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How the sharing economy can make its case

December 2015—These challengers must develop a smarter approach to external engagement.more

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Saving the ocean from plastic waste

November 2015—An estimated eight million metric tons of plastic waste leaks into the ocean every year. Action in just five countries could stem that tide.more

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Technologies that could transform how industries use energy

November 2015—Energy accounts for a sizable share of company operating costs. Our new report details 33 technologies to improve energy efficiency—and your bottom line.more

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Urban mobility at a tipping point

September 2015—As more of the world’s cities become congested and polluted, new business models and technologies are emerging to solve the mobility challenge.more

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Europe’s circular-economy opportunity

September 2015—Adopting circular-economy principles could not only benefit Europe environmentally and socially but could also generate a net economic benefit of €1.8 trillion by 2030.more

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Getting the most out of your sustainability program

August 2015—Sustainability initiatives won’t create lasting value if they’re poorly managed. Here are four lessons from companies that are doing it right.more

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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

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

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

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Unlocking the future: The keys to making cities great

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

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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

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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

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