Found 38 article(s) for author 'Sustainability'

3 Ways Investors Can Pressure Companies to Take Sustainability Seriously

3 Ways Investors Can Pressure Companies to Take Sustainability Seriously. George Serafeim, June 23, 2019, Paper, “Climate change and other environmental, social, and governance (ESG) issues are not political or partisan topics, and not limited to niche investors. Measuring and analyzing ESG information is becoming an important activity for any investor who seeks to optimize risk and return —a growing body of evidence shows that companies with strong ESG policies produce better financial results. Academic research analyzing 2,000 U.S. companies from 1993 to 2014 shows higher profit margins and superior risk-adjusted returns for those that made significant ESG investments to improve their performance on industry-specific material ESG…Link

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Yes, Sustainability Can Be a Strategy

Yes, Sustainability Can Be a Strategy. George Serafeim, February 11, 2019, Opinion, “In recent years, a growing number of companies around the world have voluntarily adopted and implemented a broad range of sustainability practices. The accelerating rate of adoption of these practices has also provoked a debate about the nature of sustainability and its long-term implications for organizations. Is the adoption of sustainability practices a form of strategic differentiation that can lead to superior financial performance? Or, is it a strategic necessity that can ensure corporate survival but not necessarily outperformance?Link

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The Trump Tax Cuts Boosted Growth and Jobs, but at What Cost?

The Trump Tax Cuts Boosted Growth and Jobs, but at What Cost? Jason Furman, December 18, 2018, Opinion, “It has been nearly a year since President Trump signed sweeping tax changes into law. The macroeconomic data already rule out some of the more extravagant claims about immediate jumps in wages and capital. But the more serious debate over the tax cuts’ long-run impact is still far from decided. Here’s what we do know..Link

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Transition towards higher penetration of renewables: an overview of interlinked technical, environmental and socio-economic challenges

Transition towards higher penetration of renewables: an overview of interlinked technical, environmental and socio-economic challenges. Michael McElroy, August 24, 2018, Paper, “Investment for renewables has been growing rapidly since the beginning of the new century, and the momentum is expected to sustain in order to mitigate the impact of anthropogenic climate change. Transition towards higher renewable penetration in the power industry will not only confront technical challenges, but also face socio-economic obstacles. The connected between environment and energy systems are also tightened under elevated penetration of renewables. This paper will provide an overview of some important challenges related to technical, environmental and socio-economic aspects at elevated renewable penetration. An integrated analytical framework for interlinked technical, environmental and socio-economic systems will be presented at the end.Link

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Harnessing University Strengths in Multi-Sectoral Collaborations for Planetary Health

Harnessing University Strengths in Multi-Sectoral Collaborations for Planetary Health. Calestous Juma, August 2918, Paper, “While significant achievements in human health have been made globally, progress has been made possible, in part, through unconstrained use of natural resources. As the health of our planet worsens, human health is also endangered. Scholars and policymakers from diverse disciplines highlighted complex, multi-sectoral approaches for addressing poor dietary intake, over- and under-nutrition, and increasing chronic diseases in sub-Saharan Africa at the “Agriculture, Nutrition, Health, and the Environment in Africa” Conference held at Harvard University on November 6th and 7th, 2017.Link

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A Breath of Bad Air: Cost of the Trump Environmental Agenda May Lead to 80 000 Extra Deaths per Decade

A Breath of Bad Air: Cost of the Trump Environmental Agenda May Lead to 80 000 Extra Deaths per Decade. David Cutler, Francesca Dominici, June 12, 2018, Paper, “President Donald Trump and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt have pledged to reexamine landmark environmental policies and to repeal regulations. In their view, excessive regulations are harming US industry, and thus reducing regulation will be good for business. As Donald Trump has said, seemingly without irony, “We are going to get rid of the regulations that are just destroying us. You can’t breathe—you cannot breathe.”” Link

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CSR Needs CPR: Corporate Sustainability and Politics

CSR Needs CPR: Corporate Sustainability and Politics. Michael Toffel, June 6, 2018, Paper, “Corporate sustainability has gone mainstream, and many companies have taken meaningful steps to improve their own environmental performance. But while corporate political actions such as lobbying can have a greater impact on environmental quality, they are ignored in most current sustainability metrics. It is time for these metrics to be expanded to critically assess firms based on the sustainability impacts of their public policy positions. To enable such assessments, firms must become as transparent about their corporate political responsibility (CPR) as their corporate social responsibility (CSR). For their part, rating systems must demand such information from firms and include evaluations of corporate political activity in their assessments of corporate environmental responsibility.Link

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