The Sustainable Development Goals are good for business.
Many companies are wary to confront an uncomfortable topic — that we can’t continue on the current path of unchecked consumption without draining the world’s resources in just a few decades.
There has been a sea change in business leadership on environmental and sustainable development issues over the past 20 years. Many CEOs speak “sustainability,” and many multinational companies have invested resources to build internal capacity on sustainability.
Many businesses measure growth by selling more stuff to more people. But in a resource-constrained future, companies can't thrive under this model.
Climate change risks to corporations, their investors and the planet are increasing markedly. Those who heed the call to act by pricing carbon, setting a science-based emissions target and more will materially increase their odds of prospering.
Rosewoods and other exotic timbers have long been a staple for high-end guitars. With new U.S. and international rules regulating their use, guitar makers are figuring out how to adapt.
U.S. states often tussle over who can attract the most innovative, high-growth businesses. Governors can increasingly point to a new factor that makes their state competitive: affordable renewable energy.
It's not enough to merely commit to deforestation-free supply chains. Businesses should keep their eyes on the real prize: prosperous and productive rural economies.
Today, World Resources Institute and 11 partners announced the launch of Further With Food: Center for Food Loss and Waste Solutions an online hub to exchange information and solutions that can help realize the United States’ goal of cutting food waste 50 percent by 2030.
Last year brought huge political shocks to the environment and development communities. During WRI’s Annual Stories to Watch event, Andrew Steer highlighted how these trends may affect U.S. and international climate policy, business and investment, global energy markets and more this year.
Transitioning to a clean energy economy in the United States would cost $320 billion a year from 2020 to 2050, finds a new report from the Risky Business Project, but we'd save $366 billion a year in reduced fossil fuel costs alone.
Black Friday sales may draw huge crowds, but this business model can't continue given current resource constraints. Some companies are already showing us what the future of consumption will look like.
The USDA and EPA launched 2030 Champions, a coalition of American businesses committed to reduce food loss and waste in their operations by 50 percent by 2030. Early members include Blue Apron, Campbell's Soup, General Mills and more.
For the first time, Harvard Business Review incorporated environmental and social governance factors into its Best Performing CEOs ranking. A CEO ranked number one in 2014 fell to number 76 because of it.
Before the Flood explores how human activities, such as deforestation in Indonesia's Leuser ecosystem, are fueling global climate change. WRI Forest Legality Initiative Chip Barber reflects on his experience in the Leuser 30 years ago, and how the landscape has changed.
With the Paris Agreement clearing the final hurdle to enter into force, the world is now unmistakably on a low-carbon path. WRI Business Center Director Kevin Moss highlights three ways business can take action.
Most companies set sustainability targets based on what is considered feasible or competitive rather than what is necessary to preserve Earth's resources for future generations. With help from WRI, Mars is doing things differently.
Based on work that WRI completed with Mars Incorporated in 2016, this paper explores how companies can anchor sustainability targets in environmental science, ensuring that vital resources remain available for future generations. Rather than provide a definitive methodology, this paper discusses what managers must consider when attempting to set science-based targets for their impact on the climate, land and water.