News: 2010 European Business Awards for the Environment Winners

Companies from the UK, Belgium, Germany and Spain have won the 2010 European Business Awards for the Environment. The winners were announced by European Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik at an awards ceremony during the annual Green Week conference in Brussels. The awards recognise “the best of the best” businesses that have already succeeded in competitions … Continue reading

Guidelines for Reporting Climate Finance Information

The World Resources Institute issued a new working paper today titled “Guidelines for Reporting Information on Climate Finance.”  This paper provides valuable guidance on how to improve the current system for reporting and compiling information on public financing for climate change. Its goal is to help Parties to the UNFCCC develop robust reporting processes for … Continue reading

“Triple Bottom Line” as “Sustainable Corporate Performance”: A Proposition for the Future

Abstract: Based upon a review of corporate performance, corporate financial performance and corporate social performance, we propose that the concept of “triple bottom line” (TBL) as “sustainable corporate performance” (SCP) should consist of three measurement elements, namely: (i) financial, (ii) social and (iii) environmental. TBL as SCP is proposed to be derived from the interface … Continue reading

A Seat at the Table: Including the Poor in Decisions for Development and Environment

This just issued 42 page report by the World Resources Institute closely examines access rights to environmental decision making in four countries: Cameroon, Paraguay, Philippines, and Sri Lanka. The World Resources Institute’s executive summary states: Decisions that have significant environmental and social consequences are often made without the involvement of those whose interests are directly … Continue reading

Water for Business: Initiatives Guiding Sustainable Water Management in the Private Sector

World Business Council for Sustainable Development: “Water for Business: Initiatives Guiding Sustainable Water Management in the Private Sector”, jointly developed by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) identifies 16 initiatives or tools, driven by business leaders, civil society and governments, which have emerged since … Continue reading

Translating Environmental, Social and Governance Factors into Sustainable Business Value

World Business Council for Sustainable Development: “Do companies and investors agree on which sustainability factors are material? Why do these issues remain outside most dialogues between company managers and mainstream asset managers? Are investors asking the right questions? These questions were addressed in a series of international workshops between investors and companies throughout 2008. Organized … Continue reading

Who has influence in multistakeholder governance systems?

Excellent discussion paper. As multistakeholder governance has emerged as an important feature in development, new governance structures that foster the participation of multiple stakeholders from the public sector, civil society, and the private sector have emerged in various fields, ranging from the management of natural resources to the provision of public services. To make such … Continue reading

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