Monthly Archives: October 2010

Jennifer Biringer reports from SoCap

Our friend Jennifer Biringer of SustainAbility chaired a panel on The Biosphere Economy at the Social Capital Markets (SoCap) Conference in San Francisco last year with leading philanthropic foundations and investors. Here she reflects on the panel and on the direction of the broader natural capital agenda. “…Standing in the seed ‘vault’ of Lynmar’s biodynamic winery

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Newsweek Greenest Companies Survey

Newsweek have just published their first Global 100 survey of ‘greenest companies’, for which I was one of the advisors. IBM tops the list. This parallels their US 500 survey, which has gone through its second cycle and is topped by Dell. One nice feature of the exercise is the spotlighting of 10 ‘Big Green

The political agenda for nature

We have partnered with GLOBE International, the global network of parliamentarians, and the Zoological Society of London, the leading scientific and conservation organisation, to create and champion a new political agenda for the stewardship of nature. And we are translating insights from science and from innovative conservation solutions for legislators in parliaments around the world.

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Wackernagel: Political messages on nature

Countries with ‘ecological deficit’ are those that have a greater and faster demand on their natural resource base than what the ecosystems within theirterritories are able to replenish. Countries with ecological deficits form an economically, ideologically and geographically diverse group, including the United States, Iran, Switzerland and Nigeria. The consequences of growing ecological deficits, Global

India leads the world on natural capital

Expectations today were high in Japan, as India is set to become the first country in the world to commit to publishing a new set of national accounts which track the nation’s plants, animals, water and other “natural wealth”, as well as financial measurements such as GDP, reports Juliette Jowit of the Guardian: The announcement is due to be

CSR and the Silver Tsunami

What are the implications of the ageing population on corporate responsibility and sustainability? Coverage on the Just Mean site spotlights an issue that has been haunting us here at Volans: the idea of a world of 9 billion people by mid-century. What will that look like if we don’t radically transform our technological, economic, social and

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2 Planets Wanted

Humans are now using resources and producing carbon dioxide at a rate 50 percent faster than the Earth can sustain, reveals the 2010 edition of the Living Planet Report – the leading survey of the planet’s health. The biennial report, produced by WWF in collaboration with Global Footprint Network and the Zoological Society of London, comes just days before UN

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Make or break decade for sustainability

John is currently in Australia speaking at the third annual Qantas Foundation Social Impact Lecture and running workshops with the Centre for Social Impact on sustainability and the future of the agenda. In an interview for Sky News Business, John talks about the impact of the global financial crisis on the way companies are approaching sustainability, saying

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Guardian Sustainable Business Site

The Guardian Sustainable Business site has just been relaunched, featuring sustainability news, comment and analysis from across the web. An excellent resource collating expert opinions, showcasing best practice in corporate sustainability and featuring blogs from leading sustainability experts including Volans’ own John Elkington, who is also on their illustrious Advisory Panel. Access the Guardian Sustainable Business site here.

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Clara Hidron: Green Gold in Colombia

The Chocó Bioregion in South America is known for its biodiversity and its richness in natural, hydrographic, mining, and forest resources. Chocó is primarily inhabited by Afro-Colombian and populations native to the region. AMICHOCÓ is dedicated to promoting sustainable uses of natural resources and the welfare of communities in Chocó. AMICHOCÓ is finding success by