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Welcome to the 2013 Spring Edition of MOSS News, Views and Events

In the last few weeks, we've seen many significant milestones in the battleground for a more sustainable society. On one hand we've taken some backward steps with Aust would be PM Tony Abbott acknowledging his government may not even achieve a 5% emissions reduction target, that he will repeal the carbon tax (and not replace it); see the abolition of the Department of Climate Change and the Clean Energy Fund as well as scrap the Climate Change Authority and the Climate Commission - the two institutions that can give an independent assessment on the climate issues and policies. We also saw the world go into ecological deficit for the year with August 20 being declared Earth Overshoot Day.

On a more positive note however we have seen the evolution of capitalism with Delaware - the US capital of venture capital, private equity and public capital markets and legal home of no less than one million businesses including 50 percent of all publicly-traded companies in the US and 64 percent of the Fortune 500, sign the innovative benefit corporation (B Corp) legislation into state law. Nike has built a concept store in China constructed totally from waste and the Carbon Disclosure Project and WWF have launched a brilliant new program the 3% Solution that shows how US corporations can cut carbon emissions by 3.2% and provide annual saving of $190 billion. We've also seen US President Barack Obama move full speed ahead with his climate agenda bypassing Congress by pushing regulatory actions and executive orders.

If we are to reduce the impact of climate change and deliver on a triple bottom line, we must stop focusing on the negative and keep our eye firmly on the goal of a more sustainable future. And to help you achieve your sustainability goals, we are delighted to announce that in the last two months, MOSS has spent around 500 hours restocking and updating our Resource Centre to ensure that anyone who has an interest in, and or responsibility for, any aspect of sustainability - can be supported. So if you are not yet a member of MOSS - JOIN UP - become part of a vibrant growing industry and allow us to help you deliver on compliance, save you time and money, build value and differientiate you from your competitors. You'll have 24/7 access to hundreds of reports, videos, podcasts, interviews, tools and templates to assist your journey, get to meet industry thought leaders and be supported in your journey by a world class team. Membership fees will soon increase to reflect an array of new benefits - so don't delay - sign up TODAY and receive the bonus of a FREE webinar to celebrate World Green Building Week on Sept 24 to discover the latest tools and innovation in the built environment.

pixelOur special thanks to our intern Crystal Li Uen Uen from Lingnan University in Hong Kong, our website managers YoOYAH and Graphic Designer Beth Lang for helping to rebuild and refresh our newsletter, website and resource centre. We hope you enjoy our Spring edition of MOSS News, Views and Events and that we have a chance to welcome you soon to one of our upcoming events and or as a new or returning member.

Best regards
Anne-Maree Huxley
MOSS Founder and CEO

 

Industry News

pixelIn just 8 Months, Humanity Exhausts Earth's Budget for the Year
August 20 was Earth Overshoot Day for 2013, marking the date when humanity exhausted nature's budget for the year. We are now operating in overdraft. For the rest of the year, we will maintain our ecological deficit by drawing down local resource stocks and accumulating carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Read on...


pixelGlobal Warming will bring with it a Collapse Of Labor Productivity
A new NOAA study projects that heat-stress related labor capacity losses will double globally by 2050 with a warming climate. The impact will be felt the most by those who work outside or in hot environments, such as firefighters, farmers, construction workers, factory workers, and others who will be forced to slow down due to increases in heat and humidity. This will be particularly apparent in mid-latitude and tropical regions, which include South and East Asia, North America, and Australia. More...

pixelA Swoosh of Sustainability: Nike Builds Store Out of Trash
Nike's newest concept store in Shanghai, was constructed using soda cans, water bottles, and scratched CDs. As much as a company that produces disposable goods can be, Nike has long been a leader in sustainability. The company first went green in the early 1990s, when it started to recycle old shoes and donate the material to contractors that build sports surfaces, like outdoor tracks. In 2006, the shoe giant launched an internal division, Nike Considered Design, which incorporates waste from the factory floor into clothes. But now the company has taken a giant eco-leap. Read on...

pixelWanted: $1 trillion a year to decarbonise by 2020
The world will need to come up with more than $US1 trillion a year to fund the decarbonisation of the global energy system by 2020, according to a new report by HSBC. The report - Counting the Climate Cash - warns that the flow of finance to climate solutions needs to be scaled up significantly if the world is to decarbonise and have any hope of meeting globally accepted climate goals. More...

pixelToxic 100 Names Top US Corporate Air Polluters
The Toxic 100 Air Polluters Index is based on air releases of hundreds of chemicals from 10s of thousands of industrial facilities across the US. 

There's also a Greenhouse 100 Polluters Index and a Toxic Water Polluters Index. So who's on the list? Check out whos named and shamed...

pixelDo you really need a corporate responsibility officer?
Only 42 percent of firms have a "single designated senior executive overseeing the corporate responsibility function," regardless of that person's actual title. If only 42 percent - what are the rest doing? 
The 42 percent of companies that have one would say yes. But for the others, there are alternatives. A CSR committee can function quite well for smaller companies or those just getting their feet wet in CSR. More...

 
pixelTracking Australia's Progress Towards a Low Carbon Economy 
Australia's first whole-of-economy report on progress in reducing emissions has been unveiled by Climate Works. It covers key sectors - Power, Industry, Buildings, Land-use and Waste, as well as a Special Report on factors affecting energy efficiency activity for 47 large industrial companies that account for 70 per cent of Australia's industrial energy use. More...

pixelSustainability in Australia
The Australian Government established the National Sustainability Council in October 2012 as an independent, expert body to provide advice on sustainability issues. But will it survive a change of government? Probably not. So take a look at its first report - it shows Australia needs to plan for an ageing population, rising health costs, growing cities and changes in traditional work and family roles. It may be a long time before a federal government takes action on its recommendations - leaving the door open to let others in the region overtake us in competitiveness. Can your organisation benefit from this knowledge?


pixelTelsa CEO unveils Hyperloop: the solar-powered high-speed train of the future
After much anticipation, Tesla's Elon Musk reveals plans for the Hyperloop - a fast, sustainable and cost-efficient train system without rails yet topped with solar panels and propelled by both electric motor and air cushion dynamics.Read more...

pixelKAIST unveils foldable electric vehicle
A group of scientists from Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology has developed what is claimed to be the country's first foldable electric vehicle. More...

pixelCalifornia aims to 'bottle sunlight' in energy storage push
California, whose green ambitions helped the solar and wind industries take root, is taking an essential next step by proposing a sharp rise in energy storage to better integrate renewable power with the rest of the grid.Power from sun and wind fluctuates dramatically, so capturing it for later use makes the supply more predictable. More...

pixelHappy people, healthy bottom line 
Green building expert and thought leader Harvey Bernstein believes that the key to advancing the global green building movement comes down to one thing - making people realise how buildings impact their health and happiness.

pixelMichael Porter unveils new health and happiness index
The creator of the shared value concept, who has the ear of both big business and governments, has unveiled a "rigorous" new Social Progress Index (SPI) that hopes to put social and environmental considerations at the top of the policy and corporate agenda. Read on...

pixelPresident of the World Bank, Jim Yong Kim is cuts funding for coal
He has just won approval for a landmark new energy strategy that redirects coal-fired power finances to clean energy projects. I hope other global leaders and investors take note!More...

pixelObama enters impact investing arena with new program to spur economic growth and job creation through enterprises that reflect the triple bottom line of social, economic and environmental performance. More... His new national climate strategy has also been very well received especially as the plan restricts US government funding for most international coal projects. Read on...

pixelExpert says solar energy growth could drive out coal by 2040
Australia could phase out almost all its fossil-fuel sourced electricity by 2040 if it doubled the current rate of take-up of solar energy and wind energy maintained its current growth pace, according to Professor Ken Baldwin, Director of ANU's Energy Change Institute. Read on...

pixelChina Widens Car-Purchase Restrictions to Fight Pollution
China, the biggest emitter of greenhouse gases, plans to widen the number of cities curbing auto purchases to fight pollution and congestion, threatening vehicle sales, the government-backed car association said. Eight cities are likely introduce measures limiting auto purchases More...

pixelGadgets That Dissolve When You're Done With Them
So-called transient electronics can be broken down with water after they have outlived their usefulness. Is this a solution to ewaste?

pixelUnlikely partnership identifies how to save more energy (and money) in supply chains 
Energy service companies, finance, retail, NGOs, government and academia join forces to generate new ideas. This report summarises the group's findings and outlines a roadmap to close the gap between the energy efficiency opportunities that are identified and those implemented in the supply chain. It's a must read for anyone wanting to engage small & medium sized businesses in supply chain energy efficiency. More...

pixelDoes your pitch make sense to your CFO?

Many experts have been observing in recent months that innovating for sustainability seems to be approaching mainstream attention, particularly at Fortune 500 companies and among forward-looking social entrepreneurs. The growth of the Sustainable Brands community certainly supports that claim, with an audience of over 2,800 boasting more than $4 Trillion in combined annual revenue represented at SB13 earlier this year. At the same time, however, in the majority of cases sustainability is still not part of the firm's core strategy. And we can't expect to be on the right long-term trajectory if all we do is encourage employees to switch to double-sided printing. More...

pixel2013 Profile of CSR Professionals 
It's no surprise over half of CSR practitioners are hired from the organizations within which they already work. A recent study by the Center for Corporate Citizenship examined job satisfaction, professional development, motivations, and compensation of people working in corporate citizenship roles. The findings allow professionals working in corporate citizenship to compare their own experience and background to that of their peers. It provides insight into how professionals at all levels assess the skills they need to be effective in their roles and what they perceive as the greatest challenges they must overcome. More...

pixelSustainability Reporting: What Does Good Look Like?
Sustainability reporting has become commonplace for businesses that want to communicate with and engage their stakeholders. However, amidst the deluge of information available, it can be difficult to determine what makes a report relevant and valuable. More...

pixelHow the G4 Guidelines Shape Sustainability Reporting
The emergence of reporting frameworks is putting increasing pressure on companies - many of which now feel sustainability reporting has become a cumbersome exercise in data collection and disclosure rather than a strategic review of material ESG issues. The G4 guidelines introduce significant changes meant to address this concern and to complement the other standards rather than replace or add to them. These can make reporting more focused, concise and meaningful. Chhavi Ghuliani of BSR shares his thoughts on what it all means...

pixelAmory Lovins' 3 Major Energy Trends to Watch
Popular media and political chatter are abuzz with a cacophony of energy news and opinion. Amid the chaos, some orderly strands can be discerned. Here are three themes that merit attention as per one of the world most's influential scientists, former US policy maker and Chairman/Chief Scientist of the Rocky Mountain Institute Amory Lovins. More...

pixelOrder Within Chaos: A New Business Paradigm Inspired by Nature
The economic, social and environmental volatility now facing business means organizations have to operate in a dynamically transforming landscape. Giles Hutchins co-founder of BCI: Biomimicry for Creative Innovation and author of The Nature of Business says organizations inspired by nature are resilient, optimizing, adaptive, systems-based, values-based, and life-supporting. Its time to understand the fundamentals that drive it.

Industry Views 

Sustainability needs to be in a company's DNA. International Sustainability Guru and MOSS Strategic Advisor Dr Martin Blake shares his thoughts on the difference between CSR and Sustainability and why he's focusing on the Blue Economy.More... 

Building a Career in CSR: Strengthening your Career with Purpose. James Temple rightly asks "What aren't we doing (as CSR and sustainability practitioners) to help connect emerging leaders with our profession?" More...

Howling Against the Triple Bottom Line. Sometimes a bit of poetry is required to shock us into a new awareness. This is a wonderful story about society told by Marc Choyt using the metrphore of 3 grandmothers - speaking of mother earth, the interconnectedness of us all and abundance - or should I say lack there of! Check it out...

Gimmicky or Genius? Naming Hurricanes after Climate Deniers. Environmental group 350 Action wants to revolutionize the way killer storms get their monikers. It's an unlikely scenario, but gives food for thought.More...

Collaborative Entepreneurs create more jobs and profit.  A new study finds co-operative entrepreneurs are more successful than 'lone-rangers' Read on...

Conscious capital: Bridging the gap between business and investors. Balancing short-term investor demands with planning for the long term is one of the greatest challenges facing leaders today. How can businesses attract conscious capital, which understands and takes account of longer term plans and performance? How can leaders tell their responsible business story effectively to investors? BITC share their views...

MOSS Events

This month we celebrate World Green Buildling Week with a WEBINAR Sept 24. It's FREE for Members. 

Discover the latest TOOLS and INNOVATION in the Built Environment.
For full details and registration Click here.  

Join the Qld Costal Conference Townsville October 2nd - 4th
For full details and registration Click here.  

That's it for another edition of MOSS News Views and Events.  As we go to the polls in Australia this weekend, realise it's up to us all in our day to day lives to provide leadership and a vision for a more sustainable future (recognising that politicians usually follow not lead) and where ever you are across the Asia Pacific region - if you need help to innovate and build a sustainability road map - regardless of the size of your business, just give us a call.  That's where we really come into our own!

Best of luck on your journey to a more profitable and sustainable future!

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