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Election 2020: Financial sector will have to report on climate change risk in world-first move

Stuff Henry Cooke and Thomas Coughlan 15 Sep 2020
Roughly 200 of New Zealand’s biggest companies and financial organisations will be made to report on climate change risk, Climate Change Minister James Shaw has announced.

The policy will force large financial organisations in New Zealand to disclose how exposed their business and investments are to climate change-related risk. Some entities, such as the NZ Super Fund, are already proactively disclosing such risks, ahead of the mandatory regime.

How ‘Degrowth’ Pushes Climate and Well-Being Over GDP

Bloomberg Green By Akshat Rathi September 18, 2020
In recent years, a group of economists, ecologists, and anthropologists has gained attention for trying to overturn a core tenet of economic policy — that growth is good for everyone. Known as the “degrowth” movement, these scholars suggest a reframing of humanity’s goals along ecological lines to address the climate crisis, along with a reconsideration of using gross domestic product as a metric for progress. The upheaval of the coronavirus crisis has added fuel to the debate.

Pandemics result from destruction of nature, say UN and WHO

The Guardian Damian Carrington, 17 June 2020
Pandemics such as coronavirus are the result of humanity’s destruction of nature, according to leaders at the UN, WHO and WWF International, and the world has been ignoring this stark reality for decades.

The illegal and unsustainable wildlife trade as well as the devastation of forests and other wild places were still the driving forces behind the increasing number of diseases leaping from wildlife to humans, the leaders told the Guardian.

They are calling for a green and healthy recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic, in particular by reforming destructive farming and unsustainable diets.

Climate change is a problem that requires global solidarity – just like coronavirus

Women's Agenda
We hosted the second instalment of the Women Leading Climate Action series on Tuesday, a virtual discussion in partnership with ActionAid Australia that aims to lift the voices of women who are leading on solutions and action on climate change.

COVID19 shows active ownership needed to safeguard social assets & advocate for principled political economy

Susheela Peres da Costa Chair of RIAA
A pandemic lays bare the social infrastructure on which the economy depends. As the social requirements of COVID-19 affect so many forms of economic activity - from education to entertainment - we glimpse connections we ordinarily never see.

Biomimicry = Return on Inspiration

GreenMoney By Janine Benyus, Biomimicry 3.8 and the Biomimicry Institute Originally written in 2017
Biomimicry can help sequester carbon, build a circular economy and perfect NetPositive regenerative design.

It seems so obvious now: innovators are turning to nature for inspiration in building, chemistry, agriculture, energy, health, transportation, computing–even the design of organizations and cities. Biomimicry is taught from kindergarten to university and practiced in all scales of enterprise.

Facebook – Another Moral Dilemma

GreenMoney By Francis G. Coleman, CBIS
A Pew Research study revealed that social media is king when it comes to the news. In the US, 72 percent of millennials read the news via their Facebook, Twitter feed, and other social networking sites. Only 21 percent of people aged 50+ do the same. The older generation predominantly consumes news via their television.

Clients expect deep RI understanding: Kiwi Wealth

Good Returns 9 Dec 2019
Investment advisers may need to have fewer, but deeper, relationships with product providers to better understand their responsible investment stance, Kiwi Wealth’s head of retail wealth says.

Facebook Investors Vote for Change at Top. But They Can’t Win

Bloomberg By Kurt Wagner 4 June 2019
Facebook Inc. Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg has himself to thank for the fact he’s still chairman of the company’s board.

Results from the Facebook’s annual shareholder meeting last week show that many of the investor proposals intended to limit Zuckerberg’s power over the company he co-founded would have passed -- if not for Zuckerberg’s voting power.

Apart from Zuckerberg’s nearly 4 billion votes, which give him control of the company, investors overwhelmingly supported proposed changes to Facebook’s corporate structure, according to a regulatory filing.

Want to read up on sustainability but don’t know what to start? CEO Rachel Brown shares her Top Six.

Sustainable Business Network By Jessica Beau Paul
With the growing sense of urgency around the sustainability challenges we face, knowing how to inform yourself can be a daunting task. There are a plethora of articles, reports, podcasts, TED Talks, and books tackling some of the social and environmental issues of our time. But where to begin?

Rachel Brown, CEO of the Sustainable Business Network, says: “Sustainability is the biggest issue of our times. It’s transforming the way we live and the way we run our businesses. So it’s important to understand what it’s all about to help you make informed decisions.

“I’ve put together a list of some of my favourite books, articles and videos. Some of the information out there can be really depressing, so it’s important to include some inspiring, solutions-based information in your learning too.”

Here are Rachel’s Top Six: Where to Start in Sustainability.