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Who Pays For Corporate Net-Zero Commitments?

A few weeks ago, I posted a Wall Street Journal article on LinkedIn about the availability of zero-carbon steel but at significantly higher prices.   I asked the question: “Who will pay these higher costs?”   The consensus reaction from my environmentally-concerned LinkedIn friends was: “We all should.” I agree. We all share the responsibility to address the climate challenge.  But now …

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Globe with windmills and solar panels

WHAT ABOUT CHINA?

Climate Influence Starts at Home Over the summer break, some friends who subscribe to The Instigator challenged me with the following question:  “What about China? Even if business leaders in the US follow your advice and pursue the ambitious corporate strategies to address climate change that you recommend, will it even matter? China keeps building coal plants. Unless …

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Business Can and Should Do Much More on Climate

It’s the Win-Win Outcome We Urgently Need Climate change is now front of mind like never before.  Every day we read more horrific news about fires, floods, heatwaves, storms, and other natural disasters with calamitous impacts.  Further, this week the UN published an updated climate report, Climate Change 2021: The Physical Science Basis. The scientists’ conclusions …

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Animal welfare

It’s Time for Environmentalists to Care More About Animals!

Beef has made a lot of headlines over the past year. First slaughterhouses really struggled during the early days of COVID—they had shutdowns, slaughtered massive numbers of animals, and saw terrible health outcomes for their workers. More recently, supply chain and rising cost concerns, ransomware attacks, being removed from recipes and increased competition from meat alternatives have been in the news.  It might …

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Improve Private-Sector Led Environmental Problem Solving

One Key Move to Improve Private Sector-Led Environmental Problem Solving

The Investment Worth Making There’s remarkable momentum when it comes to business getting involved in tackling environmental issues. It, therefore, feels like an opportune moment to step back and assess where we are and how we got here. Environmentalists are good at many things, but taking a victory lap usually isn’t one of them. We’re …

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CEOs, Speak Up!

Leaders Should Seize Leadership Opportunities Last month’s changes to Georgia’s voting laws—making it tougher for citizens to exercise their constitutional right to vote—caused a (well deserved) outcry, including from corporate leaders. But what seemed to amplify and even protract the attention was Senator Mitch McConnell’s ensuant admonition of CEOS to “stay out of politics.”   The backlash …

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Mark Tercek and Peter Ebsen discussing net zero action plan

How to Make Net-Zero Pledges Climate-Radical, Business-Friendly, Socially Just and Fully Transparent—Part II

The Instigator is co-authored again this week by my friend Peter Ebsen. In our last post, Peter and I offered recommendations on how to improve corporate net-zero climate pledges, based on our recent submission to the Science Based Targets initiative. We asked for feedback and got it. Thank you. This week, we develop the “why” behind our recommendations and …

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