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These brutal facts about global warming are overwhelming
(Tuesday - July 24, 2012)
Source: First Post.com - From the 1997 Kyoto Protocol, to this year’s Rio Summit on climate change nations have made promises galore on fighting global warming. However, little has been done to fight this mammoth problem facing our planet. The fight...
ESG / Sustainability
Good corporate citizens perform well on markets
(Wednesday - July 25, 2012)
Source: MyDigitalLife.com - Companies that score well on environmental, social and corporate governance standards are doing well on the markets too. The S&P ESG India index, derived from top-500 companies by market capitalization on the National Stock...
Geithner Says Extending Tax Cut for Wealthy Irresponsible
(Tuesday - July 24, 2012)
Source: Bloomberg - U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner said President Barack Obama is “absolutely committed” to letting tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans expire as scheduled at the end of this year. “If the president were to say now...
Global greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise (+video)
(Monday - July 23, 2012)
Source: Christian Science Monitor - Despite global talks to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, carbon dioxide production is up 3 percent in 2011, with three of the top five emitters being developing countries.
Global CEO Sustainability Outlook Survey 2012
(Tuesday - July 24, 2012)
Source: MarketWatch - The report is based on primary surveys conducted by Timetric accessing its B2B panels comprised of senior...
Sovereign Wealth Funds
Sovereign Wealth Fund Suffers Investment Losses
(Wednesday - July 25, 2012) Associated Profiles : China Investment Corporation
Source: CRI English - The China Investment Corporation (CIC), the nation’s sovereign wealth fund, said Wednesday its overseas portfolio yield for 2011 stood at negative 4.3 percent due to slow recovery of global economy and the European...
‘Invest Sovereign Wealth Fund in Stocks’
(Tuesday - July 24, 2012) Associated Profiles : Excess Crude Account (Nigeria)
Source: This Day Live - President of the Chartered Institute of Stockbrokers (CIS), Mr. Ariyo Olushekun, has called on the Federal Government to invest significant portion of the Sovereign Wealth Fund (SWF) in the Nigerian capital market so as to...
Investors clobber Spain as crisis deepens - Citywire.co.uk
(Saturday - July 21, 2012) Associated Profiles : Pension Protection Fund - United Kingdom
Source: Citywire.co.uk - It failed to reach an agreement with the Pension Protection Fund (PPF) after seeking a loan to cover its 50 million pension deficit in return for a loan note and an equity stake in the business. The company has made contributions...
Societe Generale to repay $11 mln to clients: H.K. regulator
(Friday - July 20, 2012) Associated Profiles : Hong Kong (China) Monetary Authority -- Investment Portfolio
Source: Yahoo - The Hong Kong regulator said the latest case was referred to the SFC after an earlier investigation by the Hong Kong Monetary Authority, the southern Chinese city's de facto central bank. The SFC in May last year also fined a...
US Pension Funds
Funds may have won and lost in Libor scandal - Yahoo Finance
(Wednesday - July 25, 2012) Associated Profiles : California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS)
Source: Reuters - The investment chief of Calpers, the largest U.S. public pension fund, threatened a lawsuit if the fund was harmed by banks' manipulations of the London InterBank Offered Rate, or Libor. But he left himself some...
US public pension funds to face calls to set realistic targets
(Tuesday - July 24, 2012) Associated Profiles : California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS), California State Teachers’ Retirement System
Source: Reuters - U.S. public pension funds are expected to report poor annual returns in the coming weeks, results that are likely to increase calls for more realistic retirement promises for teachers, police officers and other public...
Fitch says CalPERS's results underscore continued pension pressure - Inside Fidelity
(Friday - July 20, 2012) Associated Profiles : California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS)
Source: Inside Fidelity - The California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS) reported earlier this week that the return on its investment portfolio for the year ending June 30 was 1.0%, well below the 7.5% investment return assumption that...
New Report Shows Total Public Pension Debt Exceeds $4.6 Trillion
(Thursday - July 19, 2012)
Source: MarketWatch - Today, State Budget Solutions (SBS), a nonprofit organization advocating for fundamental reform of state finances, released a groundbreaking report on the true scope of the state and local public pension crisis....
Norsk Hydro swings to loss, hurt by strong dollar - Marketwatch
(Wednesday - July 25, 2012) Associated Profiles : State Street Global Advisors (SSgA)
Source: MarketWatch - The weak macro-economic environment continues to be a challenge in our main markets, leading to low aluminum prices and a weak second quarter for Hydro," said chief executive Svein-Richard Brandtzaeg in a ...
Credit Suisse to cut more jobs in U.S. - Chicago Tribune
(Wednesday - July 25, 2012) Associated Profiles : Credit Suisse Group AG
Source: Chicago Tribune - Credit Suisse Group is laying off another 138 employees in the ... billion of annual costs by the end of 2013 throughout its private banking, asset management and investment banking divisions. The bank did not say...
Fender decides against taking the public stage - FOX News
(Friday - July 20, 2012) Associated Profiles : State Street Global Advisors (SSgA)
Source: Fox News - The company, whose guitars have been wielded by Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen and set afire by Jimi Hendrix, said late Thursday that economic strife, particularly in Europe, has created a poor environment for an initial public ...
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World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)
Headquarters: Geneva, Switzerland, with offices in Washington, DC, USA, and Brussels, Belgium
Established: 1992, as Business Council for Sustainable Development
Collaborations with International Union for the Conservation of Nature, World Resources Institute, World Economic Forum, International Institute for Sustainable Development, among others.
OVERVIEW / MISSION
WBCSD describes itself as "a CEO-led, global association of some 200 companies" located in over 30 countries and 20 major industrial sectors. WBCSD focuses on business and sustainable development, and its network includes almost 60 [national and regional] business councils and partners.
The mission statement for the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) is: “Our mission is to provide business leadership as a catalyst for change toward sustainable development, and to support the business license to operate, innovate and grow in a world increasingly shaped by sustainable development issues.”
WBCSD’s strategy emphasizes collaboration between government, business, and civil society, and concentrates its work on four areas: energy and climate, development, the business role, and ecosystems.
WBCSD produces numerous varied publications: two titles from summer 2011, when we updated this profile were “Inclusive Business: Creating Value in Latin America” and “WBCSD Guide to Corporate Ecosystem Valuation - Japanese 2011.
Two Sides U.S. and the Forest Legality Alliance Collaborate to Promote the Responsible Production and Use of Paper
(Tuesday - July 24, 2012) Associated Profiles : World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) - NBCNews.com - With goals to reduce illegal logging and eliminate illegal fiber in paper products, FLA's diverse membership includes organizations such as Staples, Ikea, the World Business Council for Sustainable Development...
IBM, Xylem and the International City/County Managers Association (ICMA) Join Forces with Growing Blue
(Tuesday - July 24, 2012) Associated Profiles : World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) - Bloomberg - The web site is managed by representatives from the non-profit, academic and corporate sectors including The Nature Conservancy, Clean Water America Alliance, World Business Council for Sustainable Development, United...
NSHSS Welcome New Advisory Board Members
(Tuesday - July 24, 2012) Associated Profiles : World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) - YAHOO! - He also serves as vice chairman of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development. Kiran Mazumar-Shaw, Chairman & Managing Director, Biocon Limited, heads India’s leading biotechnology enterprise...