CSRwire News Alert – A $147 Billion Opportunity for New York City

Jay Owen Green Prosperity, SRI/ESG News


A $147 Billion Opportunity: Fossil Fuel Divestment Movement Sets Sights on NYC Pension Funds

“Were New York City to divest its four pension funds of fossil fuel holdings, it would be a major turning point for the divestment movement.”

On February 26th, a forum on “Fossil-Free NYC,” kicked off a campaign to get the city’s five municipal pension funds to divest any holdings in the top 200 publicly-held companies divest-fossil-fuelthat own most of the fossil fuel reserves still in the ground.

According to Carbon Tracker, the world must not burn more than about 565 GtCO2 from 2010 until 2050 if we are to keep within the limit of a 2°C of global temperature rise necessary to prevent catastrophic and irreversible climate change. Known fossil fuel reserves held by these 200 companies total 745 gigatons. That means about 180 GtCO2 could be considered “unburnable.”

With the IEA estimating that the world needs to invest $1 trillion per year over the next 36 years to replace fossil fuels and avoid exceeding 2°C of warming – a four-fold increase over current investment levels – will de Blasio’s vocal commitment and other initiatives – including a non-binding resolution by the City Council – be the right stick to shift investors away from fossil fuels? Francesca Rheannon reports on Talkback.

Video: When Building a Brand Turns Into Leading a Movement

Is a leader in the sustainability industry the same as any other entrepreneur?

Or does the heart and sacrifice required to run a company like Indigenous-video-csrliveCSRwire member INDIGENOUS organic + fair trade fashion make for an entirely different dynamic?

INC. Magazine‘s Trep Life series shadowed INDIGENOUS co-founders Matt Reynolds and Scott Leonard for a day, capturing the day-to-day grind at a company that literally helped write the definition of fair trade fashion. Excerpts on Talkback.

140+ Companies Call On Congress to Realize Economic Opportunity of Tackling Climate Change

140+ Companies Call On Congress to Realize Economic Opportunity of Tackling Climate Change

As California battles the worst drought in centuries, more than a dozen major businesses, including Apple Inc. (APPL), SolarCity (SCTY), San Diego International Airport, Sungevity and Sapphire Energy… Read More.

Learn more about the Climate Declaration.

Press Releases

Posted: March 03, 2014 11:36AM

Global Impact Launches Women & Girls Fund

Posted: March 03, 2014 10:37AM

Manitoba Harvest Achieves B Corp Certification

CSRlive Multimedia Picks March 04, 2014

The Millennials’ Rut: Why It Costs All of Us 
Young Americans have endured one of the worst recessions in 70 years and watch as their futures seemingly evaporate. CNBC.

Inside Amtrak’s Awesome Plan to Give Free Rides to Writers 
Amtrak has begun offering “writers’ residencies” to, well, writers – dedicated solely for the purpose of writing. The Wire.

Measurement of Sustainability Performance in the Public Sector 
Sustainability, environmental & social responsibility measures are the least used performance measures in the public sector.