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Davos: Talking Champagne on a Sinking Titanic

Posted Monday, January 28th, 2013 by admin

I am in Davos at the World Economic Forum (WEF), which formally began Monday night. The top issues that world leaders must address, according to a survey of 1,500 experts in academica, business, civil society and governments conducted for WEF, are unstable global economy, eurozone fragility; and financial system instability. Climate change only ranks as the 7th issue — and then only for Climate Change Adaption, not urgently preventing the change in the first place.

To me it’s like a group of business leaders and “experts” on the sinking Titanic discussing the fragility of champagne sales. I am deeply concerned about the Alice-in-Wonderland perception of the big picture of what is happening to our world.

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Why CFO’s Need to Care About Sustainability Now

Posted Tuesday, November 20th, 2012 by admin

Chief Financial Officers (CFOs) and Chief Operating Officers (COOs) are increasingly accountable for sustainability. A study by Deloitte — Sustainability: CFOs are coming to the table — found their accountability for sustainability had jumped sharply during the last year. In 2012, 26 per cent of CFOs were responsible to the board for their firm’s sustainability strategy, up from 17 per cent in 2011. Similarly, for COOs it was 10 per cent in 2012, up from 3 per cent in 2011. Further, 53 per cent of CFOs said their involvement had increased in the last year, with 61 per cent noting they expected it to increase over the next two years.

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Will Canada Take Action on Energy?

Posted Tuesday, November 13th, 2012 by admin

Canada needs a “national approach to climate policy and carbon pricing.” Think that this is the advice of some environmental group? Then think again; this is the urging of the Canadian Council of Chief Executives (CCCE) in a policy paper: Clean Growth 2.0: How Canada can be a Leader in Energy and Environmental Innovation.

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The paper highlights how Canada can build a more competitive economy and a more sustainable society while ensuring adequate public finances to fund Canadian’s way of life. It calls for the federal government, in partnership with the provinces and territories, to develop a national energy framework, specifically to “develop clean energy solutions and position Canada for leadership internationally.”

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