Mindy S. Lubber is president of Ceres, a coalition of investors, environmental groups and other public interest organizations working with companies to address sustainability challenges such as global climate change.
The connection between capitalism and long-term global sustainability is inseparable, and recent research shows that the highest performing companies are integrating sustainability into their core business strategies.
Although most of mainstream business is well beyond the climate change debate, investors aren't getting the disclosure they need to evaluate which companies are best positioned for this mega trend and which are not.
General Mills and Walmart have both made smart business decisions by committing to use 100 percent sustainable palm oil. Companies that ignore supply chain risks such as deforestation put their company's reputation and profits at risk, and investors are starting to notice.
Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jared Diamond believes investors should view a dozen dire challenges facing humanity -- including climate change, low-cost energy and soil depletion -- as money-making opportunities they need not apologize for.
Despite any hope for a climate or energy bill being in hibernation, the companies that generate our electricity are already undergoing a dramatic transformation, decarbonizing their offerings and selling less, not more, energy.