Topic Archives: Climate Change

Our Power Is in Collective Action

Although dented, the Paris Agreement is not broken.  Companies and many other institutions remain committed to climate action. HPE shares with SustainAbility thoughts on why it is standing by the Paris Agreement and how climate leadership is good for business. The mobilization of businesses, governments, and individuals in response to the U.S. withdrawal from the

Pursuing a Commitment to a Sustainable Future

Although dented, the Paris Agreement is not broken. Companies and many other institutions remain committed to climate action. Starbucks shares with SustainAbility thoughts on why it is standing by the Paris Agreement and how climate leadership is good for business. Starbucks has always believed that when it comes to our obligation to environmental sustainability, actions

Not All of US: Response to Trump Administration’s Decision to Withdraw from Paris Agreement

While telegraphed for days and choreographed down to the military band playing soft jazz in the background before the announcement, President Trump’s June 01, 2017 declaration that the U.S. will pull out of the Paris Agreement still jarred and dismayed. What the President portrayed as “A reassertion of American sovereignty” is a disappointing and dangerous

Corporates Hold the Keys: Climate Leadership Under Trump

SustainAbility’s Trends blog series provides you with updates on important signals from our What’s Next for Business? Sustainability Trends for 2017 report. The first blog in this series looks at emerging opportunities for leadership for American companies in relation to recent changes in United States climate and energy policy. US government action on climate change

Evaluating Progress Towards the Sustainable Development Goals

Three decades following the publication of the Brundtland Commission’s Our Common Future, sustainability practitioners remain alarmed about the lack of progress the international community has made on sustainable development. While this is hardly surprising, the time is right to ask where specifically we are failing, who is accountable, and where the key opportunities are. For

What’s Next for Business?

For SustainAbility’s annual trends report, we have identified ​10 issues that we believe have the greatest sustainability influence right now, calling out implications for the private sector in particular. 2016 brought profound global ​shifts including rising support for protectionism and populism, growing cybercrime and​ shifting global climate leadership, all​ amid significant political and economic instability. Opportunities for companies

Where do we look for leadership? Could it be China?

As the global movers and shakers head to Davos this week, the consensus is that globalization is under threat as never before. The President–Elect of the USA shows every sign of adopting “deal-based” transactional relationships based on narrow interests. As a result, we may find that in 2017 China emerges as the global leader on

Shifting Markets & Mindsets: Financing the Sustainable Development Goals

A year has passed since the adoption of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). At the time, many set out to ask what it would take to achieve the global to-do list for people and planet. Today, we are still trying to determine how to mobilise various levers to achieve the global goals. One of

Context Matters: Setting Corporate Water Targets Based on Watershed Needs

California Drying With the unique exception of Donald Trump’s denial, California’s water resource challenges are universally accepted to be a major problem. Although I’m a native east-coaster used to snowy winters and muggy summers, I today call California home and spend my days working with the private sector to protect our water resources. Living in

The Evolving Private Sector Response to Climate Change Post-Paris Agreement

The 21st of March 2016 marked 100 days since the historic climate agreement was struck in Paris between 195 countries, setting the first long-term goal for carbon emissions reduction. It was bolstered, too, by the World Economic Forum, whose work demonstrates that global leaders for the first time perceive the failure to mitigate and adapt to