Is sustainability sustainable in the Age of Trump?

first_imgWe believe there is still plenty of opportunity to protect our environment and society, in part because Trump’s actions have virtually no popular support and limited business support.Even Trump voters support environmental regulation and renewable energy.This post is a commentary. The views expressed are those of the authors. For Americans who care about sustainability, it’s been three long, tough months. It started in January with two executive orders lifting financial and environmental restrictions on oil and coal companies. Then came the appointment of EPA antagonist Scott Pruitt as head of the agency, followed by President Trump’s proposed 31 percent cut to the EPA budget. Finally, there was the president’s March 28 executive order to withdraw from the Clean Power Plan and cancel Barack Obama’s 2016 auto emissions standards.What’s next? Trump has said many times he wants to withdraw from the 2015 Paris COP21 climate accord. But whether the U.S. stays in the accord or not, it’s clear the new administration has no intention of meeting our commitments to it.They killed us, but they ain’t whupped us yetWhat now? Let’s start by taking a deep breath and remember what Tim Kaine said in his election night concession speech:“They killed us, but they ain’t whupped us yet.”We believe there is still plenty of opportunity to protect our environment and society, in part because Trump’s actions have virtually no popular support and limited business support.Pew Research says 89 percent of Americans support expanding the use of solar power, and 59 percent support stricter environmental laws and regulations.Even Trump voters support environmental regulation and renewable energy. Republican polling firm Public Opinion Strategies found that 75 percent of Trump voters support action to accelerate the deployment and use of clean energy.Bucking the business communityThe Trump team is also on the “wrong” side of Big Business. GreenBiz’s 2017 Green Economy survey looked specifically at how corporate sustainability strategies will be affected by power shifts in the presidency and Congress. The survey finds that these changes will have no impact on 60 percent of the respondents’ sustainability strategies, and just over a third say it will “slow us down but not stop us.”Pledging allegianceWhy do companies plan to stay the course? For one thing, many organizations have already publicly pledged allegiance to sustainable business practices while tying their brands to a socially responsible mission.A Corporate Citizenship survey reports that 40 percent of companies are working to achieve at least one of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)—up from 19 percent last year.Of course, companies know that sustainability isn’t just good for their brand — it’s good for their business. A study by Harvard Business School demonstrates that sustainability-focused companies outperform their peers. An Arabesque/Oxford study shows Good Environment, Social and Governance (ESG) standards lower the cost of capital and help deliver better operational performance.Better engagement and retention metrics Sustainability is proving to be a big factor in employee engagement and retention. A study by SHRM, BSR & Aurosoorya found that morale was 55 percent higher in companies with strong sustainability programs. Cone Research found that 64 percent of millennial job candidates won’t work for a company that doesn’t have strong corporate social responsibility commitments.The investor climate is changingAs business proves the sustainable business case, sustainable finance is on the rise.According to the Sustainability Stock Exchanges (SSE) initiative, 58 stock exchanges — representing over 70 percent of listed equity markets — have made a public commitment to advancing sustainability in their market.In the U.S., total assets invested that consider environmental issues have grown 77-fold since 2010 and now exceed $7.79 trillion, according to the Green Business 2017 report.Joining forces, speaking outAll of this is emboldening business leaders to speak out publicly about sustainability and, increasingly, to join forces with other leaders to amplify the message.In 2013, then-Mayor Michael Bloomberg formed Risky Business with former Secretary of the Treasury Hank Paulsen and philanthropist Tom Steyer. Their mission is to speak out on the economic risks of climate change and make the case for why the U.S. should invest in a clean energy economy.An open letter to world leaders was issued in the lead up to COP21 in Paris. Here, a coalition of CEOs from 79 companies and 20 economic sectors — representing $2.1 trillion of combined revenue —affirmed their commitment to ambitious business action on climate change, and urged the world’s leaders to reach an ambitious climate deal at COP21.By COP21, the coalition had 543 companies and investors commit to at least one of its initiatives, which included adopting a science-based target, putting a price on carbon, and procuring 100 percent of electricity from renewable sources. By the beginning of 2017, 688 companies and investors have committed to at least one of these initiatives.Is sustainability sustainable?Is sustainability in the U.S. really sustainable now that Donald Trump sits in the Oval Office? The GreenBiz report is cautiously optimistic:“In an increasingly complex business environment of growing resource use and climate concern, along with the uncertainties brought about by the 2016 U.S. elections, sustainable business faces a challenging future. However, we’re seeing that the world’s largest companies remain steadfast in their sustainability commitments and achievements.”The fact is, sustainable business is an enormous opportunity. A recent study by the Business & Sustainable Development Commission says that achieving the Sustainable Development Goals in just four economic systems could open 60 market ‘hot spots’ worth an estimated $12 trillion by 2030.”The sustainable business opportunity is probably bigger than that. We would argue that it is stronger than any one person’s political agenda, even the president of the United States.A longer version of this article is available on Corporate Eco Forum’s EcoInnovator Blog. Climate Politics, Energy, Environment, Environmental Policy, Green Energy, Renewable Energy, Sustainability Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsoredcenter_img Article published by Rhett Butlerlast_img read more

In an effort to standardize best practices on safe

first_imgIn an effort to standardize best practices on safe harbour for security research, the collaborative effort disclose.io has been launched. The project builds on work previously done by Bugcrowd and CipherLaw’s Open-Source Vulnerability Framework, Amit Elazari’s #legalbugbounty, and Dropbox’s efforts to protect security researchers.“Security is core to our values, and we value the input of hackers acting in good faith to help us maintain a high standard for the security and privacy for our users. This includes encouraging responsible vulnerability research and disclosure. This policy sets out our definition of good faith in the context of finding and reporting vulnerabilities, as well as what you can expect from us in return,” the disclose.io team wrote in a post on GitHub.Disclose.io will work will security researchers to extend Safe Harbour for vulnerability research, work to understand and validate reports, work to remediate discovered vulnerabilities, and recognize researchers’ contribution to improving security if they are the first to report a vulnerability and that report triggers a code or configuration change. According to its website, the framework ill balance legal completeness, safe harbor for researchers and program owners, and be readable to everyone.Research performed under the policy should be authorized in accordance with the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act or similar state laws, exempt from the DCMA, exempt from restrictions in the disclose.io Terms & Conditions that would interfere with conducting security research, and lawful and helpful to the overall security of the Internet.To encourage research and avoid confusion between good-faith hacking and a malicious attack, it has laid out the following rules:“Play by the rules. This includes following this policy, as well as any other relevant agreements. If there is any inconsistency between this policy and any other relevant terms, the terms of this policy will prevail.Report any vulnerability you’ve discovered promptly.Avoid violating the privacy of others, disrupting our systems, destroying data, and/or harming user experience.Use only the Official Channels to discuss vulnerability information with us.Keep the details of any discovered vulnerabilities confidential until they are fixed, according to the Disclosure Terms in this policy.Perform testing only on in-scope systems, and respect systems and activities which are out-of-scope.If a vulnerability provides unintended access to data: Limit the amount of data you access to the minimum required for effectively demonstrating a Proof of Concept; and cease testing and submit a report immediately if you encounter any user data during testing, such as Personally Identifiable Information (PII), Personal Healthcare Information (PHI), credit card data, or proprietary information.You should only interact with test accounts you own or with explicit permission from the account holder.Do not engage in extortion.”last_img read more