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How companies are redefining goals to include sustainability

With the Amazon ablaze and the impact of climate change increasingly making headlines around the globe, the need for companies to redefine business models to include sustainability has never been more pressing. The good news is that 2019 has become a significant year for turning the tide in big business from a primary focus on …

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Blockchain based Govtech: Are Donor Funded Pilot Projects a Way Forward?

Choose your government and choose your services, is the idea behind placing the nation-state on the Blockchain. Try to imagine borderless, decentralized, opt-in Blockchain-based governance services. The advantages for delivery of such services is transparency of the process, irreversibility, immutability and data consistency. Govtech aims to promote the use of cutting edge technologies to transform …

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How to harness the potential of Climate-friendly Manufacturing Standards?

Voluntary Sustainable Production Standards (or VSS) are products of market demand. They’re voluntary and not applicable to governmental law and regulation. But that doesn’t mean they’re useless. Examples like the certification systems of the Forest Stewardship Council, Marine Stewardship Council or others show how certification of products can mean something for some consumers. Often these …

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Combining blockchain and climate action

— Accelerating Nature Based Solutions through Ecosystem Services Currencies in India and Myanmar Worldview Impact Foundation and EcoFriend World are restoring the cloud forest ecosystems in northeast India and the mangrove forest ecosystems in southwest Myanmar with a target of planting 1 billion trees by 2050. So far 1.5 million trees have been planted in …

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Lessons from China’s experiments with a Circular Economy

Circular economy (CE) which was introduced in 1990 is a sustainable development strategy proposed to tackle urgent problems of environmental degradation and resource scarcity. The 3R principles of CE are to reduce, reuse and recycle materials. Unlike the current linear economic system these principles create the base for a circular economic system wherein all materials …

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The Potential for Blockchain to accelerate progress on SDG 12 on Responsible Consumption and Production

Responsible consumption and production are key components of the global transition to sustainability, exemplified through its place as one of the Sustainable Development Goals. With current increasing trends of natural resources use, Goal 12 aims at “doing more and better with less”, concentrating on every step in the supply chain from producer to consumer. Our …

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Blockchain’s potential for managing corporate impact and reputation

Corporate malfeasance has occurred in many forms over the past few years, ranging from obfuscation of noxious emissions by Volkswagen, to the iron ore tailings dam failure by Brazilian mining company Samarco, to human rights violations within manufacturing supply chains at retailers like Nike and Gap. Scandals like these do not just cost a company …

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Is Zero-Deforestation an Effective Strategy for Achieving Climate Goals?

With climate change at the forefront of policy and industry discussions following the release of the 2018 IPCC Special Report, the impact of deforestation is, once again, in the spotlight. Over the past few years, hundreds of businesses have announced plans for zero-deforestation sourcing (Nepstad 2018), and countries, such as Costa Rica, Vietnam and Mexico, …

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Climate Finance – A Primer

Climate change is altering the fundamentals of the global GDP outlook. GDP is contracting each year due to the effects of increasing flood, drought, hurricanes, cyclonic storm surges and rising sea levels. Lord Nicholas Stern in his groundbreaking work on the true costs of climate change, modeled a basic numerical equation that stated globally we …

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