CDP: US Utilities Now Pricing Carbon as Part of Core Business Strategy

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CDP: US Utilities Now Pricing Carbon as Part of
Core Business Strategy
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In response to increasing recognition of climate risk, fresh insights
into how a price on carbon pollution might benefit companies and the US economy as a whole were released Friday in a new white paper by cdp.
Contributors include utilities, investors, policy experts from Stanford and Columbia Universities, and other select thought leaders.
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BRAND
INNOVATION

Ben & Jerry’s Sourcing New Ingredients,
Renaming Flavors to Meet Non-GMO, Fair Trade Standard
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In support of Vermont’s first-in-the-nation GMO-labeling law, Ben &
Jerry’s has temporarily renamed its beloved Chocolate Fudge Brownie flavor ice cream “Food Fight Fudge Brownie.” To date, the company has transformed 14 of its 50 flavors to non-GMO, Fair Trade-certified ingredients and aims to achieve its goal by the end of this year.
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BEHAVIOR
CHANGE

Report: Doing Nothing to Cut GHGs Is ‘Risky
Business’
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It’s not too late for businesses to avoid the most severe risks from
climate change through early investments in resilience and immediate action to reduce the pollution that causes global warming, according to a report by the Risky Business Project.
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LEADERSHIP
ikea Increases Minimum Wage for US Workers
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ikea has announced it will raise its average minimum wage in its US stores to
$10.76, a 17 percent increase over the current wage, and $3.51 above the current federal minimum wage.
The company says the increase will impact approximately half of its US retail workers.
Hourly wages will vary based on the cost of living in each store location.
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Superfood Startup Raises $350,000 in Crowdfunding
Equity Campaign
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Kuli Kuli, maker of the eponymous “superfood” nutrition bars, has raised
$350,000 in a crowdfunding equity campaign.
Following closely on the heels of the new crowdfunding laws, Kuli Kuli is one of the first companies to finance entirely from the crowd.
In May 2013, Kuli Kuli raised more than $50,000 on Indiegogo, which became one of the highest-grossing crowdfunding food campaigns of all time.
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How a Life Cycle-Driven Business Model Can Increase
Sustainable Impact
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Sustainable business models such as the sharing economy, eco-design and the
circular economy all have their good points.
But even if companies have good products and a thorough understanding of their customers’ needs, using the wrong business model means not all of them succeed in achieving their sustainability business goals.
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AT&T Saves $191 Million from Energy-Efficiency
Projects in 4 Years
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AT&T has realized annualized energy savings of more than $191 million from
18,800 energy efficiency projects implemented since 2010, according to the company’s recent Annual Update.
Besides energy efficiency, other highlights from 2013 include progress on supplier engagement, water efficiency and AT&T’s education initiative, Aspire.
AT&T reports that its top suppliers achieved an average score of 63 percent on its Citizenship and Sustainability Scorecard.
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How Sustainable Portfolios Can Outperform
Traditional Investing
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How sustainable is your portfolio? How about your 401(k)
choices? Is your investing aligned with building a better world? For most investors, the answer is not really.
Overall, 80% of the S&P 500 stock market valuation is driven by factors that are not accurately captured and valued on financial statements — such as people (human capital), natural resources (ecological capital) and trust (social capital).
In this webinar, HIP Investor’s Paul Herman shows how leading investment analysts and fund managers invest in sustainably-focused companies, which can lower risk and enhance potential financial returns for investment portfolios — and create net benefit for society.
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