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  • Tackling U.S. Corporations’ 3 Challenges To Buying Renewable Energy

    Sixty percent of the largest U.S. companies have now set climate and energy goals to increase their use of renewable energy. The problem is that they face several market challenges in actually reaching these goals.

    That's where the new Corporate Renewable Energy Buyers’ Principles come in.

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  • 3 Tales of Hope for a Low-Carbon Future

    Andrew Steer's recent travels resonated a common narrative: our current, high-carbon path is not only bad for our planet—it’s bad economics, too. He also witnessed how, at three levels—political, analytical, and practical—global momentum is building for a low-carbon future.

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  • Corporate Lobbying on Climate Change: Silence is not Neutrality

    While some companies are stepping forward on climate change policy, many others have remained quiet.

    WRI worked with the UN and several esteemed partners on a Caring for Climate report to create a common standard for engaging corporate responsibly in climate policy debates. The guide represents a baseline for action and transparent reporting.

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  • Introducing WRI’s New Strategic Plan: Scaling Our Impact in Urgent Times

    In the Strategic Plan we present WRI’s strategy for the coming four years. We will focus our activities on six global problems that must be addressed urgently this decade. We will do fewer projects at greater depth and scale, seeking tipping points and, together with partners, moving beyond them. And we will invest in creating open-source data, research, and visual information that are suited to today’s fast-paced and networked world. We look forward to working with our partners to tackle today’s urgent challenges and contribute to a more sustainable and prosperous world for all people.

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  • Signs of Progress at World Economic Forum’s Climate Day

    For the first time, the meeting of many of the world’s pre-eminent political and business leaders held an official “Climate Day” to discuss the challenges posed by a warmer world. The day and the Forum’s several events and panels yielded encouraging talk—and the potential for some transformative initiatives.

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  • WRI’s Top Outcomes of 2013

    As 2013 comes to a close, it’s a good time to look back on the impact we’ve made in the world this year.

    We made progress on tackling key sustainability challenges, including addressing climate change, promoting clean energy, ensuring food security and stable water supplies, reducing forest degradation, and creating sustainable cities. Take a look at our nine top outcomes:

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  • 3 Ways Multinational Corporations Can Help Vulnerable Communities Adapt to Climate Change

    Multinational companies (MNCs) typically have operations and supply chains in many parts of the world. The way they respond to climate change, therefore, can affect many populations, including poor communities in developing countries, where many people are especially vulnerable to heat waves, sea level rise, and other climate change impacts. MNCs sometimes find themselves in tension with local groups and the environment, but they can also play an important role in making these communities more climate-resilient.

    Here are three ways that MNCs can contribute to climate change adaptation in developing countries:

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  • Business and Government Must Come Together for Strong Climate Action

    It’s time for businesses and governments to step up to the climate challenge and match words to actions.

    This week at the annual international climate talks in Warsaw, companies, policymakers, and civil society participated in an event to deepen business engagement on climate policy. Such interaction could not have come at a more critical time.

    Global emissions are on the rise. And last year, climate and extreme weather events alone cost $200 billion.

    The world clearly needs to accelerate its response to the climate challenge. Businesses and governments need to work together constructively to raise the level of action and ambition. That means policymakers step up to provide a strong market signal and support, while companies come to the table with clear, public, constructive input.

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  • Greater Expectations: 3 Actions for Companies to Take on Climate Policy

    As the risks that climate change poses to business becoming ever clearer, corporate executives are increasingly recognizing that policy action is essential. The Guide to Responsible Corporate Engagement in Climate Policy—from the U.N. Global Compact, U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change, U.N. Environment Programme, World Resources Institute, CDP, WWF, Ceres, and The Climate Group—for the first time establishes a shared, practical definition of responsible corporate engagement. The new guide details three essential steps businesses can take to effectively engage in climate policy.

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  • IPCC Report Delivers A Strong Message On Climate For Business Leaders

    An old Wall Street adage says “the market hates uncertainty.” Well, businesses received an unambiguous message last week with the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report.

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