Davos Manifesto 2020: The Universal Purpose of a Company in the Fourth Industrial Revolution (December 2019)

The Davos Manifesto 2020: The Universal Purpose of a Company in the Fourth Industrial Revolution:

A. The purpose of a company is to engage all its stakeholders in shared and sustained value creation. In creating such value, a company serves not only its shareholders, but all its stakeholders – employees, customers, suppliers, local communities and society at large. The best way to understand and harmonize the divergent interests of all stakeholders is through a shared commitment to policies and decisions that strengthen the long-term prosperity of a company.

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Starbucks Commits to a Resource-Positive Future, Giving More than It Takes from the Planet (article by Sustainable Brands, January 2020)

Extract from the SB article, January 2020:

“In a public letter to all company stakeholders, CEO Kevin Johnson sets 2030 science-based targets for carbon, water and waste as part of a multi-decade aspiration.

Hot on the heels of a similarly groundbreaking, industry-leading announcement last week from Microsoft, Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson outlined today, in a public letter, a multi-decade commitment to become a resource-positive company — aspiring to give more than it takes from the planet. The announcement included science-based preliminary targets for the reduction of carbon emissions, water use and waste by 2030; and outlined five strategies the company has identified to move toward them.

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6 of the 9 worst risks to the world are sustainability-linked risks! (World Economic Forum, January 2020)

WEF ‘s The Global Risks Report 2020 15th Edition, January 2020:

Climate threats and accelerated biodiversity loss!

Climate change is striking harder and more rapidly than many expected. The last five years are on track to be the warmest on record, natural disasters are becoming more intense and more frequent, and last year witnessed unprecedented extreme weather throughout the world. Alarmingly, global temperatures are on track to increase by at least 3°C towards the end of the century—twice what climate experts have warned is the limit to avoid the most severe economic, social and environmental consequences.More

Rige kendisser flyver 10.000 gange mere end gennemsnittet! (artikel i Aktuell Hållbarhet, oktober 2019)

Uddrag af artikel i Aktuell Hållbarhet, 21/10 2019:

Bill Gates, Paris Hilton, Jennifer Lopez och andra rika kändisar i USA har fått sina flygresor kartlagda av en grupp forskare i Lund. Resultaten publiceras i en vetenskaplig artikel som visar att en rik elit är på väg att äta upp det globala utsläppsutrymmet.

I artikeln som publiceras i novembernumret av den vetenskapliga tidskriften Annals of Tourism Research har forskargruppen ledd av Stefan Gössling, professor i turism vid Lunds universitet, kartlagt tio internationella offentliga personers flygvanor under ett år. Siffrorna visar sig att personerna inte bara är superkändisar utan också ”superutsläppare”.

Av de tio amerikanska kändisarna var det Bill Gates, ordförande i Microsoft, som släppte ut mest – hela 1 600 ton koldioxid under det undersökta året 2017.More

Buying less is better than buying green for the planet and your happiness! (Study from University of Arizona, October 2019)

A new study found that people who consume less are happier than those who engage in other pro-environmental consumer behaviors, like buying environmentally friendly products.

Humans’ overconsumption of resources — from the food and clothes we buy to the methods of transportation we choose — is a leading contributor to global climate change, says University of Arizona researcher Sabrina Helm. Therefore, it’s increasingly important to understand the choices consumers make and how those decisions affect the health of a planet with limited resources.More

Dansif: 74% af respondenterne bruger SDG’erne aktivt til udvælgelse af investeringer (Dansif-rapport, september 2019)

From the Executive Summary of the report:

The 2019 Dansif survey has a 62% response rate and the respondents together represent 90% of total Assets under Management (AuM) for the 50 largest institutional investors in Denmark.

All of the 31 survey respondents have a responsible investment (RI) policy which covers the majority or all of their total AuM 89% of the respondents make their RI policy publicly available .More

Enel launches the world’s first “general purpose SDG linked bond”, succesfully placing a 1.5 billion U.S. dollar bond (September 2019)

The issue was almost three times oversubscribed, with orders of about 4 billion US dollars. The strong demand from investors for the “General Purpose SDG Linked Bond” once again confirms the appreciation and confidence of the financial markets in the soundness of the Enel Group’s sustainable strategy and the consequent impact on the economic and financial results.

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181 major US businesses commit to act fairly and sustainably (published August 2019)

A welcome development this week was the declaration from 181 chief executives of US companies to operate in a way that values and recognizes all their stakeholders.

The signatories to the Statement on the Purpose of a Corporation, organized by Business Roundtable, includes commitments to:

  • Respect communities and the environment by embracing sustainable business practices;
  • Deal with suppliers and partners fairly and ethically;
  • Invest in their employees, fostering diversity and inclusion;
  • Demonstrate transparency and effective stakeholder engagement.

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Jordens Vänner: Det svenske olieselskab Preem bedst til greenwashing 2019! (Juli 2019)

Citeret fra artikel i Aktuell Hållbarhet, 3/7 2019:

“Greenwashpriset blir Preemwashpriset

Jordens Vänner anser att kombinationen hög svansföring inom hållbarhetsområdet och planer som fördubblar koldioxidutsläppen vid raffinaderiet i Lysekil gör att Preem förtjänar Svenska Greenwashpriset 2019.

Preem tilldelas årets skampris nummer ett i Almedalen, Svenska Greenwashpriset. Utdelare är som vanligt Jordens Vänner som anser att Preems grönmålning består av att företaget planerar en utbyggnad av raffinaderiet i Lysekil samtidigt som företaget hävdar att deras “verksamhet bedrivs med utgångspunkt att bevara miljön för fratida generationer”. Utbyggnaden av Preemraff i Lysekil innebär att utsläppen därifrån fördubblas från 1,7 miljoner ton koldioxid till 3,4 miljoner.

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Danskerne: “Vestas, Ørsted og Coop er de mest bæredygtige virksomheder” (analyse fra Advice, maj 2019)

Uddrag af analysen, side 18:

“Der er altså ingen tvivl om, at danskerne har taget virksomhedernes bæredygtigheds­ dagsorden til sig. Men hvem, mener de så, skiller sig positivt ud? I Bæredygtigheds­ barometeret har vi spurgt respondenterne om, uhjulpet, at nævne virksomheder, som de mener gør meget for en bæredygtig udvikling. Det er interessant, at danskernes top tre dækker virksomheder, som er bæredygtige på tre forskellige måder.

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