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Pursuing the global opportunity in food and agribusiness

Pursuing the global opportunity in food and agribusiness

July 2015—Satisfying the world’s food needs opens the door to investment throughout the value chain.more

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How companies can adapt to climate change

July 2015—Taking effective action can turn risk into competitive advantage.more


Lower oil prices but more renewables: What’s going on?

June 2015—Why the renewables sector is more resilient than ever.more


Unlocking the future: The keys to making cities great

June 2015—Effective urban leaders focus on doing three things well.more


Building the cities of the future with green districts

May 2015—Better design can make sense aesthetically, environmentally—and economically.more

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Rethinking the water cycle

May 2015—How moving to a circular economy can preserve our most vital resource.more


Business and society in the coming decades

April 2015—In the long term, corporate and societal interests converge. Walmart CEO Doug McMillon and SVP of sustainability Kathleen McLaughlin argue companies have an opportunity to use their scale and expertise to reshape global systems and mitigate complex problems.more


Short-termism and the threat from climate change

April 2015—By not acting now, we’re allowing the future costs of the greenhouse-gas crisis to compound. Eventually, the consequences will be irreversible.more

From liability to opportunity: How to build food security and nourish growth

From liability to opportunity: How to build food security and nourish growth

March 2015—How can public institutions, development agencies, investors, researchers, and producers work together to build a food sector that propels economic growth, meets demand, and helps to maintain social stability?more

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Manufacturing growth through resource productivity

March 2015—Resource productivity should be a top priority for manufacturers. This excerpt from a new book presents five core beliefs to drive growth by becoming leaner and greener.more


Can bioenergy replace coal?

September 2014—Europe wants 27 percent of its energy to come from renewable sources by 2030. Bioenergy has the potential to help the continent reach that goal, but it requires an industry comeback.more

The opportunity in tackling the affordable housing challenge
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The opportunity in tackling the affordable housing challenge

March 2015—Experts in housing and urban development weigh in on ways that countries are addressing or plan to take on the $650 billion affordable housing gap.more

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Bringing discipline to your sustainability initiatives

August 2014—Many companies have more sustainability initiatives than they can possibly manage. Here’s how to get them under control.more

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