combat the global crisis.   Read the entire article at Salon.   The leader of the Catholic Church offered an appeal as to […]


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Circular Economy: Michelin Finds a Second Life for Tires

Bob Leonard - Climate Risk Manager 06.08.2018


In late 2017, French tire giant Michelin acquired Lehigh Technologies, a 15-year-old company that reincarnates end-of-life tires into a specialty material called micronized rubber powder (MRP). The substance is already used by more than 60 companies (among them are seven of the world’s 10 biggest tire makers) for a wide range of applications, including as […]


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Science-based Targets Become Business Norm as Companies Aim for Climate Goals

Bob Leonard - Climate Risk Manager 06.04.2018


Two years ago, the Paris Agreement kick-started the race to a low-carbon economy. In the 24 months since, business leaders have taken note of the clear signal that came out of Paris, and have embraced the opportunities of the massive economic transformation taking place globally.   Read the entire article at Science-based Targets.   327 major corporations […]


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Bank of America Raises $2.25 Billion in Largest Green Bond Deal

Bob Leonard - Climate Risk Manager 06.01.2018


Bank of America Corp. has issued a $2.25 billion bond to support clean energy projects, making it the largest so-called green bond issuance that the bank has done to date.    Read the entire article at Bloomberg Financial.    With this offering, Bank of America becomes the first U.S. financial institution to issue four corporate green […]


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Novozymes Uses Sustainable Development Goals as a Catalyst for Growth

Bob Leonard - Climate Risk Manager 05.30.2018


Biotech innovator Novozymes’ president and CEO Peder Holk Nielsen is optimistic that the world has the willingness and the technology to tackle climate change.   Read the entire article at GreenBiz.   “You can get into the mood where this is such an overwhelming task that you can’t make a difference and therefore you go on doing […]


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Food Industry Change-Makers Take the Lead on Climate

Bob Leonard - Climate Risk Manager 02.23.2018


In the absence of policy action, natural products businesses step up by investing in renewable energy, food waste reduction, more efficient transportation and more.   Read the entire article at New Hope.   The natural products industry is stepping in to lead the way on reversing climate change, just as the industry has pioneered in other […]


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New Sustainable Supply Chain Map Targets Major Chinese Manufacturers

Bob Leonard - Climate Risk Manager 02.07.2018


How can consumers determine the real sustainability successes of their favorite brands? That’s the perennial question for many Western shoppers these days, who often want to know whether the items and the brands they support are really as environmentally and socially benign as companies say.   Read the entire article at Triple Pundit.   A variety […]


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The Top 10 Sustainable Business Stories of 2017

Bob Leonard - Climate Risk Manager 01.01.2018


2017 has been a long, strange trip. The definition of sustainability in business evolved quickly — the topic in executive suites now covers a wide range of issues that address how a company navigates environmental and social challenges. From carbon footprint to taking a stand on human rights or immigration, companies need a position and […]


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