Private Investments In Green Sectors Top $2 Trillion

Ethical Markets Media released their February 2011 Green Transition Scoreboard® tracking private investments since 2007 in green companies and technologies globally. The investments now total more than $2 trillion.

New Review of Building Social Business on GreenBookReviews.ca

Building Social Business: The New Kind of Capitalism that Serves Humanity’s Most Pressing Needs by Muhammad Yunus has recently been featured on GreenBookReviews.ca “As one of the recipients of the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize, Muhammad Yunus has often spoken out on the failure of the capitalist system to perform its duty to provide for the…

Building Social Business

Building Social Business: The New Kind of Capitalism that Serves Humanity’s Most Pressing Needs
Muhammad Yunus, New York: Public Affairs, 2010, 226 pages.

As one of the recipients of the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize, Muhammad Yunus has often spoken out on the failure of the capitalist system to perform its duty to provide for the world’s poorest people.

In Building Social Business, Yunus expands on his self-proclaimed world-changing mechanism for social change that he introduced in an earlier book, Creating a World Without Poverty: Social Business and the Future of Capitalism. He fleshes out the idea more fully in this work by not only defining social business clearly and providing examples of how it has been successful already, but … [Click here to read more!]

CBSR’s 8th Annual Summit

How can business leaders drive meaningful change and accelerate innovation by using a collaborative approach? Gain insight and inspiration at CBSR’s 8th Annual Summit. Newly confirmed speakers! Graham Baxter, Acting CEO of the International Business Leaders Forum Tim Brown, President and CEO of Nestlé Canada Jose Francisco Arata, President, Pacific Rubiales Energy Corp. Hear from…

Canada to Oppose the Right of Countries to Label GM Foods?

Ottawa, Montréal et Québec, April 30, 2010 – A large coalition of consumer, farmer and environmental groups are calling on the Federal Minister of Health, Leona Aglukkaq, to stop aligning Canada’s positions with those of the U.S. at international negotiations on GM food labeling. Joint actions with the U.S. government threaten to compromise the right…

GLOBE 2010 Summit: Future of Energy, Retail, Carbon Mgmt, Greening the Economy

How will the global energy mix transform over the coming decade? From the future of the oil sands, to the increased use of natural gas; the implementation of new technologies like Carbon Capture and Storage, to corporate diversification into renewable energy sources – the global energy sector is rapidly changing and bringing new challenges and…

Shell Canada’s Disguised Advertising Techniques for Tar Sands

Can’t Hide the Truth Ottawa — Sierra Club Canada filed a complaint with Advertising Standards Canada today alleging Shell Canada and Canwest have violated the Canadian Code of Advertising Standards.  Over the last three weeks, Canwest has run a series of full page features described as, “A six-week Canwest special information feature on climate change,…

Climate Smart’s Top Ten Strategies for Carbon Reduction

Vancouver – Reducing business air travel by using teleconferencing software turns out to be the most popular strategy for companies that are trying to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions that cause global warming. That is the finding from Climate Smart, a Vancouver-based high-tech startup that provides carbon tracking tools, training and technical support for over…

Using The Natural Step Framework in Co-op Work Placements

The Natural Step is partnering with The University of Western Ontario’s Masters of Environment and Sustainability (MES) program again to provide training and mentorship for students in their summer co-op placements. After a successful pilot in the summer of 2009, 10 students will be partnered with host organizations on sustainability-related projects. This is a unique…

Group of Companies Receive International Eco-certification in the Great Bear Rainforest

Forest Stewardship Council certification for nearly one million hectares of forest compliments the conservation plan in the Great Bear Rainforest; largest certification of its kind on BC’s coast. VANCOUVER (savethegreatbear.org) – Nearly one million hectares of temperate rainforest have been newly certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) in BC’s Great Bear Rainforest. The certified…

Oil Sands: More Questions Than Answers for Investors

Vancouver, BC — Oil and gas companies operating in Alberta’s oil sands are doing a poor job disclosing to investors on material environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues that could threaten the companies’ long-term value. That’s the conclusion of Lines in the Sands, a comprehensive new benchmarking report announced today by the Sustainable Investing team…

Climate Leadership, Economic Prosperity

Ottawa – Canada can succeed economically while meeting targets to reduce global warming pollution, according to an economic modelling study commissioned by the Pembina Institute and the David Suzuki Foundation.  Climate Leadership, Economic Prosperity is the first Canadian study of its kind to show regional impacts on employment and gross domestic product, and the first to…

UNEP Intergovernmental Negotiations: Policy on Biodiversity & Ecosystems

UNEP Hosts Intergovernmental Negotiations On Strengthening Science for Policy on Biodiversity & Ecosystems Press release from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP): Nairobi, 5 October 2009 — Ecosystem health and sustainability are central to the well being of human kind. Over the past 50 years, the world has suffered an estimated 60% decline in ecosystems…

Substantial Unreported Emissions from Alberta Oil Sands

New study reveals substantial, unreported quantities of greenhouse gas emissions from the oil sands in the Boreal Forests of Alberta, Canada. Media release from Global Forest Watch Canada: October 2, 2009 (Edmonton, AB) — A new research paper, Bitumen and Biocarbon, was released this week by Global Forest Watch Canada. The paper reveals that significant…

Mayor Outlines ‘Green Capital’ Economic Strategy for Vancouver

Low-carbon economic development zones designed to spur economic activity and create jobs. Press release from the Office of the Mayor of the City of Vancouver and Vancouver Economic Development Commission: At an address to the Vancouver Board of Trade today, Mayor Gregor Robertson announced a number of economic development initiatives, including the introduction of ‘Vancouver,…

Call for Global Climate Change Deal: Leading Cdn Companies

Media Release by Canadian Business for Social Responsibility (CBSR): Toronto, ON – Leading Canadian companies are calling for world leaders to complete an ambitious, robust and equitable deal on climate change at the UN climate negotiations in Copenhagen this December. The Copenhagen Communiqué, a global campaign by prominent business leaders, urges world governments to adopt…