SustainabilityHQ.com Weekly Highlights April 12, 2012

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Environmental and Social Issues Dominate Shareholder-Sponsored Resolutions for Third Consecutive Year
(Thursday - April 05, 2012)
Source: MarketWatch - New Ernst & Young LLP report shows investors continue to connect sustainability issues with growth opportunities and risk management efforts.

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Water Risk Threatens Businesses, National Security
(Wednesday - April 11, 2012)
Source: Forbes - One of climate change’s biggest impacts is on water systems. Unreliable water can impact both corporate bottom lines and jeopardize natural security, as two recent reports point out. Climate change is changing precipitation...

Chevy Volt comeback: gas prices spur best-ever monthly sales
(Wednesday - April 11, 2012) Associated Profiles : Union of Concerned Scientists
Source: CS Monitor- GM had temporarily closed a Chevy Volt plant because of slack demand. But that changed in March with a record 2,289 units sold. GM's new target: 3,000 a month.

10 Ways Your Business Can Combat Digital Darwinism
(Monday - April 09, 2012) Associated Profiles : Business & Human Rights Resource Centre
Source: Forbes- In 2012, the digital landscape continues to undergo significant shifts that will have profound effects on business in the months ahead.

CLIMATE CHANGE: Eye on the oceans
(Thursday - April 05, 2012) Associated Profiles : International Programme on the State of the Ocean
Source: IRIN News - The tide seems to be finally turning for the oceans. After years of neglect, there is a growing focus on the health of the oceans, which helps sustain life on earth, particularly in light of the impact of rising levels of carbon...

Commentary

Why corporate boards should listen to investors on sustainability
(Wednesday - April 11, 2012)
Source: GreenBiz.com - A recently published white paper from Ernst & Young asks corporate boards if they are prepared for a focus by investors on sustainability issues. The results of the 2011 proxy season have set the stage for what will occur in...

Research

Ice age study delivers blow to global-warming skeptics
(Friday - April 06, 2012)
Source: Christian Science Monitor - A new study finds that rising levels of carbon dioxide drove rising temperatures at the end of the last ice age. The findings contrast with previous studies, which skeptics of human-triggered global warming said showed that CO2...

Sovereign Wealth Funds

Russia may invest wealth fund in economy: Putin
(Wednesday - April 11, 2012) Associated Profiles : National Wealth Fund
Source: Reuters - Russian President-elect Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday that the government should consider investing money held in the larger of its two sovereign wealth funds in regional development and strategic projects.

Iran wealth fund may reach US$55 bil: president
(Monday - April 09, 2012) Associated Profiles : Iran Oil Stabilisation Fund
Source: China Post - DUBAI--Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Saturday the country's sovereign wealth fund could reach US$55 billion by March next year if oil prices kept high, in an apparent bid to defend his economic record in the face...

Alaska's Answer to the Dreaded Resource Curse
(Thursday - April 05, 2012) Associated Profiles : Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation, Libyan Investment Authority
Source: BusinessWeek - Libya’s new government has been tracking down billions of dollars in assets that have gone missing from the nation’s sovereign wealth fund, the Libyan Investment Authority, long a personal plaything for members of the late...

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