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Data-driven action for agriculture needed

Data-driven action for agriculture needed  New research urges data-driven action for agriculture and food system change. The data shows an urgent need for improvement, as well as the potential for shared learnings.  “The state of food systems worldwide in the countdown to 2030“, published earlier this week by The Food Systems Countdown to 2030 Initiative

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Are you greenwashing your ESG status?

Are you greenwashing your ESG status?  Greenwashing your ESG status could result in serious reputational damage. By Warren Beech     Being in business, regardless of what this business may be, is extremely challenging, and to stay in business, particularly in the post-Covid world, businesses need to have a competitive edge and they need to do things

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ESG flawed if in silo’s says Barrick’s Bristow

ESG flawed if in silo’s says Barrick’s Bristow The transition to a green economy will not happen if the United Nations’ Sustainability Goals continues to be encapsulated in environmental, social and governance silos.    This was the message from Mark Bristow, President, and COE of global mining company Barrick Gold upon return from Sharm el-Sheikh

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Project owners feel the heat

Project owners feel the heat Project finance comes increasingly with more pressure on borrowers to manage environmental and social risk – but the focus of this risk is also constantly shifting. According to Sharon Jones, partner and principal environmental consultant at SRK Consulting, until fairly recently investors and lending institutions tended to scrutinise land acquisition

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Ditching ESG doesn’t make sense

Ditching ESG doesn’t make sense Over the past few months, there has been growing discontent with environmental, social, and governance (ESG) based investing. The criticism comes from multiple quarters too. By Bryan Turner Right-wing tech billionaire and investor Peter Thiel has called it a “hate factory” and compared it to the Chinese Communist Party, claiming

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Should renewable energy be the silver bullet?

Should renewable energy be the silver bullet? Can switching to renewable energy solve climate change? More than 90% of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are now covered under targets set by countries and corporations, after COP26 last year, and more than 700 of the world’s largest corporations have set net zero targets By Dominic Goncalves

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Africa could be a frontier for ESG investing

Africa could be a frontier for ESG investing Africa’s capital markets are reputed to be challenging for foreign institutions to navigate. Despite this, the region could be the next frontier for ESG (environmental, social, governance) investing. By Catherine Tinavapi African economies along with many other frontier and emerging markets suffered from heavy foreign investor outflows

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Africa needs to rebuild fast

30 December 2020 – After Covid-19 and in the new year, Africa needs to rebuild fast. It has to forge strong partnerships in this rebuilding process.   Africa needs to forge strong partnerships and effectively manage its abundant natural resources, to rebuild faster in the wake of Covid-19. According to Lazarus Chakwera, the president of

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Nearly half of democracies regressed on basic human rights

10 December 2020 – With measures to combat the Covid-19 pandemic, nearly half of the world’s democracies have regressed on basic human rights in 2020   Many governments are restricting information about COVID-19, clamping down on independent media and freedom of speech while polarisation and lack of political consensus have sparked unrest and distrust in elections

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