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    Tractor Supply retreats on DEI, climate after ‘anti-woke’ backlash. Now the real fallout begins.

    The retailer's pullback of its corporate diversity and climate efforts could alienate some customers, employees and investors.

    Daphne Howland • July 15, 2024
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    Drive for energy permitting reform fuels tensions between climate, environmental justice advocates

    A simplified permitting process would speed the deployment of clean energy, but some EJ advocates are concerned about unintended consequences.

    Diana DiGangi • June 11, 2024
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    Is plant-based meat more sustainable? Experts question the data

    Researchers have struggled to replicate life-cycle assessments commissioned from companies like Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods, and are calling for more transparency.

    Nithin Coca • April 30, 2024
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    How a new wave of clean fuels bills could spur a biogas boom

    New Mexico just became the fourth state to enact a program, which has the potential to give biogas projects from landfills and on-farm digesters a boost. Could more states soon follow?

    Jacob Wallace • March 18, 2024
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    Biodiversity emerges as an ESG priority in packaging, but measurement could be a challenge

    As international standards evolve, fiber-based packaging companies are in the spotlight. Smurfit Kappa, WestRock, the Sustainable Forestry Initiative and Canopy Planet weigh in on what the increased focus means for the industry.

    April Reese • Feb. 21, 2024
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    Bio-fueling the future: How farms are shaping the renewable energy transition in 2024

    As more incentives become available, the agriculture sector is set to play a key role in expanding solar, biogas and other alternative energy sources.

    Nathan Owens • Feb. 1, 2024
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    2024 proxy outlook: What’s driving the ESG proposal approval dip?

    Major asset managers and a spate of anti-ESG proposals helped push approval rates down, yet even more ESG proposals are expected after a record 2023.

    Lamar Johnson • Jan. 25, 2024
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    To keep or not to keep: The fate of scope 3 emissions in SEC’s climate disclosure rule

    Given all of the pushback the agency has received over its proposed rule, particularly scope 3 reporting requirements, experts are uncertain if scope 3 will make the final cut.

    Zoya Mirza • Jan. 18, 2024
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    4 ESG trends that set the tone for 2024

    It’s shaping up to be a big year for ESG with a packed SEC agenda, fights over corporate DEI efforts and shareholder rights and a focus on financing the net zero transition.

    Lamar Johnson and Zoya Mirza • Jan. 10, 2024
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    The ESG battle: 4 key states shaping regulatory discourse in the US

    Left-leaning California and New York and conservative-led Florida and Texas have stepped up regulatory measures to underscore ESG’s role — or lack thereof — in their jurisdictions.

    Lamar Johnson and Zoya Mirza • Nov. 16, 2023
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    The food industry is all in on regenerative agriculture. Can farmers be convinced?

    Companies are racing to capitalize on a burgeoning industry focused on reducing emissions in agriculture. But first, they'll have to prove it's profitable to go green.

    Miranda Lipton • Nov. 15, 2023
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    Making the case for women-owned banks

    Three women-owned banks have emerged in the last several years with the shared goal of increasing access to capital for female entrepreneurs.

    Anna Hrushka • Nov. 13, 2023
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    New regulations seek to expose fashion greenwashers’ true colors

    In Europe, governments plan to prohibit fashion companies and other industries from making vague or misleading environmental claims, and the U.S. could soon do the same.

    Lauren Schenkman • Nov. 1, 2023
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    The ‘less tangible’ social data in ESG creates reporting hurdles

    Social issues have historically fallen behind environmental and governance factors, a setback experts attribute to the ambiguity of what the “S” really encompasses.

    Zoya Mirza • Nov. 1, 2023
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    After years of confusion, global ESG reporting frameworks are coalescing

    While the global reporting community has yet to fully adopt the International Sustainability Standards Board’s standards, they are building momentum as a reporting baseline.

    Lamar Johnson • Oct. 26, 2023
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    7 ESG trends influencing corporate strategy

    Developments in the ESG landscape directing investor decisions include the consolidation of reporting frameworks, the rise of AI and data metrics, social responsibility and impending regulation from the SEC.

    Lamar Johnson and Zoya Mirza • Oct. 23, 2023
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    Who will pay to decarbonize the supply chain?

    Some brands are helping their suppliers reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Others are dumping new requirements on vendors without shouldering any of the costs.

    Ben Unglesbee • Aug. 15, 2023