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Published by TED. Doris Kim Sung is a biology student turned architect interested in thermo-bimetals, smart materials that respond dynamically to temperature change.

“[Skin is] the first line of defense for the body.  Our building skins should be more similar to human skin.”       ~ Doris Kim Sung

Modern buildings with floor-to-ceiling windows give spectacular views, but they require a lot of energy to cool. Doris Kim Sung works with thermo-bimetals, smart materials that act more like human skin, dynamically and responsively, and can shade a room from sun and self-ventilate.

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Published by Newsweek, August 09, 2012, Steve McKee is president of McKee Wallwork Cleveland and author of When Growth Stalls: How It Happens, Why You’re Stuck, and What to Do About It.

Is it more socially responsible for U.S. businesses to protect American jobs or provide employment for impoverished people in developing countries? To shun genetically modified foods or endorse their role in ameliorating malnutrition? To power their fleets with petroleum or use electricity generated by coal? More …

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Participants from more than seventy countries attended GRI’s previous Conferences in 2006, 2008 and 2010. For the 2013 Conference, GRI aims to increase attendance, uniting over 1500 delegates from business, finance, accountancy, consultancy, civil society, government, labor and academia. Leaders in these fields will share their knowledge on the roles of government, business and civil society in driving change and developing a new vision for sustainable, equitable growth.

Given that future prosperity depends on our collective ability to solve today’s most pressing global challenges, the entire global economy must move towards a more sustainable future,” said Marjolein Baghuis, Director – Communications and Network Relations at GRI.

With the theme of Information – Integration – Innovation, the Conference will give participants new knowledge and insight about sustainability reporting, which can be built on and disseminated to enable a step change to a sustainable future.

To increase transparency and find solutions to sustainability challenges, it is important to stay informed of new trends and developments in the field. Companies and investors need better information to assess risk, measure performance, and identify market opportunities. Governments and consumers need better information to make policy and purchasing decisions. A sustainable global economy will be built on the disclosure of sustainability information, and this important topic will be a key component of the first day of the Conference, setting the agenda for the days to come.

To ensure this new information is utilized in the best way, an integrated strategy is needed. “Integrated thinking will enable companies to factor sustainability into their operations, business models, and measures of success,” said Baghuis. “Collaboration between organizations and stakeholders, across sectors and regions, will mean that shared values and best practices can accelerate change.” Participants will also be inspired to integrate their learning from the interactive sessions on day two, and from the Academic Conference on days two and three.

Creating a sustainable global economy is an innovation challenge. Stakeholder engagement, value creation, community involvement – leading organizations are innovating in these and other important areas. The Conference is taking place at a critical time, when leaders from different constituencies can collaborate to connect up and capitalize on these innovations.

Innovation will also be showcased at the Conference with the launch of the next generation of GRI’s Sustainability Reporting Guidelines – G4. The culmination of fifteen years of expert and public inputs, G4 aims to offer organizations the fit-for-purpose, common reporting language that we need.

Sustainability reporting is reaching a tipping point. If you want to participate in creating a sustainable global economy, don’t miss out – join GRI at the must-attend sustainability leadership event of 2013.

(Source: Global Reporting Initiative)

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Originally published on http://www.triplepundit.com.One of the main issues that came up at the Responsible Business Summit was sustainability reporting. Even with all the progress we have seen so far, reporting continues to be one of the most challenging issues for CSR executives. Still, just like CSR, reporting becomes more focused, strategic and smart, and there’s even a continuous search after its business value. The journey of sustainability reporting is still a long one, but listening to the CSR executives in the summit it became clear to me that companies now understand the significance of reporting more than ever and try to figure out how to utilize it in the best way possible. More …

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An expert group of practitioners and commentators looks at prospects for CSR in 2012, published by CSRwire Talkback, written by Dr. Michael Hopkins and coauthored with Mr. Martin Summers and Dr. Adrian Payne.

Every year, MHC International‘s annual CSR & Sustainability Update expert group meeting looks at the prospects for CSR in the coming year in the context of changing trends and themes in the corporate, social, political and economic spheres. Now in its sixth year, the group is comprised of a range of CSR practitioners and commentators.

1. Trust in Brands, Companies & Sectors

2. Trust in Governments

3. CSR Continues to be Redefined

4. Demand for Greater Transparency, Disclosure & Non-Financial Reporting

5. Social Media‘s Role in Sustainability & Corporate Change

Here are the details to the group’s top prospects for 2012: http://www.csrwire.com/blog/posts/301-csr-sustainability-in-2012-5-trends

 

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Four Emerging Trends in Corporate Social Responsibility, published by TriplePundit, bringing you the latest thinking on CSR, social media, and more. Written by Alison Monahan who is a web developer, turned lawyer, turned entrepreneur. She runs The Girl’s Guide to Law School and co-founded the Law School Toolbox.

New Media and CSR: Communicating Corporate Good, moderated by TriplePundit’s very own Nick Aster, identified four major emerging trends in Corporate Social Responsibility in a free-wheeling discussion between:

It’s CSR 2.0 — rife with risks but full of opportunities.

Here’s the bottom line: Four Emerging Trends in Corporate Social Responsibility

Key notes:

  • Your brand is decreasingly under your control
  • Transparency is terrifying, but authenticity is the reward
  • CSR is a business imperative

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The Top 10 Trends in CSR for 2012

Originally published by Forbes, January 18, 2012: This article is by Tim Mohin, director of corporate responsibility for Advanced Micro Devices and author of the forthcoming book Changing Business From the Inside Out: The Treehugger’s Guide to Working in Corporations.

Top 10 Trends include:

1. Going Global

2. The Triumph (or Tyranny) of Transparency

3. Employee Engagement Emerges

4. Political Pitfalls

5. Collaboration

6. Sustainability Shoppers

7. Occupy From the Inside

8. Social Media Rules

9. Human Rights

10. Earth at Seven Billion and Growing

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English: Art Buchwald, Miami Book Fair Interna...

English: Art Buchwald, Miami Book Fair International, 1989 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

His column focused on political satire and commentary. He received the Pulitzer Prize for Outstanding Commentary and was elected to the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters. Clever, witty, and smart, he who would take swings at life’s inane behavior, whether public or political, with a salvo of words that usually had a twist of wisdom. Read what he said about our society:

“And Man created the plastic bag and the tin and aluminum can and the cellophane wrapper and the paper plate, and this was good because Man could then take his automobile and buy all his food in one place and He could save that which was good to eat in the refrigerator and throw away that which had no further use. And soon the earth was covered with plastic bags and aluminum cans and paper plates and disposable bottles and there was nowhere to sit down or walk, and Man shook his head and cried: “Look at this Godawful mess.”  ~ Art Buchwald

Stop and think about it … you might want to read the next guy, being less verbose and more succinct, express a similar frustration.

“What we are doing to the forests of the world is but a mirror reflection of what we are doing to ourselves and to one another..”   ~ Mahatma Gandhi

Stop and think about it …

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English: Portrait drawing of Henry David Thoreau

English: Portrait drawing of Henry David Thoreau (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Appreciation of our planet and our “nature” has been around since the first caveman watched a “shooting star” pass along the heavens. For every one person that feels a close link to nature, the wildlife, the countryside; there is always a contradictory group of people who think of nature as a resource to plunder, destroy, abuse and show only ambivalence to preserving its habitat.

In the 1850s, it is apparent Thoreau witnessed the same behavior. As a writer, philosopher and student of nature, as well as, an observer of man’s conduct, he was often puzzled what he considered “right” as opposed to popular beliefs. Please read what Thoreau thought about:

“When I consider that the nobler animal have been exterminated here – the cougar, the panther, lynx, wolverine, wolf, bear, moose, dear, the beaver, the turkey and so forth and so forth, I cannot but feel as if I lived in a tamed and, as it were, emasculated country… Is it not a maimed and imperfect nature I am conversing with? As if I were to study a tribe of Indians that had lost all it’s warriors…I take infinite pains to know all the phenomena of the spring, for instance, thinking that I have here the entire poem, and then, to my chagrin, I hear that it is but an imperfect copy that I possess and have read, that my ancestors have torn out many of the first leaves and grandest passages, and mutilated it in many places. I should not like to think that some demigod had come before me and picked out some of the best of the stars. I wish to know an entire heaven and an entire earth.”   ~ Henry David Thoreau

Obviously, those old patterns are still in conflict with the “right thing to do”.  A contemporary made this observation:

“We are living on the planet as if we have another one to go to.”  ~ Terry Swearingen

Perhaps lessons about nature will be more focused when temperament, knowledge and direct costs to the public are more openly identified and discussed throughout the media world we live in? Is it truly ignorance, or is it apathy, or is it lack of understanding? In any case, unless we learn from our experiences, improve our environment and make prudent shifts to live within the means of our resources, then, perhaps we will have to find another planet to live.

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President of the United States Theodore Roosev...

President of the United States Theodore Roosevelt, head-and-shoulders portrait, facing front. Deutsch: Theodore Roosevelt (1858–1919), Präsident der Vereinigten Staaten von 1901 bis 1909, Friedensnobelpreisträger des Jahres 1906. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Over one hundred years ago, our then president, Theodore Roosevelt, was particular interested in our natural resources, the people and cultures of our country and the need to remind everyone that we should improve those resources for future generations. Please keep in mind that the term Sustainability had not been coined, but the desire to to the “right thing” was so clearly embedded in Roosevelt’s thoughts and deeds.

“Here is your country. Cherish these natural wonders, cherish the natural resources, cherish the history and romance as a sacred heritage, for your children and your children’s children. Do not let selfish men or greedy interests skin your country of its beauty, its riches or its romance.”
~ Theodore Roosevelt

“To waste, to destroy our natural resources, to skin and exhaust the land instead of using it so as to increase its usefulness, will result in undermining in the days of our children the very prosperity which we ought by right to hand down to them amplified and developed.”
~ Theodore Roosevelt

“We should not forget that it will be just as important to our descendants to be prosperous in their time as it is to us to be prosperous in our time.”
~ Theodore Roosevelt

I wonder what Roosevelt would have said in today’s context. Would he have been an environmental activist, a commander of industrial leaders, a rebel who would have had indigestion with international organizations and NGOs? We shall never know, but one thing we do know now is his love for this country, its people and the resources that stretch from one ocean to the next.

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