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Xinyi Solar
China's post-pandemic green recovery measures drove up the country's renewables firms on the Corporate Knights index of the most sustainable 100 firms in the world. Singapore real estate company CDL is Asia's leading firm in the list.
A view of the forest in Central Kalimantan
The demand for carbon offsets, which firms use to neutralise the pollution they cause, is rising sharply and could increase 50-fold by 2050, according to BloombergNEF. If regulation doesn't improve, the offset boom could fizzle out.
Covid-19 booster vaccine
The packaging industry is most concerned about ESG issues, and financial services the least. Firms seem to care a lot about the environment, less about social issues, and least about governance, a study by GlobalData finds.
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All the anxieties of our time reflected in these trending terms.

Policy & Finance

The impact revolution

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#ESG Opinion

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The ESG movement has largely focused on publicly-traded companies, but private firms, which hire more people and make more money, aren't getting the same attention. Consortiums can be formed to ensure that private organisations also advance their sustainability efforts.
CCS facility in Vatenfall
A post-COP26 survey of leaders from top German companies shows that nine out of 10 chief executives consider …
Harvard divest
Despite the increasing urgency of the climate crisis, many of the world’s most powerful financial actors have continued to invest in the fossil-fuel industry. But a new trend in the law is forcing institutional investors to decarbonise their portfolios – or be held legally accountable.
Bangui Wind Farm in Bangui, Ilocos Norte, Philippines
In the run-up to COP26, companies trumpeted their commitment to addressing climate change, often citing pledges to achieve goals decades in the future. But meeting these distant objectives requires near-term action, about which the corporate world has been far less forthcoming.

Carbon & Climate

Woodstock going green

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#ESG Videos

Harvesting the fruit of oil palms, as this man is doing in a plantation in Indonesia, is tiring and sometimes dangerous work
Sponsored Palm oil frequently makes headlines, but the faceless workers harvesting the fruit of the oil palm less so. What are the challenges of the job and how can their rights be safeguarded?
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The new GRI Standards by the Global Reporting Initiative moves from merely recommending what to report to identifying exactly what businesses and investors are required to publicly disclose on their impacts.
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#ESG Podcasts

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The Philippines has ended new coal development as it pursues a low-carbon future. Don Paulino of non-profit Philippine Energy Independence Council and boss of Shell's exploration arm, argues why natural gas should remain in the energy mix.
Blackrock podcast
Exclusive The world's largest asset manager says it has put sustainability at the core of its investment approach. Eco-Business speaks to Shinbo Won, BlackRock's investment stewardship director in Singapore about what this means for investors, and how companies are responding to increased ESG pressure.
Filipino commuters during Covid. Image: Commuters of Metro Manila
Exclusive As the country plunges into a recession borne out of the pandemic, how can it get back on its feet? On this podcast, Eco-Business spoke to top Filipino environmentalist Loren Legarda on how conservation should not take a backseat to economic development.
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