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Blog Archives: October 2009

October 26, 2009

BSR Conference 2009: “Innovation Required”

Diane Osgood, Ph.D.

One clear message coming out of the BSR Conference 2009: Innovation is required."Green is no longer a hobby. It is a necessity, and a driver for innovation and new business models," said Ben Verwaayen, CEO of Alcatel-Lucent, in the closing plenary presentation on Friday. Read more 

Topics: Strategy & Integration

October 12, 2009

ESG in the Mainstream

Laura Gitman , Vice President

With Bloomberg launching a new environmental, social, and governance (ESG) data service for its stock data service subscribers, ESG data are becoming increasingly visible and available to mainstream investors and analysts, even if they're not specifically looking for it.  Read more 

Topics: Economic Development, Investor Perspective

October 5, 2009

The Debate over the Accuracy of GHG Footprinting

Marshall Chase , Associate Director, Advisory Services

A recent Wall Street Journal article highlights concerns about greenhouse gas (GHG) footprinting: "The results have the appearance of precision. But... measuring carbon footprints is inexact. It is clouded by varying methodologies and definitions—not to mention guesses." While this is true, the article gets bogged down in a discussion of uncertainties and competing standards, and loses sight of a few important points. Read more 

Topics: Climate Change

October 1, 2009

A Systems Approach for the Planet

Linda Hwang, Former Manager, Research

Last week, the journal Nature presented the ongoing research being conducted at the Stockholm Resilience Centre on Planetary Boundaries, a new approach to sustainable development that attempts to identify and quantify a set of nine planetary boundaries.  Read more 

Topics: Land Use & Biodiversity

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