WHAT'S IN THIS ISSUE OF OBSERVE?


SUSTAINABILITY

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Can we save our world?

There has never been a global challenge quite like the climate emergency. It is predicted to affect every person on Earth.

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Can we stop eating up the planet?

Food is the single largest source of greenhouse gases, with 31% attributable to food and its associated distribution chain.

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What’s so good about ESG investing?

Responsible investing, specifically environmental, social and governance investing, is on the rise, but what is driving this wave of investment?

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Is your board still ducking the sustainability challenge?

Board responsibility for environmental and climate matters is simply not an optional extra any more.

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The rapid rise of the Chief Sustainability Officer

Is the Chief Sustainability Officer about to become the most critical member of the C-suite, guiding the transition toward a new economic reality?

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How Paul Polman imagines the future

Paul Polman, the former CEO of Unilever, talks to Odgers Berndtson’s OBSERVE about his lifelong commitment to sustainability in an in-depth two-part interview.

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Attracting APAC talent the sustainable way

Interviews with 40 APAC leaders of multi-national corporations revealed their sustainability practices, insights and attitudes. It revealed the clear impact on business results.

Since that first Odgers Berndtson report, what exactly has changed?

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Let’s listen to more diverse voices on sustainability

Inclusion and diversity issues and practices need to be an integral part of the sustainability debate because marginalized voices aren’t being heard right now.

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Meet the most important bank you’ve never heard of

In 2016, seven billion people produced over 320 million tons of plastic. This is set to double by 2034.

Can people like David Katz and his Plastic Bank turn the tide and make a dent in the world’s most-enduring ocean pollutant?

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Dirty SOX due for big change

The most polluting by-product is sulphur oxide (SOX), a greenhouse gas that results from the burning of bunker fuel in merchant vessels.

The 15 largest vessels produce more SOX than all the world’s cars combined.


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How the Neste board leads on sustainability

There are clear examples of boards stepping up and taking responsibility for environmental and climate matters, but others need educating.

HEAD OF THE INDUSTRIAL PRACTICE

ODGERS BERNDTSON SINGAPORE


YAN VERMEULEN

PAUL POLMAN


FORMER CEO

UNILEVER

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Is Canada’s cleantech leadership ready to step up?

Canada is demonstrating the promise of cleantech, but while innovative ideas abound, a typical challenge is in transitioning from an R&D technology to a solution that is viable, ready to commercialise and scalable.

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Fashion’s green challenge

Can brands really improve their sustainability credentials in response to growing consumer demand?

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How can mining help uncover a more sustainable future?

Like it or not, we need mined minerals to meet many of the ecological challenges ahead. How are some mining companies rising to that challenge?

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Meet the powers behind Europe’s cleantech revolution

Can cleantech in Europe get the investment it needs? And whose new technologies will win out?

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Can ESG investing make jump to the mainstream?

What will drive environmental, social and governance investing from being the fastest-growing investment approach globally to be the one chosen most often?

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What lies ahead for the sustainable business movement?

Jim Thompson, Odgers Berndtson Partner in Houston, on why organisations, and their leaders, must step up their efforts on society-sized problems like climate change.

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