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.
Local governments throughout Brazil have long-struggled with how to solve the air pollution, traffic congestion and safety issues caused by rising car ownership. The state government of Minas Gerais may have found a solution.
Many guitar makers use "figured" wood, desired for its wavy or rippled appearance. Bigleaf maple from the U.S. Pacific Northwest can act as a sustainable and beautiful source of figured wood.
In 2013, only 33 of the top 100 highest-paid government contractors reported their emissions to CDP, a global emissions reporting platform. A new proposal from the White House could change that.
Initiative brings together Google, Sainsbury’s, Hilton Worldwide, Quorn and more to promote sustainable food consumption,
More and more companies are profiting through the “circular economy,” or an economic model by which waste is not just avoided, but completely re-envisaged.
The Science-Based Targets initiative to cut corporate greenhouse gas emissions has met and exceeded its first goal, with more than 165 companies committed to use the best climate science to inform their carbon reduction decisions. SBTs are succeeding because they take the guesswork out of the process of shrinking businesses' carbon footprints.
WASHINGTON (June 8, 2016)— World Resources Institute finds that analyzing the forests and plantations near palm oil mills can help identify deforestation risk and prevent it. Launched today on Global Forest Watch Commodities, the new PALM Risk Tool will help companies meet their zero deforestation commitments by providing much-needed transparency into the sustainability of the palm oil they buy.
"No one's actually making money from coal-fired power plants in the United States right now," said David Crane at WRI's MindShare event. That may seem a strange sentiment coming from a man who led NRG Energy, one of America's biggest power companies, but Crane is far from the typical energy exec.
WASHINGTON (May 12, 2016)— Four non-governmental organizations have formed the Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance (REBA), a new coalition to empower multinational companies to transform electricity systems with renewable energy. REBA aims to help facilitate and deploy 60 gigawatts (GWs) of new corporate renewable energy in the United States by 2025.
A press teleconference on Thursday, May 12 will introduce the Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance (REBA), which aims to help facilitate and deploy 60 GW of new corporate renewable energy capacity by 2025. Energy experts from Facebook, Invenergy, Microsoft and World Resources Institute will discuss the problems companies face and how Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance will help scale up renewables on the grid.
More than 150 companies have committed to align their emissions-reduction goals with what the science says is necessary to limit temperature rise to 2 degrees C (3.6 degrees F). Here's what some pioneering corporations are saying about setting science-based emissions targets.
A disappointing experience in forest conservation laid the groundwork for marketing expert Daniel Vennard to lead WRI's Better Buying Lab. The initiative will bring together leading food service companies, manufacturers and restaurant chains to shift consumers towards more environmentally friendly plant-based proteins.
A new partnership between the state of Virginia, a local utility and Microsoft shows how states can quickly and affordably bring more renewables online.
Cargill and World Resources Institute today announced a new 2-year partnership to work across value chains to better manage deforestation and water risk. This partnership brings WRI’s cutting-edge tools to the agriculture sector on a global scale.
Companies, especially those with consumer-facing brands, have become increasingly concerned about the reputational, operational and legal risks posed by deforestation. So some are seeking out ways to root it out of their supply chains.