News Roundup: Obama & Xi to Sign Climate Agreement, Board Engagement, and the Rules of Sustainability Collaborations

With so much going on in the realm of sustainability, leadership, and innovation, and only a limited amount of bandwidth for professionals in this space to keep up with the news, we have created this weekly post to news, articles, and publications that we feel are (1) important, (2) relevant, and (3) interesting in the areas of business sustainability. If you have an article that you feel needs to be mentioned, please do so in the comments section.

Why It’s Time for Boards to Take a Stand

A large barrier to sustainability is that too many company boards and asset managers are only focused on short-term financial performance, often at the expense of the organization, society and the planet. Executives at the world’s biggest companies, as well as those at the largest international asset owners and managers, are recognizing that “sustainability” needs to have a higher priority, and a company’s board of directors can have a significant role in fast-tracking their company’s sustainability strategy development and initiatives.

The 10 Commandments for Sustainability Collaborations

Sustainability collaborations between corporations and NGOs can be difficult. NGOs are more mission driven while corporations are more profit drive, making it seem like they often speak different languages entirely when trying to collaborate. In this article, Suzanne Apple of the WWF gives her “shall and shall nots” for successful corporate engagement.

Obama and President Xi of China Vow to Sign Paris Climate Accord Promptly

Obama and Xi Jinping announced this week that they will both be signing the Paris Climate Change Agreement on Earth day, April 22. Along with other world leaders, this joint signing will represent the largest in history, but will only be legally enforceable if the signing parties account for 55% or more of global greenhouse gases.

Will Tomorrow’s Smart Office be a Saviour or a Spy?

The way we work now has radically changed from the way we worked 20 or 30 years ago. How is tech is making our offices smarter? Are designers and architects embracing the concept of smart office?  and what is its potentially sinister impact on people’s privacy?

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