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Five key shifts underway

Five key shifts underway

“We are already in an era of profound shifts, innovation, and discontinuity,” Eamonn Kelly, Deloitte Chief Futurist, stated in one of his latest works. In the paper The next frontier: Innovating toward Sustainable Abundance, the expert analyzes the main global challenges in t ...
The 4 dimensions of green business’ collective efforts

The 4 dimensions of green business’ collective efforts

Sustainability and abundance aren’t opposites. In fact, brought together as catalytic partners, they can help drive human progress, the new Deloitte report brings to the table.  According to Eamonn Kelly, Chief Futurist, every business will have its own unique opportunities to ...
The importance of external auditors in carbon reporting

The importance of external auditors in carbon reporting

Before companies even think about planning to reduce their carbon emissions, there’s an important first step that many are missing: getting third party validation of their reporting. Accurately reported carbon emissions are a critical indicator for actually reducing climate imp ...
BR TALKS | Erlana Castro, #ESGpraJá

BR TALKS | Erlana Castro, #ESGpraJá

New talk is out with a provoking question: Who are you in the ESG queue? Our guest has her answer: she’s an ESG reprogrammer. In this episode, the Chief Media Officer Nathalia Toledo welcomes Erlana Castro, Founder and CCO at #ESGpraJá. A mindblowing conversation about the ...
The major challenges of the time

The major challenges of the time

Leaders from some of the largest global economies have declared that tackling climate change and economic inequality are “existential” and “convergent” goals. In 2024, Brazil will host the most important discussions on sustainable and inclusive growth. inc ...
Bold measures to close the climate action gap

Bold measures to close the climate action gap

The Alliance for CEO Climate Leaders, a CEO-led community facilitated by the World Economic Forum that is committed to accelerating the net-zero transition, released a new report calling on businesses and governments to shift from incremental to systemic actions to meet climate g ...
Clean energy: investment at high levels in 2023

Clean energy: investment at high levels in 2023

US$ 2.8 trillion is the estimated value of investment in energy in 2023, according to the global Sector Atlas report, released by Allianz Trade. Out of this figure, more than US$1.7 trillion is earmarked for clean energy, including renewable energy, nuclear, low-emission fuels, a ...
Green skills: why you should improve yours

Green skills: why you should improve yours

A report recently released by the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) forecasts: the actions we take over the next decade will determine whether or not our planet is livable for generations to come. In this context, there is a growing demand in the corporate w ...
The future of corporate travel

The future of corporate travel

As more and more companies seek to reduce their carbon footprint to meet regulatory requirements or their own sustainability goals, corporate travel is drawing attention for being a significant contributor to emissions.  A recent Deloitte survey of 334 travel managers, executive ...
EU regulation drives the sustainability transition, report shows

EU regulation drives the sustainability transition, report shows

Multiple new regulatory proposals are making rapid progress in the European Union, leading the way in addressing climate change and stimulating the social and economic benefits that can come from doing so. According to Deloitte’s EMEA Sustainability Regulation Hub, implemen ...
Earth’s Remembrance

Earth’s Remembrance

By João Vale Moreira To this unique and beautiful collection of rocks, water, lava, air, plants, and beings – from which fertility and life spring – we call Earth, because the Romans decided so. The Earth gives us an example of its permanence, in its constant change. Man ...
Global demand for conscious luxury products increases, survey finds

Global demand for conscious luxury products increases, survey finds

Luxury consumers are increasingly concerned about buying conscious products. That’s what the Conscious Luxury Trend Report 2023, launched at the end of June by Farfetch, one of the world’s leading high-end e-commerce retailers, found. Among the key findings, the study ...
Key climate litigation cases shaping the future

Key climate litigation cases shaping the future

The Global Climate Litigation Report: 2023 Status Review, based on a review of cases focused on climate change law, policy or science, demonstrated how courts are finding strong human rights linkages to climate change.  According to the United Nations, this is leading to greater ...
Fostering effective energy transition

Fostering effective energy transition

Major emerging economies with high future energy demand including China, India, Brazil and Indonesia, have made significant improvements on the energy transition, according to a new World Economic Forum report, Fostering Effective Energy Transition 2023. Enabled by increasing vol ...
€2.5 billion to be invested in distributed solar generation globally

€2.5 billion to be invested in distributed solar generation globally

Solar distributed generation (DG) has become one of the fastest growing businesses around the world – which is expected to represent close to 50% of all new solar additions globally in the coming years. The Portuguese group EDP announced an investment of €2.5 billion up to 20 ...
The core tool in delivering climate justice

The core tool in delivering climate justice

Climate litigation is becoming an integral part of securing climate action and justice globally. According to a new report by the United Nations Environment Programme, climate court cases have more than doubled in five years, from 884 in 2017 to 2,180 in 2022. And it is growing w ...
Be aware. Then Act.

Be aware. Then Act.

By Nathalia Toledo The UK has almost halved its emissions over the past three decades; the price of lithium-ion batteries fell by 97% in the last 30 years; and the amount of energy being produced globally through renewable and clean sources is rising. These are some of the good n ...
Accelerating climate action with AI

Accelerating climate action with AI

Artificial intelligence is in the spotlight with its multiple functionalities in different areas and industries, already changing in practice the daily lives of people and organizations. Now, the technology of the moment is also proving to be an asset for a global team of educato ...
ESG: how to turn adversity into advantage

ESG: how to turn adversity into advantage

A new survey of 125 firms by The Conference Board shows that only about half of companies have experienced backlash related to their environmental, social, and governance (ESG) strategies. However, 43 percent of executives expect backlash to increase. According to the authors, de ...
Climate Leadership: what CEOs are doing

Climate Leadership: what CEOs are doing

CEOs are facing a huge global challenge, no denying. The UN Global Compact’s 12th CEO Survey in partnership with Accenture shows that the majority of leaders are facing ten or more simultaneous challenges in their business and 87% of them believe that the current level of c ...
Climate Future: how to mitigate impacts

Climate Future: how to mitigate impacts

A newly written book by MIT Sloan economist Robert S. Pindyck argues that despite efforts to reduce emissions around the world, severe climate change is likely to be inevitable in the not-too-distant future, and individuals and organizations need to invest now in strategies and t ...
Solar energy to have more investment than oil production for the 1st time, IEA reports

Solar energy to have more investment than oil production for the 1st time, IEA reports

Global additions of renewable power capacity are expected to jump by a third this year as growing policy momentum, higher fossil fuel prices and energy security concerns drive strong deployment of solar PV and wind power, according to the latest update from the International Ener ...
Global temperatures expected to rise to record highs in next five years, UN says

Global temperatures expected to rise to record highs in next five years, UN says

The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said this Wednesday that global temperatures are expected to hit record rates in the next five years because of greenhouse gases and the El Niño phenomenon. According to a new report released by the UN agency, there is a 66% probabilit ...
Investors call for more explicit sustainability metrics

Investors call for more explicit sustainability metrics

Sustainability remains at the top of the corporate governance agenda with regulators and investors tasking companies with deepening their Environmental Social Governance (ESG) commitments and setting measurable and actionable goals. That’s the main finding of the eighth edi ...
Trophic rewilding: an overlooked climate change solution

Trophic rewilding: an overlooked climate change solution

Protecting the functional roles of big animals in ecosystems is an undervalued contribution in controlling the carbon cycle, a new report published in the journal Nature Climate Change reveals. The group of researchers presented scientific evidence showing that restoring wild ani ...
Renewables: soon the planet’s biggest source of electricity

Renewables: soon the planet’s biggest source of electricity

After slowing slightly last year amid the turmoil of the global energy crisis and exceptional weather conditions in some regions, the growth in world electricity demand is expected to accelerate to an average of 3% over the next three years, according to a new IEA report. Renewab ...
Are renewables reining in carbon emissions?

Are renewables reining in carbon emissions?

According to a new report published by the International Energy Agency (IEA), apparently yes. The study found that global energy-related carbon dioxide emissions rose by under 1% in 2022 – less than initially feared – as the growth of solar, wind, EVs, heat pumps and energy e ...
‘High Seas Treaty’: leaders making history

‘High Seas Treaty’: leaders making history

The United Nations-facilitated talks around the protection of marine biodiversity in international waters began in 2004, and finally came up with an outcome. The members of the Intergovernmental Conference on Marine Biodiversity of Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction reached a his ...
Moving from ESG commitment to action

Moving from ESG commitment to action

Investing in new ESG functions and tools has been a trend for some time. Three out of four executives plan to obtain assurance over ESG disclosures in the next reporting cycle, indicating the importance of applying independence and objectivity to enhancing the reliability of this ...
How to close the gap between ambition and impact

How to close the gap between ambition and impact

Researchers from Deloitte recently listened to leaders and experts and put together a myriad of recommendations to help organizations close the gap between ambition and impact, break through the barriers to greater action, and start to balance the near-term costs of climate initi ...
Accelerating the Green Transition

Accelerating the Green Transition

Climate change is now an enduring part of the business agenda. Almost every organization has felt its impacts over the past year, and C-suite leaders (CxOs) have been personally impacted. New Deloitte’s survey of more than 2,000 CxOs across 24 countries finds that the majority ...
Big CEOs’ salaries increasingly tied to ESG

Big CEOs’ salaries increasingly tied to ESG

Linking a portion of executive compensation to ESG principles is becoming a mainstream governance practice. According to the study “Linking Executive Compensation to ESG Performance”, the percentage of S&P 500 companies that have adopted ESG performance measures is in ...
87% of leaders expect to increase sustainability investments over the next two years

87% of leaders expect to increase sustainability investments over the next two years

Customers are the primary stakeholder group creating pressure for organizations to invest or act on sustainability issues, selected by 80% of executives, followed by investors (60%) and regulators (55%). A new Gartner, Inc. survey reveals that 87% of business leaders expect to in ...
A major milestone for the conservation of nature

A major milestone for the conservation of nature

In the last days of 2022, nations of the world agreed on a historic package of measures deemed critical to addressing the dangerous loss of biodiversity and restoring natural ecosystems. The Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework, reflecting the joint leadership of China ...
BR TALKS | Rodrigo Dabbieri, Gipsyy

BR TALKS | Rodrigo Dabbieri, Gipsyy

New talk is out! In today’s episode, the example of a technology and mobility startup that is opening new paths in Brazil when it comes to safety and environmental awareness. Nathalia Toledo and Rafael Lopes welcome Rodrigo Dabbieri, Director of Operations at Gipsyy. Join u ...
Four key ingredients to become stewards of sustainability

Four key ingredients to become stewards of sustainability

A recent report released by the advisory firm Egon Zehnder has found that while boards are prioritizing sustainability, there is much room for improvement – and getting the right composition, culture, mindset and skills are key for driving environmental, social and governance ( ...
Green Hydrogen: the key to the energy transition

Green Hydrogen: the key to the energy transition

The world is in a hurry. Accelerating the renewal of the energy matrix is at the top of the global leaders’ priorities, as was exhaustively discussed last month at the COP27 in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt. Not only because of the damage caused by the use of fossil fuels but also ...
BR TALKS | Daniela Valverde, Coca-Cola

BR TALKS | Daniela Valverde, Coca-Cola

New season is out! What do Brazilian leaders have to share with the world? Where do such bold, pioneering, and inspiring initiatives come from? We will keep investigating this in the second season of BR Talks, a WIN World interview series. In the first episode, an inspiring woman ...
COP27: the key areas for action

COP27: the key areas for action

One year after one of the editions with the most ebullient negotiations, where some encouraging global alliances and a number of promises emerged, this year’s UN Climate Conference takes place in Sharm el-Sheikh, against a backdrop of extreme weather events worldwide, an energy ...
Access to clean and healthy environment: the latest universal human right

Access to clean and healthy environment: the latest universal human right

With 161 votes in favor, and eight abstentions*, the UN General Assembly adopted a historic resolution on Thursday, declaring access to a clean, healthy and sustainable environment, a universal human right. The resolution, based on a similar text adopted last year by the Human Ri ...
The future of business has three letters: ESG

The future of business has three letters: ESG

More than $115 billion in annual revenue is up for grabs in the US banking market alone, along with an opportunity to establish a 12 percent market premium from investors, the management consulting firm Kearney estimates. The study indicates that 85% of investors now take ESG fac ...
Solar: the passport to energy independence

Solar: the passport to energy independence

The energy transition is underway across the planet. According to data from the US Energy Information Administration (EIA), renewable energies provided more than 25% of the electrical generation in the United States during the first half of 2022. Solar energy production grew by 2 ...
The best companies for the world

The best companies for the world

B Lab Global has announced 2022 Best for the World, recognizing Certified B Corporations (B Corps) around the world with exceptional positive impact. Best for the World identifies the B Corps whose verified B Impact Scores in the five impact areas evaluated in the B Impact Assess ...
ESG: there’s no sustainability without social license

ESG: there’s no sustainability without social license

Companies are focusing more on social impact — a widely accepted idea by CEOs, media, politicians, and experts. A new McKinsey article shows that there has been a fivefold growth in internet searches for ESG (environmental, social, and governance) since 2019, and across ind ...
A step forward: supermarkets may soon have eco-food labeling

A step forward: supermarkets may soon have eco-food labeling

In many countries such as the United Kingdom and Ireland, supermarket shoppers will soon be able to check the environmental impact of food before putting it in their trolleys, thanks to new research. Today, food markets only have to list their main ingredients – by percentage, ...
Raising customers’ awareness

Raising customers’ awareness

Sustainability and environmental preservation are considered subjects of great interest for the majority of the Rock in Rio audience. This is what a Datafolha survey of 412 people over the age of 16 indicates. Seven out of ten people interviewed (70%) said they are interested in ...
Why micromobility is the future

Why micromobility is the future

The tipping point in electric passenger vehicle adoption occurred in the second half of 2020, when electric vehicle sales and entry grew in major markets despite the economic crisis caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, according to the McKinsey Center for Future Mobility. Experts on ...
The net-zero transition: an investment, not a cost

The net-zero transition: an investment, not a cost

The global transition to a net zero economy will cost about $3.5 trillion a year more than the world was planning until 2022. The number was revealed in a McKinsey study earlier this year, amid more than 130 countries that have pledged net zero emissions by 2050. “Capital spend ...
Heat wave drives workers back to the office

Heat wave drives workers back to the office

Office air conditioning has been too attractive to ignore. The new heat wave hitting Europe has been record-breaking, claiming victims and causing major damage. This month (July 2022) the UK reached the highest temperature in history, according to the Met Office. The thermometers ...
Climate litigation: why so important for campaigners

Climate litigation: why so important for campaigners

Climate lawsuits are surging globally, with governments, oil firms and other polluters increasingly finding themselves in court for failing to act on the climate crisis. Data published by the London School of Economics on Thursday revealed that climate-related lawsuits have more ...
A roadmap to grow sustainable results

A roadmap to grow sustainable results

Even with record private sector participation in global climate conferences, such as COP26, the global average of companies with zero net emissions commitments was only 22% at the beginning of 2022. The data is from a survey of more than 4,400 CEOs conducted by the consultancy Pw ...
European Parliament votes to end the sale of fossil-fuel cars from 2035

European Parliament votes to end the sale of fossil-fuel cars from 2035

The European Parliament has approved a proposal to ban the sale of new cars powered by combustion engines after 2035. The measure seeks to intensify the bloc’s fight against climate change through a faster transition to electric vehicles. European lawmakers voted on Wednesd ...
A big hug for the oceans

A big hug for the oceans

Created by the United Nations Organization (UNO), World Environment Day, on the 5th of June, continues to be celebrated with initiatives for the planet’s sustainability worldwide.  And this June 8 is the United Nations World Oceans Day, 2022 with the theme “Revitaliz ...
Building a shared future for all beings

Building a shared future for all beings

By Nathalia Toledo In a few months, leaders from around the world will meet to agree on a global biodiversity framework with clear and measurable goals to put the planet on the path to recovery by 2030. And in a few hours, inspiring explorers, biologists, and ecologists will be g ...
A plan for renewables: how to jump-start right now

A plan for renewables: how to jump-start right now

In reaction to the latest World Meteorological Organization (WMO) report — which showed that greenhouse gas concentrations, sea level rise, ocean heat levels and acidification set new records during 2021 — the UN chief, António Guterres, proposed five critical action ...
Sustainability in companies goes beyond money

Sustainability in companies goes beyond money

By Filipe Reduto Gaspar The word “sustainability” is on everyone’s lips. Given the context of climate emergency that we live in, it is only natural that, as a society, we are concerned about investing in sustainable practices to ensure a future for us, for our l ...
Impact Business: why so important

Impact Business: why so important

As the impact business sector has matured over the last decade, large companies have realized the need to add sustainability to their operations. And incorporating impact business into their operation – or their supply chain – would be a great way to do that. A Yunus ...
Europe introduces massive ban on toxic chemicals to eliminate health and environmental hazards by 2030

Europe introduces massive ban on toxic chemicals to eliminate health and environmental hazards by 2030

The European Commission has published its “roadmap” to ban thousands of the most dangerous chemicals for health and the environment from consumer products by 2030. After many postponements, due in particular to fierce opposition from industry, the European Commission ...
Time for action is now: emissions can be halved by 2030

Time for action is now: emissions can be halved by 2030

Without immediate and deep emissions reductions across all sectors, limiting global warming to 1.5°C is beyond reach. However, there is increasing evidence of climate action, said scientists in the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report. “We are at a cr ...
Organizations must eliminate single-use plastic packaging to meet global goals

Organizations must eliminate single-use plastic packaging to meet global goals

Brands and companies that intend to reduce the use of virgin plastic by 2025 need to deal with a still very common problem: single-use flexible packaging, used in products from various industry segments, such as food – packages of bread, snacks, cereal bars, ketchup sachets, to ...
Citizens and communities actions are meaningful, impactful and urgently needed

Citizens and communities actions are meaningful, impactful and urgently needed

Recent research has found that citizens have a direct influence over 25-27 percent of the emissions savings needed by 2030 to avoid an ecological meltdown. How? By making key lifestyle changes. Individual action is particularly relevant between now and 2030, the most important de ...
Historic resolution on plastic: UN treaty roadmap approved

Historic resolution on plastic: UN treaty roadmap approved

Heads of State, environment ministers and other representatives from 175 nations, endorsed a historic resolution to end plastic pollution, and forge an international legally binding agreement, by the end of 2024. The resolution, based on three initial draft resolutions from vario ...
75% of people want single-use plastics banned

75% of people want single-use plastics banned

As United Nations members prepare to begin talks on a global treaty to rein in soaring plastic pollution, three in four people worldwide want single-use plastics to be banned as soon as possible, according to a poll of more than 20,000 people across 28 countries. The percentage o ...
Restaurant menus are part of climate solution, new studies attest

Restaurant menus are part of climate solution, new studies attest

The World Resources Institute has trialed the effects of positive messaging on people’s food choices. In a recent study, the two most effective descriptive messages doubled the chance that a consumer would order a vegetarian menu item.  Participants who read the messages  ...
Big brands call for ambitious global treaty to cut plastic production

Big brands call for ambitious global treaty to cut plastic production

Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, Unilever and Ikea are among over 70 brands that released a joint business statement calling for a global pact to fight plastic pollution, including reducing material production.  World leaders will gather at a United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA 5.2 ...
Organizations must connect global risks to strategy

Organizations must connect global risks to strategy

The new World Economic Forum’s Global Risks Report is dominated by environmental issues. Climate action failure, extreme weather events, biodiversity loss and ecosystem collapse were considered the top three of the top 10 global risks by severity over the next 10 years. Around ...
People are missing climate education in school — and don’t feel prepared for green jobs

People are missing climate education in school — and don’t feel prepared for green jobs

According to a recent survey conducted by Pearson, people are rushing to make up ground with more education and training to address the global effects. 5,000 people in five countries were asked how much education they’ve had on climate change. The results are clear: not eno ...
Virgin plastic use by brands to drop nearly 20% by 2025, report shows

Virgin plastic use by brands to drop nearly 20% by 2025, report shows

Millions of dollars are being invested in cleaning up our oceans, rivers and beaches in an effort to turn the tide against plastic pollution. These efforts are vital, but they will be in vain if even more plastics leak into the environment – ​​or are dumped in landfills or ...
Women rule UN’s 2021 ‘Champions of the Earth’ award

Women rule UN’s 2021 ‘Champions of the Earth’ award

A Caribbean-based prime minister, a scientist, a group of indigenous women, and an entrepreneur dominated the United Nations’ highest environmental honor in 2021. “These Champions of the Earth inspire, defend, mobilize and act to tackle the greatest environmental chal ...
Offices are (gradually) going green

Offices are (gradually) going green

As global leaders pledge to reduce their carbon emissions, cities move toward more sustainable transportation and eateries ditch disposable straws, workplaces are following suit. A survey with professionals in the US and Canada found that 59% of the offices have made environmenta ...
Green recovery: over 20 million jobs to be created

Green recovery: over 20 million jobs to be created

Climate action presents an enormous opportunity for global economies. According to the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE), a green recovery scenario with investments into renewable energies, building efficiency and green ...
ESG: agenda on the rise in organizations priorities

ESG: agenda on the rise in organizations priorities

The ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) agenda has not been limited to isolated sustainability initiatives by companies. It may not yet be the majority globally, but a huge part of the corporate world seems to have understood what analysts have been saying for some time: E ...
BIS: Female managers are better for the planet

BIS: Female managers are better for the planet

A new study published by the Bank for International Settlements (BIS), a Swiss-based oversight institution for the world’s central banks, suggests a benefit to hiring women and improving staff gender diversity, not just at the board level, but across the company. The document f ...
Social progress on advance worldwide – in short steps though

Social progress on advance worldwide – in short steps though

That’s the conclusion of the latest Social Progress Index, released since 2011 to measure the success of 168 nations, using data to influence policies and investments all over the world. The survey reveals the best countries for health, safety, education, rights, and quality of ...
COP26 is over. What’s Next?

COP26 is over. What’s Next?

The manifold pledges made during the last United Nations’ high-profile climate conference have taken the news headlines during the past two weeks. After successive political speeches and a myriad of critics pointing out empty calls, COP 26 has come to an end this weekend as ...