This week in sustainability

Authenticity Matters: Three Ways To Reach College Students

by Adam Grant

Gen Zers feel strongly about brands investing in corporate social responsibility efforts: 94% of them believe companies should be helping to address social and environmental issues. Offering a voice on issues that plague college campuses and the world at large can position your brand as a compassionate, socially conscious organization that cares about real issues students face, not just how much money students are spending.



EU: Investment Firms Must Tell Clients about Environmental Risks

by Alex Cooper

The European Parliament’s Committee of Economic and Monetary Affairs decided on Monday that investment firms will from now on have to make sure they inform their clients about the risks of their projects infringing upon human rights, endangering the environment, or similar violations. The Regulation “lays the foundation for an EU framework which puts environmental, social and governance (ESG) considerations at the heart of the financial system to help transform Europe’s economy into a greener, more resilient and circular system,” the document titled “Disclosures relating to sustainable investments and sustainability risks” said.



European Commission, Partners Launch ‘Sustainable Blue Economy Finance Principles’

29 October 2018: The European Commission (EC), European Investment Bank (EIB), World Resources Institute (WRI) and World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) launched the world’s first global framework to finance a sustainable ocean economy at the fifth edition of the Our Ocean Conference. The principles will promote implementation and achievement of SDG 14 (life below water) and ensure that ocean-related investment delivers long-term value without negatively impacting marine ecosystems, carbon emission reductions or the livelihoods of people who depend on the oceans and their resources. The Sustainable Blue Economy Finance Principles put forward 14 Principles. The Principles provide guidance on how to ensure that investments support more sustainable marine and coastal development and ensure the sustainability of ocean ecosystems. The Principles aim to engage investors, insurers and banks “to bring sustainability into the boardrooms of all ocean-based industries,” including aquaculture, biotechnology, energy, fisheries, shipping and tourism.




Michael R. Bloomberg and Ray Dalio’s OceanX Announce Over $185 Million for New Partnership to Increase Ocean Exploration and Protection

Working complementarily, Bloomberg Philanthropies’ partners will capitalize on OceanX’s powerful imagery and storytelling capabilities to better advocate for marine protection and conservation. The Bloomberg-OceanX initiative will coordinate aligned strategies to maximize their collective impact, investing both independently and together on projects across ocean exploration and scientific discovery, awareness and education, issue advocacy, policy development, and conservation. The effort will be seeded by a combined four-year commitment of over $185 million.