The ninth annual assessment of corporate sustainability trends and metrics, paints a picture that is both optimistic and highly problematic, including data on 1,600 companies worldwide, as well as on the U.S.-based S&P 500.
The climate agreement in Paris is just one more sign to corporate Chief Sustainability Officers that the pressure is mounting to come up with comprehensive and cost-effective carbon management strategies. The challenge is to navigate a complex process of identifying opportunities and to develop approaches that satisfy internal stakeholders with diverse responsibilities and perspectives.
Many companies are inking renewable electricity contracts directly with renewable projects as a way to meet their sustainability and financial goals. Although most of the attention in this area is focused on the mega-deals announced by large IT and social media companies, in fact, the same opportunities are also available to smaller corporations.
Regardless of one’s size, however, direct renewable energy purchases can be challenging: The first hurdle is to locate the right project. Other issues beyond project sourcing abound as well: Among key issues, would-be purchasers need to look at cost, reliability, risk assessment, credit and financing considerations.
Potential problems – many of which are not obvious – abound. Successfully ‘getting to yes’ with minimal difficulty requires a capability that can only be developed through experience. While some companies have chosen to approach the opportunity directly, the majority of corporations with successful renewable energy contracts have chosen to collaborate with an experienced partner.
In this free, one-hour webcast with Altenex you’ll learn:
- The opportunities and approaches available to companies seeking low-cost/low-risk renewable energy; •
- How to enter into long-term contracts for renewables resources such as wind and solar;
- How best to manage the often complex internal approval process;
- What leading companies like 3M, Kohls and REI have done to address their carbon exposure and develop long-term, cost-effective electricity procurement strategies
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Join us for the release of the ninth annual edition of State of Green Business, GreenBiz Group’s award-winning annual report.
Each year, the report looks at 10 key trends and dozens of metrics assessing how, and how much, companies are moving the needle on the world’s most pressing environmental challenges. The report is produced in partnership with Trucost, a world leader in helping companies, investors, governments, academics and thought leaders to understand the economic consequences of natural capital dependency
In this one-hour webcast, coinciding with the report’s release, GreenBiz Group chairman and executive editor Joel Makower, Trucost CEO Richard Mattison and GreenBiz vice president and senior analyst John Davies will unveil the report and provide insights into key trends in sustainable business and the sustainability profession.
Among the topics:
- How green infrastructure and the circular economy are changing business strategy
- The new business opportunities in sustainable oceans, mining and ag
- The top-reported key performance indicators of more than 1500 companies
- Year-over-year trends in low-carbon investments and fossil-fuel divestments
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For nine years, Siemens has conducted research into the sustainability commitments and trends of corporate America. Its most recent findings reveal a maturing of the field and highlight a growing divide between companies that believe in the bottom-line benefits of sustainability and those that do not.
Join us for a discussion about how the role of corporate sustainability continues to evolve. During this webcast, you’ll learn:
- How the attitudes of in the C-Suite (CEO, COO) and the CSO community differ from those of the CSO regarding the overall benefits of sustainability
- Indicators that identify a clear divide between companies that place a lower emphasis on sustainability vs. those that place a higher emphasis
- The outcomes that create competitive advantage in terms of greater corporate valuation, improved company image and brand equity
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Businesses of all sizes and types play a vital role in addressing climate change. To gain greater insight, Ingersoll Rand partnered with GreenBiz Group to survey businesses and find out what they are doing in this arena.
This research reveals how a broad range of companies view climate change and associated regulations and the actions they are taking. There is urgency for business to accept responsibility for improving their operations, their products and their supply chains. Whether these changes take the form of a commitment to increase efficiency, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, embrace renewables, or a self-imposed carbon fee, corporations need to look across the board to analyze and enhance best practices.
Join us to hear insights from GreenBiz Group’s latest research and commentary from Ingersoll Rand and other leading companies as they discuss what companies have done, are doing, how addressing climate change fits into their business strategies and what can be expected in the future.
In this hour-long webcast, you will learn:
- The role businesses play in addressing climate change and the actions they are taking to reduce their impacts.
- How companies are building strategies to map and measure the success of their climate strategies
- How business is reacting to the changing landscape of proposed regulation – self regulation and government regulation – and how this impacts the future of innovation and management
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Next month’s COP21 United Nations climate summit in Paris is shaping up to be a landmark event, with more than 40,000 political, business and activist leaders expected from around the world. It is expected to produce a global compact to address climate change — and, in fact, is seen by many as the last great hope for doing so.
How should the private sector engage? What are the various roles, responsibilities and opportunities for companies to participate — either directly in Paris or virtually through other means? How should what happens in Paris inform company activities to address climate change in 2016 and beyond?
In this one-hour webcast, three leaders from the business and nonprofit worlds will talk about how their organizations are participating. Among the things you’ll learn:
- What companies should expect to see at COP21
- How to participate and be heard
- How COP21 outcomes could affect business strategy and operations in 2016 and beyond
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The United Nations conference on climate change, known as COP21, is prompting new soul-searching among global business leaders. The big question for self-reflection is not only to know if your organization is contributing enough to tackling climate change, but also: how can businesses transform an apparent constraint into a source of competitive advantage and a business opportunity?
Sustainability and Environmental managers are not only concerned with compliance. Forward-thinking business leaders are also using COP21-inspired goals to boost efficiency, enhance stakeholder engagement, improve reputation and drive financial benefits.
From reaping the benefits of sustainability to rethinking all that is related to product development or supply chain management, sustainability can benefit your business strategy in multiple ways.
Among the questions this webcast will address:
- How climate change is impacting businesses
- How to drive positive change within your organization with the right climate change mitigation strategies and tools
- Applicable insights from forward-thinking industry leaders who have not waited
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The circular economy represents a new industrial model that is regenerative by design. Products no longer reach end-of-life but rather become inputs for future use and new services arise to mitigate the impacts of a throwaway culture. According to a report by the World Economic Forum, a shift towards the circular economy by 2025 could generate an estimated $1 trillion annually in economic value globally, create more than 100,000 new jobs, and prevent 100 million tons of waste within the next five years. It would also restore the natural capital and ecosystem services that are the foundation of healthy societies and economies globally.
In this hour-long webcast, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Corporate Citizenship Center will highlight findings from a soon-to-be released report that presents a collection of best practices for how companies are leveraging the environmental, economic and social opportunities the circular economy provides. During this webcast, you’ll learn:
- How the circular economy is being defined and the economic opportunity for the U.S. market
- Barriers and opportunities to mainstreaming the circular economy in the U.S., and your company’s potential involvement
- Real world examples from companies such as HP, TetraPak, and others showcasing the value of the circular economy, and how those approaches can be replicated and scaled
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Cities across the world are looking for more sustainable ways to manage their stormwater. As pollution increases and traditional methods bring with them new risks, many cities are embracing green infrastructure, an approach to water management that protects property and maintains water quality by mimicking the natural water cycle. Green infrastructure generates a wealth of social, environmental and economic benefits, from filtering pollutants to harvesting new sources of water. Autodesk now has new tools for simulating green infrastructure designs, quantifying their triple-bottom-line value, and communicating that value to civic stakeholders.
In this hour-long interactive webcast, representatives from Washington D.C., Autodesk, and Impact Infrastructure will explain how these tools can assess different scenarios virtually and provide rapid feedback on design and policy choices.
Among the things you’ll learn:
- How cities are approaching green infrastructure for stormwater management, and how these trends affect the design and engineering teams delivering these projects.
- Why it’s important to value public infrastructure projects from a triple-bottom-line perspective that includes benefits and risks to the economy, the environment and society.
- New ways to use 3D models to simulate the impacts of green infrastructure strategies at the site and district scale and communicate the project benefits to get community buy-in.