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January 25, 2013
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Setting the Example 
  • Electric ferry helps curb Norwegian transport emissions
    Norway has placed an order for the world's first all-electric car ferry, with the potential to eventually be used for all its short-route ocean ferries. Developed by Siemens, the ferry uses a catamaran frame to reduce water resistance and is capable of recharging its batteries in just 10 minutes. FastCoExist (1/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Creating Accountability 
  • Climate campaigners need a new direction
    President Barack Obama signaled his commitment to tackling climate change, but passing carbon-reducing legislation during his second term seems unlikely, writes Theda Skocpol. To push through meaningful action, Skocpol argues, environmental groups should focus on building community-level support for climate action and reflect honestly on the reasons past efforts have failed to capture the public's imagination. Foreign Policy (free registration) (1/2013) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • CSR lessons from the fishing industry
    Overfishing is a big problem, and the catch-share program is helping to rein in avaricious fishing operations -- not by asking them to reduce their profits, but by giving them direct incentives to behave more sustainably, writes Eric Pooley. "The catch shares success story demonstrates that people will respond when we get the right market signals in place," he adds. Harvard Business Review online (1/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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The Responsible Leader 
  • Why companies should start investing in women
    Businesses should be investing more in women, write U.S. ambassador Melanne Verveer and Women in the World Foundation chief Kim Azzarelli. Women are the "third billion" -- an underserved global demographic with growing spending power and plenty to offer back to businesses and their communities. "As corporate leaders look for resilient dynamism and growth in 2013, there are no better partners poised to deliver profits and progress across geographies," Verveer and Azzarelli argue. The Daily Beast (1/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Powering Tomorrow 
  • Novozymes exec: Cellulosic ethanol could transform business
    Enzyme developer Novozymes could get up to 90% of its revenue from sales to the biofuel market by 2030 if more countries embrace renewable energy, said incoming CEO Peder Holk Nielsen. The firm gets about 16% of its revenue from biofuel producers and less than 1% from cellulosic ethanol producers, Nielsen said. "If the world really wants to secure a significant part of its liquid-fuel consumption based on biomass, this would totally transform the enzyme business," he said. Bloomberg Businessweek (1/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Engage. Innovate. Discuss. 
  • Lousy leaders will get their comeuppance
    Bosses who escaped being named and shamed on the end-of-year listings of the country's worst CEOs shouldn't get too comfortable, writes Dan McCarthy. The lists tend to judge leaders by their firms' financial performance, therefore many boorish and incompetent bosses won't show up on the lists until their behavior drives their company into the ground. "Just give them a little more time, and they'll end up on a list at some point," McCarthy writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (1/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
SmartQuote 
Some may still deny the overwhelming judgment of science, but none can avoid the devastating impact of raging fires, and crippling drought, and more powerful storms."
--Barack Obama, U.S. president, as quoted in Foreign Policy
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