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How to create the right foundation for corporate activism to thrive

We've entered a new era of corporate activism. From US retailer Patagonia suing President Trump over proposed changes to Utah's national monuments, to the Salesforce chief executive who threatened to withdraw investment from the state of Indiana if an anti-LGBT law was not withdrawn, businesses are getting better at balancing commercial goals with social responsibility.

Facebook set the updated aim after achieving 51% renewable power in its company-wide energy mix last year

Facebook pledges to source 100% renewable energy by 2020

Social media giant Facebook has committed to source 100% renewable energy for its operations by 2020, after reaching its 2018 renewables target one year early.

What does ‘New Power’ mean for business?

I've attended a couple of events recently where some particularly strong themes were evident. Everything came back to fundamental shifts in power and the trend towards participation and collaboration - all intrinsically linked and it's since led me to reflect on what this all means for business.

The public mood is changing – how can business talk to customers about sustainability?

The public mood appears to be changing. David Attenborough's emotive Blue Planet backed by on-going campaigns in the Daily Mail and on Sky has focussed attention on single use plastics. Michael Gove, eager for a positive post-Brexit platform, has sensed an opportunity and started talking about new legislation. Sustainability is creeping up the agenda, customers are getting inquisitive about company behaviour. How should business respond?

A powerful man wants purpose. What next?

Larry Fink's celebrated purpose letter has left many CEOs asking how much social benefit they should deliver.

How should the world react to US withdrawal from the Paris Agreement? Ignore Trump and get on with the job

In pursuit of his America First agenda, Donald Trump has announced that he wants America to be the first country to withdraw from the Paris Agreement, just seven months after it entered into force.

The energy footprint of the IT sector is estimated to consume around 7% of the global electricity

Apple named world's greenest tech firm in latest Greenpeace report

Apple has been named the world's greenest major tech company for the third consecutive year in a new report released today (10 January) by Greenpeace.

Monday’s announcement marks the first significant investment fund announced by Gates and his Breakthrough Energy Coalition, which was launched in November 2015

Bill Gates and investors inject $1bn into Breakthrough Energy fund

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates has rallied together a team of executives from some of the world's biggest companies in order to pledge a $1bn fund to accelerate the uptake of clean energy technologies.

The aircraft will help to open the opportunities of the internet to people in underconnected regions. Photo: Facebook

Facebook's unmanned solar-powered internet drone takes flight

Facebook has announced the successful first flight of its unmanned solar-power internet drone, which will eventually aim to break the world-record for the longest unmanned aircraft flight.

REBA says it will work with companies to overcome hurdles faced when negotiating with utilities and regulators

Microsoft and Facebook unite to accelerate clean energy revolution

Tech giants Microsoft and Facebook have pledged to develop 60GW of renewable energy by 2025, along with companies including Unilever, Kellogg's and IKEA as part of the newly launched Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance (REBA).

Are you ready for the new era of sustainable business?

"The Paris agreement was fabulous in one way and terrible in another. It was fabulous because it gives us a very strong ambition and a strong steer. It was terrible because there is no commitment to action."

The centre in Ireland will be the second energy and cost efficient data centre that Facebook owns in Europe

Facebook to build 100% renewable data centre in Ireland

Facebook have announced plans for a new data centre to be built in Ireland which will run on 100% renewable energy using the country's 'robust' wind resources.

AWS has a long-term commitment to source 100% renewable energy

Amazon Web Services adds 100MW wind farm to booming renewables portfolio

Amazon's cloud computing business, Amazon Web Services (AWS), has contracted US energy firm EDP Renewables to construct and operate a 100MW wind farm in Ohio.


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