Rebound in Clean Energy Investment in 2014 Beats Expectations – Video

SOURCE: Bloomberg

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Surges in investment in offshore wind in Europe, and solar in China and the US, helped to drive the 2014 global clean energy total up 16% to $310bn. Bloomberg New Energy Finance’s Seb Henbest, Angus McCrone and Luke Mills discuss the reasons for this upward trend and the different performances between regions, sectors and types of investments.

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KEYWORDS: Business & Trade, esg, Bloomberg, New Energy Finance, Clean Energy, sustainability

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Fostering a More Promising and Productive Future Through Mentorship Programs

SOURCE: Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship

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In 1897, Andrew Carnegie, the industrialist credited with leading the enormous expansioMentoring-079109-editedn of the American steel industry, appointed the 35-year-old Charles M. Schwab as his successor as president of Carnegie Steel. Schwab had started as a low level engineer at the company and first impressed Carnegie with his talents as a pianist at a party. This jump-started a close mentoring relationship between the two, and in a relatively brief period of time, Schwab was groomed to follow Carnegie as head of the company. Schwab’s business success even after he left Carnegie Steel is largely credited to Carnegie’s interest in his high-potential protégé. Member company EY’s thought leadership on mentoring will be released later this month, and they will be joining the Center and fellow member companies on February 4 at noon to discuss their major findings, specifically around youth mentorship, and the ways in which companies can put the insight into practice.

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KEYWORDS: Volunteerism & Community Engagement, Events, Conferences & Webinars, Mentoring, menotrship programs, Boston College Webinar, Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship

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2015 AIAG Corporate Responsibility Summit

Sustainable Best Practices Throughout the Value Chain

SOURCE: Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG)

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January 20, 2015 /3BL Media/ – REGISTRATION IS OPEN for “Sustainable Best Practices Throughout the Value Chain”.

Effective corporate responsibility practices are built on a foundation of knowledge, regular training and peer-to-peer collaboration. The AIAG Corporate Responsibility Summit is unique opportunity to build your knowledge base and bring cost-saving instruction back to your organization. Stay ahead of the CR curve by engaging with forward-thinking leaders in the field and by discovering new insights and industry best practices.
Join us at the 2015 Corporate Responsibility Summit to learn best practices on:

  • Societal Connection: Why society cares and how it drives our industry to react
  • Emerging Issues: A look at developments on the horizon that could impact your business
  • Leadership: What lessons can be learned from industry-leading companies to create a successful CR model for your organization
  • Global Regulations & Standards: Which ones impact your company’s CR practices and ability to import/export
  • Conflict Minerals Reporting: Guidance for conducting due diligence and developing a thorough Conflict Minerals Report (CMR)
  • Risk Assessment: How to identify risks
  • Sustainability Self-Assessments: How to properly identify and effectively mitigate CR risks
  • Transparency: How to create a sustainability report that highlights your company’s CR success

This event will benefit manufacturing professions representing OEMs and suppliers of all sizes.

Don’t miss this opportunity to shape the future of CSR, Sustainability, global purchasing and Supply Chain with your industry peers, register now! http://bit.ly/aiagCRsummit2015

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KEYWORDS: Business & Trade, Ethical Production and Consumption, supply chain, Automotive Industry Action Group, Automotive Original Equipment Manufacturers, AIAG, Conflict Minerals, GRI, GHS, environmental sustainability, global working conditions, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)

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SustainabilityHQ.com Weekly Highlights January 14, 2015

SOURCE: Governance & Accountability Institute, Inc.

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Recent Research Conducted by the Governance & Accountability Institute Attempts to Answer Important Questions for Company Management

In the months of October, November and December each week we will be releasing the top 10 GRI sustainability aspects from three different sectors. The results are based on G&A’s “Sustainability – What Matters?” analysis of 1,246 sustainability reports, across 35 sectors, for their level of disclosure around 84 GRI Performance Indicators, and 37 GRI Aspects.

The next three Top 10 GRI Sustainability Aspects released are for the Waste Management and Water Utilities sectors. We list them here for your ease of access.

Top 10 GRI Sustainability Aspects for the Waste Management Sector
Sustainability – What Matters in the Waste Management Sector? 

Top 10 GRI Sustainability Aspects for the Water Utilities Sector
Sustainability – What Matters in theWater Utilities Sector?

Top Story of the Week

Attention Boards & CEOs: The Conference Board Has Important Insights to Share To Help Your Company…Survive and Succeed!   
(Thursday, January 5, 2015)
Source: Hank Boerner – Chairman, G&A Institute The Conference Board is one of the most prestigious and important (for corporate managements) of our membership business associations, as well as credible research think tank on management issues and topics. The Board has long had corporate governance in focus and has been a major factor in helping to advance effective, responsive, accountable governance in the USA. The Conference Board was one of the early organizations serving boards, C-suite and key functional managers to expand the governance research and advisory services to include social and environmental issues & topics: ESG is on the of the agenda for many aspects of Board operations.

13 Sustainability Trends for 2015      
(Thursday – January 08, 2015)
Source: Just Means – 2015 will be a critical year for the progression of sustainability movements. As the United States prepares for a Presidential election in 2016, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) disseminates their Fifth.

Sustainability in Focus

GRI investigates sustainability reporting future      
(Friday – January 09, 2015) Associated Profiles : UN – Global Reporting Initiative GRI
Source:  ecotextile.com - The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) has launched a new project aimed at promoting and improving discussions on sustainability reporting and disclosures. As part of the Reporting…

Challenges In Effective Sustainability Reporting; 2015 And Beyond      
(Friday – January 09, 2015)
Source: CSRWire – As 2015 kicks off a New Year and new planning cycle for the gathering of data to support corporate reporting on ethical and sustainable business practices it is worth taking a few moments to reflect on key issues from 2014 and…

Hershey on fast track to achieving cocoa sustainability goal      
(Friday – January 09, 2015)
Source: BakingBusiness.com – The Hershey Co. said 30% of all the cocoa it sourced globally in 2014 was independently certified and verified, putting the company on the fast track to achieving its goal of sourcing 100% of its cocoa supply from certified and…

Four reasons why Americans are stumped on sustainability       
(Thursday – January 08, 2015)
Source: The Guardian – A recent survey by Domtar and Taylor Nelson Sofres Global found that most Americans care about sustainability but are confused about specifics..

This is just a sample of some of the articles from this weeks SustainabilityHQ Highlights.  You can view the full Highlights by using the following links. Sustainability | ESG, Highlights for the Week of January 14, 2015

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KEYWORDS: Media & Communications, business & trade, G&A Institute, GRI, Governance & Accountability Institute, SWF, Sovereign Wealth Funds, SustainabilityHQ, environmental, esg, governance, social, sustainability

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Is Nature the Largest “Company” on Earth?

by Sangeeta Haindl

SOURCE: Justmeans

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Can we put a price on nature? If so, how? Over the past few years, diehard conservationists and bottom-line businesses believe you can do just that. They believe that putting a cost on nature is the best answer to global environmental decline because they believe that until now, old-style protection of nature has failed to stop the destruction of habitats and the dwindling of species. It has failed mainly because there has been not enough money and/or commercial interests in conservation.

TD Economics explores the benefits we receive from natural capital in its latest environmental economics report, “Valuing the World Around Us: an Introduction to Natural Capital.” The report highlights that the advantages can be significant, citing two examples: first the urban forest in New York City provides nearly $150 million in annual benefits, including air quality, energy savings and wet-weather flow control. Secondly, the rivers and wetlands of British Columbia’s Lower Fraser Valley provide more than half a billion dollars in benefits each year. To make these calculations, TD Economics has its own definition to capture the direct and indirect benefits arising from the current and future stock of natural resources.

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Sangeeta Haindl writes on social innovation, social enterprise, and social entrepreneurs. She is the owner of Serendipity PR, in London, U.K., where she works with high-profile brands and organizations in the public, non-profit, and corporate sectors, winning awards for her work from the communications industry. She describes herself as a Spiritual Entrepreneur, Conscious Explorer, and Futurist. She enjoys helping others, paying it forward, and being a mum.

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KEYWORDS: Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Business & Trade, Venture Philanthropy, funding, Cause Global, Green Companies, nonprofit organizations, Social investment, TD Economics, natural capital

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Toyota Camry Teams Up with Pro Athletes to Celebrate All-Star Dads

America’s Best-Selling Car to Make a Bold Statement Surrounding the Most-Watched Television Event of the Year

SOURCE: Toyota

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TORRANCE, Calif., January 19, 2015 /3BL Media/ – The bold, new 2015 Toyota Camry has earned a much-deserved place in the most talked about sporting event of the year. Today, America’s best-selling car for thirteen consecutive years kicks off the next phase of its “One Bold Choice Leads to Another” marketing campaign for Super Bowl XLIX. 
 
“We are excited to celebrate one of America’s biggest cultural holidays, Super Bowl Sunday, while honoring the relationship between dads and their children,” said Jack Hollis, group vice president of marketing, Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. “Much as we did for the Camry launch last fall, we will take a bold and unconventional approach, one that matches the content of the vehicle and invites our guests to engage with the new Toyota.”
 
The campaign includes several pieces of exclusive content that will be released online leading up to the game. The creative focuses on dads—both prominent and unknown, but equally extraordinary—who have contributed to their families’ lives in bold ways.
 
One of the online video pieces highlights professional football players and their children, including iconic quarterback and former Super Bowl Most Valuable Player Kurt Warner and former linebacker LaVar Arrington, as well as current professional football stars, running back Fred Jackson and defensive end DeMarcus Ware. To view the video content, visit Toyota USA’s YouTube channel or click the following link: http://www.youtube.com/v/PZ-Yiuc9sOQ.

“This ‘One Bold Choice’ campaign is all about the bold choices we as parents—fathers—have to make every day for our families. These choices range from teaching our kids, to showing them what a loving relationship looks like, to displaying sacrifice, work ethic, excellence and love in all areas of our lives,” said Kurt Warner. “Just as I try to encourage and inspire my kids to become greater tomorrow than they were today, my hope is that with the work of Toyota and this campaign, many others will be inspired to do the same in their lives.”
 
Beginning today, Toyota is also inviting Twitter users to engage in the unique game day conversation by helping to create a cultural moment in real time. To participate, consumers are encouraged to tweet photos of their dads using the hashtag #OneBoldChoice.
 
Additionally, two 60-second television commercials will air on NBC on Sunday, February 1. The pregame spot, “How Great I Am,” will feature Team Toyota athlete, Paralympic medalist andDancing with the Stars finalist Amy Purdy. The voice of the legendary Muhammad Ali will also be heard in the spot. Toyota will then continue the conversation about bold dads in the second quarter of the game.

Beyond the Camry work, Toyota will sponsor the Toyota Halftime Report during the NBC broadcast. The automaker will also run a custom video vignette called the “Toyota Gridiron Challenge,” featuring Toyota NASCAR drivers and retired football players. Viewers will have to tune in for more surprises on game day.
 
Background on the 2015 Camry
The 2015 Toyota Camry ensures that the driver gets noticed for all the right reasons, and there’s an emotional thrill in surprising others with an unexpected side. It was designed by CALTY and engineered at Toyota Technical Center, both in Ann Arbor, Michigan. All Camrys sold in North America are built at Toyota’s plants in Georgetown, Kentucky and Lafayette, Indiana. For more information on the bold 2015 Camry, visit www.toyota.com/camry.

 
ABOUT TOYOTA
Toyota (NYSE:TM), the world’s top automaker and creator of the Prius, is committed to building vehicles for the way people live through our Toyota, Lexus and Scion brands. Over the past 50 years, we’ve built more than 25 million cars and trucks in North America, where we operate 14 manufacturing plants and directly employ more than 40,000 people. Our 1,800 North American dealerships sold more than 2.5 million cars and trucks in 2013 – and about 80 percent of all Toyota vehicles sold over the past 20 years are still on the road today.
 
Toyota partners with philanthropic organizations across the country, with a focus on education, safety and the environment. As part of this commitment, we share the company’s extensive know-how garnered from building great cars and trucks to help community organizations and other nonprofits expand their ability to do good. For more information about Toyota, visit www.toyotanewsroom.com
 

Media Contacts

Jaymie Robinson
Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.
310-468-1421
Jaymie_Robinson@toyota.com
 
Nick Ammazzalorso
Saatchi LA for Toyota
310-214-6200
nick.ammazzalorso@saatchila.com
 
 

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KEYWORDS: Volunteerism & Community Engagement, Media & Communications, Toyota, One Bold Choice Leads to Another, Kurt Warner, Amy Purdy, One Bold Choice, Super Bowl, DeMarcus Ware, fred jackson, lavar arrington, toyota camry

 

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Global Investment in Clean Energy Rises 16% in 2014 – The Minute

SOURCE: 3BL Media, LLC

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Bloomberg New Energy Finance is reporting that three hundred ten billion dollars was invested globally in green energy last year, a rise of sixteen percent over 2013. That amount almost matches the record total of three hundred seventeen billion, set in 2011. It should be noted that due to decreasing costs, the dollars invested in 2014 bought almost double the clean electricity capacity than in 2011.

Solar power, with its rapidly dropping costs, was the main driver, attracting over half the total funding for the first time. Solar investment rose by twenty-five percent in 2014, while wind power rose by eleven percent, to one-third of all investment. The nineteen point four billion invested in offshore wind projects was a record for that category. Energy efficiency and electric vehicle investment increased ten percent.

Measured by country, China was the leader, with clean energy investments rising thirty-two percent to ninety billion dollars. The U.S. was second, up eight percent to fifty-two billion, while Japan was up twelve percent to forty-one billion. Europe saw investment rise only one percent, but to a big number, sixty-six billion dollars. I’m John Howell for 3BL Media.

Video Source: Global Investment in Clean Energy Rises 16% in 2014

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Looking Ahead to 2030

by RP Siegel

SOURCE: Justmeans

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Last month I wrote an essay about a vision of my city, Rochester, NY, in the year 2030. That essay won the Masdar Blogging Competition that will allow me to attend Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week, which will include the World Future Energy Summit. Many of the talks and presentations will be on sustainable options for the future.

In preparation for this, I just read this post on GreenBiz where the author had interviewed a number of leading thinkers in various fields about their thoughts on what 2030 might bring.

Not surprisingly, each focused on his or her own corner of the world. For example Darrel Smith of Microsoft talked about the importance of the cloud infrastructure and the kinds of services that could grow from that. Energy consultant Matthew Norden of MNL Partners foresees a nuclear power renaissance.

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RP Siegel, author and inventor, shines a powerful light on numerous environmental and technological topics. He has been published in business and technical journals and has written three books. His third, co-authored with Roger Saillant, is Vapor Trails, an eco-thriller that is being adapted for the big screen. RP is a professional engineer – and a prolific inventor, with 50 patents, numerous awards, and several commercial products. He is president of Rain Mountain LLC and is an active environmental advocate in his hometown of Rochester, N.Y. In addition to Justmeans, he writes for Triple Pundit, ThomasNet News, and Energy Viewpoints, occasionally contributing to Mechanical Engineering, Strategy + Business, and Huffington Post. You can follow RP on Twitter, @RPSiegel.

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KEYWORDS: Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Energy, Masdar, Abu Dhabi, Greenbiz, liquid flouride thorium reactors, Paul Hawken, David Friedberg, The Climate Corproation, Darrel Smith, MAtthew Norden, Wes Jackson. Land Institute, Microsoft, MNL Partners, Tensie Whelan, rainforest alliance

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