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Three Reasons Diversity is Important in Driving Sustainability
(Wednesday - April 05, 2017) 
Source: Sustainable Brands - The term “sustainability” can be complex and take on different meanings. The most common definition of sustainability comes from the 1987 UN Brundtland Commission...  

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Cradle-to-Cradle Case History: Shaw Industries
April 5, 2017
Source: Sustainability Update Blog, Guest Commentary by Jennifer Moore – at the Conference Board
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The early 21st century ushered in a new wave of heightened concern about resource scarcity and climate change. Consequently, consumers have been more concerned about the sustainability of the products they purchase and the effects they are having on the environment.

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Sustainability Trends, News & Issues in Focus

Sustainable strategies on growth track in US
(Monday - April 03, 2017) 
Source: Pensions and Investments - Investments in sustainable strategies are growing rapidly in the U.S. as more investors look to drive investment returns and social good at the same time, and money managers design new products to meet demand...

Why sustainability is key to keeping the haze away
(Monday - April 03, 2017) 
Source: Today - The skies over Singapore in the past 12 months have mostly been free of haze pollution. This is a relief from the prolonged bouts of haze and extensive fires in 2015, and the record-high 400PSI that hit Singapore in 2013...

It’s the Little Things: How to Add Brand Value, Sustainability to Retail Spaces
(Tuesday - April 04, 2017) 
Source: Sustainable Brands - Branding is one of the most important aspects of any business, and it is not a feature reserved only for products and services. B2B and retail companies, too, face the challenge of distinguishing themselves in the marketplace...

Transforming Organizations with Sustainability Management
(Tuesday - April 04, 2017) 
Source: Huff Post - More and more companies and nonprofits have a chief sustainability officer and are beginning to incorporate sustainability concerns into routine management. The world is slowly starting the transition from today’s economy based..

3 Reasons Even Trump Supporters Should Love Sustainability
(Tuesday - April 04, 2017) 
Source: Clean Technica - There’s a lot of great news these days about innovations and projects that are moving our society forward toward a sustainable future. There’s also a lot of bad news out there about the damage we are doing.

Why boards and C-suites should fuse sustainability with strategy
(Wednesday - April 05, 2017) 
Source: GreenBiz - A growing number of the world’s largest companies are turning to sustainability as a strategic lens to help anticipate and navigate the complexity of the international economy, meet the expanding expectations of a growing global... 

Sustainability Spike -- More Companies Seek ESG Reportability
(Thursday - April 06, 2017) 
Source: Forbes - What role do independent environmental, social and governance analysis and ratings organizations like MSCI ESG Research play in the global marketplace, and do you feel their function will increase in importance in coming years? 

Rethinking the role of the corporate sustainability officer
(Thursday - April 06, 2017) 
Source: GreenBiz - The corporate sustainability officer should be a C-level executive and engaged in the development and communication of the company’s long-term strategy. 

Red Meat Advisory Council launches first framework to measure and report sustainability in beef sector (AU)
(Thursday - April 06, 2017) 
Source: ABC.Net - The Red Meat Advisory Council has released its first beef sustainability framework today, which aims to value-add billions to the sector.  


Focus on ESG Topics & Issues

Nuclear energy in peril  
(Monday - April 03, 2017) 
Source: Sea Coast Online - The bankruptcy of Westinghouse, the venerable American nuclear-reactor maker now owned by Japan’s equally prestigious Toshiba, is a blow to two of the greatest names in global business — a devastating one. More important for... 

Corporate Governance and the Culture of Compliance: Top 10 Issues Facing Financial Institutions in 2017 #7 
(Monday - April 03, 2017) 
Source: National Law Review - Financial institutions also face challenges that are less prescriptive than others we have profiled in this series. One example is governance and culture. In the last year, many regulators have discussed corporate governance... 

Dimon: U.S. Is 'Exceptional' But Faces 'Significant' Problems
(Wednesday - April 05, 2017) 
Source: US News - JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon on Tuesday praised the U.S. as "truly an exceptional country" but noted its slow rate of economic growth in recent years makes it clear "that something is wrong – and it's holding us back." 

If Warren Buffett’s face on a Coke can kicks off a trend, here’s how it could go
(Wednesday - April 05, 2017) 
Source: MarketWatch - When asked why Berkshire shareholders should be proud to have Coca-Cola in their portfolio, noted soda guzzler Warren Buffett famously responded by saying, “There’s no evidence that I will any better reach 100 if I had lived on...

Earth's CO2 Could Spike to a Level Not Seen Since the Dinosaurs
(Thursday - April 06, 2017) 
Source: Scientific America - An Arctic free of ice and stocked with swamp-loving reptiles. Temperate forests covering Antarctica, thriving on heat that kept them alive through the dark months. Average temperatures along the equator of about 100 degrees... 

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News & Opinion: Asset Managers, US Pension Funds, Sovereign Wealth Funds

DiNapoli unveils new hiring policies following pay-for-play scheme, blasts search process
(Thursday - April 06, 2017) Associated Profiles : New York State Common Retirement Fund 
Source: Pensions & Investments - New York state Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli has unveiled a series of new and reinforced polices for the New York State Common Retirement Fund, Albany, to prevent a repeat of alleged securities fraud by a former pension fund.

These are the Skills CEOs and CIOs Need
(Tuesday - April 04, 2017) 
Source: Institutional Investor - Relationship-building skills were also considered very important for asset management CEOs, while respondents believed an understanding of corporate governance and regulations was highly necessary for asset-owner CEOs. ..

Saudi Sovereign Fund">May, Stock Exchange Chief Woo Saudi Sovereign Fund
(Thursday - April 06, 2017) Associated Profiles : Sanabil al-Saudia - (Has been known as Public Investment Fund)Hassana Investment Company 
Source: New York Times - May and Xavier Rolet presented Yasir al-Rumayyan of the Saudi Public Investment Fund (PIF) with a "high-level overview of investment opportunities," according to a spokesman for the prime minister's office. The LSE and other top..

From the Corporate World -- News for You

UBS Taps Exec to Head New Sustainable Investing Push 
(Tuesday - April 04, 2017) 
Source: Think Advisor - As demand for socially responsible investing booms, the wirehouse adds to its leadership in this popular field 

The H&M Group Releases New Goals In Sustainability Report 2016
(Wednesday - April 05, 2017) 
Source: Yahoo Finance - The H&M group Sustainability Report 2016 is published today, outlining several new goals including a commitment to use 100% recycled or other sustainably sourced materials by 2030 and to become climate positive throughout its...  

Ball Announces Plants with Greatest Sustainability Impact in 2016
(Thursday - April 06, 2017) 
Source: Yahoo Finance - Ball Corporation (BLL) is recognizing six of its 90 global manufacturing plants with the R. David Hoover Sustainability Award for their considerable progress toward Ball's sustainability and business goals, including making the...  


Trump Administration News... Affecting Sustainability and Climate Change

Trump’s Budget Speaks Volumes
(Wednesday - April 05, 2017) 
Source: Larry Checco, featured commentator - There’s a saying in Washington, DC, that goes: Show me your budget and I’ll tell you your values. 

US would slash EPA vehicle testing budget under Trump plan
(Wednesday - April 05, 2017) 
Source: Reuters - The Trump administration would virtually eliminate federal funding for the Environmental Protection Agency's budget for vehicle emissions and fuel economy testing but will seek to raise fees on industry to pay for some testing, a... 

Donald Trump tells banks he will give laws a 'haircut'
(Wednesday - April 05, 2017) 
Source: BBC - President Donald Trump has promised sweeping reforms to "horrendous" US banking regulations that were introduced after the financial crisis. 

Survey: Majority of Businesses Will Continue Commitment to Sustainability Under Trump
(Wednesday - April 05, 2017) 
Source: Environmental Leader - Even with the current US administration attempting to dismantle Obama-era environmental regulations, 71% of respondents to a survey conducted by Lucid and Urjanet continue to be committed to sustainability, reducing energy use... 

Fed and Trump signals give stocks double trouble
(Thursday - April 06, 2017) 
Source: Reuters - Stocks slipped and bonds rose on Thursday, with risk appetite soured by signs the Federal Reserve might start paring asset holdings later this year just as the chance of early U.S. fiscal stimulus seems to be evaporating 

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